Stainless steel is a substrate which many companies use as their preferred tag, label, or identification plate. Marking this material can be done in more than one way and it depends on the needs of the customer. The main question that we always need to know is this: Do you want to cut into the stainless steel or mark it with a permanent bond that doesn't?Read More
If you search google for "engraved plastic tags" you'll come up with many different companies. Not all engraved plastic tags are the same, however. Here's what makes our plastic tags and labels different:Read More
Every once in awhile we are asked if we make phenolic labels. Actually, most of the time the customer is asking us for a phenolic label and then ending up getting a label in engravers plastic after out discussion. I hope to clear this up with the description of both phenolic and what we believe is a better and more cost effective substitute.Read More
Need a cost effective laser markable anodized aluminum tag or nameplate? Let me give you 7 reasons why you should use DuraBlackRead More
Don't pass up that next job just because it requires the electric cover plates to be engraved! We can help you and we'll make it easy. Just bring us the plates and a list of what you want on each one.
We normally engrave either stainless steel plates (pictured on right) or a plastic/nylon plate (pictured on the left). The processes used to mark these plates are different. I will give you a quick synopsis of how we mark them.Read More
As I was savoring the Rockets win in Game 7 against the Clippers, a thought came to me. The Rockets upgraded their team with key additions, among them Corey Brewer, Josh Smith, and Pablo Prigioni. None of them were here last year and now they all are making a significant impact and have helped take the Rockets to the Western Conference Championship Series. We have just done the same thing at our company, we have upgraded our "team" with another addition, and more are on the way!Read More
When it comes to laser marking stainless steel, there are two great ways to do it. These two ways are similar at the start - they both require the use of a laser and they make a permanent mark on the metal. However, beyond the start they travel different avenues to get to the finished product. For the sake of this blog I will refer to the two methods as CO2 and Fibermark.Read More
DuraBlack is a relatively new product that outperforms laser markable black anodized aluminum and acrylic labels and due to its ease of processing is a lower cost solution for permanent marking. DuraBlack was developed by the maker of Metalphoto. It was engineered to withstand harsh industrial and military operating environments without the extra step of applying a protective topcoat (which is required for Metalphoto) making it more cost effective. It works well for assest management, permanent instructions or identification. DuraBlack is imaged with a marking laser to produce a durable, high-resolution barcode, QR code, or human-readable image.
Ever heard the term "reverse engraved" plastic tags and really didn't know what it meant? Well I've learned that there at least two ways to skin the proverbial cat. When someone mentions "laser engraved plastic tags" I get a picture like the red one in my mind. This is a front engraved plastic tag. It has a white core and a red surface, and we use a laser to etch away the red surface exposing the white core. Note in this picture that the text appears sunk - it is.Read More