• Engraved plastic type plate

Engraving

Engraving is a stock-removing method in which the industrial signage is inscribed by removing material with the help of a rotary milling tool.

Often the recesses are covered with paints. But covering with colours can also be omitted. Legibility in such cases is achieved either by the contrast between matt and glossy areas, such as in the case of stainless steel, or with the help of differences in colour when engraving multi-layer material. Examples of materials used here include coloured anodized aluminium or plastics such as Formalon®, or composite materials such as Resopal®.

The appearance and properties of engraved industrial signage made of metal is largely similar to that of etched signs and fronts. Engraving is mainly used when unit quantities are small and as addition to variable inscriptions.

Properties and benefits

  1. Colour covering is protected by embedding in recesses
  2. Legibility is guaranteed even after painting over or destruction of the colour covering
  3. High light-fastness of the colours
  4. High weather resistance
  5. In cases of aluminium signs and fronts, a combination with the anodizing method is possible
  6. Economical production of small quantities and single units
  7. Variable inscription possible

Uses

Type plates, rating plates • Brand mark signs, emblems • Scales, gauges, dials • Blanks, die cut parts, functional parts • Barcode signs • Front plates, front panels

Material

Stainless steel, brass, aluminium, plastics, composite materials

Print colours

Large selection of standard colours available. All colours according to common colour systems (RAL, HKS, Pantone) and special colours possible. As alterative also without colour, with matt-glossy contrast of base material.

Variable information

Sequential numbering, sequential barcodes and alternating inscriptions using embossing, engraving or laser inscription

Related products

Anodized

Eloxal is short for electrolytic oxidation of aluminium. Anodizing, also known as anodic oxidation, is an electrochemical process in which the surface of aluminium is converted to aluminium oxide. The dense and very hard anodized coating that is produced in the process is firmly joined to the substrate and is highly resistant to mechanical, chemical and thermal loads.

Etching

In the etching method, industrial signs are inscribed by etching out material using an etchant. Areas that are not to be etched out are covered beforehand with a resist, which protects against the etchant. Here the writing can be recessed (positive etching, deep etching) or elevated (negative etching, relief etching)

Printed, back-printed

In industrial signage that is printed the print colours are transferred to the substrate using printing methods such as screen printing, offset printing or digital printing.

Laser inscribed

Laser inscription is a method in which the industrial signage is marked by modifying the substrate with the help of an intensive laser beam.

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