Etched Metal Company
Solon, OH 44139

MIL-I-45208 | UL Authorizied Label Supplier


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Etched Metal Co. is America's most trusted manufacturer of nameplates, decals/overlays, specialty items, banners and signage. Our superb customer service reflects our commitment to quality and on time delivery since 1928. 

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COVID-19 Statement

Subject:  Critical Infrastructures Services and Support
Dear Valued Customers,

On March 13, 2020, pursuant to section 201 of the National Emergencies Act (50 U.S.C. 1621), President Trump declared that the outbreak of COVID-19 (Coronavirus) in the United States constitutes a national emergency. On March 16, the President issued updated Coronavirus Guidance for America, stating:
            If you work in a critical infrastructure industry, as defined by the Department of Homeland Security, you have a special responsibility to maintain your normal work schedule.”
Etched Metal Company supports Critical Infrastructures, as defined by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, including the Defense & Aerospace Industrial Base Sectors, Mass Transportation, and Public Utilities Sectors.
Etched Metal Company’s operations constitute an “Essential Business” as defined in Governor DeWine’s DIRECTOR’S STAY AT HOME ORDER on page 4 of 12, Section (12) Essential Businesses and Operations item (v) Manufacture, distribution, and supply chain for critical products and industries, effective March 23, 2020, at 11:59 pm.
Etched Metal Company is committed to the health, welfare and safety of our employees and customers during the COVID-19 outbreak.  However, it is imperative we continue to maintain a normal work schedule.  Etched Metal Company is dedicated to assuring the timely availability of products. We will continue to maintain business continuity while providing outstanding quality, especially for the provisions of critical infrastructure.
We are continuing to the best of our ability to manufacture and ship orders.  We will immediately update you if there are any changes in our production schedules.  Should you have any questions or concerns regarding this communication, please contact Etched Metal Company representative.
Mike McDivitt
Vice President
Etched Metal Company
Posted: 7/15/2020 3:04:20 PM by Global Administrator | with 0 comments

What is Chemical Etching?

The chemical etching process is a tightly controlled subtractive manufacturing process that utilizes corrosive chemicals, known as etchants, to dissolve away unwanted portions of metal. When performed correctly, chemical etching is capable of producing highly complex, thin metal parts with very fine details and tight tolerances.

The chemical etching process begins by first thoroughly cleaning the metal to be etched, to ensure it is free of contaminants and debris. Metal is often cleaned with a degreaser to ensure it is free of oils and residue, rinsed, and then cleaned a second time with an acid wash to ensure the surface is free of any foreign contaminants. Finally, the metal is dried and inspected for cleanliness.

The next step in the chemical etching process is to laminate the freshly cleaned metal on both sides with a UV sensitive resist. In most metal etching, a negative photoresist is used, which polymerizes when exposed to ultraviolet light and protects the metal underneath against etching. To achieve the desired metal part, only certain portions of the resist are exposed to ultraviolet light, allowing the unexposed portions to be dissolved away.

After applying the resist, the next step in the chemical etching process is to position a phototool on each side of the coated metal sheet. The phototool consists of two pieces of special film that are printed with a negative image of the desired metal part and carefully applied to both sides of the metal to be etched. Those areas of metal to be etched away are printed black, preventing the areas underneath from being exposed, and those areas of metal that will form the desired part are clear, allowing ultraviolet light to penetrate and polymerize the resist beneath.

Next, the metal is exposed to carefully controlled ultraviolet light, which allows the selective hardening of the metal beneath the clear areas of the applied phototool. After the metal is sheet is developed, the unexposed areas of photoresist are washed away, leaving behind portions of unprotected metal.

Finally, the metal sheet undergoes the etching part of the chemical etching process, and is sprayed on both sides with a temperature controlled acidic etchant. The etchant dissolves away the unprotected portions of metal that were not exposed to ultraviolet light, leaving behind the desired metal part.

The last step of the chemical etching process is to run the etched metal through an alkaline wash and strip the remaining polymerized photoresist from the protected metal.
Posted: 6/30/2020 3:03:55 PM by Global Administrator | with 0 comments

COVID-19 Protective Barriers

Etched Metal Company would like to do our part in the prevention and spread of COVID-19 virus as the economy re-open to the public.  As a manufacture of acrylic barriers and panels systems, we can offer simple solutions to protect your frontline employees and customers through the use of clear barriers.  Customize the barriers by adding warning labels and instructions to the shielding.  We can assist those DIY applications on how you will mount the barriers through hanging hardware, tapes or mounting screws.  Let’s minimize the exposure risk today!     Call Pete or Don to discuss your requirements, 1-440-248-0240.
Posted: 5/11/2020 4:00:42 PM by Global Administrator | with 0 comments

Looking for a reliable supplier of wire, chain and sling tags?

If you require custom size tags, we can meet your need as well.  There is no minimum quantity required.  Let us work closely with your purchasing department or MRP system to provide optimal pricing with on time delivery. 

We understand you may have a source for sling tags already. Or perhaps you work through a broker or dealer channel. Why not work directly we a manufacturer instead? We’re happy to fill in the gaps as your secondary supplier as well.

We’re happy to fill in the gaps as your secondary supplier as well.
It’s our goal to earn your business with professional manufacturing consulting and design, on-time delivery and competitive pricing.

We offer a 10% New Customer discount. You can learn more about that and our sling tag production here: If you have questions, don’t hesitate to call Etched Metal at 800-343-0240 or 440-248-0240.
Posted: 9/26/2019 9:57:24 AM by Global Administrator | with 0 comments