Etched nameplates afford engineers the ability to create an attractive and durable part. The advantage of etching nameplates is that after the test of time, chemical abuse, and weather, the etched copy is legible. Many rating and serial tags use this technology because of its timeless nature.
The etched areas of nameplates are visible by contrast to the natural finish of the metal. The etched areas can also be filled with paint. Because this paint is below the surface of the nameplate, it is less susceptible to abrasion. Nelson-Miller has the capability of etching a variety of metallic substrates. The most common materials used are Aluminum, Stainless Steel, and Brass. Etched aluminum nameplates are often used in commercial and aerospace applications. Stainless steel nameplates used in high temperatures and food processing applications. Etched brass nameplates have a unique and elegant look that only brass can offer.
Engraving nameplates can also be used to create an attractive and durable front panel. In these types of applications the copy is etched then filled with paint. The fact that the paint is below the surface of the panel significantly adds to the durability when compared to traditional screen printing.