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Process for Making Metal Nameplates

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000110414D
Original Publication Date: 1992-Nov-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Mar-25
Document File: 1 page(s) / 29K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

Feger, S: AUTHOR [+3]

Abstract

This article describes a process for making nameplates used on external machine surfaces in harsh environments, as, for example, on self-service banking systems.

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Process for Making Metal Nameplates

       This article describes a process for making nameplates
used on external machine surfaces in harsh environments, as, for
example, on self-service banking systems.

      A stainless steel sheet of, say, Cr steel, with a ground
surface is color-oxidized to, say, black.  A masking material
resistant to electropolishing and removable by stripping is then
laminated to the steel sheet.  The surface thus obtained is exposed
to the desired photoprint and developed, masking the background of
the labels but not the artwork.

      In a subsequent electropolishing step, the black oxide surface
is removed in the area of the artwork and the photosensitive masking
material is stripped.  The labels are separated from the steel sheet
by a suitable method, such as mechanical machining, punching or laser
cutting.  The nameplate is held in place by a threaded bolt welded to
its backside.

      The described process yields polished metallic artwork on a
matte nameplate with almost no topography, which is secured by a nut.