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For assistance creating, procuring, installing, or better understanding defense application identification, see the topics below.

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Fabrication

All materials in all the thicknesses listed on this website can be cut and fabricated using a basic guillotine metal shear. Corners can be rounded using a corner rounding machine. It is option advisable to apply adhesive to your sheets prior to cutting when possible.  Some thicker adhesives may cause roll-over and must be applied post fabrication.

Fabrication can be a time consuming process and takes considerable skill to do properly.  Often, users find pre-made planks provide the best opportunity to make parts in-house in a simplified way.  This is especially true for very small parts or foil materials.

For finished parts with custom thicknesses, sizes or shapes, Contact Us to find a trusted finished part supplier.

Attachment

Find instructions for adhesive-backed identification storage and attachment below.

Store your labels, tags or nameplates in a plastic bag at room temperature conditions of 72°F (22°C) and 50% relative humidity. Storing labels at higher or lower temperatures may decrease the level of adhering performance.

Gather the following supplies:

  • Identification to be applied
  • An industrial cleaning solution or isopropyl alcohol
  • Clean rags or paper towels
  • A soft rubber roller
  1. Ideal adhesive application temperature range is 70°F to 100°F (21°C to 38°C). Initial application to surfaces at temperatures below 50°F (10°C) is not recommended for most pressure sensitive adhesives because the adhesive becomes too firm to adhere readily.

  2. Bond strength can also be improved with firm application pressure and moderate heat (for metal surfaces only), from 100°F to 130°F, causing the adhesive to develop intimate contact with the bonding surface.
  1. Clean and dry the mating surface before applying the label. It is important to remove all grease, oils, rust, waxes, and other contaminants that may interfere with adhesion.

  2. Handle the label by its edges to avoid touching the adhesive.

  3. Position one edge of the label on the surface, then using the roller or firm thumb pressure, move across the label to complete the application. This will prevent air from trapping between the label and the surface, and help the adhesive fasten into the mating surface. Adhesives will meet maximum bond strength after approximately 72 hours.
  • Do not apply labels to a dirty surface.
  • Do not pre-curl the (foil) label while peeling it from the backliner.
  • Do not touch the back, as the will contaminate the adhesive.
  • Do not loosely apply the label. All edges of the label must be firmly adhered to the surface.
  • Do not use a hard roller when applying the label. This could damage the label material.

Do-It-For-Me

THE FOLLOWING CUSTOMIZED ASSET MANAGEMENT SERVICES are available.

Installation of labels, nameplates and signs on a wide variety of assets, from hospital and school equipment to industrial machinery and military equipment. Trained installation teams can quickly and accurately locate and label thousands of assets on-site. Each label, nameplate or sign is scanned and validated during installation, and the data recorded for transfer to your database.

The goal of the data reconciliation process is to help you make sense of your current asset data. The data reconciliation processes can also be used to cleanse your existing databases and inventory records of any inaccuracies or discrepancies.

Data management systems monitor your data from project to project, providing exact information for every unique asset. Asset management not only tracks your data, but data elements such as serial numbers, locations, owners, status and many others to each asset. Asset management includes the verification and validation of existing data.

Make vs. Buy Considerations

How to decide whether to make products on-site or to buy them complete.

  • Cost: high equipment cost with lower material cost vs. no equipment costs and higher cost for finished parts delivered
  • Control: just-in-time vs. 2-3 weeks
  • Capabilities: in-house graphic design and fabrication

Consider that making products requires multiple disciplines from the ability to generate graphics, drive production equipment to mark parts, and the need to carry an inventory of materials and adhesives along with the allocation of space and labor to produce your needs. This is in addition to the initial capital expenditures and training costs.  

This can all be justified if you have frequent needs for short run requirements or have a strong demand for very fast turnaround.  Outside of these needs making in-house can be convenient but not necessarily less expensive than procuring what you need from a vendor. 

Often, using both an in-house capability and outside resources can be the right answer. 

If you want to consider in-house manufacturing, the first decision is to qualify the materials that will meet your needs prior to purchasing equipment. This will ensure you are bringing the correct capability to your business.

How to Procure

Contact us for guidance on how to buy the following products.

  • Markable sheet material
  • Precut blanks for marking
  • Special sizes and shapes
  • Jigs and templates for marking blanks
  • Finished, marked labels and data plates

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