Trusted Where Permanent Identification is Critical.
WHAT IS METALPHOTO?
Metalphoto® is photosensitive, anodized aluminum used to make durable, high-resolution nameplates, labels, and control panels.
Metalphoto’s durability comes from its image – which is sealed inside of the anodized aluminum, providing corrosion, sunlight, abrasion, temperature and chemical resistance. Its unique, photographic imaging process creates ultra-high resolution graphics and variable information – including machine-readable barcodes, anti-counterfeit security features and serialized data.
Since its development in 1950, Metalphoto has been trusted by leading OEMs, military and government organizations for nameplate, label and control panel applications where permanence, resolution, variable data or a combination of those characteristics is required.
Why Use Metalphoto?
Metalphoto’s archival, silver-halide based image is sealed inside of anodized aluminum, making it readable after prolonged exposure to a variety of harsh operating conditions including weather/sunlight, heat, abrasion, chemicals and salt-spray.
The benefit is fewer label, nameplate, sign or control panel replacements due to illegibility – that means guaranteed regulatory compliance, asset identification and brand representation.
Metalphoto’s ability to create hundreds, thousands, even millions of unique labels or nameplates is a function of its unique imaging process.
The benefit of this process is that Metalphoto labels and nameplates can contain “item-unique” serialized data, one of a kind instructions and/or barcodes of any symbology.
Durable barcodes connect assets to cloud-based computer systems, reduce data entry errors and speed the process of identifying assets properly.
- Your label, nameplate or panel will always look crisp and clear – conveying a sense of quality and reliability that will distinguish your brand.
- High-resolution images make it possible to mark small items or surfaces such as firearms or others where a large label is not feasible.
- Optional security printing features such as micro-text and watermarks that verify the authenticity of your product and protect it against fraud and counterfeiting.
Since its introduction in 1958, Metalphoto has proven itself again and again to major OEMs and government organizations. As a result, Metalphoto is specified by most major government, industrial and military organizations including Boeing, Airbus, Caterpillar, Great Dane, Honeywell, BF Goodrich, NASA, and the United States Navy, Army, Air Force and Marines.
When To Use Metalphoto?
Because Metalphoto is resistant to many conditions commonly found in outdoor environments that would erode most identification products printed on other materials, Metalphoto is the perfect material for any nameplates, signs, labels or control panels that need to stand up to harsh outdoor environments, or any project where permanent identification that will remain legible for the life of the product is crucial. See Metalphoto’s durability characteristics below:
Metalphoto was immersed in a full battery of chemicals at different temperatures for different lengths of time, all with little to no effect.
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*Horizons ISG does not warrant the performance of its materials in any environment.
When your application calls for a material that will remain legible through the harshest of environments, Metalphoto is your go-to material. These industries all trust Metalphoto for their critical identification applications:
Metalphoto Provides Durable Identification for Defense Applications
Metalphoto’s durability comes from its image – which is sealed inside of the anodized aluminum, providing resistance to corrosion, sunlight degradation, abrasion, high temperatures and chemical exposure. Its unique, photographic imaging process supports ultra-high resolution images and variable information – including machine-readable barcodes, anti-counterfeit security features and serialized data.
INDUSTRY SPECIFICATIONS METALPHOTO MEETS:
- A-A-50271 Class-2 Composition C
- Federal Specification GGP-455B(3)
To learn more, please download the Metalphoto Defense data sheet or the Metalphoto Defense case study.
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|GG-P-455B Amendment 3||US Federal Government||Amendment to Correct Anodic Layer Thickness|
|MIL-DTL-15024G||US Dept. of Defense||Identification of Equipment; Type G – Foil Type H – Plate|
|MIL-A-8625F Amendment 1||US Dept. of Defense||Anodizing amendment for Photosensitized (identification) nameplates|
|MIL-P-6906B||US Dept. of Defense||General specification for identification plates for aircraft instruments, accessories, major structural assemblies and aircraft equipment.|
|Federal Specification GG-P-455B(3)||US Federal Government||Plates and Foils, Photographic (Photosensitive, Anodized Aluminum)|
|A-A-50271 Class 2-Composition C||US Dept. of Defense||Department of Defense Commercial Item Description – Identification Plate|
|SSP 50007||NASA, Johnson Space Center Texas||Space Station Inventory Management System Bar Code Label Requirements and Specification|
|MIL-STD-130||US Dept. of Defense||Identification Marking of U.S. Military Property|
|MIL-A-8625F||US Dept. of Defense||Anodic Coatings for Aluminum & Aluminum Alloys Type II Class 1 (unprocessed or clear) Class 2 (processed)|
|SAE AMS-QQ-A-250/1||Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE)||Federal Specification, Aluminum 1100 Plate and Sheet (superceded by ASTM B209-10)|
|MIL-DTL-19834C||US Dept. of Defense||General Specification for Plates; Identification or Instruction, Metal Foil, Adhesive Backed|
|MIL-STD-13231||US Dept. of Defense||Military Standard Practice – Marking of Electronic Items|
|MIL-P-514D||US Dept. of Defense||Plate Identification, Instruction and Marking, Blank|
|MIL-PRF-61002||US Dept. of Defense||Pressure-Sensitive Adhesive Labels for Barcoding|
|NSA-2B||US Dept. of Defense||Aluminum Foil (annealed only)|
|BMS-26J||Boeing Commercial Aircraft Company||Boeing Material Specification|
|BAC5875||Boeing Commercial Aircraft Company||Boeing Process Specification - Fabrication of Aluminum for Markers, Instrument Panels, Drawer Front Panels and Fabrication of Metal and Plastic Appliques|
|Memorandum A3-J024-M-9501786, Laboratory Case 161311||Honeywell, Inc. Satellite Systems Operations||Metalphoto approved for use on Space Station|
|LMA-PN010||Lockheed Martin||Fabrication of UID Nameplates for Aircraft Items|
|GA105G||Northrup Grumman||Northrup Grumman Standard|
|SS9048-R08||Sikorski||Sikorski Processing Specification|
|LGMS 3001||BF Goodrich||Goodrich Specification - Aluminum Material for Nameplates and Foil Labels|
|SMT0022||BF Goodrich||Goodrich Specification|
|CMS6800||UTC Aerospace Systems/Hamilton Sundstrand||Metalphoto Photosensitive Anodized Aluminum is approved for UTC Aerospace specification CMS6800 for durable plate and foil labels.|
|ASTM B209-14||ASTM Standard Practices||Standard Specification for Aluminum and Aluminum Alloy Sheet and Plate|
|Technical Paper Series 2000-01-2437||Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE)||Special requirements for Crew Interface Labels on the International Space Station, Stephen Gray & Fernando Ramos – Boeing|
|Standard UL 969||Underwriters Laboratories (UL)||Marking and Labeling Systems|
|EC 1907/2006||European Chemicals Agency (ECHA)||REACH Certification|
|CARDIVNSWC-TR-62-00-05||Dept. of Navy||Navy Lab Evaluation of label plate materials and attachment methods considered for use on LPD-17|
|RoHS Certification||EC Directive on Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment (WEEE)||RoHS Certification|
|CSA Approval Doc. 1 | Doc. 2||Canadian Standard Association (CSA)||Canadian approval for adhesive-backed Metalphoto products|
|AAMI/CDV-1 ST79:2010/A2.06||Pacific Biolabs||Steam Sterilization Validation|
|UL PGGU2||Underwriters Laboratories (UL)||Marking and Labeling System Material Component (File # MH17767)|
|IUID Environmental Survivability Testing Report||US Naval Surface Warfare Center (NSWC), Corona Division||Evaluation of label materials marked with Item Unique Identification (IUID)|
|A-A-50271 (~MIL-P-514D)||Detroit Testing Laboratory||Certification to specification|
|Abrasion Resistance||No pronounced image loss, degradation or reduced readability after 7,000 cycles on an abrading wheel.|
|Acid Corrosion||No deterioration or image degradation after 24 hours in 3% nitric acid.|
|Heat Resistance||Standard Metalphoto readable up to 500°F, Image Intensified Metalphoto readable up to 800°F. Both tested for a 24-hour oven exposure. Inquire for heat resistance up to 1,000°F with Extra High Temperature (XHT) treatment.|
|Salt Spray Corrosion||No deleterious effect after a 720-hr salt spray (fog) test. 2,6 “Very Good” corrosion resistance after 113 days seawater exposure.|
|Accelerated Light and Weather Resistance||No pronounced deterioration of legibility after 400-hr carbon arc weatherometer exposure. (Estimated 20+ year outdoor life)|
|Accelerated Oxygen Aging||No discoloration or fading after 96-hr/300 psi/ 70°C oxygen bomb aging.|
|Stain Resistance||No black fading when plates are exposed to tincture of iodine.|
|Cleaning Resistance||No deleterious effects when tested with alkaline cleaners (MILC-87937 or equivalent) for aircraft surfaces.|
|Low Temperature Resistance||No deleterious effect or image fade after 1 hour at -50°F. No impairment of legibility upon exposure at -67°F.|
|Organic Solvent Resistance||No softening, staining or noticeable fade after 24-hr exposure to: JP-4 fuel, Gasoline, Mineral Spirits, Methyl Ethyl Ketone, Turpentine, Turbine & Jet Fuel, Kerosene, Xylol, Acetone, Toluol, Heptane, Trichlorethylene, MIL-H-5606 Hydraulic Fluid and MIL-L-7808 Jet Engine Oil.|
|Fungus Resistance||Visual reading of “0” per ASTM-G21.|
|Thermal Shock||No deterioration after 3 cycles between -65°C and 125°C|
|Moisture Resistance||No deterioration after 10 humidity cycles per MIL-STD-202, method 106.|
Note: Users must test products in the environment in which they are expected to function. ISG does not warrant the performance of its products in untested applications.
|Metalphoto Data Sheet||Details the composition, features, benefits, characteristics and technical specifications of Metalphoto photosensitive anodized aluminum.|
|Metalphoto Attachment Guide||Guide to selecting the right attachment method for your Metalphoto product.|
|Metalphoto On-site Processing||Metalphoto can be produced at your location where and when needed or purchased from worldwide network of approved suppliers. This data sheet describes the advantages of processing on-site and the different systems available based on volume requirements.|
|Metalphoto Sustainability Sheet||For over 50 years, engineers have trusted Metalphoto photosensitive anodized aluminum because of its exceptional durability. What you may not know is that the Metalphoto Processing System is designed for reduced environmental impact. This Data Sheet goes through the environmental benefits of the Metalphoto.|
|Metalphoto Engineering and Specifications Guide||The Engineering and Specification Guide contains information to help engineers specify and use Metalphoto for a variety of identification purposes.|
|Case Studies / White Papers||Description|
|Metalphoto for Photographic Reproduction||Two Cleveland companies join forces to recognize renovation of historic building and replace low-quality photographic reproductions with high-resolution Metalphoto photosensitive anodized aluminum.|
|Metalphoto vs. Etched Stainless Steel White Paper||Etched and filled stainless steel underperforms Metalphoto photosensitive anodized aluminum in select applications.|
|Metalphoto NADCAP Exemption White Paper||Metalphoto has been exempted from NADCAP AC7108 by several aerospace Primes and Suppliers. This explains why Metalphoto has been exempted & why it is important for others to exempt Metalphoto from NADCAP.|
|Metalphoto IUID Environmental Survivability Test White Paper||This US Navy study shows Metalphoto labels to have outstanding durability and versatility for permanent asset identification & tracking.|
|Metalphoto Medical White Paper||Metalphoto is proven to withstand multiple sterilization cycles & not fade or harbor bacteria as per ANSI/AAMI ST79 steam sterilization & sterility assurance.|
|Metalphoto for Architectural Signage||Award-winning Mariemont School Foundation chose Metalphoto photosensitive anodized aluminum for permanent images to last a lifetime.|
|Metalphoto for Transportation||A leading manufacturer of tractor trailers and shipping containers found that nameplates made of Metalphoto have greater durability and legibility than etched stainless steel at a fraction of the price.|
|Metalphoto for Marine & Offshore Oil and Gas Drilling||Seatrax, a leading offshore crane manufacturer, chose Metalphoto for extreme durability and fast turnaround on permanent labels and markings.|
|Metalphoto for Transportation||Data sheet detailing Metalphoto's use in the transportation industry.|
|Metalphoto for Heavy Equipment||Data sheet detailing Metalphoto's use in the heavy equipment industry.|
|Metalphoto for Energy||Data sheet detailing Metalphoto's use in the energy industry.|
|Metalphoto for Shipbuilding & Marine||Data sheet detailing Metalphoto's use in the shipbuilding and marine industry.|
|Metalphoto for Aerospace||Data sheet detailing Metalphoto's use in the aerospace industry.|
|Metalphoto for Defense||Data sheet detailing Metalphoto's use in the defense industry.|
|Webinars / Presentations||Description|
|Destructive Nameplate Testing: Will It Read?||Webinar presentation testing the durability of Metalphoto versus several competitors through several destructive tests.|
|Metalphoto Road Show Presentation||Overview of Metalphoto applications and options|
|Press Releases / Articles||Description|
|Advertisement: Integrity at the Helm: USS Gerald R. Ford (CVN 78)||Released by Horizons, Inc. July 16, 2017|
|Metalphoto Introduces Certified Converter Program||Released by Horizons, Inc. September 29, 2015|
|Synopsis of U.S. Naval Surface Warfare Center, Corona Division’s IUID Testing Compares Durability of 73 IUID Label Materials||Released by Horizons, Inc. April 1, 2014|
|Horizons Imaging Systems Group Joined AIM North America to Exercise Their Voice on Capitol Hill||Released by Horizons, Inc. June 25, 2012|
|Metalphoto Achieves Highest Score on More U.S. Navy Environmental Survivability Tests than Any Other Material Tested||Released by Horizons, Inc. November 11, 2011|
|Supplier Profile: Innovative and Durable Products -Horizons Incorporated||Published by Recognition Review February 2011|