Why Metalphoto ?

Approved when permanent identification is essential

Metalphoto® est un aluminium anodisé photosensible utilisé pour fabriquer des plaques signalétiques, des étiquettes et des panneaux de commande durables en haute résolution.

La durabilité de Metalphoto vient de son image - qui est scellée à l'intérieur de l'aluminium anodisé, offrant une résistance à la corrosion, à la lumière solaire, à l'abrasion, à la température et aux produits chimiques. Son processus d'imagerie photographique unique crée des graphiques à très haute résolution et des informations variables, notamment des codes-barres lisibles par machine, des fonctions de sécurité anti-contrefaçon et des données sérialisées.

L'image à base d’argent métallique de Metalphoto est scellée à l'intérieur d'aluminium anodisé, ce qui la rend lisible après une exposition prolongée à des conditions d’environnements difficiles, notamment les intempéries, la lumière du soleil, la chaleur, l'abrasion, les produits chimiques et les embruns.

Les étiquettes et plaques signalétiques Metalphoto prennent en charge des données uniques : numéro de série, codes à barres, dates de fabrication qui réduisent les erreurs de saisie de données et assurent le suivi des produits.

La haute résolution d'image permet de marquer de petits objets ou des surfaces et offre la possibilité de fonctions d'impression de sécurité telles que des micro-textes et des filigranes.

Metalphoto a fait ses preuves à maintes reprises auprès des principaux équipementiers et organisations gouvernementales.
En conséquence, la plupart des organisations gouvernementales, industrielles et militaires spécifient Metalphoto.

Des tests menés en laboratoire ont simulé la tenue extérieures du Metalphoto aux intempéries, pluies, températures et UVs.

Le Métalphoto est le seul produit parmi la gravure mécanique, le marquage laser, le marquage thermique, la gravure chimique à résister à une abrasion sur un cycle de 1000 puis 5000 rotations.

Dans ces usages multiples, le Métalphoto est soumis à de nombreuses contraintes de températures : exposition en plein soleil, sterélisation de matériels médicaux, usages industriels ... il résiste sans difficulté à des hautes températures.

Dans des usages spécifiques, plateformes offshores, constructions navales,  ... le Metalphoto peut être soumis à des immersions dans l'eau de mer ou des embruns salins ... le Metalphoto résiste.

Le Metalphoto résiste à une multiple de tests chimiques auxquels il peut être soumis dans des environnements spécifiques : keroséne, skydrol, fuel Jp4, heptane, acide nitrique, acide phosphorique, acide chlohydrique ... tous ces tests sont validés par des laboratoires et sont disponibles sur simple demande.

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UV Mark + exposure unit

Used for  exposure of Metalphoto ®, Metalphoto Plus ®, Polycolor ® and IDMARK ® plates up to 254 x 305 mm format.

It is  equipped with:
     - A mechanical timer controlling  lamp lighting and extinction,
     - a light source and lamp power selector,
     - an alveolar foam system  ensuring close contact between  film and  exposed material.

UVMark GF+ exposure unit

Used for exposure of  Metalphoto ®, Metalphoto Plus ®, Polycolor ® et ID MARK ® up to  305 x 508 mm.

It is equipped with:
     - A digital timer with memory, controlling lamp lighting and the extinction  and ringing  when time over.
     - A vacuum system to ensure close contact between film and exposed plate.
     - a double exposure unit: ultraviolet tubes for Idmark and Polycolor / special tube for Metalphoto.

Metalphoto automatic processing machine

Motorized processing machine with adapted speed to ensure a regular development of Metalphoto ® plates.

Processing time is about  30 sec. for a 305 x 508 mm plate.

The machine features two zones: one to develop (developer), the other to fix  (fixer) plates.

It is equipped with drain valves to collect chemicals  after use as well as exclusive drive system ensuring simplified maintenance of the equipment.

Sealing tank

Meant for bringing  to a boil  sealing liquid  used to close the structure of  anodized plates.

Contains up to 4 plates of 305 x 508 mm.
 

Temperature control and start-up control unit.

The tank must be fixed with brackets to a load-bearing wall.

Materials and supplies needed

UV Mark + exposure unit

Used for  exposure of Metalphoto ®, Metalphoto Plus ®, Polycolor ® and IDMARK ® plates up to 254 x 305 mm format.

It is  equipped with:
     - A mechanical timer controlling  lamp lighting and extinction,
     - a light source and lamp power selector,
     - an alveolar foam system  ensuring close contact between  film and  exposed material.

UVMark GF+ exposure unit

Used for exposure of  Metalphoto ®, Metalphoto Plus ®, Polycolor ® et ID MARK ® up to  305 x 508 mm.

It is equipped with:
     - A digital timer with memory, controlling lamp lighting and the extinction  and ringing  when time over.
     - A vacuum system to ensure close contact between film and exposed plate.
     - a double exposure unit: ultraviolet tubes for Idmark and Polycolor / special tube for Metalphoto.

Metalphoto automatic processing machine

Motorized processing machine with adapted speed to ensure a regular development of Metalphoto ® plates.

Processing time is about  30 sec. for a 305 x 508 mm plate.

The machine features two zones: one to develop (developer), the other to fix  (fixer) plates.

It is equipped with drain valves to collect chemicals  after use as well as exclusive drive system ensuring simplified maintenance of the equipment.

Sealing tank

Meant for bringing  to a boil  sealing liquid  used to close the structure of  anodized plates.

Contains up to 4 plates of 305 x 508 mm.
 

Temperature control and start-up control unit.

The tank must be fixed with brackets to a load-bearing wall.

Applications

Military industries : Metalphto withstands challenging environments: sea water spray, sand, humidity, UV for vehicle plates, bar codes, panels

Maritime container: due to its resistance properties, Metalphoto is approved by the Convention of Safe Containers

weather and vandalism resistance for outdoor routes : arboretum, fitness trail, signage ...

Logistics: traceability to all tests for shipping containers

Vehicle plates : resistance to solvents, petrol, skydrol ...

Shipbuilding: resistance to all tests for control panels, plates, instructions ...

Mine: used for over 15 years by Caterpillar mine machines for its durabilty for plates, markings, diagrams ...

Commemoration, funeral : exceptional outdoor durability and photographic definition for funeral plaques, memorial, ...

Medical : smooth surface and resistance to sterilization or strong solvents for plates, bar codes ...

Petrol platforms: 35 years of resistance to sea water immersion and 20 years to UVS for plates, signs, bar codes

Heavy equipment: resistance to challenging environments for weight plates, manufacturer plates, instructions ...

Military vehicles : resistance to skydrol , kerosene, solvents .. for manufacturer's plates, IUID, signage ...

Renewable energy : resistance to UV rays, sea water spray, humidity... for panels, manufacturer's plates ...

Aviation: used since 1991 - Metalphoto secures durable signage for control panels...

Marine, Metalphoto withstands corrosion for 35 years: manufacturer's plates, bar codes, signage ...

Awards, monument signs, explanatory panels ...

Military use of Metalphoto: IUID, barcodes, nameplates, instructions...

Outdoor and indoor signage : orientation panels, plans, ...

Military: ideal resistance to military environment constraints for IUID, traceability, notices

Space: Used since 1997 for traceability; Metalphoto combines durability with light weight for space applications.

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Faq

Metalphoto is an anodized photosensitive aluminum with special characteristics making it  particularly suitable in  fields where permanent identification is necessary  (military, petroleum, chemical, medical, aeronautical industries  ...) :


=> Resistant

The image, trapped in the anodic layer, is impermeable to acids, mold, humidity (35 years warranty against corrosion), temperature variations (resistance to 400 ° C),  most corrosive atmospheres and UV light  (20 year outdoor warranty).

As a result, industrial groups recognize Metalphoto as  the most resistant of existing aluminum processes.
 

=> Fast
No picture or screen is required  between film and plate production
Cost effective from one to several thousands of  custom items.


=> Accurate
Anything that can be photographed online or in halftone can be reproduced with absolute fidelity.


=> Easy
Few steps. Perfect results each time.


=> Safe
Complies with  strictest environmental standards.  Safe both  for user and community.


=> Proven
Over 50 years of experience, thousands of users worldwide:  US Army, Motorola, Boeing, NASA, Aerospace, Philips....


=> minimum investment
Economic and durable material.

Metalphoto is an anodized photosensitive aluminum with special characteristics making it  particularly suitable in  fields where permanent identification is necessary  (military, petroleum, chemical, medical, aeronautical industries  ...) :


=> Resistant

The image, trapped in the anodic layer, is impermeable to acids, mold, humidity (35 years warranty against corrosion), temperature variations (resistance to 400 ° C),  most corrosive atmospheres and UV light  (20 year outdoor warranty).

As a result, industrial groups recognize Metalphoto as  the most resistant of existing aluminum processes.
 

=> Fast
No picture or screen is required  between film and plate production
Cost effective from one to several thousands of  custom items.


=> Accurate
Anything that can be photographed online or in halftone can be reproduced with absolute fidelity.


=> Easy
Few steps. Perfect results each time.


=> Safe
Complies with  strictest environmental standards.  Safe both  for user and community.


=> Proven
Over 50 years of experience, thousands of users worldwide:  US Army, Motorola, Boeing, NASA, Aerospace, Philips....


=> minimum investment
Economic and durable material.

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