Specification Center

Specification Center

Changing engineering drawings or specifications does not need to be difficult. Use the below guide to specify Metalphoto into your designs.


1. Identify the Material:

Ideally use the brand name “Metalphoto®”. If your organization prefers a generic definition, use “silver-impregnated photosensitive anodized aluminum”. Those definitions will help insure your part gets genuine Metalphoto vs. an inferior dyed product that may fade.

2. Identify the Physical Properties of the Material:

a. Thickness or Gauge: Metalphoto ranges from 0.003” (.076mm) to 0.125” (3.175mm)

b. Alloy: all Metalphoto is 1100 alloy aluminum

c. Anodizing Process: Metalphoto conforms to the MIL-A-8625 for anodic layer

d. Imaging Technology: generically “silver-impregnated photosensitive anodized aluminum”

3. Reference Specifications & Tests:

There are many military, commercial and government specifications you can reference that Metalphoto is certified to. Here are some of those commonly referenced:

a. MIL-DTL-15024G: Identification of Equipment

b. MIL-P-19834B:General Specification for Plates

c. A-A-50271 Class 2- Composition C: Commercial Item Description

d. Federal Specification GGP-455B(3): Type I (Grade A&B) Class 1 or 2


For a longer list of some of Metalphoto’s major specifications, click the arrows to open the bars below or download our Engineering and Specifications Guide.

Military/Government Specifications Organization Description

Federal Specification GGP-455B(3) US Federal Government Plates and Foils, Photographic (Photosensitive, Anodized Aluminum)
MIL-DTL-15024G US Department of Defense Identification of Equipment; Type G – Foil Type H – Plate
A-A-50271 Class 2-Composition C US Department of Defense Department of Defense Commercial Item Description – Identification Plate
SSP 50007 NASA, Johnson Space Center Texas Space Station Inventory Management System Bar Code Label Requirements and Specification
MIL-STD-130 US Department of Defense Identification Marking of U.S. Military Property
MIL-A-8625F US Department of Defense Anodic Coatings for Aluminum & Aluminum Alloys
Type II Class 1 (unprocessed or clear) Class 2 (processed)
MIL-A-8625F Amendment 1 US Department of Defense Anodizing amendment for Photosensitized (identification) nameplates
Click to downloadSAE AMS-QQ-A-250/1 Society of Automotive Engineers – SAE Federal Specification, Aluminum 1100 Plate and Sheet (superceded by ASTM B209-10)
MIL-DTL-19834C US Department of Defense General Specification for Plates; Identification or Instruction, Metal Foil, Adhesive Backed
MIL-STD-13231 US Department of Defense Military Standard Practice – Marking of Electronic Items
MIL-P-514D US Department of Defense Plate Identification, Instruction and Marking, Blank
MIL-PRF-61002 US Department of Defense Pressure-Sensitive Adhesive Labels for Barcoding
NSA-2B National Security Agency-NSA/CSS Identification Plates for National Security Agency

Industry Specifications Organization Description

BMS-26J Boeing Commercial Aircraft Company Boeing Material Specification
BAC5875 Boeing Commercial Aircraft Company Boeing Process Specification – Fabrication of Aluminum for Markers, Instrument Panels, Drawer Front Panels and Fabrication of Metal and Plastic Appliques
Memorandum A3-J024-M-9501786, Laboratory Case 161311 Honeywell, Inc. Satellite Systems Operations Metalphoto approved for use on Space Station
LMA-PN010 Lockheed Martin Fabrication of UID Nameplates for Aircraft Items
GA105G Northrup Grumman Northrup Grumman Standard
SS9048-R08 Sikorski Sikorski Processing Specification
LGMS 3001 BF Goodrich Goodrich Specification – Aluminum Material for Nameplates and Foil Labels
SMT0022 BF Goodrich Goodrich Specification

Independent Specifications Organization Description

A-A-50271 (~MIL-P-514D) Detroit Testing Laboratory Certification to specification
IUID Environmental Survivability Testing Report US Naval Surface Warfare Center (NSWC), Corona Division Evaluation of label materials marked with Item Unique Identification (IUID)
AAMI/CDV-1 ST79:2010/A2.06 Pacific Biolabs Steam Sterilization Validation
Click to downloadTechnical Paper Series 2000-01-2437 Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE) Special requirements for Crew Interface Labels on the International Space Station, Stephen Gray ∓ Fernando Ramos – Boeing
Click to downloadStandard UL 969 Underwriters Laboratories (UL) Marking and Labeling Systems
UL PGGU2 Underwriters Laboratories (UL) Marking and Labeling System Material Component (File # MH17767)
CSA Approval Doc 1 | Doc 2 Canadian Standard Association (CSA) Canadian approval for adhesive-backed Metalphoto products
Click to downloadEC 1907/2006 European Chemicals Agency (ECHA) Reach Certification
RoHS Certification EC Directive on Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment (WEEE) RoHS Certification
CARDIVNSWC-TR-62-00-05 Department of Navy Navy Lab Evaluation of label plate materials and attachment methods considered for use on LPD-17
Click to downloadASTM B209-10 ASTM Standard Practices Standard Specification for Aluminum and Aluminum Alloy Sheet and Plate


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