Trusted where permanent identification is critical.

Metalphoto® is photosensitive, anodized aluminum used to make
durable, high-resolution nameplates, labels, control panels, and signs.

Metalphoto’s durability comes from
its image – which is sealed inside of the anodized aluminum, providing resistance to corrosion, sunlight, abrasion, high temperatures and chemical exposure.

Since 1950, Metalphoto has been trusted by leading OEMs, military and government organizations for applications that require one or more of Metalphoto’s unique combination of features, including:





Metalphoto’s silver-halide based image is sealed inside of anodized aluminum, making it readable after prolonged exposure to harsh operating conditions including weather/sunlight, heat, abrasion, chemicals & salt-spray.Metalphoto labels and nameplates support item-unique serialize data, one-of-a-kind instructions or barcodes of any symbology that reduce data entry errors and speed asset tracking.Metalphoto’s high image resolution makes it possible to mark small items or surfaces and provides the option of security printing features such as micro-text and watermarks.Metalphoto has proven itself again and again to major OEMs and government organizations. As a result, most major government, industrial and military organizations
specify Metalphoto.

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Abrasion ResistanceNo pronounced image loss, degradation or reduced readability after 7,000 cycles on an abrading wheel.
Acid CorrosionNo deterioration or image degradation after 24 hours in 3% nitric acid.
Heat ResistanceStandard 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 CorrosionNo 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 ResistanceNo pronounced deterioration of legibility after 400-hr carbon arc weatherometer exposure. (Estimated 20+ year outdoor life)
Accelerated Oxygen AgingNo discoloration or fading after 96-hr/300 psi/ 70°C oxygen bomb aging
Stain ResistanceNo black fading when plates are exposed to tincture of iodine.
Cleaning ResistanceNo deleterious effects when tested with alkaline cleaners (MILC-
87937 or equivalent) for aircraft surfaces.
Low Temperature ResistanceNo deleterious effect or image fade after 1 hour at -50°F. No impairment of legibility upon exposure at -67°F.
Organic Solvent ResistanceNo 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 ResistanceVisual reading of “0” per ASTM-G21.
Thermal ShockNo deterioration after 3 cycles between -65°C and 125°C
Moisture ResistanceNo deterioration after 10 humidity cycles per MIL-STD-202, method 106.