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Super tough Labels

Peter Vasic - Monday, September 04, 2017

Creating Durable lifelong labels for industrial and commercial applications comes down to being able to provide the best solution for the longest period.

At Engraving Services Co our DNA is infused with decades of manufacturing Industrial labels, for a range of intense requirements.


Performance of industrial labels is a major concern for industries involved in Mining, Oil and Gas, Engineering, Aviation, Aerospace, Defence & Electrical.

Manufacturing durability is what we do.

Think exterior high U.V. wet and tropical applications, aggressive chemical, solvent environments or Marine locations.

There is a label with a purpose and a purpose with every label. Whether it be our durable self adhesive laminated labels or aluminium rating plates, through to our chemically milled 316 Marine Grade Stainless Steel.


Our Industrial labels and plates are manufactured to rigorous tolerances and fastidious standards to ensure, workers and public safety is ensured via clear concise information.

We have put years of development into our production systems and have our own external testing facility to ensure our labels meet the needs of our clients.Labels may include warning labels, asset identification labels, outdoor barcodes, and a myriad of others. You see these labels every day, hard at work and looking great.

When you see high voltage danger signs, labels on industrial machinery or are relying on Australia’s defence forces to take aim and fire, you can rest assured Engraving Services Co are constantly resourced to supply highly durable warning labels, signs and nameplates.
No matter how un-favourable the environment the durability and longevity of our systems are relied upon. We supply all facets of specification in regard to the variety of labels we manufacture, adhering to MIL-SPEC requirements with substrates and adhesive products.


Industries that should seriously consider using our super durable labels for extreme environments include:

  • Oil and Gas operators
  • Fuel Depots
  • Defence manufacturers
  • Ship and boat builders
  • Mining suppliers and mine sites
  • Warehouses
  • Electrical,Air conditioning and Heating Contractors
  • Automotive
  • Aviation and Aerospace operators
  • Schools, Colleges and Universities

Each environment poses its own set of destructive circumstances; therefore it is imperative you consider the end use of the label required and the life cycle you require it to provide.


Exterior labels and Signs are subject to UV attack which is aggressive in Australia’s conditions including rain, hail and abrasive sand storms in our outback. You can place total confidence in our production systems and manufacturing capabilities. Our Sales people are well trained and can advise you about the various products we have and the protective systems we utilize to give advanced life in our exterior label and sign products. Our overcoat systems are designed to allow your plates, labels and signs the maximum chance to keep conveying the original message.

OH&S laws demand high quality and durability, the safety of your workers, public and service people is in your hands, so to ensure you continue to provide the most durable labels contact our team to assist you with the best options.


Call us on 1300 327 898 or email; engrave@engravingservices.com.au.Visit www.engravingservices.com.au to browse our product range. The options we provide are pretty impressive and we are happy to help.

What are Engraving Plastics

Peter Vasic - Tuesday, August 22, 2017


What are engraving plastics ? 



There are thousands of types of plastic made today with different chemical and physical properties.  Engraving plastics have two main characteristics. The first is that they are formulated to be easily engraved or personalized. That generally means they cut cleanly and don’t melt or chip, and they don’t present a hazard to either human health or to your equipment. 
The second characteristic is most materials are constructed with a multi-layer composition with the layers having different contrasting colours. This allows you to get a range of surface colours contrasting against a myriad of core colours.


Some plastics, e.g. traditional acrylic materials, have excellent engraving properties for both laser and rotary engraving, but for many jobs requiring colour or colour density in the graphics, colour paint filling is the best way  to get the colours required.


For many years plastics were pretty much limited to phenolic, clear acrylic and conventional “laminated” plastic engraving stock in two or three thicknesses and in a few colours and wood grains. Laminated flexible engraving stock was manufactured using a heat fusion process which produced a relatively thick “cap layer.” 
   In recent years, there has been a virtual explosion in the types of plastic available, in addition to an incredible selection of colours, patterns, finishes, gauges, etc. Acrylic, for instance, is available  in many colours and thicknesses. Plastics are now available that resemble, stone marble granite or metal, combining the look of the real thing with the ease of engraving plastic. Microsurface plastic engraving stocks, with an exceptionally thin cap layer of about 0.08mm, are available which allow you to engrave amazingly detailed designs. Reverse engravable substrates are available for projects like subsurface and backlit signage. 
 



Cast acrylic sheets are manufactured by pouring a liquid monomer into a mold made of two sheets of glass. This type of acrylic is known for its optical clarity, strength and impact resistance, and it is easier to machine than extruded acrylic. Engraved lettering and designs on clear cast acrylic will turn frosty white, providing nice contrast. Extruded acrylic, on the other hand, is manufactured by a continuous production process, which results in a more consistent gauge tolerance across the sheet. This type of acrylic is less expensive than cast acrylic and remains clear when engraved. Both cast and extruded acrylics offer UV stability, weatherability, moderate chemical resistance and will withstand heat up to  82 C or 180º F.
   Traditional acrylic sheets (the materials used for signs) are available as a single-ply sheet typically in 3mm and 6 mm thicknesses
   
Engraving Acrylics are available in a range of optical appearances (clear, opaque, translucent, mirrored, fluorescent, frosted), a variety of finishes (matte, gloss, satin, textured) and a wide range of colours, making it suitable for a variety of applications.
   Popular applications for acrylic include interior and exterior signage, badges, awards, industrial applications, channel lettering,  backlit signage is becoming popular and acrylic is an excellent material for this application. Acrylic can also be formed into many different types of products, such as tent signs, display fixtures, desk accessories and personalized gift items (trays, coasters ornaments, picture frames, etc.).
    One of the  disadvantages to traditional acrylics as an engraving stock is their uniform colour construction throughout. If you want contrasting colour in the engraved graphics, you are adding an extra step of colour filling the material using paint or another filler.




“Exterior Traffolyte “
   In addition to single-ply acrylic substrates, manufacturers have created acrylic blends containing ingredients such as fillers, pigments and additives that vary the physical properties of the material to create “modified” and “impact modified” acrylics. These acrylic blends are used to manufacture two- and three-ply materials with contrasting core and surface colours through co-extrusion, lamination or by adding a foil cap. The idea here is to utilize the advantages of traditional acrylic (weatherabiity) with the performance characteristics of multi-ply, multi-colored engraving stocks.
   Modified acrylic materials are available in an extensive number of colour combinations and finish options, and can be fabricated using many different methods, including both rotary and laser engraving. In addition, the use of modified acrylic in these two- and three-ply substrates makes most of them UV stable and weatherable so they can be used for both interior and exterior applications. 
   Suppliers also offer cast and extruded acrylic sheets specifically designed for reverse engraving. This two-ply material consists of a thick clear surface (as viewed from the front) and a thin coloured layer on the back. When the thin coloured layer is engraved with a reverse-reading design, the letters and graphics show through the clear base material which can then be colour filled or back lit for a number of unique applications, including subsurface signage.
   As mentioned, acrylic is a versatile material that can be marked using a variety of methods, including rotary engraving, laser engraving, hot stamping, screen printing, pad printing, UV-LED/direct printing and sandblasting. It can also be fabricated by sawing, routing, thermo-bending, laser vector cutting, beveling and drilling.








“Interior Traffolyte”

Is a pliable material typically made up of modified acrylic or ABS (Acrylonitrile Butadiene Styrene). It is usually configured as a thermoplastic consisting of two separate extruded sheets, a relatively thin cap layer and a thick core which are then “laminated” together in a large heat press. The cap layer is 0.2-0.25 mmt hick and is laminated to a contrasting coloured core material so that when you engrave through the cap you see the underlying colour. Common thicknesses include 0.8mm, 1.6mm ,  and 3mm. 


Three-ply materials are available in 1.6mm, 3mm and 6mm and there is a wide variety of colours and finishes to choose from, including satin, gloss, matte, textured, woodgrains and metallics. Reverse engravable conventional plastic is also available.
   Traditional laminated plastics are prone to variations in thickness. That’s not much of a problem for rotary engraving using a depth nose, but without a nose, you’re likely to experience cutting depth variations.
   A big advantage of this flexible material is that you can easily fabricate it by shearing, die cutting, hole punching, thermo-bending, heat fusing, solvent welding, etc. The ABS sheet materials are recommended for interior applications while the acrylic-based plastics are UV stable, meaning they will maintain colorfastness in UV conditions for a limited period time, and are able to withstand exterior weather conditions. Since ABS materials are manufactured with a slightly softer resin than acrylic, they have the features of added flexibility and excellent electrical insulation properties in addition to impact resistance and durability. 
   Conventional plastic engraving stock is primarily designed for rotary engraving with a carbide cutter. The laminated acrylic materials can be laser engraved, but the ABS materials are not recommended for laser engraving. ABS has a lower melting point which can cause it to warp and burn and, more importantly, it emits toxic fumes when engraved with a laser. Also, the relatively thick cap necessitates deeper engraving so it’s not well-suited for super fine detail or laser engraving since a relatively high power and low speed setting are required to cut through the cap which can result in melting, burning and discoloration. This material can also be marked by hot stamping, screen printing, pad printing and UV-LED/direct printing. 

Microsurface Flexible Engraving Stock
   Microsurface flexible engraving stock came onto the scene in the mid-1970s. It is very similar to conventional laminated flexible engraving stocks except that it has a very thin cap layer, typically about 0.08mm thick as opposed to .02mm- .025mm. The manufacturing process is basically a hot stamping operation which involves using heat and pressure to fuse a thin color or pattern coating to the contrasting core material, which is typically made of ABS or modified acrylic. The micro-thin cap on these plastics means you don’t need to engrave very deep (just slightly deeper than .0.08mm), which allows you to engrave more easily and achieve exceptionally fine detail. The thin cap also makes the acrylic microsurface stock very laser friendly since lower power and higher speeds can be used to penetrate the cap. As mentioned, ABS materials are only recommended for rotary engraving. In addition, the micro-surface acrylic materials are UV-stable and weatherable, but the micro-surface ABS materials are not recommended for exterior applications.
   Nowadays, there is an enormous selection of colors available in micro surface plastics, including metallics, woodgrains and geometric patterns in a variety of different finishes. New “trending” colours are continuously being introduced by manufacturers, so there is always plenty to choose from and new varieties are being introduced all the time. 
   Micro-surface plastic is available as a two-ply (.8mm, 1.6mm, 3mm) and three-ply (3mm) material. Reverse engravable micro-surface plastic is also available. In terms of fabricating and marking, you can use all of the same techniques used for conventional laminated flexible engraving stocks.
Ultra-Thin Flexible Engraving Stock
   This unique plastic is a two-ply material with a very thin impact acrylic core and a very thin cap, typically 0.08mm or less. The overall thickness of these materials is only about 0.10mm-0.8mm. Some of these products also have a pressure-sensitive self-adhesive backing. 
   Ultra-thin engraving stock is available in brass and aluminum look-alikes and several colours, woodgrains and marbles, and are mostly sold in sheets although some are available in rolls. The notable characteristic about all of these materials is that they are extremely thin, flexible and bendable so that they can be put on nearly anything, including curved and tapered surfaces like a flashlight or coffee mug. These characteristics also make these materials well-suited for labelling applications. Ultra-thin plastics are usually intended for interior use only.
   Ultra-thin plastic can be rotary engraved or lasered (as long as they are acrylic-based), and they can be fabricated like other plastics through shearing, sawing, drilling, thermo-bending, etc. Because they are so thin, they can also be cut with simple tools like scissors, a paper cutter or a scoring knife.


Sublimation Plastic

   These “plastics” are designed to withstand temperatures up to 205º C so that full-color images can be sublimated onto the material with a heat press. There are two types of sublimatable plastic available: fiber glass reinforced plastic (FRP) and Subliflex. FRP is 2.4mm thick and Subliflex is offered in 0.8mm thickness. Both are available in white with gloss and matte finishes to show off sublimation’s colors.
   FRP is rotary engravable but cannot be laser engraved due to the fiberglass content. This is a rigid material that needs to be cut with a rotary engraving machine or a saw. It is primarily intended for interior use but can be used for short-term exterior applications.
   The thin Subliflex is a flexible material similar to that used for plastic hotel key cards or plastic ID cards, but it doesn’t contain PVC. This is a more versatile material as it can be rotary engraved, laser engraved, sheared and even cut with scissors. The flexible plastic material can also be thermobent into products such as tent signs and is popular for applications such as ID cards. This material is actually two-sided, with one side having a matte finish and the other having a gloss finish.
   Sublimatable plastic in general offers many different applications. Name badges, interior design, personal identification, signage, holiday decorations, key chains and picture frames are just a few of the many sublimatable plastic product applications.




UV-LED/Direct Print Plastics

 
Printing plastics can be extremely problematic due to a variety of issues related to adhesion, ensure your supplier has proven capabilities, knowledge and experience in the printing of plastics as inks can literally fall off the surface within weeks of printing if the the surfaces are not prepared properly.
   UV-LED/direct printing is making waves in the industry as a new method for direct printing colour images on a variety of materials, including plastic. Theoretically, you can use a UV-LED/direct printer to print on any of the plastics mentioned , although you will most likely need to use an adhesion promotor to ensure that the ink adheres well.


Conclusion

The Choices available are comprehensive.  Therefore it’s recommended to check the MSDS and ask your supplier for assistance to ensure you are purchasing the right plastic for your requirements. This is stringently important when the job needs to meet specific criteria, such as , weatherability, chemical/solvent resistance, military specifications, etc. . 






































“Exterior Traffolyte “
   In addition to single-ply acrylic substrates, manufacturers have created acrylic blends containing ingredients such as fillers, pigments and additives that vary the physical properties of the material to create “modified” and “impact modified” acrylics. These acrylic blends are used to manufacture two- and three-ply materials with contrasting core and surface colours through co-extrusion, lamination or by adding a foil cap. The idea here is to utilize the advantages of traditional acrylic (weatherabiity) with the performance characteristics of multi-ply, multi-colored engraving stocks.
   Modified acrylic materials are available in an extensive number of colour combinations and finish options, and can be fabricated using many different methods, including both rotary and laser engraving. In addition, the use of modified acrylic in these two- and three-ply substrates makes most of them UV stable and weatherable so they can be used for both interior and exterior applications. 
   Suppliers also offer cast and extruded acrylic sheets specifically designed for reverse engraving. This two-ply material consists of a thick clear surface (as viewed from the front) and a thin coloured layer on the back. When the thin coloured layer is engraved with a reverse-reading design, the letters and graphics show through the clear base material which can then be colour filled or back lit for a number of unique applications, including subsurface signage.
   As mentioned, acrylic is a versatile material that can be marked using a variety of methods, including rotary engraving, laser engraving, hot stamping, screen printing, pad printing, UV-LED/direct printing and sandblasting. It can also be fabricated by sawing, routing, thermo-bending, laser vector cutting, beveling and drilling.
























 


Traditional Acrylic
   Traditional acrylic has sleek, upmarket, modern qualities that make it a very popular choice for a range of identification purposes including awards, gifts and fabrication applications. Traditional clear or single-color acrylic  is often noted as a lightweight, scratch-resistant and less expensive alternative to glass and with better optical clarity. An advantage of acrylic over some other plastics is its UV stability (meaning it’s able to withstand exposure to UV light) and weatherability (meaning it’s able to withstand the elements, such as sunshine, hot, cold, rain, snow, etc.). 
Both cast and extruded acrylic are commonly used.















Aluminium Labels and tags: Engraving Services Co

Peter Vasic - Sunday, December 01, 2013

AluminiumTags, Aluminium Name Plates, Aluminium Labels: Light, easily stamped, Corrosion resistant,Highly corrosion resistant when Anodized: Aluminium is an ideal name plate or label substrate. The beauty of Aluminium is its ease of Stamping on site and is ideal in moderate to severe environments: commonly used in Mining, Oil and Gas, Defence applications it is ideal for pipe line identification or asset labelling. We utilize a number of marking methods with Aluminium, these include:

  • Screen printing - four colour or more printing
  • Photo chemical milling- Gives depth and colour coding - excellent for severe locations and long term identification applications
  • Engraving - 
  • Meta printing: Our proprietary Printing process: Full colour processing
  • Photo Anodising: the sub surface printing of Aluminium, locked into an anodised coating:
Contact us today for your ID tags, label, nameplate requirements.
 

  

Brass Plaque Engraving : ENGRAVING SERVICES ©

Sam Kohli - Thursday, November 04, 2010

Brass plaques :

are really square measure a wonderful approach to create an enduring impact as a result of they are very versatile, fashionable likewise as lasting. Brass are going to be the materials of preference concerning memorials at the side of lasting tributes, equally within likewise as outside. This built-in value involving Brass are often boosted boundlessly by its determined association having Gold. The terribly characteristics involving its valuable lustre and its explicit shining hued, give Brass of that explicit positioned all told of the cultures everywhere the globe. This clearly suggests associate awareness of involving security, esteem likewise because the aristocracy. This specific natural process involving wonderful style newlyweds having a projection involving toughness, expertness and trust, likewise as groundwork of that entails “we square measure typically the subsequent likewise as wish to be”.

Out of doors imprinted brass plaques square measure utilised whereas memorials:
in yard benches likewise as inside centre property in memorial wall house. they may be employed by marking doors, property volumes, and will become suited to plinths at the side of toned sorts of surface. These reasonably plaques square measure typically thicker sturdy brass, for the most part they need got beveled ends. There're future likewise as resilient, on the market in distinctive thicknesses, and will become mounted on tree limits or in solid wood mounts creating use of chosen timbers as well as cherry or teak. World category engravers provide to settle on edgings at the side of custom created history completes.

Indoors you'll discover lots of employs, brass plaques can be mounted so as to accolades likewise as commemorating merchandise, souvenirs, given pictures likewise as certification. name involving high flyers operative, activity and the martial arts are often achieved this way; the award can be maintained permanently. and the engravers will actually use any sensible graphics like art logos to supply a refined finished item and the plaques can be placed on the bulk of toned sorts of surface like wood, plastic likewise as laminates. Jewelers likewise as real skilled surprise stores work with modest plaques so as to brighten likewise as customise fragile speech cardboard boxes.

Several differing approaches square measure utilised in keeping with the app. Deeply imprinted text letters can be paint-filled having any shade, you must utilize any font and maybe they're terribly clear. Unpainted sturdy imprinted piece of writing is implausibly refined and sometimes used if a lots a lot of delicate impact is needed. Diamond dragged text letters can be etching significantly little, beneath 10mm, though isn't color packed.

Brass lends themselves with a particular exposure chemical substance edge (Acid etching or exposure etching) treatment, this type of remarkably complicated approach to Brass plaque generation can enable associate array of distinctive facet effects likewise as models to become reached. as an example , etching piece of writing within the standard imprinted style or reversed therefore the deatailed are often etching on the market within the sort of the Solid Brass Plaque. pictures likewise as graphics can be given to systematically indicate the initial footage. These reasonably procedures square measure sometimes solely getable as a results of remarkably specific likewise as practiced Etching fabricators since the skills likewise as procedures presently used square measure typically remarkably complicated likewise as created having a powerful understanding of chemical substance formulation. Plaques, massive or modest, gift a longtime impression likewise as a apparent identity. Keep plaque recent by sprucing it typically having a urged brass clean to minimize tarnishing or elicit the employment of progressive plastic apparent coatings concerning entire outside protection up against the parts and they are progressing to incentive someone for associate extended time.

Select an honest engraver or exposure chemical substance edge business having a good name concerning accuracy and dependableness likewise as services responsiveness whereas you're eager to purchase the commemorating plaque.

Top suppliers of brass plaques in Australia can supply worldwide and will advise you on size, design, mounting, finishing and installation and will custom-make to your requirements.

Engraving services for the defence industry|Engraving Services Co

Jacqui Nuske - Saturday, October 09, 2010

High precision, accuracy and durability are top-of-mind and key criteria when sourcing engraving services for the defence industry. The needs of the army, navy and air force are many and varied, from safety instructions and identification plates to directional signage: on materials which are as soft as leather to tough metals such as armored steel.   

Marking and identification techniques for the military

Identification, labeling and engraving services that are designed for use in heavy industries have now become very specialized. The best engravers select the most appropriate engraving methods, be it chemical, mechanical or laser. Laser marking can be controlled very accurately, allowing for a variety of effects to be achieved by physically altering the surface of the material used. The choice of method and material is highly dependent on the application and its intended lifespan. Signage for temporary military bases requires a different solution to that needed on naval yards. Engraving can be done on almost any material from stainless steel to nylon fabric, to any size and to any depth through the use of the latest computer and digital technology.

Advances in technology

Laser precision engraving has provided numerous advances in the engraving industry including deeper marking, smaller characters and high definition.  Companies providing these services use computer aided design (CAD) and computer-controlled laser beams to mark the surface of materials such as metals, foam, glass, stone and rubber. This process allows companies to imprint logos, bar-codes, designs and script directly onto different types of products in a cost-effective way. Engraving can be done in three dimensions and on curved surfaces, ideal for navy ships and aircraft bodies.  It is even possible to engrave on Kevlar body armor, tires and extra small applications such as asset tags and micro-thin labels.

Quality, specifications and accuracy    

Military requirements are very specific and allow no margin for error, for lives are at stake. One wrong digit or misspelling can mean disaster on dials, control panels and in operating instructions.  Barcodes are applied to vehicles, people and other moveable assets to track their movements and locate them on a real-time basis.  Defence forces worldwide and their main contractors rely on carefully vetted and pre-qualified suppliers that have proven track records in working to military specifications and industry standards.   

An eye for precision and attention to detail are traits that are prized in this industry. Highly trained staff that have extensive experience in identification and marking techniques are employed by the specialist suppliers to deliver “A” grade engraving services for the defence industry.

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