Common Metal Options for ID Plates

Identification plates, inventory control tags, rating and data plates on commercial and industrial equipment are exposed to harsh environments including sunlight/UV rays, hot or cold climates, and exposure to chemicals or cleaning products. Metal is the most common material solution that results in durable and robust parts. This post reviews the types of metal offered by McLoone.


Aluminum is the metal of choice for ID plates that will withstand exposure to dirt, chemicals, heat, sunlight, vibration, and other harsh conditions. Industrial nameplates made from aluminum has value for a wide variety of applications on heavy machinery, food service equipment, power tools, generators, and pumps. 


Advantages of Aluminum for ID Plates

Aluminum is chemical resistant, highly recyclable, lightweight and durable. It is suitable for both indoor and outdoor use. It can be formed to take on a desired shape and embossed for permanent markings or branding purposes.

Stainless Steel

Stainless steel is a popular substrate indoor or outdoor applications, usually within harsh environments. ID Plates and badges made from stainless steel are durable and long-lasting for a variety of industrial products including construction and mining equipment, food service equipment, and appliance trim. 

stainless steel industrial data plates

Advantages of Stainless Steel for Industrial Applications

Stainless steel nameplates, badges and decorative trim are expected to last many years in nearly any environment. It is corrosive and dent resistant. Its strength makes it ideal for industrial data or rating plates and information tags.

Decorating Options for Aluminum and Stainless Steel

Standard screen printing decoration is possible with the most common artwork showing basic one or two color designs. Customization is possible with serialized numbers and your unique artwork for graphics. Take into consideration that steel weighs more than aluminum and can cost more than other metals. Aluminum has additional benefit in that it can take on the appearance of other metals like brass or stainless steel by applying transparent tints of color to the surface. 

Diverse Metal Material Options

From warning labels and ID plates to attention grabbing nameplates and overlays, all your product identification needs are met with diverse metal options from a single source. While this post has outlined the most common materials offered for ID plates, other types of metal can be reviewed on a case by case scenario.

How Can We Help?

Communicating critical information for proper operation and maintenance of industrial equipment deserves careful consideration. Aluminum and stainless steel are reliable and durable solutions for the harsh conditions these applications face. Need help identifying the right substrate for your equipment? Our Customer Care team is ready to review and work with you.

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