What are stainless steel nameplates? Benefits and use cases
Stainless steel nameplates are considered one of the best choices thanks to durability and resistance against many environmental factors.
Since stainless steel offers extraordinary durability in even the harshest environments, nameplates and labels made from this material have become commonplace among all kinds of industrial applications. Our clients use stainless steel nameplates to offer clear operating instructions on durable plates that last as long as their equipment.
Is stainless steel or brass the best material for your nameplates? Is this the best fit for your application? If you’re wondering about that and would like to learn more about stainless steel and brass nameplates, this article is for you.
Read on to find out everything you need to know about stainless steel and brass nameplates to check whether they are a good match for your project.
Benefits of stainless steel nameplates
Stainless steel is not affected by corrosion thanks to its outer chromium layer. That layer and the overall composition of stainless steel build material for nameplates that can withstand dents, scratches, chemicals, harsh weather conditions, and physical pressure that might cause other types of metals to bend.
When attaching a stainless steel nameplate to the desired surface, you’ll find that it’s very easy. Welding to the material is trouble-free. Stainless steel lends itself to welding more than other types of materials. This makes the attachment process simple and fast.
Bacteria don’t easily adhere to the slick metal surface of stainless steel. That’s why such nameplates are very easy to clean.
Thanks to the stainless property, the metal comes with a nice sheen that doesn’t need polishing. It will always stand out and communicate the important messages on your equipment.
The initial cost of stainless steel isn’t low as the cost of alternative materials. However, in the long run, stainless steel offers excellent value for money. That’s because stainless steel requires less maintenance and repair.
Which industries use stainless steel labels?
Thanks to their durability and versatility, stainless steel nameplates are common in many industries such as aerospace, manufacturing, government, energy, transportation, military, and food services.
Some of the common applications of stainless steel labels and nameplates include control panels, designation plates, and military place cards. Practically any function that requires a strong material that can benefit from stainless steel nameplates.
What is the creation process for a stainless steel nameplate?
Manufacturers usually offer a wide range of printing and carving methods to communicate nameplates information. When it comes to stainless steel, here are the most common techniques.
To engrave nameplates, manufacturers use a rotating cutting tool and a computer to make sure that the engraving process is efficient and meets your requirements.
In this process, the manufacturer uses a stencil to print each design in ink. Then the design is sealed with a surface coat for a long-lasting effect.
When using this technique, the manufacturer creates a raised text. This can be done by squeezing two cut pieces together. This process doesn’t use any ink, so you can be sure that the design doesn’t fade away with time. Moreover, the nameplates can be easily painted over while still maintaining the message.
Using etching means using chemicals or acids to etch the nameplate. Note that this process can also be finished with epoxy in order to protect colors and emphasize the etching.
Get high-quality stainless steel nameplates
At Melrose, we offer our clients high-quality stainless steel and brass labels. The text and images are located about .003’’ below the top surface for the best durability effect. Our customers use our nameplates in a wide range of applications such as elevators, military ships, food processing equipment, train cars, oilfield equipment, and many industrial products.
Our nameplates meet the requirements for pressure-retaining vessels per the National Board of Boiler and Pressure Vessel Inspectors and ASME requirements.
If you’re looking for a reliable manufacturer of stainless steel labels, get in touch with us. Every stainless part we produce comes with the highest quality, and our experts make sure that it meets the unique requirements of your application.