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Understanding the Nameplate and Label Manufacturing Process

Posted by Vicky Bowie

Topics: Nameplate, Materials and Processes

Nameplate and Label Manufacturing Process

It's a common question - How do you make a nameplate? It is important to understand that not all nameplate and label manufacturers use the same decorating and production processes. This can be cause for differences in price and lead times. For this reason I thought it would be helpful to pull the basics together. 

Northern Engraving has over 100 years of experience in producing and leading the way in achieving premium branding for several OEMs which you see in the market place across all industries from appliance trim and cosmetic appliqués to under the hood nameplates and motorcycle badges.

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IDSA 2015 | Industrial Designers Society of America International Conference

Posted by Vicky Bowie

Topics: Aluminum Trim, IDSA

This post originally appeared on the Surfaces on Aluminum blog. To read more content like this, subscribe to Surfaces on Aluminum.

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4 Options for Embossed Rivet Look on Aluminum Nameplates

Posted by Vicky Bowie

Topics: Embossing, Nameplate Examples

Many times we are asked for options to create an industrial look to an aluminum nameplate so that it gives the appearance of the emblem being mechanically attached to the end product. Typically the desired look is to resemble using rivets for secure attachment. Here are four options with custom tooling operations to achieve the look of embossed rivets on aluminum badges.

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A Cost-Effective, Three-Dimensional Option for Nameplates

Posted by Vicky Bowie

Topics: Domed Labels, Materials and Processes

Domed Metal and Plastic Product Identification

Doming protects a nameplate while giving it a three-dimensional look.  Domed nameplates are a simple and cost effective way to make your company logo or product name pop.  You will find aluminum nameplates and plastic labels with domed surfaces used to showcase brand identities for consumer products, vehicles, POP displays and anywhere else a durable attention-getting graphic is needed.  The three-dimensional lens is durable enough for indoor or outdoor applications.

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Limited Edition Etched Aluminum Nameplate

Posted by Vicky Bowie

Topics: Nameplate, Etched, Materials and Processes

The 50th Anniversary Ford Mustang is a limited edition with just 1964 vehicles produced. A special edition nameplate to commemorate this milestone features deep etched aluminum graphics for a two tone look.

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Build Brand Awareness with Aluminum Nameplates

Posted by Vicky Bowie

Topics: 3D, Automotive, Nameplate, Metallic

Aluminum nameplates are used to boost branding efforts by a company. They can showcase a product name, a corporate logo or simply an icon. A great example of this is looking at the Ford Mustang. The horse image is easily recognizable as the iconic logo for the muscle car. 

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Visual Dimension with Engine Stripe Aluminum

Posted by Vicky Bowie

Topics: Aluminum, Mechanical Finishes, Custom Patterns, Exterior

When this exterior badge came across my desk I had to stop and take a second look. It is an example of how a larger nameplate can become an elegant show piece for a brand.

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Simulated Anodized Finish for Aluminum Nameplates

Posted by Vicky Bowie

Topics: Materials and Processes, Anodize, Nameplate Examples

Simulated Anodized Colors on Aluminum Nameplates

Anodized colors are achieved with dyes and a chemical process to harden and seal the metal. The resulting finish is elegant and durable. This type of decoration is limited to flat surfaces because forming or embossing the aluminum can result in cracks or breaks in the protective seal. The anodize process can also increase processing lead times. There is a solution to achieve the anodized look without sacrificing tooling or lead times. Here's how.

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Enhance Brand Identity with Diamond Cut Aluminum Badges

Posted by Vicky Bowie

Topics: Aluminum Trim, Motorcycle, Diamond Cut, Materials and Processes, Recreational Vehicles

Enhanced Brand Identity

When designing an aluminum badge to enhance and showcase a high profile brand, some common appearance requirements include sharp detail or bold and reflective graphics. With the variety of decorating options available, these elements can seem difficult to achieve.

This post offers a solution using diamond cut aluminum to enhance a brand's identity and increase perceived value for the product.

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What is a Nameplate?

Posted by Vicky Bowie

Topics: Nameplate, FAQ

Nameplate. Label. Decal. Tag. Badge. Sticker. Medallion. What do all of these terms have in common? Any of them could be used when a product owner is looking to show off their brand identity. The term nameplate can be confusing.

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