Category Archives: Industrial laser marking

Permanent laser marked gold

Permanently marking gold sign plates requires considerable precision and experience. One off laser marking projects are always the greatest challenge since there is so little room for error. It is one thing to design, plan, and execute a laser job where the goal is to produce  a single finished item (one off) but it is a another challenge entirely when the raw material is one of a kind as well. No second chances!

In this case the order was for a series of custom laser marked signs for a private jet. The material was gold plated custom cut sign blanks each made to fit a specific place within the plane. Each gold sign plate was a different ‘odd’ shape that required precise placement of a custom logo, text, and symbols. Extraordinary care was required in planning and execution of this permanent laser marking job. While so much of our work involves supplying industrial clients with stainless steel identification plates such as those used for ASME R stamp repair plates, this custom gold project is a great example of the type of custom laser marking capability that sets us apart. With curved lines, non-standard openings and airplane head set jack holes, what on the surface might look like a simple laser marking job actually required substantial planning and precision.  Once started, the laser marking on the gold is permanent and there is no way to undo or restart the job. We never missed. It was our pleasure to be a part in making this custom airplane interior project a success.

Custom laser marked gold sign. Placement of text and logo on difficult shape one off design.

Contact us to discus your custom laser marking needs. 

High Temp Equipment ID Tags


Signs and tags that can really take the heat. This laser marked “Manufactured by” plate was subjected to five minutes of ~3600°F. While the steel is discolored the lettering is still intact and clear.

Gold Medal Productions has been providing laser-marked identification tags and plates for use in harsh industrial environments for 20 years. Signs and tags that can withstand the high temperatures of furnaces, boilers, and heat exchangers are a key component in equipment identification, safety signage, and pressure vessel tags.

Even after being subjected to the direct heat of a propane torch, the lettering and lines on this laser marked metal stamp plate blank remain clear. High temp ID tags and signs need to be able to really take the heat!

For example, the steel ID plates pictured above were made for Bristol Boiler & Welding of Atlanta GA. They will finish the “Manufactured by” plate blanks with their date stamp. To test the marking durability, the laser-marked stainless steel tags were heated with a propane torch. While the high temperature was enough to warp and discolor the steel plate, the lettering did not come off. So the test shows that laser-marked industrial identification plates are reliable.

Laser marking metal results in permanent high contrast, high-resolution lettering, and lines. The applications are as limitless as the many environments that commercial and industrial signs and tags might be needed.

Contact Gold Medal Productions today to discuss your tag & sign needs.

ASME Certified Repair Stamp Plates

R Stamp Plates – Quick Delivery.

The call came in at about 8:30 AM. An AMSE certified R repair job could not be closed out because the company could not access their stock of R stamp plates. The person in charge of them was out of the country and could not be reached. The R plates were somewhere in one of their 22 site construction trailers and no one had been able to locate them. Rather than waste more time searching for them, they called me.

The question was simple. “Dominic, could you make us a dozen new R stamp plates today?”

The answer was equally as simple. “Yes.”

While not all orders need to be completed in a rush, Gold Medal Productions can make repair plates quickly. With in house graphics and layout, a rapid proofing process, and stock on hand, we can deliver your R plates in a hurry if needed.

This was a new customer for Gold Medal Productions so we needed to complete the proofing process as well as produce the new stainless steel plates in time to have them packaged and shipped by that afternoon. Within two hours the layout was done and we had proof approval. By 1:30 PM the new R stamp plates were on their way to the customer via next day air.

ASME-certified R stamp plates may not be the sexiest part of a repair, re-certification, or alteration project but they are critical to closing out a job. At Gold Medal Productions we keep a stock of 304 .048 stainless steel blanks on hand at all times to offer quick delivery of your custom R stamp plate order.

If you are an ASME certified company with a need for new R stamp plates call Dominic for a quote.

“R” stamp blanks are made to your layout specifications. Permanent laser marked text and lines are set to best enable you to make the final stamp marks such as your National Board “R” & “Date Repaired” date. The laser marking is as resilient as the metal that it is on. While 304 stainless is the most common base material order for these blanks, the laser process works with virtually any metal.

National Board R Stamp plates

Stainless steel National Board R stamp plate blank ready for "R" stamp. High contrast permanent laser marked metal ready for industrial environments.
Stainless steel National Board R stamp plate blank ready for “R” stamp. High contrast permanent laser marked metal ready for industrial environments. Perfect for repaired by, altered by, or rerate identification data plates.

ASME National Board R and vessel certification data stamp plate supply with no minimum order requirements or set up fees.*

Gold Medal Productions supplies ASME Certified data plate for ASME U Stamp, and National Board R Stamp and NB Mark plates. Permanent laser marked stainless steel metal plates ready for your ASME stamp on repaired, re-rated, and altered vessels. Customize your order with the mix of plates to suit your current project needs with no setup or text change fees. There are no minimum order requirements. Whether you are ordering one plate or thousands Gold Medal Productions delivers superior laser marked products and rapid turnaround.

Quality R stamp and data plates are a small but key component to finishing your certified vessel, welding, repair, and service jobs. Gold Medal Productions produces stainless steel plates that are customized for each customer.

Contact Gold Medal Productions to discuss your certification R stamp plate needs or to order a sample ASME identification blank plate.

With substantial experience serving industrial clients and direct experience working in the type of environments that these plates are likely to end up, Gold Medal Productions owner Dominic Urbano, understands the important role that these ‘simple’ plates play. Gold Medal Productions provides high contrast permanent industrial vessel identification plates combined with flexible ordering and industry best pricing.

Each laser marking order is custom designed to meet the clients specific needs. Building loyal customers through superior service and pricing.

“…quality product, on time, and at a competitive price.

“We have been using Gold Medal Productions for a wide range of company needs, and have always received a quality product, on time, and at a competitive price.”

Viviano Gutierrez – Quality Assurance Manager Matrix Service Inc.

Gold Medal Productions is a USA small business serving clients world wide. Proudly providing top quality custom laser engraving, laser cutting, and laser marking services since 2001.

*No set up fee when customer supplies a print ready copy of their business logo. A business logo is not required and there is no charge for a text based business identification.

Laser marking identification on locks and tags. LOTO… safety locks ensure industrial safety.

A LOTO safety lock with laser engraved identification ensures that industrial safety and OSHA compliance will not be compromised by poor quality identification marking.

Industrial safety requires highly durable and reliable LOTO lock identification. Laser marking does the job best!

Custom awards and trophies

OSHA requirements state that LOTO locks and tags be identified with durable and clear printing. Laser marking is provides the perfect solution for ensuring that your LOTO locks and keys are permanently identified. A seemingly small part of a LOTO program, clear and permanent LOTO lock and tag identification helps ensure worker safety and unnecessary job delays.

OSHA LOTO Proceedures 1910.147

“Tagout devices shall be constructed and printed so that exposure to weather conditions or wet and damp locations will not cause the tag to deteriorate or the message on the tag to become illegible.” “Identifiable. Lockout devices and tagout devices shall indicate the identity of the employee applying the device(s).”

I just completed a custom industrial laser marking job for one of my long term clients. In need of a quick turnaround my client needed 1000 LOTO locks and 2000 stainless steel identification tags. A few years ago the same client had me serialize over 6000 LOTO locks, tags, and lock boxes. It is an industrial laser marking job that illustrates how important high quality permanent identification marking can be.

For a number of years I worked as a safety coordinator for an oil refinery. LOTO (Lock Out / Tag Out) was the key to ensuring that industrial equipment that had been made safe for maintenance or repair remained that way. Isolating and securing high energy systems ensures worker safety. It is a straight forward system, that when properly implemented, gives every worker the ability to secure even the most complex systems or machinery with a single lock.

Clear and permanent identification of LOTO locks is is a key element of a LOTO program. In large scale industrial maintenance jobs or during refinery ‘turn-around’ there may be thousands of locks being used to secure individual and overlapping systems. A single lock with missing or unreadable identification marking could result in compromised safety and substantial monetary loss. Between the lost man hours… potential compromise to worker safety… or even delayed start up… something as seemingly simple as how the lock is marked and identified becomes very important.

A LOTO lock may need to remain in the field for a number months or even for years. Long term construction projects, decommissioned equipment, redesigned systems… any number of reasons that a lock may end up needing to withstand long exposure to the weather and the potentially harsh industrial environment. Permanent and clear laser marking becomes a valuable  element in a quality LOTO program. The OSHA lock out tag out procedures require clear and durable identification of the locks and tags used in a LOTO safety program. Laser engraving provides high resolution permanent identification of for LOTO locks and tags.


Moving forward with a new laser engraving cutting marking web site…

Custom laser engraving cutting marking. Gold Medal Productions gets a new web site.

Laser engraving cutting marking
Much of my work in creating custom ‘laser engraved awards’ doesn’t use the laser at all. Time consuming customized work that is done by hand is what sets my custom awards apart.

At long last the Gold Medal Productions web site is getting an overhaul! The goal is to create a site the does a better job of showcasing the custom nature of my business. Over the years I have refined the laser engraving cutting and marking business to serve clients who are seeking truly customized  laser product. A leaner site that encourages potential customers to imaging the possibilities that my service might bring and to contact me to discuss how we can take their product or project to an entirely different level.  It is actually a bit of a challenge to communicate that message to potential new clients. The  industry is glutted with standardized high volume laser production. Some of which is astronomically priced. I  have developed a unique niche working with each client to create a custom solution for each event and keeping the prices at or below what others are charging for standard product.

I never loose site of the fact that what I create will become an important in ways that go well beyond the budget for creating it. Plaques will be held high in celebration, take a victory lap with a team, held tight with excited jubilation, and ultimately be displayed with pride for many many years. An industrial marking job may ultimately mean better safety for on site workers. That I may help a business attract customers with custom signage. That collaboration with an artist may result in a creation that neither of us could accomplish on our own. This is my motivation. That is the focus of my laser business. Custom solutions for each and every laser engraving, cutting, or marking customer. That is the message that I hope to convey in the new web site.