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:
Gauges and Rulers
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;
Gauges and Rulers
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
Fire Door Rating Plates
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
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.