Nameplate Marking Dials and Character Sizes:
||The Model 4 and Model 6 come with either sharp or flat face dials. Each marking dial has 40 characters - A through Z (upper case), 0 through 9, slash (/), dash (-), period (.) and an ampersand (&).
Sharp Face Dials
Sharp face can be used to mark on all materials - steel, brass, stainless steel*, aluminum, plastic, etc. The sharp face characters penetrate the nameplate material more easily than the flat face. Available in 1/16", 3/32", 1/8", 3/16" & 1/4" character sizes.
Flat Face Dials
Flat face are used to mark on brass, aluminum and plastic because they create a wider impression. Use this character face when the impressions are to be color-filled (lacquer-stick or wax crayon). Available in 1/16", 3/32", 1/8", and 3/16" character sizes.
Each letter or figure occupies a space as wide as it is high. Fractions (1/2, 1/4, etc.) are made with the characters in line - not above one another. A fraction will occupy space equal to letters or figures of the same character size.
For example, 1/8" characters are spaced 8 to the inch. Marking the word "TEMPERED" using an 1/8" character dial would occupy one inch. The same reading in 3/32" characters would yield a mark 3/4" of an inch long.
If nameplates are to be marked within 3/8" of the top edge, if the shape is not square or rectangular, or if you are marking dog tags or pet ID tags, a special fixture or "nest" may be necessary.
We recommend visiting Perma-Products. They offer a nameplate nest that will attach directly to our table, as well as, "tag Nest Plates" for marking special shapes of pet ID tags. Please contact Perma-Products for more information or view the Need Tag? tab for a list of nameplate resources.
*GTS does not recommend the use of character sizes larger than 1/8" on stainless steel - while the dial is quite capable of creating an impression in this material, the pressure required to mark larger characters may cause the ram to deflect resulting in incomplete characters.