For over 50 years, the United States Department of Defense has specified Metal photo photosensitive anodized aluminum for durable labels, nameplates, schematics, and control panels installed in harsh operating environments.
The United States Navy first adopted Metalphoto in 1958 for shipboard labels, placards, and damage control signs. Since then, the Metal photo has been incorporated into several major Army weapons systems including the Abrams Tank, the Bradley Fighting Vehicle, and the HMMWV. Both Marine Corps and Army Depots operate Metalphoto production facilities. All Departments utilize Metalphoto for Item Unique Identification (IUID) barcode labels as specified under MIL-STD-130.
When durability matters, specify Meta/photo.
- UV-stable image is permanently sealed within the anodized aluminum.
- Virtually impervious to chemicals, heat, abrasion, salt spray, and sunlight.
- Certified for 20 years plus outdoor application.
- Earned more top scores than any other IUID barcode label material tested by the U.S. Navy (NSWC, Corona Division, IUID Center; August 2011).
- Meets a wide array of commercial, government, and military specifications.
- Notable certifications include: MIL-STD-130N, STANAG 2290, GGP-4558(3) Type I, MIL-DTL15024F, MIL-P-19834B and A-A-50271 (several others listed on metalphoto.com).
- Photographic image affords extreme detail and contrast at any size.
- Anti-counterfeit security printing is available.