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Most Durable Materials for Your Project


When purchasing a product for your industrial identification needs, it can be difficult to choose the materials that would work best in your specific environment. Here at Bauman, we strive to make this process as easy as possible for our customers. Our knowledgeable staff, great customer service, and vast choice of materials make it easy to determine the best options for your industrial application. We have put together a list of common manufacturing environments and the materials that work best with them so that you can be sure that Bauman’s product will not fail you.

If the environment contains harsh CHEMICALS:

  • Most durable options: Stainless steel, DuraBlack, fiberglass, polyester, and polycarbonate laminate

If the environment contains SALT:

  • Most durable options: Stainless steel, aluminum, DuraBlack, modified acrylic engraving plastic, fiberglass, polyester, polycarbonate

If the environment contains WATER:

  • Most durable options: Stainless steel, aluminum, DuraBlack, modified acrylic engraving plastic, ABS based engraving plastic, styrene, vinyl, Safe-T-Mark engraving plastic, fiberglass, polyester, polycarbonate

If the environment contains HEAT:

  • Most durable options: Stainless steel @ 1500°F, brass @ 392°F, Alumamark @ 450°F, DuraBlack @ 700°F, pressure-sensitive 3M467 & 3M468 tape adhesive @ 400°F

If the environment contains SUN/UV RAYS:

  • Most durable options: Stainless steel, aluminum (not anodized), DuraBlack, modified acrylic engraving plastic, high-impact polystyrene (HIPS), vinyl, sign-grade fiberglass, coated polyester

If the product needs to be ABRASION resistant:

  • Most durable options: Stainless steel, DuraBlack, hard-coated polyester, polycarbonate, some engraving plastics (textured is a good one)

If the product needs to be FIRE resistant:

  • Most durable options: Stainless steel, brass, DuraBlack, Safe-T-Mark, fiberglass, aluminum

If the product needs to be electrically NON-CONDUCTIVE:

  • Most durable options: Safe-T-Mark, fiberglass

If the product needs to be FLEXIBLE:

  • Most durable options: Alumamark, DuraBlack, thin engraving plastic, styrene, vinyl, polyester

If the product needs to be OUTDOORS:

  • Most durable options: Stainless steel, aluminum, Alumamark (with clear coating), DuraBlack, modified acrylic engraving plastic, high-impact polystyrene (HIPS), vinyl, sign grade fiberglass, hard-coated polyester, pressure-sensitive 3M467 & 3M468 adhesive, 3M VHB tape, Tesa gold tape

If you are focused on a product that is COST EFFICIENT:

  • Economical choices: Aluminum (substrate with UV print), Alumamark, aluminum composite (substrate with UV print), HIPS, polyester, vinyl

To make sure you get the longest life out of your industrial identification, call the experts here at Bauman. We are happy to discuss your options in further detail and help you get a custom and durable product specifically designed for your needs!

To get your free quote in 24 business hours or less, please contact Tom at sales@baumanengraving.com

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