Anodized Aluminum Tags
Aluminum tags are the best choice when you need colored metal tags for color-coding. Anodizing the aluminum allows for it to be dyed with any color. The dye is applied to the porous surface of the aluminum. Then, in a second step, we seal that dye into the pores of the aluminum under a transparent sapphire hard oxidation layer. Hence, this layer is not a coating, but a permanent part of the aluminum.
Inland Products offer anodized aluminum tags in 12 colors. We can do custom colors if the quantity is high enough to justify a custom run. In addition, we can make any custom size or shape tag you may need. Please don’t hesitate to ask our sales department if you need anything that you don’t see on our website.
What are the main advantages of aluminum tags over other types of metal tags?
We sell our colored aluminum tags in bulk at wholesale prices. These tags have a few advantages over other types of metal tags. So, read on to learn more…
Several colors and scratch resistant
Our aluminum tags are available in twelve color choices, which is the most significant advantage. Offering this many colors allows our customers to use them for color-coding purposes, or to incorporate company, organization, or team colors into their project.
The anodizing process we use to color our aluminum tags isn’t a surface treatment like painting, powder coating, or plating. It’s a subsurface treatment that deposits dye into the open pores of the aluminum. This step is then followed up with a process that seals those pores shut, trapping the dye under the surface of the metal. That process leaves a hard transparent oxide layer on the surface of the tag.
The transparent oxide makes the surface of the tag very scratch resistant. Therefore, the engraved tag will remain readable for an extended time, even in harsh conditions where it’s subject to abrasion, severe weather conditions, or harsh chemicals.
Another advantage of anodized aluminum tags is the high contrast between the surface color and the engraving.
Anodized aluminum tags can be deep rotary engraved. In this process the engraving cutter cuts through the anodized layer and into the core aluminum. Therefore, the engraving is a bright silver color in contrast to the color on the surface of the tag.
Aluminum tags can also be laser etched. The laser burns through the surface color but not into the core aluminum. This results in a white engraving because the oxide layer has not been removed but is showing through in the etched areas.
Think about your color choice
When choosing a color for your aluminum tags, keep in mind that the engraving will always contrast better with a darker color. If you select a silver color for your engraved tags, the contrast between the silver surface and the color of the engraving will be very slight; especially when laser etched. If the tags are deep rotary engraved, the contrast is more defined because of the depth of the engraving, but still not as good as the contrast with darker colors.
Are Anodized Aluminum tags right for you?
Aluminum tags are the the lightest weight and most economically priced metal tags we offer. And, they’re by far the most popular with our customer base.
We do not, however, recommend aluminum tags for applications where they’ll be exposed to temperatures over 500 degrees Fahrenheit. At these higher temperatures the color will quickly fade, making the laser etching very difficult to read. But, if the tags are rotary engraved, they may remain easier to read due to the depth of the engraving.
With this in mind, if your application requires the tags to hold up to high temperatures, we recommend either our brass tags, which are capable of withstanding temperatures of over 1000 degrees Fahrenheit, or our stainless steel tags. They’ll withstand temperatures over 2000 degrees Fahrenheit.
How do we keep our prices so low?
Inland Products has been manufacturing identification products here in the United States since 1988. We’ve improved our manufacturing processes and capabilities many times in all those years. Our current manufacturing facility utilizes state-of-the-art equipment and allows us to compete very aggressively, even with overseas suppliers, because of the incredible efficiency of our processes.
From the very high-speed production of our blank tags to the most advanced computerized engraving equipment available, we can offer great bulk wholesale prices and very high-quality products to our customers.
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Inland Products has an experienced, knowledgeable, and helpful sales staff waiting to answer any questions you may have. We are here to help you make the best choices for your tags!