Header image closeup of PEC team member hanging up in-process Metalphoto equipment tags


The Pella Engraving & Sign Company team has decades of experience working with Metalphoto—a specialized type of photosensitive anodized aluminum. Metalphoto provides durability and sharp image resolution to plaques, signage, or ID tags.

Metalphoto comes in a variety of thicknesses and can be cut to any size. To ensure durability, it is sealed with a sapphire-hard oxide layer and treated with an inorganic photosensitive compound. Ink is embedded within the treated aluminum when adding text, photos, QR codes, or barcodes to a tag or nameplate.

Advantages of Metalphoto

Metalphoto’s oxide layer, photosensitivity, and embedding process are the key to its durability.

Metalphoto products can withstand:

  • Corrosion and exposure to chemicals
  • UV exposure
  • Temperature changes
  • Abrasion
  • Salt spray
  • And more

This amazing durability, combined with high-resolution photo- and data-embedding capabilities, make Metalphoto an excellent choice for many projects.


Popular Metalphoto applications:

  • Serial, asset, and ID tags
  • Architectural signage
  • Machine labels, control panels, and operating instructions
  • Nameplates
  • Plaques and awards

Check out the videos below for a demonstration of Metalphoto’s industry-leading durability.

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