Text and images embedded in the anodic layer of aluminium

Anodised aluminium.

MetalPRINT

A unique, patented digital printing process developed by Metal Sign & Label.

MetalPhoto

A true photographic process, for specialist applications requiring very thin or flexible metal stock or exceptionally fine print definition and durability.

Vivid Colours

Print multiple colours and full photos.

Deep Blacks

Choose from the deepest black to subtle shades of grey
Ulitimate durability

Stainless Steel.

MetalLASER

Our fibre laser technology allows high resolution marking with a polished, annealed or etched finish.

Tough

Stainless steel can endure the harshest physical conditions.

Food safe

Annealed finishes leave a clean smooth surface suitable for food and medical applications.

Customisable

Customise your label with holes, recesses logos and variable information.
Aluminium

Anodised Aluminium EN5005 H14 AQ

Anodic coating thickness

0.3 and 0.5 mm metal 15 - 18 microns
1.0 and 2.0 mm metal 18 - 20 microns
(most architectural window frame anodising is only 12 - 15 microns thick, thicker coating = better durability)

MetalPRINT and MetalPREMIUM meet the following U.S.A. specifications:
Mil. spec A 8625, type II - P514C - P51 4D
Fed. Std.: P455B, type ll, and all standards or specifications similar to the above mentioned.

Abrasion

Taser Abraser according to ASTM 4060-84, wheels CS17. 1 Kg. load, wheels grounded after each 500 rotations on grinding disc S-11.
After 1000 rotations: wear off 7,5 mg. (10 times better than a good epoxy coating)
After 3000 rotations: wear off 15,5 mg. (a decrease of the anodised layer of only 7.7%. The anodic layer, Aluminium Hydroxide, is just slightly softer than window glass)

Salt Spray

According to ASTM 8117-85 duration 1000 hours: No affection.

Solvent Imersion

The image is not affected by any solvent.
(The printed image is embedded into the anodic layer. Solvents do not affect anodised aluminium and therefore the printed image is protected.)

High Alkaline or Acid Environments

Printed aluminium should not be used in environments of high alkaline or acid concentrations as these environments attack the metal. While anodising does afford some protection, long term the metal and therefore the printed image is damaged. If concentrations exist to cause damage to aluminium chances are damage is also occurring to other substrates with potential adverse health risks to humans. Specify stainless steel for this environment.

O.U.V Fade Test

according to ASTM G53 (weather) accelerated test
Black - After 500 hours: no discolouring. Excellent U.V. resistance for black print, estimated equivalent to 20+ years outdoor exposure.
Other Colours - After 250 hours: discolouring or fade, amount dependant upon colour, pale colours most affected.
(Black print is virtually unaffected by UV with long term outdoor exposure, all other colours will fade over time with the rate of fade dependant upon colour, location, orientation and degree of exposure. Experience has shown most obvious fade over initial 2 -3 years then a slowing of fading. Over time the dyes used to produce colour print will fade as a result of exposure to the high UV typical of Australia. In applications where fade resistance is critical leave colour out or ensure critical information is printed black or greyscale.)

Adhesives

  • Adhesive - Avery 2925HP
  • Adhesive - 3M 468

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Metal PRINT
Metal PHOTO
Metal LASER
Material
AL
AL
SS / AL
Available Thickness
0.3, 0.5, 1.0mm
0.08, 0.13, 0.3, 0.5, 1mm
0.7, 1.2mm
Colour Print
Adhesive Backing
Custom Laser Cut Shapes
Minimum text size
6pt
1pt
3pt
Physically marked label
Smooth surface
Optional
Surface finish
Satin
Satin / Matt
#4 Brushed
Flexible options to suit budget and durability

Mylar, Polypropylene, Tesa and 3M Vinyl.

Durable

Highly durable Tesa 6930 material resists UV and chemical damage. The overlaminate used on Mylar and Polypropylene protects labels from abrasion and environmental damage.

Colour

Create eye catching colourful labels that incorporate your logo and brand colours.

Economical

Economically print even short runs enabling all your assets to be labeled.

Flexible

Attach to cables, pipes and other curved surfaces without impacting the structure of the print.

See how each material compares.

 
Polyprop
Mylar
Tesa 6930
3M IJ 180-MP
Material
Polyprop
Mylar
Acrylic
Vinyl
Use
Inside
Outside
Outside
Outside
Colour Print
Over-laminate
Adhesive Backing
Tamper Evident
Minimum text size
4pt
6pt
2pt
4pt
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