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Able Engraving and Design - Engraved nameplates and Engraving Services in the UK since 1986

Able Engraving and Design was established in July 1986 by the present owner Mr. A. Douglas. Our engraving company is based in a 1200 sq. ft. light industrial unit on the Surrey / Sussex border in the UK. We provide a nationwide engraving service and are able to undertake any work in stainless steel, brass, bronze, aluminium, acrylic, 3 ply laminate (Traffolyte) and almost any other engravable material.

We have been creating engraved nameplates through chemical etching and laser etching for many years and as a result we have a wide client base consisting of the following:

  • Large and small sign manufacturing companies
    (Please Note: We Welcome Trade Enquiries).
  • Local councils.
  • Government departments and installations.
  • Engineering and manufacturing companies.
  • Research and development institutions.
  • Many small to medium size businesses.
  • Medical practices and facilities.

Advice is always available from our helpful and experienced staff during normal office hours, you can also use the contact facilities in this website to request information, or order products 24 hours a day 365 days a year.

Engraving and Design

Able Engraving and Design - Engraved nameplates and Engraving Services in the UK since 1986

At Able Engraving we take pride in producing the finest quality engraved nameplates, signs, commemorative plaques, instrument panels, bottle templates and labels.

We are machine and hand engravers/chemical etchers and we have a wide client base.

Finest Quality Signs

We can produce signs using:

  • Stainless Steel
  • Brass
  • Bronze
  • Aluminium
  • 3 ply Laminate (Traffolyte)
  • Perspex and other acrylics

Advice always available from our helpful and experienced staff during office hours or use the contact facilities on our website to request information or order products whenever you wish. 

Finest Quality Signs

Aluminium Signs

Aluminium is an ideal choice of material for both outdoor and indoor signs and labels because of it's durable non-corrosive properties etc. Aluminium is light weight and tough, and can be etched as well as engraved. Our aluminium signs are available in silver, black or bronze anodised finish.

Our aluminium sign directory systems (see example above) can provide an efficient, versatile and cost effective solution for your internal sign needs. Ideal for reception areas and lift lobbies these expandable sign systems are manufactured to order to suit individual requirements.

As with all our materials, aluminium signs do not have to be square or rectangular in shape. We can cut all materials to any shape and size you require for your design.

For helpful and friendly advice on the above products please call 01342 843211.

Aluminium Signs

Brass Signs

Cosmetically brass is probably the most attractive material available and can be used both inside and outdoors. As with our stainless steel, bronze and aluminium signs, brass signs look particularly attractive when they are mounted on a hardwood surround (usually mahogany or oak but other woods are available).

For an additional charge our brass signs can be laquered and stoved to apply an attractive high gloss finish that prevents tarnishing and increases ease of cleaning. Brass can be engraved or etched and in single or multi-coloured designs.

As with all our other materials brass signs do not have to be square or rectangular in shape. We can cut all materials to any shape and size you require for your design.



For helpful and friendly advice on the above products please call 01342 843211.

Brass Signs

Safety Signs

We also supply a full range of safety signs and products from stock including silkscreen printed items such as:

  • Fire Exit Signs
  • Fire Escape Signs
  • Hazard Warning Signs
  • Health and Safety Signs
  • Mandatory Signs and labels

There are too many different signs to show them all in this page, so see please see below for a small selection of the silkscreen printed safety signs that we hold in stock.

Safety Signs

Laminate Signs and Labels

There are a variety of engraving laminates available to choose from, the most popular of which is Traffolyte. Traffolyte is available in many colours and provides an ideal solution for indoor and outdoor utility signs.

Traffolyte is composed of three layers of rigid laminate bonded together under extreme pressure. The middle layer is a different colour than the outer layers, this layer is revealed when the engraved image is cut through the front layer. The end result is tough sign that is especially resistant to chemicals and thinners as no paint infill is used.

Laminate materials are ideal for manufacturing engraved control panels and bottle templates.
As with all our materials, laminate signs and labels do not have to be square or rectangular in shape. We can cut all materials to any shape and size you require for your design.

For helpful and friendly advice on the above products please call 01342 843211.

Laminate Signs and Labels

Stainless Steel Signs

Stainless steel is an ideal choice of material for outdoor engraved and etched signs. Available in brushed or mirror polished finish, it is impervious to all weather conditions and is easily cleaned to keep it looking like new. Although stainless steel is very tough our equipment is capable of engraving or etching both large print or fine detailed text and logos.

The selection of signs shown above and below illustrate how stainless steel signs can contribute to creating the professional image you want to portray to your clients or customers. As with our brass, bronze and aluminium signs, stainless steel signs look particularly attractive when they are mounted on a hardwood surround (usually mahogany or oak but other woods are available).

Using the correct type of artwork transparencies photographic images can be silkscreen printed onto stainless steel signs

As with all our materials, stainless steel signs do not have to be square or rectangular in shape. We can cut all materials to any shape and size you require for your design.




For helpful and friendly advice on the above products please call 01342 843211.

Stainless Steel Signs

Rating Plates

You don't get many signs tougher than our rating plates. Because these signs are manufactured for use as machine labels used on all types of plant and machinery, they have to be very tough, durable and scratch proof. Our rating plates are usually manufactured in steel, brass or aluminium.

The image can be applied by etching or anoprinting. Etching sets the images into the surface of the metal. Anoprinting sets the image beneath the surface of the anodized coating of the metal so that it cannot be scratched off. Our rating plates can be manufactured in different shapes, sizes and quantities.



For helpful and friendly advice on the above products please call 01342 843211.

Rating Plates

Bronze Signs

Bronze is an ideal choice of material for an outdoor sign with traditional character. As with our stainless steel, aluminium and brass signs they look particularly attractive when they are mounted on a hardwood surround (usually mahogany or oak but other woods are available).

Bronze signs can be etched, engraved or cast and can be given a BMA finish to provide a tough and attractive protective coat to the surface of the sign.
 



For helpful and friendly advice on the above products please call 01342 843211.

Bronze Signs

Etched signs

We can etch text, logos and artwork onto aluminium, stainless steel, brass and bronze. Etching is a technique that has been used for hundreds of years to faithfully reproduce hand drawn images onto metal plates. These days we are able to combined modern technology and photographic methods to increase the range image types that can be etched onto a metal surface.

Colours are applied by a paint infill which is baked (stoved) on for added durability.

Because of it's durability, etching has more practical uses in the manufacture of tough safety and utility signs that are required to be more pleasing to the eye than your average safety sign. The signs shown below can often be found in establishments such as hotels and head offices where creating an impression of professionalism and quality is important.

 

For helpful and friendly advice on the above products please call 01342 843211.

Etched signs

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