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Metalphoto Overview

Metalphoto Overview

Description: metalphoto anodic layerMetalphoto photosensitive anodized aluminum has been the “go-to” option for durable bar code labels, asset tags and nameplates for more than fifty years. The durability for which Metalphoto is known is the result of a unique manufacturing process in which a silver halide image is embedded within the sapphire-hard, anodic layer of the aluminum. The result is a bar code label which will function perfectly for years, maintaining its original appearance and scanning performance under an array of challenging conditions including extreme heat, humidity, long term exposure to weather, UV and other outdoor conditions, salt spray, abrasion, industrial solvents and chemicals and more. The National Association of Graphic and Product Identification Manufacturers (GPI) Industry Standards and Practices Manual identifies Metalphoto photosensitive anodized aluminum as the most durable printed aluminum substrate available, citing its applicability for extreme environmental conditions and outdoor exposure. Please see our performance properties page for more information.

Metalphoto satisfies wide ranging set of industrial, government and military specifications including MIL-STD-130 for Department of Defense UID data matrix bar code applications.

In fact, Metalphoto is the most specified label material in history for DoD applications (read more about its history with DoD Label Applications). Now it is the most requested product for durable UID labels and data plates requiring UID. That’s because the material is durable and the graphics are high contrast with excellent resolution. These are the best characteristics for data matrix bar codes for DoD applications attached with adhesive or mechanical fasteners. Please refer to our Specifications page for additional information.

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Metalphoto® Performance Properties and Durability Characteristics

The table below is intended to provide an overview of label performance. Refer to the durability characteristics presented lower on this page for additional details or contact us to discuss your specific bar code label, asset tag or UID label application.

Ratings Key

  • Excellent Excellent
  • Good Good
  • Not Recommended Not Recommended
Metalphoto Photo-Anodized Aluminum Performance Properties
Camcode® Product Choice
Standard Processing
(Image Intensified)
Metalphoto XHTMetalphoto with Teflon
Environmental and Physical ResistanceUV Light:400 Hour QUV Weatherometer ExposureExcellent
Excellent
Excellent
Excellent
Excellent
Excellent
Heat (°F / °C)Excellent
650°F / 343°C
Excellent
1200°F / 649°C
Good
Up to 500°F / 260°C
See Detail Below
HumidityExcellent
Excellent
Excellent
Excellent
Excellent
Excellent
Salt Spray:5% NaCl solution at 90F for 700 hoursExcellent
Excellent
Excellent
Excellent
Excellent
Excellent
Abrasion:Taber abraser, 1000g Load, 7000 Cycles, CS17 WheelExcellent
Excellent
Excellent
Excellent
Not Recommended
Not Recommended
Teflon Loss, Image OK
Paint SheddingNot Recommended
Not Recommended
Not Recommended
Not Recommended
Excellent
Excellent
See Detail Below
Chemical ResistanceOrganic Solvents:Extended immersion in alcohol, JP-4 jet fuel, hydraulic fluid, MEK and other organic solventsExcellent
Excellent
Excellent
Excellent
Excellent
Excellent
Acid Solutions:24 hour room temperature immersion in 3% solutions of nitric acid, sulfuric acid and ferric chlorideExcellent
Excellent
Excellent
Excellent
Excellent
Excellent
Base Solutions:24 hour room temperature immersion in 3% solution of Clorox bleachGood
Good
Good
Good
Excellent
Excellent
Strong Alkalies:24 hour room temperature immersion in 3% solutions of sodium and ammonium hydroxideNot Recommended
Not Recommended
Not Recommended
Not Recommended
Excellent
Excellent
See Detail Below
Note: Users must test products in the environment in which they are expected to function. ISG does not warrant the performance of its products in untested applications.

Metalphoto Durability Characteristics (Image Intensified)

Specific CharacteristicTest ConditionEffect
Exterior ExposureBlack and silver image exceeds 400 hr. Weatherometer Test GG-P-455b, estimated equivalent to 20 yr. exposureNo Effect
Abrasion ResistanceTaber Abraser with CS17 wheel, a total of 1000 gm. load, 7000 cyclesSlight dulling of surface
Temperature Resistance 650 F°
Salt Spray5% at 95 F for 700 hrs.°No Corrosion
Chemical Resistance  
MIl-S-3136 111 Hydrocarbon Fluid1 hr. immersionNo Effect
MIL-L-5161C-Turbine and jet engine fuel1 hr. immersionNo Effect
JP-4 Fuel72 hr. immersionNo Effect
Kerosene12 hr. immersionNo Effect
Skydrol (Hydraulic Fluid)24 hr. immersion, at both room temperature and boiling point.No Effect
Methyl Ethyl Ketone (MEK)24 hr. immersionNo Effect
Ethyl Acetate24 hr. immersionNo Effect
Xylol72 hr. immersionNo Effect
Heptane72 hr. immersionNo Effect
Ethyl Alcohol72 hr. immersionNo Effect
Ferric Chloride10% solution, 16 hr. immersionNo Effect
Ammonium Hydroxide10% solution, 16 hr. immersionSlight dulling
MIL-P-21563 soap solution16 hr. immersionNo Effect
MIL-C-25179 AIN in heptane25% solution, 1 min. immersion (cleaning solution)No Effect
Sulfuric Acid10% solution, 24 hr. immersionNo Effect
Phosphoric Acid1% solution, 12 hr. immersionNo Effect
Nitric Acid3% solution, 72 hr. immersionNo Effect
TSP (Trisodium Phosphate)1% solution, 40 hr. immersionNo Effect
Sodium Hydroxide1% solution, 1 hr. immersionNot Recommended (surface attack)

Metalphoto Durability Characteristics for XHT

Specific CharacteristicTest ConditionEffect
Exterior ExposureBlack and silver image exceeds 400 hr. Weatherometer Test GG-P-455b, estimated equivalent to 20 yr. exposureNo Effect
Abrasion ResistanceTaber Abraser with CS17 wheel, a total of 1000 gm. load, 7000 cyclesSlight dulling of surface
Temperature Resistance 1200 F°
Salt Spray5% at 95 F for 700 hrs.°No Corrosion
Chemical Resistance  
MIl-S-3136 111 Hydrocarbon Fluid1 hr. immersionNo Effect
MIL-L-5161C-Turbine and jet engine fuel1 hr. immersionNo Effect
JP-4 Fuel72 hr. immersionNo Effect
Kerosene12 hr. immersionNo Effect
Skydrol (Hydraulic Fluid)24 hr. immersion, at both room temperature and boiling point.No Effect
Methyl Ethyl Ketone (MEK)24 hr. immersionNo Effect
Ethyl Acetate24 hr. immersionNo Effect
Xylol72 hr. immersionNo Effect
Heptane72 hr. immersionNo Effect
Ethyl Alcohol72 hr. immersionNo Effect
Ferric Chloride10% solution, 16 hr. immersionNo Effect
Ammonium Hydroxide10% solution, 16 hr. immersionSlight dulling
MIL-P-21563 soap solution16 hr. immersionNo Effect
MIL-C-25179 AIN in heptane25% solution, 1 min. immersion (cleaning solution)No Effect
Sulfuric Acid10% solution, 24 hr. immersionNo Effect
Phosphoric Acid1% solution, 12 hr. immersionNo Effect
Nitric Acid3% solution, 72 hr. immersionNo Effect
TSP (Trisodium Phosphate)1% solution, 40 hr. immersionNo Effect
Sodium Hydroxide1% solution, 1 hr. immersionNot Recommended (surface attack)

Metalphoto Durability Characteristics For Laminated Teflon And Fused Teflon

Specific CharacteristicTest ConditionEFFECT Laminated Teflon® FEP***EFFECT Fused Teflon® PTFEEFFECT Fused Teflon® FEP***
Exterior ExposureBlack and silver image exceeds 400 hr. Weatherometer Test GG-P-455b, estimated equivalent to 20 yr. exposureNo EffectNo EffectNo Effect
Abrasion ResistanceTaber Abraser with CS17 wheel, a total of 1000 gm. load, 7000 cyclesNot Recommended-Teflon Loss – Image OKNot Recommended Teflon Loss – Image OKNot Recommended Teflon Loss – Image OK
Paint Shedding ExcellentExcellentWe Recommend Testing in Your Application
Temperature Resistance 300°F500°F400°F
Salt Spray5% at 95 F for 700 hrs.°No CorrosionNo CorrosionNo Corrosion
Chemical Resistance    
MIl-S-3136 111 Hydrocarbon Fluid1 hr. immersionNo Effect**No EffectNo Effect
MIL-L-5161C-Turbine and jet engine fuel1 hr. immersionNo Effect**No EffectNo Effect
JP-4 Fuel72 hr. immersionNo Effect**No EffectNo Effect
Kerosene12 hr. immersionNo Effect**No EffectNo Effect
Skydrol (Hydraulic Fluid)24 hr. immersion, at both room temperature and boiling point.No Effect**No EffectNo Effect
Methyl Ethyl Ketone (MEK)24 hr. immersionNo Effect**No EffectNo Effect
Ethyl Acetate24 hr. immersionNo Effect**No EffectNo Effect
Xylol72 hr. immersionNo Effect**No EffectNo Effect
Heptane72 hr. immersionNo Effect**No EffectNo Effect
Ethyl Alcohol72 hr. immersionNo EffectNo EffectNo Effect
Ferric Chloride10% solution, 16 hr. immersionNo EffectNo EffectNo Effect
Ammonium Hydroxide10% solution, 16 hr. immersionNo EffectNo EffectNo Effect
MIL-P-21563 soap solution16 hr. immersionNo EffectNo EffectNo Effect
MIL-C-25179 AIN in heptane25% solution, 1 min. immersion (cleaning solution)No EffectNo EffectNo Effect
Sulfuric Acid10% solution, 24 hr. immersionNo EffectNo EffectNo Effect
Phosphoric Acid1% solution, 12 hr. immersionNo EffectNo EffectNo Effect
Nitric Acid3% solution, 72 hr. immersionNo EffectNo EffectNo Effect
TSP (Trisodium Phosphate)1% solution, 40 hr. immersionNo EffectNo EffectNo Effect
Sodium Hydroxide1% solution, 1 hr. immersionNo Effect*No Effect*No Effect*

* Top Surface Only – will react with exposed edge.
** Top Surface Only – exposed adhesive edges may soften or swell.
*** FEP should not be used in place of PTFE in applications where the label is exposed to high levels of radiation (>0.2 Mrad).
Note: Users must test Metalphoto products in the specic environment anticipated. Camcode does not warrant performance of its materials in any environment.