Processes & Materials

Chemical Etch
Chemically etched nameplates are manufactured by masking certain areas of metal with an acid resistant material. This allows the unmasked area to be dissolved away with acid, resulting in the masked areas remaining in relief. The depth of commercial nameplate etching varies from 0.0015 to 0.003 inches, depending on the height and stroke of letters and the type of metal or alloy.

Texas Nameplate offers etched products in stainless steel, brass and aluminum for numerous applications that require durability and long life.

Screen Print
Screen printing involves applying a photographic stencil to a piece of porous, tightly stretched polyester through which enamel colors are forced. Areas of the screen are blocked off with a non-permeable material —a stencil— which is a negative of the image to be printed; that is, the open spaces are where the ink will appear.

Texas Nameplate offers screen printed nameplates and products in metallic and non-metallic materials that are economical for normal indoor use.

Photosensitive Process
The photosensitive process is used to produce anodized nameplates by exposing a photo resist coated plate to light through a film negative. The resist is selectively removed and the base metals etched to produce the copy.

Known for their extreme accuracy and quick turnaround time, anodized plates are commonly used in military applications. 
Using the photosensitive process, Texas Nameplate offers several products that meet stringent defense and government requirements.

MetalPhoto nameplates are produced by exposing aluminum impregnated with a silver compound to light through a film negative. Photographic images are inlaid and sealed into the anodic layer of aluminum. Metalphoto offers the dual advantages of durability and legibility.

Texas Nameplate uses MetalPhoto for specialized applications that demand longevity and quality imaging.

Our Sales representatives can assist you in determining the best process for your nameplate requirements.