Engraved Labels: The Best 3 Mounting Options

After we have engraved labels for electrical or construction, and the labels or tags have passed our quality assurance process, we take into consideration the chosen mounting option which is predetermined and by several factors. Factors for mounting include the surface the engraved sign will be mounted on and the environment the tag will be placed in.

It’s common that we consider four options for mounting these labels: self adhesive tape, drill holes for screws, drill holes for beaded chains or nylon ties, and magnetic labels. We can help our customers determine the best mounting options for their projects, and some jobs require the use of more than one mounting option.


Adhesive Tape Backing for Engraved Labels

For meany of the engraved tags and we send out, we put self adhesive tape on the back.

Does adhesive backing work well for engraved tags?

It is very strong and weather resistant. It makes the engraved sign very very difficult to remove. This adhesive backing on our engraved tag with adhesive backing is excellent for indoor or outdoor application. It’s a good alternative to screws. Using our double sided tape means your engraved tag immediately sticks to smooth and rough surfaces, and makes a long-lasting, weatherproof bond ideal for indoors and outdoors.

Installation of labels with adhesive backing

The industrial-strength double sided tape backing on your engraved labels means a quick installation for your engraved tags on panels, doors, machinery, metal, plastic, glass, cement, ceramic and more. Your tag will hold in place permanently and not be removed. However, if your engraved label will be exposed to harsh chemicals or solvents (if the area continually needs to be washed down or if there are solvents and oils that the label will come into contact with) adhesive may not be the right mounting option for your project.

Engraved Label Adhesive Backing – How Strong is it?

This video shows the strength of Industrial double sided tape backing on your engraved labels

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Drill Holes for Engraved Labels

Engraved tag drill hole options

Using drill holes for 1) screws, 2) chains, or 3) straps used to mount engraved electrical device covers and switch plates has been a standard mounting option for a long while. Although this is an older method for mounting engraved signs and labels, using drill holes as the attachment method for your engraved tag to label your machinery is an excellent way to install your engraved signage. Drill holes can be used for fastening labels to a surface with screws, or for threading beaded chains or nylon ties through the holes to affix to the surface which is often used for pipes and engraved valve tags.

When to use drill holes for engraved labels

Any surface that should not be punctured should not use screws and chain or straps is a better method. Brass and stainless steel chain is very resistant to chemicals and weather, and is often used on pipes.

Magnetic Engraved Labels

What is a magnetic engraved tag?

Another option for mounting your engraved labels is one of the newest options for mounting engraved signs- it’s using sheet magnet. Sheet magnet is a thin layer of plastic embedded with particles of magnetized steel. There are millions of these steel particles in every sheet of this plastic, but the plastic remains flexible and adheres strongly to steel extremely well.

When to use a magnetic engraved sign

Because the label is flexible, it is additionally adherent as it can flex with the surface it is placed on. It’s a good option for identification of a curved or somewhat irregular surface.

Magnetic engraved labels adhere more strongly that you might think, but these labels aren’t considered a “permanent marking” care must be taken when choosing this type of engraved label mounting. Their ability to be removed and placed elsewhere is a strength however, when you may need to label something temporarily or to rotate or move the label to reflect a status that is ever changing.

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Engraved Labels Material Options

When you need engraved labels, material options usually include plastic, stainless steel or another metal like aluminum or brass, and are engraved with a combination of characters (letters, numbers or symbols) dictated by our customer. Considerations for label material choice include whether the label will be placed in an indoors or outdoor environment, the requirement for the color of the label and the color of the lettering, the surface the engraved label – whether it be metal, plastic, glass, wood ceramic or another surface, and resiliency requirements in the job specification.

Plastic Labels Engraved

Because quality is so importing to all of us with Action Engraving, all of our labels are made from UV resistant plastic material at no extra charge, making them excellent for indoor or outdoor Use. In addition there are over a dozen color choices for engraved plastic labels. Our customers use our plastic labels for general manufacturing and labeling electrical systems, control consoles and many other types of signage. Our plastic labels are a good fit for commercial and light industrial applications because they are more flexible than metal tags. We get the information to engrave on plastic labels from from job specs, spreadsheets, emails, and sometimes hand written.

engraved labels made from plastic

Stainless Steel Engraved Tags

Our engraved Stainless Steel labels have a very high resistance to chemicals and can handle the solvents and abrasion of frequent wash downs either indoor or outdoors. The marking on engraved stainless steel can be black or paint filled with color, usually red.

Stainless Steel Engraved Labels with Drill Holes

Other Metal Labels Engraved

Engraved anodized aluminum labels are often used for identification in indoor environments. Engraved brass labels are more often used for outdoor purposes like hydraulic systems and marine use because brass labels better stand up to weather.

engraved painted aluminum label sign

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