PHOTOSENSITIVE ALUMINUM LABELS


 
Metal Finishing:
•  Anodizing and Alodining
•  Double Anodizing
•  Other Metal Finishing Services
 
Labels, Tags, Plates, and
Markings:
•  Polycarbonate, Vinyl, & Polyester
•  Photosensitive Aluminum
•  Bar Code Labels
•  UL® Labels
•  Laser Engraving and Etching
 
Silkscreening:
•  Silkscreening
 
Art and Film:
•  Art and Film
 

For a durable, high quality aluminum label, we offer photosensitive anodized aluminum printing. Known throughout the world as the Metalphoto® printing process, this method of producing aluminum labels, tags, and I.D. plates is used by many commercial and government entities. This photographic printing process yields a sharp, detailed image that is embedded in the anodized layer of the aluminum sheet.

The anodic coating is a transparent microscopic cellular structure that is extremely hard and abrasion resistant.              For colored anodizing the part is immersed in an aqueous dye which soaks into the microscopic pores of the anodized part.           The porous coating is then sealed by immersing the part into a boiling sealing solution. The desired dye is then embedded in the anodic coating.

This printing methodoffers great durability with resistance to abrasion and many solvents. See our Durability and Military Specifications section below for a more detailed description of its performance in specific conditions. The standard color combination is a clear anodized aluminum background with black copy, or vice versa. Various background colors such as gold, yellow, copper, blue, red, and green are also available.

TYPICAL APPLICATIONS INCLUDE:

 
Identification Plates
Bar Code labels
 
Part No. / Serial No. Tags
Locker Tags
 
Warning / Caution Labels
Operating Instruction Plates
 
Marker Strips
Dials and Meter Faces
 
Scales & Rulers
Radioactive & Safety Labels

 

AVAILABLE COLOR COMBINATIONS FOR ANODIZED ALUMINUM:

 
Clear anodized with red copy
Copper anodized with black copy
 
Clear anodized with black copy
Orange anodized with black copy
 
Clear anodized with blue copy
Green anodized with black copy
 
Red anodized with black copy
Osha yellow anodized with black copy
 
Purple anodized with black copy
Blue anodized with black copy

All finishes are available in satin and matte.  Matte finish, clear anodized with black copy is suggested manufacturing for best bar code scanning results.


METALPHOTO® DURABILITY & MILITARY SPECIFICATIONS

DURABILITY  
EFFECT
NO EFFECT
SLIGHT
SURFACE
DULLING
EXTERIOR
EXPOSURE
Black and silver image exceeds 400-hour weatherometer test GG-P-455B
ABRASION
RESISTANCE
Taber Abraser with CS17 wheel, a total of 1,000 gm. load
TEMPERATURE
RESISTANCE
Black and silver image, Intensified, 1,000°F
Black and silver image, Standard, 758°F
SALT SPRAY
5% at 95°F for 700 hours

 

CHEMICAL RESISTANCE
SPECIFICATION TEST CONDITION YES NO
MIL-S-3136 111 Hydrocarbon Fluid
1 Hr. Immersion
MIL-L-5161C Turbine and Jet Fuel
1 Hr. Immersion
JP-4 Fuel
72 Hr. Immersion
Kerosene
12 Hr. Immersion
Hydraulic Fluid
24 Hr. Immersion
Methyl Ethyl Ketone (MEK)
24 Hr. Immersion
Ethyl Acetate
24 Hr. Immersion
Xylol
72 Hr. Immersion
Heptane
72 Hr. Immersion
Ethyl Alcohol
72 Hr. Immersion
Ferric Chloride
10% Solution, 16 Hr. Immersion
Ammonium Hydroxide
0% Solution, 16 Hr. Immersion
MIL-P-21563 Soap Solution
16 Hr. Immersion
MIL-C-25179 AIN in Heptane
25% Sol., 1 Min. Immersion (cleaning solution)
Sulfuric Acid
10% Solution, 24 Hr. Immersion
Phosphoric Acid
1% Solution, 12 Hr. Immersion
Nitric Acid
3% Solution, 72 Hr. Immersion
TSP (Trisodium Phosphate)
1% Solution, 40 Hr. Immersion
 
MILITARY SPECIFICATIONS PHOTOSENSITIVE ANODIZED ALUMINUM
SPECIFICATION
TYPE
PUBLICATION
DESCRIPTION
GG-P-455B
Type I, Grade A or B
Class I or II
Federal
Photosensitive, anodized aluminum impregnated with silver compounds, printable on one or two sides - all finishes and thicknesses
MIL-P-15024D
Type H and G
Military
Photosensitive, anodized aluminum impregnated with silver compounds, printable on one or two sides - all finishes and thicknesses
MIL-P-514D
Composition C
Military
Photosensitive anodized aluminum plate, grade and class as specified in federal specification GG-P-455B
MIL-P-19834B
Type I or II
Style III or IV
Military
Photosensitive anodized 0.003" thick aluminum with the proper adhesive applied meets or exceeds all of the performance requirements of this spec
MIL-M-13231B
Type II, Group I
Military
Marking process shall be photographically printed on a sensitized aluminum as recommended by the manufacturer of the material
MIL-N-18307D
Type H
Military
Refers to MIL-P-15024D Type H
MIL-STD-1189A
Military
Bar Code - matte finish meets or exceeds the requirements for reflectivity and print contrast

Metalphoto® is a registered trademark of Horizons Research, Inc.

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