A nameplate is used as an identifier for a person or product. It has many applications such as in offices, commercial spaces, military and medical facilities and fire stations to mention just a few examples. Nameplates can be fabricated from different types of materials including stainless steel, brass, aluminium, and Traffolyte. The use of durable and sturdy nameplates is necessary in harsh environmental conditions where plastic labels simply will not do. Here is a detailed description of different nameplate applications.

Office nameplate

Office nameplates can be made from a variety of materials including plastic. Traditional nameplate format includes the employee name and job title. These days, nameplates no longer include the job title of the employee to ensure that it can be reused as many times as necessary even if the person has already been promoted. Personalising is also an option for the organisation.

Product nameplate

Nameplates are added to products to provide information about the manufacturer, name of the product, make, model and dimensions etc. Aside from providing information about the product, it can also be a decorative piece. To make a product nameplate more durable, techniques such as etching and engraving may be used by the nameplate manufacturer. These can also either be mounted directly on the product or fixed using screws and/or rivets.

Industrial grade nameplates

When it comes to applications for harsher environments, nameplates need to be made of industrial grade material. Many industries that require nameplates used them for branding, identification and instructions.

The materials used for nameplates have different properties and should be selected depending on the purpose of the nameplate. It is also important to consider where the nameplate will be placed – indoors or outdoors. Here are some of the most popular materials used for nameplates and their suitable applications:

  • Stainless steel. This material is ideal when the nameplate will be exposed to high temperatures and varying environmental conditions such as moisture. Because stainless steel is resistant to heat, it is often chosen for medical and military applications.
  • Aluminium. Similar to stainless steel, it is also resistant to moisture and tarnishing. It is also lightweight and lends well to outdoor applications. However, this material is not resistant to heat, therefore it is not ideal for locations where the nameplate will be exposed to extreme temperature.
  • Brass. This material is desirable because of its decorative appeal. It is often used for businesses as a nameplate for employees and other business applications. It is also durable enough to be used both outdoors and indoors.
  • Traffolyte. For application in a harsher environment, trafollyte is highly suitable because it is also impact resistant and allows the use of different colours for a variety of designs.

There are certainly a lot of things to consider when choosing a material for nameplates. If you are ordering in bulk and budget is a consideration, you can always check which material is the most cost-effective option while still maintaining the quality of the product. Search for a manufacturer that offers the best quality of fabrication and a variety of options to choose from.

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