Trusted Where Permanent Identification is Critical.

What is Metalphoto?

Metalphoto® is a specialized type of anodized aluminum used to make durable, high-resolution nameplates, labels, and control panels.

Metalphoto Cross-section

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.

Since its development in 1958, Metalphoto has been trusted by leading OEMs,military and government organizations for nameplate, label and control panel applications where permanence, resolution or variable data are required.

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Why Use Metalphoto?

Durable Construction Means…
Durable Construction

The Confidence of Legibility.
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.

Variable Information Capability Means…
Variable Information Capability

Automated asset tracking, guaranteed traceability, fewer data entry errors and faster processing.
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 date entry errors and speed the process of identifying assets properly.

Photographic Resolution Image Means…
Photographic Resolution Image

High-resolution graphic capability and optional security printing features.
The benefits of photographic resolution are three-fold:

  • 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.

Proven Performance Means…
Proven Performance

Guaranteed Compliance.
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?






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:

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