Nameplate Testing and Specifications

nameplate-testing-equipmentNameplate Test Specifications

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.

Nameplate Tests

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.

Standard Nameplates Specs

Following is a list of common or standard nameplate specs. 

  • Pencil Hardness determines the hardness of a coating on a substrate by using pencil lead of known hardness.
  • Fade-O-Meter or Xenon reproduces the weathering effects that occur when materials are exposed to sunlight, heat, and moisture as rain or dew in actual use.
  • Salt Spray a controlled corrosive environment which is utilized to produce relative corrosion resistance information for samples of metals and coated metals exposed in the test chamber.
  • Humidity the basic principle for testing water resistance of coatings using controlled condensation.
  • Adhesion the procedure for assessing the adhesion of coating films to substrates by applying and removing pressure-sensitive tape over cuts made in the film.
  • RCA Abrasion the determination of the resistance of coatings to abrasion produced by the Taber Abrasion on coatings applied to rigid surfaces.
  • Water Immersion the basic principles for testing water resistance of coatings by the complete immersion of coated samples in distilled water at ambient or elevated temperatures.
  • Heat Resistance an accelerated means of determining the performance of coating systems.
  • Household Chemical Resistance performance of coating systems are evaluated to the resistance of various liquids used in the home.
  • Q-U-V uses fluorescent UV light and water apparatus intended to reproduce the weathering effects that occur when  coatings are exposed to sunlight and moisture.

In-House Testing Capabilities

Certain applications may require additional testing from the list above. Whereever possible we will perform tests in house. Below is a listing of available tests we are capable of performing at our facility. 

Color Density
Dimensional Layouts
Salt Spray
Thermal Cycles
Water Immersion

Film Thickness
Thermal Shock
RCA Abrasion
Erichsen Tester
Crocking/Color Testing
Scratch Test    
Pencil Hardness 
Zenith Abrasion

Scuff & Mar
Visual Color Evaluation
Stain/Chemical Resistance
Percent Solids
Xenon Weatherometer
pH Reading

What environmental considerations need to be reviewed for your product branding application? Let's talk!


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