Metallic nameplates: More than just a pretty face

Metallic nameplates aren’t just an eye-catching statement, they are a durable product that stands the test of time. At MSI, we have developed and perfected a production method that enhances our polycarbonate overlays with a beautiful metallic look. Nameplates are often the most recognizable component of a product. It is crucial to not only display…

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UL Labels

What you need to know about UL labels UL Labels, or Underwriters’ Laboratories labels, are used to display safety-related information on products. This can vary from warnings, electrical ratings and installation instructions to any number of other important pieces of information to be displayed to the consumer. At MSI, we have been working with UL…

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Labels (Adhesives) for Powder Coat Paint

Love the look of powder coats instead of traditional wet paint on your products? Many people do. It looks sharp! Why do OEMs choose powder coating over traditional wet paint? Here are a few key differences: Powder coats are durable, resist chipping or wear and tear, and can stand up to the elements. While traditional…

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Label Lamination

Everything you need to know about Product Label Lamination Most Commonly Used Laminates Polyester: Most common type of laminate used in the durable product label industry. Excellent heat and chemical resistance UV version for 5+ years outdoors Comes in either a clear gloss or a matte finish Thermal Polyester: Laminate makes any base material thermal printable…

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All About Polycarbonates

Everything you need to know about Polycarbonate Polycarbonate, also known as Lexan, is an excellent material to enhance the look of any product. No other product label offers as many finishes or thicknesses. It is widely stocked (fast deliveries), easy to process (lower cost), and aesthetically pleasing. Types of Polycarbonate Product Labels Standard Graphic Films:…

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Next Generation Labels

3DOMES: Experience the Freedom of 3D Doming Marking Systems Inc. has provided our customers with unparalleled product label printing services to meet all of their labeling needs for over 40 years. Specializing in fabricating high-quality industrial labels and marks, MSI invites you to join a new exciting development: 3Domes. The Future of Badging, Today 3Domes…

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How to Cut Thick Lenses

MSI’s new 400-watt laser is perfect for cutting polycarbonate/polyester lenses up to .25 thick. The product label materials that this laser can cut cleanly and efficiently include: .25 thick Polycarbonate .125 thick Stainless Steel .090 thick Aluminum .25 thick Mild Metal 1″ Thick Plastics Our new Coherent laser features 100% automated camera registration for a…

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Understanding UL Burn Testing

Simplifying UL 94 Burn Ratings UL 94 is a plastics flammability standard that contains the following tests: 94HB, 94V, 94VTM, 94-5V, 94HBF, 94HF, and Radiant Panel. Label and overlay manufacturers usually print on plastics and are frequently asked by engineers to use materials that pass the UL 94HB, 94V or 94VTM tests. 94HB HORIZONTAL BURNING…

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When Labels Don’t Stick

What are the main reasons product labels do not stick? Here are the most common that Marking Systems Inc. has found for product labels not sticking over our last 40 years of experience: Using the wrong adhesive on the application surface. Even the best adhesives can fail if they are used on the wrong surface.…

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Great Looking Nameplates Ideas

Polyurethane Dome Nameplate Great for both indoor and outdoor (7-10 years) applications. Great for applications ranging from Automotive to Electronic equipment. Polyurethane Dome Nameplate with Embossing Add another level of dimension by embossing your logo. Polyurethane Dome Nameplate with Embossing Add another level of dimension by embossing your logo. Screen Printed Velvet Polycarbonate One of…

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