Rating Plates

Most industries require manufacturers to provide specific safety and use information regarding their equipment. This information is usually found on rating plates, also known as nameplates, placards, or data plates. 

Rating plates provide crucial information about the equipment, including the manufacturer, date of manufacture, serial/model number, electrical specifications, load rating, operating/maintenance instructions, and other necessary data. These plates help operators understand the product’s performance specifications to ensure suitable use and safety for the operators and equipment. 

Specialty Printing and Processing is the industry leader in providing high-quality identification solutions for your unique needs. No matter your industry or application, you can rely on us for custom rating plates that fit your specific project.

Why Choose Rating Plates?

Rating plates are used in almost every industry. For the entire lifespan of a product, nameplates provide crucial information that can help with brand awareness, safety and compliance requirements, asset tracking, warranty verification, security, and data analysis. Here are the main reasons to use rating plates: 

  • Bulk printing capabilities 
  • High durability
  • Permanent adhesion to surfaces 
  • High performance in harsh environments

Rating Plate Materials and Finishes

Rating plates can be made from a range of materials. The specific type of material depends on several factors, including the type of information, the purpose of the nameplate, and the intended location of the nameplate. Typically, hostile and harsh conditions require robust, durable materials. 


Specialty Printing and Processing offers these commonly used materials for rating plates.


Aluminum can withstand almost any type of environmental abuse. It is a highly durable material that can last through the entire lifespan of the equipment. Aluminum is excellent for metal photo printing, and its malleability enables certain nameplate processes like embossing.

At Specialty Printing and Processing, we can provide different aluminum alloys to enhance the strength and durability of your rating plate. 

Stainless Steel

Stainless steel is a sturdy material that resists weather, chemicals, abrasions, and wear. Because of its higher weight and durability, stainless steel is ideal for extreme environments. 


Brass is lightweight but highly durable. It can withstand weathering and charged electrical environments. At the same time, the metal is soft enough to be shaped and deformed using basic etching, stamping, and embossing techniques. Brass is heavier than aluminum, and its noncorrodible quality makes it an excellent choice for harsh conditions.


Vinyl, also known as PVC, is a versatile option for both indoor and outdoor use. The lightweight material is durable and resistant to humidity and moisture. Due to the material’s popularity, it is highly cost-effective and customizable. 


Rating plates can also be made from durable plastic polymers. Plastic can meet nearly any color, shape, or texture specification. Compared to metal plates, vinyl and plastic rating plates are cheaper and quicker to make.


Below are some of the finishing options available from Specialty Printing and Processing.

  • Satin
  • Velvet
  • Gloss

Value-added Services for Rating Plates

Specialty Printing and Processing provides a range of value-added services at affordable rates. These additional services offer added convenience and savings in the long run. Some of the value-added services that we offer include:

  • Electrical, pneumatic, and mechanical assembly
  • Electrical and mechanical specialty modifications
  • Warehousing, VMI, and blanket orders
  • Packaging and subassembly services

Create a Custom Rating Plate

Rating plates are an essential resource for operators in every industry. Professional manufacturers create durable and high-quality nameplates using the best materials for each project.

Specialty Printing and Processing provides high-quality identification solutions of all kinds. Our expert team is ready to help you choose the right rating plate solution for your specific application. If you have further questions, contact us or request a consultation.