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Where and When it Makes Sense to Emboss Metal ID Plates

Posted by Vicky Bowie on May 12, 2020
Vicky Bowie

Industrial ID Plates have strict regulations for the type of information that should be displayed, set by OSHA, NFPA, and other organizations. Embossing is one option to make sure this critical information is legible, durably marked, and plainly visible after the equipment is installed. 

embossed metal data plate

Emboss Guidelines for Metal Data Plates

Embossing is a custom tooling process where a metal die creates a three-dimensional image. The die squeezes and pushes the metal up from the surface. The reverse of this is called debossing, where the metal is pushed down for indented text and graphics. Height and depth depends on the thickness of the material and type of tool that is used. Aluminum, brass and stainless steel can be embossed. 

Standard tolerances for embossing are established. Outlined here are established tolerances based on .020” thick aluminum. Other options in material type, thickness and emboss height are available.

Emboss Type

Tolerance for .020" Aluminum

Height
Maximum height = .015"
Logo or Text
Minimum stroke or line width = .015"
Space between embossed characters = .030"
Border
Minimum stroke or line width = .015"
Space to edge of part = .030"
Background
Edge of part must return to original height
Minimum lip/space to edge of part = .030"

Reasons to Emboss Metal ID Plates

Embossing is an option for dimension and permanent graphics. The raised areas stand up in damaging environments, ensuring essential information is displayed even after many years of use.

Physical Dimension - The nature of an emboss tool is literally adding a layer of dimension to push the surface of the metal up. This results in raised graphics, text, borders, etc. 

Durability and Longevity The embossed area is a permanent marking that will stay in place for the life of the product. It is a design element that cannot be erased or scratched away. UV curable inks and UV clear coat provides protection against exposure to the elements and harsh environments. 

How Can We Help?

No matter if you are well seasoned in data plate design or need some guidance, we can help! Our skilled Customer Service and Art Department will work with you to understand if embossing makes sense for your critical information.

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