We spend a lot of time working with customers to make sure that their design needs meet their expectations for function, aesthetic appeal, and cost. Sometimes, these elements can conflict with each other and failure to insist on a pre-production sample results in unintended consequences. It’s a label, right? How hard could this possibly be?
Pre-production prototypes are recommended for your nameplate project when it takes more attention to decide on the look for your product than a simple review of electronic proofs or similar samples.
Below are three benefits that come from pre-production samples:
Nameplate Fit and Function Review
Tooling for Nameplates
Both cutting and embossing tooling options are budget friendly. If your nameplate has a tight fit and needs precise embossing, then more expensive hard tooling and steel engraving dies should be quoted. Prototypes can help you confirm that the nameplate fits as it should.
Adhesive for Nameplates
Many products can have secure attachment with standard peel and stick adhesive. Some surfaces present more of a challenge however, and so it is beneficial to try out adhesive in order to identify the best solution.
Nameplate and Badges Visual Appearance
Colors, such as the PMS 185 red you chose from your Pantone book, can look different when printed on metal compared to plastic or vinyl. Limitations posed by pigments and underlying material color can substantially shift colors.
Nameplate and Badge Gloss Levels
Similar to color, gloss level can sometimes be better evaluated with physical samples.
Patterns and finishes add interest to product branding. A prototype offers in-hand examples to evaluate for the right structures.
Image resolution for Nameplates and Badges
The image resolution is important in creating well designed nameplates. A100-line screen count can look very good on a 10” X 10” part but when printed on a 1” X 2” may not be what you had in mind. The same holds true when looking to take a graphic from a small size and turn it into a larger nameplate. The resolution of the artwork provided may need to be revised for clarity.
Quality Requirements for Nameplates, Decals, and Badges
First Article Evaluation
Some applications may require pre-production approval of samples along with various reports in order to satisfy quality systems or other requirements.
Nameplate Prototype Testing
From confirmation of adhesive for attachment to exposure to specific chemicals, it is beneficial to be able to order prototype quantities of your nameplate before releasing to production.
Cost of Pre-Production Samples for Nameplates and Badges
While pre-production samples will cost you some money on the front end, taking the extra step to get them made can save you from any frustrations and disappointments when the final product arrives. Projects are reviewed on a case-by-case scenario, so costs involved are unique and subject to each specific requirement.
Don't let branding your product be a source of frustration. Production quality prototypes and samples allow you to fine tune designs and ensure the right look for your product identification.
How Can We Help?
No matter if you are just starting out in defining a nameplate or label or you are looking for ways to improve your presence in the market, we can help. We will work with you to identify the most cost effective and durable solution to make a positive impact in your brand strategy.