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Nameplates for Identification

Kathy Vasic - Monday, October 17, 2016

Nameplates for Identification

 

Labels and tags

 

ESC has been delivering labels and tags to the Australian industry since 1968 and since then has become the go to company for 1000s of manufacturers, electricians and plumbers along with industries like oil and gas, mining and defence. We are proud to have been chosen by these companies to supply them with such a vital part of their production.

 

Industry these days are, more often than not, looking for a reliable and trustworthy company to partner with for their supply of labels and tags. One that manufactures the absolute highest quality items based on your unique specifications and lead time. So when you are choosing your supplier find one that delivers quality, precise products and is consistent with their delivery times or better yet early and can work within your budget. Finding a supplier who can deliver these points can go a long way towards saving you stress and frustrations.

 

By reading through this article and asking the right questions you may avoid some very common mistakes made when ordering your labels and tags. Your supplier should also be able to help guide you towards the best material and process for your finished product.

 

One of the most common mistake made when ordering labels and tags is thinking that a low cost or cheap tag will do the job, this can result in a costly exercise when the label/tag starts to deteriorate in a very short period of time, and they need to be replaced, especially when the label/tag is in an extreme environment. Consider the following points prior to ordering your labels/tags.

What is the environment are they going to be used in.

 

Interior -  Electrical work (non-conductive material will be required) Plumbing, labelling of equipment (Computers, printers, asset management). Or in the interior of a vehicle or piece of heavy machinery.

Exterior – Will they be in a harsh or corrosive environment like the waterside, in direct sun or a high traffic area?

Visibility – Will these label/tags need to be visible from a distance or colour coded. Will the text need to be a size that can be read from a distance?

Once these points have been established it is then a question of material and what sort of life is expected from your labels/tags.

 

Once again, Interior – Electrical, plumbing, asset labelling is, more often than not, made using an engraved plastic, which under normal circumstances can give you at a lifespan of at least 15 to 25 years. But if you require a label/tag that is going to be used on the interior of, let’s say for example, a yacht or boat of some sort you need to consider the harsh environment the label/tag will be exposed to, (the corrosive effects of salt in sea spray) In this case it may well be better to use aluminium or stainless steel.

Exterior – What type of environment are they going to be in? Near the ocean, in the outback, under cover or in an environment with a lot of humidity or high rainfall and what sort of lifespan is required from them? The use of aluminium, stainless steel or brass are the most common materials used under these conditions.

 

Stainless Steel – Durable, corrosion, chemical and rust resistant, available in in various thicknesses and alloys and is heat and scratch resistant. This is used widely for:

                                                                                                                            

Valve Tags

Compliance plates

Asset Tags

Serial Plates

Instruction Panels

Warning Labels

VIN Plates

Chain Tags

Control Panels

Gauges and Rulers

Serial Plates

Rating Plates

Brand Identification

 

Aluminium – Durable, Light, oxidation and rust resistant, available in various thicknesses and alloys. Can be painted to suit brand identity. Some applications were aluminium is used;

 

Valve Tags

Compliance plates

Asset Tags

Serial Plates

Instruction Panels

Warning Labels

VIN Plates

Chain Tags

Control Panels

Gauges and Rulers

Serial Plates

Rating Plates

Brand Identification

 

Anodized Aluminium – (Anodizing is an electrochemical process that converts the surface into a durable, corrosion and oxide resistant or decorative finish.) Durable with an increased resistance to corrosion and wear, various thicknesses and a variety of colour options are available and allows paint primers and glues to adhere better than to bare metal. Anodized Aluminium is widely used for

 

Machinery and Instrument labelling

VIN and Modification Plates

Pet Tags

Valve tags

Compliance Plates

Asset tags

Instruction Panels

Serialised Plates

Fire Door Rating Plates

Promotional Items

 

 

Brass - Brass is one of those metals that does not spark due to the stiffness of the metal, If it does spark it there is very little heat energy that could be an issue when there are flammable vapours in the vicinity. It is visually appealing and once again a metal that is durable, chemical and corrosion resistant. However, brass is known to oxidise very quickly unless it is coated with our UV resistant clear coating. Comes in a variety of thickness and is widely specified in the mining industry. Applications for Brass include the following

 

Asset Labelling

Valve Tags

Compliance Plates

Brand Identification (a particular favourite for timber furniture makers)

 

 

 

 

What type of process will be best?

 

The actual engraving of your labels/tags can be done through a number of different processes. These include

Traditional Rotary Engraving - Rotary engraving is when the material is actually cut out using this process. This method uses a computer driven engraving machine with different size cutters or bits (think drill bit) on the head. When this method is used the engraved letters or images can be paint filled giving greater contrast.                                                                                                                          Prior to computers this process was done by hand and then using a Pantograph Machine (think back to when you were a child and you used to trace a pattern or a drawing from a book using a sketch o graph) well these machines were like that on a very big scale. Though rarely used these days they can still be utilised in very special cases

Laser Engraving – Laser engraving, using a Co2 laser is a substantially faster way to engrave most substrates. 


Choosing the right Metal marking process: Laser engraving, Rotary Engraving, Metal Printing

Peter Vasic - Sunday, July 17, 2016

There are a a number of ways to mark metal. Rotary Engraving ( CNC ) or Laser ablation and our Ceramic Laser Fusion method are but two.

Metal can also be printed via our ESCA-PRINT or META-Print capabilities: ESCA- PRINT is a direct to surface metal printing system: Ideal for exterior labels, nameplates and signs: Over-coated with UV Supershield long life clear.

Meta print is the printing into a clear coating ( polyester ) of images, text or full colour . Meta Print can provide you with photo realistic metal printed labeling for interior applications combined with economy.

The Sun Armor printing system gives quality exterior colour printing capabilities for labels, tags, name-plates and small signage systems. Designed for life ranging from 5 to 10 + years, depending on the positioning of the products

Laser Engraving or our Ceramic Laser Fusion system: Fuses ceramic frit into the Stainless Steel leaving a black indelible mark in the stainless steel. This method is highly popular for volume marking of Stainless steel labels, valves tags or other signs and identification for long life. 

Common uses include Photographic ( monotone reproduction ) of images, artwork or technical details. The ceramic laser fusion is photographic standard in its reproduction, with a permanent finish.

There are a few requirements that must be met in order to Laser engrave or Laser Ablate a surface: Laser ablation is the removal of a coating or surface colour by the means of a Laser. An example is Anodized Aluminium, whether it be labels, tags , nameplates or sign, the Laser ablation method provides high resolution, fast (speeds), accuracy and consistency, laser m arked bare anodized aluminum will leave a low-contrast white mark on a silver background, but a high contrast on coloured Anodizing.

Laser Ablation, Ceramic laser fusion and Laser engraving are not just simple processes and choosing the right substrate combined with the correct marking method, finally over-coated with the best clear finishes are best left to specialist label and name plate manufacturers.

The cheapest price may deliver compromised surfaces, warping of metals, or set the surface up for breakdown due to corrosion. This can occur by a lack of technical understanding of the laser process. Raw metal surfaces can weaken and compromise the protective coating  which makes the metal more susceptible to oxidation and rust.

Laser marking Stainless Steel or other Ferrous metals requires application of a ceramic frit in a predetermined manner, either by spray application or screen printing the coating, to a predetermined thickness. Too thick and the laser must “Burn” excesively and intensely, compromising the metal thereby weakening its mechanical structure and warping the metal.

Always ensure that you have all the correct questions asked of you, or that you ask the correct questions. Producing marked products is not just about the look and feel of the end product, but where the metal will be used. This information can help you find the best materials and best method to deliver the best result.

Once the end result purpose is discovered, it’s time to actually laser engrave the metal substrate. For photo engraving/marking, the higher the resolution, the better the engraving result. So always provide photos with high resolution.

We suggest always starting with the end in mind—what look does the client require, are there any environmental or durability issues you need to be aware of ?  Ensuring the project is processed with the end in mind, helps determine what the best processes and materials are for the project.

Generally the biggest misconception by customers is that metal tends to be very expensive, granted metals have different processing requirements, these may not be so much a pricing issue when purchasing labels in volume due to the economy of scale production processes, quality manufacturers utilize.

There are many metal marking and printing methods available, so do not hesitate to ensure you provide the correct information to determine the best available process for your requirements.

Plaques for Various Purposes

Kristine Gonzalez - Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Plaques for Various Purposes

 

Plaques have a lot of uses and can go a long way in commemorating something or someone special. A plaque that is well made can help make an event more personal. There are many uses for plaques – commemorative, memorial, dedication,military, professional, corporate, historical, trail.

 

Memorial plaques

Commemorative or memorial plaques honour or are place in remembrance of those loved ones who have passed. When someone close to you has passed away , a  memorial plaque helps to keep the good memories alive. It is a way of showing one’s love, dedication and appreciation for the dearly departed. While most people would use words to commemorate a person or an event, it is also acceptable to have a photo plaque made, which showcases a place, event or moment in time. This can be accompanied with some touching and inspiring words for full effect. Premium Photo plaques made out of various substrates including ; Stainless Steel, Anodized Aluminium, Brass or even Premium Cast Bronze Photo memorial plaques are offered by Engraving Services Co. in only the best and finest materials and coatings. The 6mm satin natural anodized aluminium plaques are Marine-grade, are weather and UV resistant and can handle even the toughest weather situations. Sizes come in various options, including 380mm x 280 mm x 6mm, 380 mm x 60 mm x 6mm, 135 mm x 115 mm x 6 mm and 90mm x 63mm x 3mm.

 

Who says personalized engraved plaques are for people only?  Eternalize the memory of your beloved pet and remember them by having a quality memorial plaque made.

 

House plaques

House plaques are helpful for guests who wish to locate your residence, and the right plaque can add the perfect touch to make your home the way you want it to be. Engraving Services Co. offers different plaque materials, from brass with dark timber backing that goes through a rigorous finishing process. The same process makes the plaque long standing against the elements. The lettering is hand filled using a 2 pack acrylic urethane, between coats, the plaque is oven fired, giving it a high quality durability that you would expect. Colour fillings can be done in Post Office Red, Burgundy, Royal Blue, Deep Brunswick Green or Black. Other materials that can be used are Faux Cast Brass ( a reverse chemical milled Brass that looks like Cast bronze ) and very popular.

 

House plaques can also be done in reverse engraved acrylic, which are made from UV resistant acrylic. It is called reverse engraved because the engraving is done on the rear with the face of the acrylic smooth and glossy. Want a little extra personalisation, that something that let’s everyone know your passion, hobby, or personality or something that reflects the style of your home? Simply and a motif to your plaque.

 

Metal plaques are available in aluminium, brass, cast bronze, stainless steel and also in brushed metal look hi impact acrylic. Stainless steel plaques are either 304 or 316 Marine Grade while Aluminium come in Satin Natural Anodized (Silver) material. Anodised to 25 micron, the aluminium used in plaque-material is durable and weather proof.

Contact Engraving Services Co for your plaque requirements

Custom Bronze Plaques & Castings

Sam Kohli - Monday, August 19, 2013

Engraving services co manufactures a wide range of cast bronze plaques as memorials for deceased persons who choose to be cremated.

Our bronze products help you to always remember people, places, houses, events, property and pets. Our beautiful cast products will help to keep your memories alive forever. 

 Cast bronze letters & plaques have a long tradition in architectural applications. A prime objective of the National Trust is the preservation of historic & significant buildings and structures.

Bronze plaques: are long lasting & durable as well as adding a distinguished aura to the structure to which they are affixed. Vital details about the history & technical aspects can be recorded on the site in a permanent way.

 Bronze is available in several alloys and many finishes so a combination can be chosen to be sympathetic with any application. Engraving services co compositing staff are available to assist with layouts & inscriptions or there is a "design your own plaque" feature on the Engraving services co website. Customers are able to track the progress of their order and can obtain a paper "proof" of the artwork to show colleagues & others involved in a project.

 Engraving services co can help you to mark your important occasion.

Commermorative Plaques

Sam Kohli - Monday, August 12, 2013

 Used since ancient times to commemorate people and events. Bronze survives today against the onslaught of plastic and other modern materials to be a premium product, chosen when durability, beauty and legibility are specified.

Cast-on, vandal resistant fittings allow installation in the most exposed sites. Having no visible fixings deters attempts at removal. Graffiti can simply be wiped off without affecting the plaque.

The ability of bronze to form a fine skin of patina when it interacts with the environment means that it is virtually impervious to weather and pollution. It will last for many generations.

Bronze plaques are available in virtually any size. Engraving services co can manufacture a tiny plaque with lettering the size of newsprint or an imposing statement with an inscription visible from a great distance.

Engraving services co plaques can also be supplied in aluminium, brass or iron.

They can be plated in other materials for special effects.

Brushed Brass Memorial Plaque|Engraving Services Co

Sam Kohli - Monday, October 31, 2011

Whether it be for the passing of a loved one or the commemoration of a life well lived.

We can offer a lovingly crafted and sensitively created engraved plaque for any occasion.

We are Master Etchers, Engravers and Artisans and our team of devoted craftsmen and designers can recreate any concept or design you require.

The plaque we offer today stands above the common offering usually found at entry level pricing. We offer hand finished, hand filled colour and your choice of text, Lovingly clear coated with UV Supershield  a special exterior metal clear coating designed for years and years of protection.

You simply will not find another clear coat, despite the promises of Auto finishes, two pack clears or powder coating that will give you the protection of your beloved plaque that you are seeking, for years to come. Ensure you are not deceived into a bottom of the barrel alternative only to find your cherished plaque’s coating peeling and the plaque tarnishing due to inferior materials being used.

We offer:

  • Memorial Plaques
  • Commemorative Plaques
  • Historical Plaques
  • Trail Plaques
  • Pet Plaques
  • Identification Plaques
  • Cast Plaques
  • Interpretive Plaques
  • Garden Memorial Plaques

Engraved Plaques in Australia

Jacqui Nuske - Thursday, November 11, 2010

Engraved plaques are a great choice when you're recognizing the accomplishments of an individual or group. The award you present to them will be one they will be proud of and will enjoy displaying for years and years. The range of available materials and styles is endless, whether you need to recognize a sports star, a long-serving employee or an academic achievement, the choice is wide.  

Selecting an awards and engraving company is not simply about choosing someone that has a large generic range or simply pumps out wooden plaques. Awards , be it custom designed or Corporate awards, require the contribution of a dedicated design and production team that have an eye for style and design as well as attention to detail. The top suppliers will give you personalized service, both on-line and in person or over the phone, depending on your preference. One of the many services offered is to advise you on the best choice of material for your custom application, whether it be acrylic, glass, brass or quality wood such as rosewood or walnut. 

Sometimes schools, clubs and associations need to recognize and honour people on an on-going basis.  Annual winners of events and competitions can be recorded on perpetual engraved plaques that can be displayed for generations and added to as required.  

When recognizing individual achievement it is possible to design and customize the award to the individual’s personality. You can select a unique style of plaque using, for example, a black acrylic material or tinted glass mounted on polished wood perhaps with a gold or silver finish on the frame. An engraved personalized message of your choice makes it truly special and it will be treasured by the recipient.

Engraving techniques differ depending on the material used. Look for a trusted company that is experienced in all styles of engraving and using all types of materials.  Technically, engravers can apply any type of artwork including logos to provide a professional finished product that can promote a person or brand.  

Plaques can be used out of doors as well, the uses extend beyond awards to mount on office walls and in the home. They can be used for identification signs, house names, memorials where a permanent and durable finish is needed.  Special techniques are used to prevent fading and weather damage and plaques can be attached to most flat surfaces.

Engraving suppliers that offer only the best quality plaques, awards and trophies as well as top notch service are not too plentiful so choose carefully.  The supplier should have an on-line presence, be responsive to your needs and have good after-sales service.  Engraved plaques can provide continuous joy to the receiver as the award can be kept for ever. 

Engraved plaques are a great choice when you're recognizing the accomplishments of an individual or group. The award you present to them will be one they will be proud of and will enjoy displaying for years and years. The range of available materials and styles is endless, whether you need to recognize a sports star, a long-serving employee or an academic achievement, the choice is wide.  

Selecting an awards and engraving company is not simply about choosing someone that has a large generic range or simply pumps out wooden plaques. Awards , be it custom designed or Corporate awards, require the contribution of a dedicated design and production team that have an eye for style and design as well as attention to detail. The top suppliers will give you personalized service, both on-line and in person or over the phone, depending on your preference. One of the many services offered is to advise you on the best choice of material for your custom application, whether it be acrylic, glass, brass or quality wood such as rosewood or walnut. 

Sometimes schools, clubs and associations need to recognize and honour people on an on-going basis.  Annual winners of events and competitions can be recorded on perpetual engraved plaques that can be displayed for generations and added to as required.  

When recognizing individual achievement it is possible to design and customize the award to the individual’s personality. You can select a unique style of plaque using, for example, a black acrylic material or tinted glass mounted on polished wood perhaps with a gold or silver finish on the frame. An engraved personalized message of your choice makes it truly special and it will be treasured by the recipient.

Engraving techniques differ depending on the material used. Look for a trusted company that is experienced in all styles of engraving and using all types of materials.  Technically, engravers can apply any type of artwork including logos to provide a professional finished product that can promote a person or brand.  

Plaques can be used out of doors as well, the uses extend beyond awards to mount on office walls and in the home. They can be used for identification signs, house names, memorials where a permanent and durable finish is needed.  Special techniques are used to prevent fading and weather damage and plaques can be attached to most flat surfaces.

Engraving suppliers that offer only the best quality plaques, awards and trophies as well as top notch service are not too plentiful so choose carefully.  The supplier should have an on-line presence, be responsive to your needs and have good after-sales service.  Engraved plaques can provide continuous joy to the receiver as the award can be kept for ever. 

Engraved plaques are a great choice when you're recognizing the accomplishments of an individual or group. The award you present to them will be one they will be proud of and will enjoy displaying for years and years.  The range of available materials and styles is endless, whether you need to recognize a sports star, a long-serving employee or an academic achievement, the choice is wide.  

Selecting an awards and engraving company is not simply about choosing someone that has a large generic range or simply pumps out wooden plaques. Awards , be it custom designed or Corporate awards, require the contribution of a dedicated design and production team that have an eye for style and design as well as attention to detail. The top suppliers will give you personalized service, both on-line and in person or over the phone, depending on your preference. One of the many services offered is to advise you on the best choice of material for your custom application, whether it be acrylic, glass, brass or quality wood such as rosewood or walnut. 

Sometimes schools, clubs and associations need to recognize and honour people on an on-going basis.  Annual winners of events and competitions can be recorded on perpetual engraved plaques that can be displayed for generations and added to as required.  

When recognizing individual achievement it is possible to design and customize the award to the individual’s personality. You can select a unique style of plaque using, for example, a black acrylic material or tinted glass mounted on polished wood perhaps with a gold or silver finish on the frame. An engraved personalized message of your choice makes it truly special and it will be treasured by the recipient.

Engraving techniques differ depending on the material used. Look for a trusted company that is experienced in all styles of engraving and using all types of materials.  Technically, engravers can apply any type of artwork including logos to provide a professional finished product that can promote a person or brand. 

Plaques can be used out of doors as well, the uses extend beyond awards to mount on office walls and in the home. They can be used for identification signs, house names, memorials where a permanent and durable finish is needed.  Special techniques are used to prevent fading and weather damage and plaques can be attached to most flat surfaces.

Engraving suppliers that offer only the best quality plaques, awards and trophies as well as top notch service are not too plentiful so choose carefully.  The supplier should have an on-line presence, be responsive to your needs and have good after-sales service.  Engraved plaques can provide continuous joy to the receiver as the award can be kept for ever. 

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