Door Name Plates
Door name plates are thin pieces of metal, wood, glass, or plastic that display information, label or present a message about an individual, area, or room that the door encloses. They are mounted to doors with nails or screws, an adhesive backing, a slider, Velcro, or magnets. Door name plates usually contain one to two lines of text and sometimes a graphic like a company logo.
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Applications of Door Name Plates
Door name plates are common in public buildings like schools, colleges, hospitals, med centers, and religious buildings to help direct visitors. Workplaces like offices, factories, and warehouses use name plates on doors to improve the company's professionalism and organization.
Door Name Plate Design and Customization
All name plates are custom to some degree because the text for each differs for each plate. Sizes also vary, but the most common dimensions are two by eight inches. Buildings with multiple door nameplates order them with a uniform color, design and font to maintain consistency and organization. Door name plates work with a very limited amount of space, so the text must be concise and pertinent. Unlike public building and workplace door nameplates, which are designed with aesthetics and decoration in mind, industrial nameplates are manufactured to resist extreme temperatures, moisture and chemical corrosion.
There are a wide variety of options when it comes to door name plate design. They are manufactured from many different materials, the most common of which are aluminum, brass or copper. They may be painted, embossed with gold, silver or black dyes to improve the font readability, polished, or lacquered with clear coating to improve both resistance and appearance. Most name plate manufacturing is done by CNC operated machinery.
Notable Types of Door Name Plates
- Standard Name Plates
- Rectangular, but they are available in a number of different shapes, including oval and custom made cutouts with borders. The text may be printed with paint or ink using screen printing.
- Embossed Name Plates
- Squeezed through two counter dies that use heat and pressure to create three dimensional text, which is then filled in with a dye.
- Engraved Name Plates
- The most common method of producing three dimensional text using chemicals, diamond, needles, or lasers to wear away the surface in the custom text design. Etched and embossed fonts last much longer than printing and are easier to read.
- Plastic Name Plates
- Hot stamped with a ram that has a mold of the desired text.
- Wood Name Plates
- Whittled, carved, or labeled by other methods.