Durable, On-Site Asset Identification & Signage.
WHAT IS DURABLACK?
The only laser markable metal certified for outdoor usage that does not require a chemical pre-treatment or protective topcoat.
DuraBlack® is CO2 laser markable aluminum for durable, on-demand marking for harsh operating environments. In side-by-side tests, DuraBlack outperforms black anodized aluminum and laser markable acrylic tape in select applications. DuraBlack is resistant to sunlight (UV-radiation), abrasion, high-temperatures and chemical exposure. Because of its ability to perform across a range of challenging environments, DuraBlack meets several government, industrial and military specifications including MIL-STD 130N, A-A-50271 (≈MIL-P-514D) and MIL-STD-15024G, Type L.
Composed of a multi-level coating available upon 0.005″ or 0.020″ thick aluminum, DuraBlack can be attached to either curved or flat surfaces with adhesive, rivets or screws. It is imaged with any CO2 marking laser to produce a durable, high-resolution barcode or human-readable image.
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|Independent Laboratory Certifications|
|A-A-50271 (~MIL-P-514D)||Detroit Testing Laboratory|
|MIL-DTL-15024G, Type L (laser generated plate)||According to Type L, testing shall “be determined by the acquiring activity and the supplier”. Horizons ISG recommends the standards of A-A-50271 be adopted for MIL-DTL-15024G, Type L.|
|Standard UL 969, "Marking and Labeling Systems"||Underwriters Laboratories (UL)M|
|Because of its ability to perform across a range of challenging environments, DuraBlack meets an array of government, industrial and military specifications.|
|Sheet Sizes||10″ x 12″ | 12″ x 20″ | 20″ x 24″|
|Sheet Thickness||.005″ | .020″ *|
|Adhesive Backed||Attachment Options: 3M 350 High-Performance Adhesive or Mechanical (rivets/screws)|
|* 0.005" available only in 10" x 12" and 0.020" available only in 12" x 20" or 20" x 24"|
|Outdoor Exposure||5,000 hrs of accelerated UV/weather with Q-Sun XE-3/HS (Estimated ~8-10 years)||No Effect|
|Abrasion Resistance||4,000 cycles on a Taber Abraser, CS17 with 1kg wheel load||Slight dulling of surface|
|Temperature Resistance||700°F for one hour||Slight yellowing of background material after 8 hours|
|Corrosive/Chemical Resistance||96 hrs in many MIL-STD-810G fluids||Slight breakdown of black coating|
|* Tests were modeled after those established by the U.S. Department of Defense under MIL-STD-810G and MIL-STD 130. Chemicals tested include all MIL-STD-810G fluids and several others (see the Technical Brief for a full list). Outcomes were measured with a Siemens/Microscan verifier on 15mil 2D barcodes. A drop of more than two letter grades indicates failure - as per AIM DPM-1-2006 and MIL-STD-130N. Weather tests are on-going. Horizons ISG does not warrant performance of its materials in any environment.|
|DuraBlack Advertisement||November 2015||Advertisement|
|Advances in Metal-Marking Technology||May 2015||Awards & Engraving (A&E)|
|DuraBlack Case Study: Heavy Equipment||April 2015||Horizons ISG Case Study|
|The Money in Metal: Advancements in Metal Marking||May 2014||Awards & Engraving (A&E)|
|AlumaMark® & DuraBlack® Brands Support Key Distributors at 2014 ARA International Awards Market in Las Vegas||March 2014||Press Release|
|The Trophy Case: Military Products||July 2013||Awards & Engraving (A&E)|
|Made in the USA Product Focus||July 2013||Awards & Engraving (A&E)|
|Outdoor Sign Project||June 2013||Awards & Engraving (A&E)|
|Innovations in Digital Decorating: The Power of Black & White||December 2012||Awards & Engraving (A&E)|
|Making Sense of Industrial Engraving Applications||October 2012||Awards & Engraving (A&E)|
|DuraBlack®: CO2 Laser Markable Product For Extreme Outdoor Conditions||September 2012||Marking Industry Magazine (MIM)|
|Making Sense of Laser Markable Metals||July 2012||Recognition Review|
|Five Myths About Laser Markable Metals||June 2012||Awards & Engraving (A&E)|
|Horizons Imaging Systems Group (ISG) Debuts Extremely Durable Laser Markable Metal at Awards & Recognition Association (ARA) Trade Show||March 2012||Press Release|
|The Market for Industrial Marking||April 2011||Awards & Engraving (A&E)|
|New Durable CO2 Laser Markable Material Available For Sale||April 2011||Press Release|
|Technical Guides & Data Sheets||Type||Description|
|DuraBlack Data Sheet||Data Sheet||Details the composition, features, benefits, characteristics and technical specifications of DuraBlack.|
|DuraBlack Technical Brief: Durability Performance||Technical Guide||Details on DuraBlack's superlative performance in several simulated operating environments.|
|DuraBlack Processing Guide||Technical Guide||Laser settings and instructions for creating perfect images on DuraBlack.|
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