A rigid substrate processed and/or decorated to produce a
durable item for conveying information in the form of text and graphics. The
most common substrates are metals and plastics. Nameplates are typically
used in place of labels or
decals for aesthetic reasons or when a
more rigid and/or durable product is desired. Although nameplates and
are made from the same materials utilizing many of the same processes,
nameplates are smaller than signs relatively speaking and are intended for close
viewing. Nameplate is commonly used as a generic term for
Signs, as well as
VIEW SAMPLES NAMEPLATES.
An abbreviation for "No Carbon Required". Used to
designate multi-part tags that create copies of information written on
the top piece without the use of interleaved carbon paper.
When working with film, the clear areas of a film
negative will be printed and the black areas of a film negative will not be
printed; similar to a photograph negative. The opposite of a film
The background of a nameplate,
overlay, legend plate, or
sign; the area around and within
the art and
copy. Also known as white space. The opposite of
Nomark on our Materials Reference Chart.
Trade name for Phenolic Sheet.
See Phenolic Sheet
on our Materials Reference Chart.
An abbreviation for Original Equipment Manufacturer.
The characteristic of a solid or liquid to vaporize under heat
and migrate to the surface of the material that it is in. Outgassing can occur
in some plastics and
paints if they are not thoroughly dried,
resulting in adhesive failure to anything applied over them. Outgassing is also
common in plastics that have been molded because to the process of molding often
traps gasses and moisture.
(1.) A clear film that is
laminated over the top
of a printed piece to improve its appearance or for added protection from
abrasion, chemicals, and/or fading.
(2.) The process of laminating a clear film over the top of a printed piece.
See Laminate on our
Materials Reference Chart.
on our Processes Page.
Typically a printed decal or
engraved product designed
to be applied on top of or around (or overlay) fasteners, spaces, lights,
etc. and provide a unified, finished appearance for specific areas of a product.
Overlays are used to provide a one-piece installation to label multiple devices
such as buttons, switches & displays. Overlays also typically utilize dead
space between devices or added margins to display graphics, logos, and/or
additional information such as safety messages, instructions, function labels,
See Bezel and
VIEW SAMPLE OVERLAYS.
When large quantities of items are produced, very often, more
pieces are made than an order calls for. These extra pieces (or over-runs)
are made as replacement pieces for any rejected pieces found during final
inspection. It is often less expensive to produce over-runs than it is to repeat
equipment setups for the purpose of making a few replacement pieces after final
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