STAINLESS STEEL & BRASS
Stainless steel does not easily corrode, rust or stain. It has a high temperature resistance and is also more resistant to chemicals than other metals. For these reasons, it is the recommended metal for very harsh environments and conditions. As with aluminium, it is often used to brand equipment and machinery.Stainless steel can be surface engraved black or screen printed any number of Pantone colours. A more durable process is to machine etch the type or graphics into the metal. The etching can then be colour filled with an enamel which is baked into the etching. Another option is to etch and paint fill the background of plates, effectively raising the type or graphics and leaving the raising in the natural silver colour. Etched information is less susceptible to abrasion and scratching compared to surface engraving or screen printing. As with aluminium, stainless steel plates can be finished with holes or adhesion and straight cut or cut to shape as required. We most commonly use 304 Standard Grade and 316 Marine Grade Stainless Steel, starting from a gauge of 0.55mm.
Like stainless steel, brass is corrosion resistant and gives a beautiful look to a nameplate. Brass nameplates are often used for decorative effects on manufactured products as well as used for commemorative plaques and awards. Brass too can be used in harsh industrial environments. Valve tags with serialised numbering and information is often made from brass using the etching and paint filling process. Brass nameplates are too finished with holes for mounting or with adhesive backing.