There are a few different methods we use for labelling different materials. It all depends on the desired finish, and on what type of labelling that will adhere sufficiently to the material.
We use a digital printer to label all of our plastic wall plates. This a versatile tool, since not only can we print labelling on white as well as black and otherwise coloured plastic plates, we can also print colour logos and images using any colours in the CMYK colour spectrum. The ink is permanently cured on to the surface of the plastic and is extremely hard-wearing.
This method can also be used on anodised aluminium and many other materials, but achieves mixed results on stainless steel since it has a very hard, non-porous surface.
This process is used for etching labelling into anodised aluminium and stainless steel, as well as certain plastics for Traffolite labels. This is another permanent process that achieves a very precise and clean result. We have also used this machine to cut acrylic, for custom items such as fascias, flanges and spacers.
Engraving and Paint Filling
This is a process we occasionally use on materials such as clear anodised aluminium and certain plastics. It is a slightly more costly process, but it essential for materials that are not suited to being digital printed or laser etched.
This is also a process we occasionally use for printing coloured labelling or logos on materials that are not suited to being digital printed or engraved. This process is done by a third party graphic solutions specialist.