Anodised Aluminium

Exceptionally durable, widely specified, always readable. The images are embedded deep into the aluminium pores before being sealed below a super hard anodic layer. The high resolution image is printable in full colour or black plus greytones.

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  • Asset tracking labels and tags.
  • Compliance and rating plates.
  • Nameplates and serial labels.
  • Control fascia, mimic panels.
  • Branding, promotional and point of sale products.
  • Heritage plaques, Historic interpretive signs.

Our Anodised Aluminium solutions are divided into two families:

MetalPhotoBlack plus greytones only photographically sub-surface imaged. UV resistance in excess of 20 years. Foil thin to moderate thicknesses, 8 micron protective anodic layer.
AliChromaFull colour CMYK digitally sub-surface imaged. Medium to low UV resistance, colour and environment dependant. Thin to heavy thicknesses with a 24 micron protective anodic layer.

Why MetalPhoto?

  • For chemical and abrasion resistance the image is embedded below the 8 micron anodic layer.
  • High UV resistance – our unique photographic images survive the toughest environments where 20 year plus* reliability is crucial.
  • Withstands temperatures over 300°C*.
  • *Optional gold chloride intensification treatment boosts UV to extreme and heat resistance to 427°C.
  • Laser or die cut in standard or custom sizes and shapes.
  • Available in a range of gauges from foil thin to robust self-supporting.
  • All gauges, or combination of gauges can be laminated back to back to create two sided tags.
  • Laminate any gauge to 3 or 4mm aluminium, powder coated or mill finish for additional strength.
  • Background colours added by bath dyeing or digital overprinting for spot colour.
  • Ideal for laser or rotary engraved marking, traditional stamping or dot peen marking.
  • Meets or exceeds military specifications.
  • Download our MetalPhoto specification sheet.

Where NOT to use MetalPhoto

  • Washdown areas with 10% or greater caustic concentration.
  • Temperatures in excess of 427°C for extended periods.

If you are in unsure of exact environmental conditions Stainless Steel is recommended.

Which MetalPhoto?

0.08mm | Satin or Matte finish

  • Great for die-cutting, this foil thin gauge forms to flat or curved surfaces.
  • Combined with the 3M range of adhesives this is the ultimate in adhesive performance.
  • Tamper proof. The adhesive power of 3M makes removal impossible without destruction – perfect for asset tracking.
  • Super low profile with radius corners resists picking or snagging.
  • Mark on site to leave a permanent de-bossed detail – a date, model, ratings etc with just a ball point pen.

0.13mm | Satin Deadsoft

  • Heat treated to lower the temper, Deadsoft bends like lead so will not ‘ping’ away from a curved surface.
  • Easy to de-boss mark on site.

0.20mm | Satin or Matte finish

  • Lightweight, low profile, but robust enough to resist rips and scuffs.
  • Forms easily to a gentle curve, pre-forming is recommended for tighter curves.
  • Our best priced anodised product.

0.30mm | Satin finish

  • The great all-rounder, general purpose gauge well suited to most applications.
  • Our lightest gauge suitable for mechanical attachment using screws or rivets etc.

0.50mm | Satin or Matte finish

  • Perfect for ID and rating plates where variable user information will be fibre laser marked or rotary engraved.
  • Suitable for mechanical attachment using screws or rivets etc, usually with a 3M self-adhesive for added security.
  • Pre-forming is required for curved surfaces.

0.80mm | Satin or Matte finish

  • The heavy duty solution where variable user information will be stamped or dot peen marked.
  • Self-supporting for when light structural integrity is required.
  • Stays flat when fixed with rivets or screws for maximum security.
  • Capable of taking a real beating in high demand industrial environments.

Why AliChroma?

  • High resistance to abrasion and most chemicals – the image is embedded below the super hard 24 micron anodic layer.
  • High to moderate UV resistance in darker colours. We recommend MetalPhoto for harsh UV resistance.
  • Full range of strong, vibrant colours with brilliant image clarity.
  • Withstands temperatures over 300°C*.
  • Laser cut in standard or custom sizes and shapes.
  • Available in a range of gauges from thin to robust self-supporting.
  • All gauges, or combination of gauges can be laminated back to back to create two sided tags.
  • Laminate any gauge to 3 or 4mm aluminium in mill or powder coated finish for additional strength.
  • Ideal for laser or rotary engraved marking, traditional stamping or dot peen marking.
  • Download our AliChroma specification sheet.

Where NOT to use AliChroma

  • High UV environments, especially with light colours. If in doubt, leave colour out.
  • Washdown areas with 10% or greater caustic concentration.
  • Temperatures in excess of ##metalphoto-elementmetalphoto-element300°C for extended periods.

If you are in unsure of exact environmental conditions MetalPhoto or Stainless Steel is recommended.

Which AliChroma?

0.30mm |  Satin finish

  • Combined with the 3M range of adhesives delivers aggressive adhesive performance.
  • Super low profile with radius corners resists picking or snagging.
  • Forms to a curve, pre-forming is recommended for tighter curves.
  • Suitable for mechanical attachment using screws or rivets etc.

0.50mm |  Satin or Matte finish

  • Perfect for ID and rating plates where variable user information will be fibre laser marked or rotary engraved.
  • Suitable for mechanical attachment using screws or rivets etc, usually with a self adhesive to hold flat.
  • Pre-forming is required for curved surfaces.
  • Our best priced AliChroma product.

1.00mm |  Satin finish

  • The heavy duty solution where variable user information will be stamped or dot peen marked.
  • Stays flat when fixed with rivets or screws for maximum security.
  • Capable of taking a real beating in industrial or high demand environments.

1.50mm |  Satin finish

  • Self-supporting for when structural integrity is required.
  • Impact and abrasion resistant for high or heavy traffic.
  • Optional beveled edges really make a statement.