Metal nameplates are not necessarily what you should use for your tagging requirements, but these should be greatly considered under very specific circumstances. When should you choose to use these over other types of tags and materials? What conditions should prompt you to pick this material over others when tags need to be made?
Metal tags are essentially durable and hardy tags that can be used on almost anything, but that does not mean that just because you can use these, you should do so. There are instances when these are truly ideal, and here are some of the times when a metal tag is best over other options:
When these tags are to be exposed to harsh conditions – metal nameplates are ideal for when the items these are to be attached to will be exposed to rather tough conditions. Machinery that is exposed not only to mud, UV rays, and grease, like tractors, lawn mowers, and farm equipment, can be included in this list. Factory equipment that is also exposed to abrasive materials, rough usage, and the like can also be part of such a list. Whatever kind of tag you may require, be it inventory and asset tags, barcoded tags, brand tags and schematics, to name a few, can be manufactured using metals like stainless steel and aluminum.
When these tags are to be exposed to hot and cold temperatures – these metal nametags are also great for use when the items you are to attach these on are exposed to high heat and cold temperatures. Ovens, stovetops, engines, and boilers are some examples of high heat conditions where such tags are ideal. Refrigeration units, freezers, and locales that have freezing weather are also examples of conditions where these tags can be ideally used. Whether these are made into warning and instructional plates, branding plates, or model and serial plates, these metal tags can survive these conditions as well.
When these tags are to be exposed to chemicals and certain substances – there are many applications where tags will find themselves exposed to chemicals that may destroy them, if these were not manufactured using durable materials like stainless steel, bronze, or aluminum. The use of thick metal plates for instances where exposure to chemicals and corrosive substances (apart from types of acid that eat through metals) is ideal when tags are required for these. Examples of metal tags that are used on equipment and areas where these conditions exist include warning and instructional plates, schematics, model and serial plates, barcode plates, and asset tags.