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The Nameplate FAQ page covers common questions in the following areas.
Nameplates need to maintain their original look while enduring a variety of harsh environments. The durability of your color is a key consideration in nameplate design.First, consider the environment your product will be exposed to. An option of adding a protective clear coat in combination with printed color allows for the best protection. The next decision is determining which clear coat is required to meet your challenges. Finally, testing is performed to ensure the best possible outcome for your nameplate. There are a variety of common tests to assure your product identification meets your requirements.This image shows the results of a color tested with and without a protective topcoat. The clear coat protected from long-term UV exposure.For more information on determining your durability requirements, click here to request a copy of our free eBook.
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Nameplates, label and badges are exposed to a diverse range of environments requiring product testing to assure performance. We work with manufacturers and product designers on issues related to product performance. Often these involve bespoke tests for which no "standard" exists.
Northern Engraving tests to ASTM (American Society for Testing and Materials) standards and other customer specifications. Spec information is given as a general guideline. Additional requirements may be passed through the use of a different topcoat. Alternatively, if the specific tests are not required we may be able to reduce cost by using a different topcoat.
Following is a list of common or standard nameplate specs. Northern Engraving has the ability to perform these tests and many more.
In addition to the typical test listed above, Northern Engraving has the ability to perform many other tests in house saving you time and money.
Tests we are capable of performing:
HeatFadeometerCASSDensityDimensional LayoutsGravelometer HumidityQUVSalt SprayAdhesionThermal CyclesWater ImmersionThermal Shock Fogging
Film ThicknessFlexibilityFlammabilityImpactGrindTaber AbrasionRCA Taber AbrasionErichsen Tester Crocking/Color TestingScratch Test Dime Scrape Thumbnail HardnessZenith AbrasionPencil Hardness
Marring Scuff & MarOdorViscosityInfrared Spectro-PhotometerVisual Color EvaluationSpectro-Photometer ReadingsStain/Chemical ResistancePercent SolidsTackMelt FlowpH ReadingWeighingXenon Weatherometer
What environmental considerations need to be reviewed for your product branding application?
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