Gravotech - ID Tags engraving

ID Tags

Note: this page is about ID tags, for name tags or internal signage, please check this link.

The identification plate gives all of the necessary information about a product, a machine, equipment, stock, etc. Identification and traceability are essential in all sectors where these type of identification plates are used, both in the legibility of the marking and in the resistance of the material over time.

We find identification plates of various sizes which can contain logo, brand, address, serial numbers, text, pictograms, or symbols. The industrial marking of the identification plate can be carried out on different materials:

  • Stainless steel
  • Aluminum
  • Anodized aluminum
  • Brass
  • Plastic / vinyl

Gravotech provides solutions for the marking of your identification parts to meet your quality requirements, the volume of plates to be marked, and thus will ensure increased productivity, no matter your industry:.

  • Asset tags & asset labels.
  • Wire rope & chain sling tags.
  • Aluminum cable ties (slot & tongue tags).
  • Utility pole tags.
  • Survey washers & survey tags.
  • Valve tags.
  • Electrical identification & cabinets.
  • Elevator tags & inspection tags.
  • IT & Telecoms.
  • Light gauge tags.
  • Plumber tags.
  • Lead apron id tags.
  • Automotive tags.
  • Aerospace & defense tags.
  • Boat tags

Gravotech offers 4 technologies adapted to ID tags, each one with a different advantage:

Laser engraving - anodized aluminum plaque

Galvanometric (or Galvo) are the fastest lasers for marking: they can engrave unit or batches, but they cannot cut.

Contrary to rotary machines, they naturally create a contrast with the plastic or metallic raw material (no need for bi-layers) according to the laser source and material composition.

Laser marking and cutting of plastics

Gantry laser are XY laser tables, they are slower than Galvo lasers for engraving only, but can host a large material sheet on their table and transform it into a batch of tags by engraving and cutting it easily with the Matrix mode.

They can create a natural contrast with most plastic or metallic.

ID Tags engraving

CNC engravers are ideal for an aesthetic and deep engraving. Moreover, this technology allows both engraving and cutting, and is the only one to create straight or beveled edges.

The small model is perfect for a plate business thanks to its versatility and capacity.

The large models will allow working in batches (engrave and cut several tags at one time).

Identification engraving

Dot Peen is the fastest rotary technology to engrave ID tags.

They are cheaper than lasers, and fast, so they represent the ideal rotary solution for a reduced budget when the need is to engrave ID plates.

Why choose Gravotech custom engraving machine?

ID Tags for pipes

Gravotech offers in its catalog labels ready to be engraved with standard industrial formats and on different materials (wire cables 425 430, flat machine, electrical cabinet type 440, etc...) and the elements for attaching them (adhesive on the back, ball chains, SST frame, etc...).

For formats not available in the catalog, our “Cut To Size” workshop can manufacture batches of customized labels for your customers.

Gravotech machines make it easy to engrave these plates: the self-centering tables and vices automatically position the plates, surface tracking nose ensure a constant depth and repeatability for small batches. Of course, our equipment can engrave any plate from Gravotech or elsewhere.

Gravotech offers 2 kinds of software, both can handle text, logos, barcodes and 2D code:

  • For unit engraving, our software allows the creation of a plate in less than 1 minute.
  • For batch engraving, our unit Matrix mode allows to repeat the marking template and change the values by using variables, counters, shifts, timecode, database, etc.
Settings of Gravostyle Software

Gravotech offers a complete solution to industrialize the production of tags. This manufacturing process will strongly increase your margin by turning a standard plain material sheet into hundreds of high added value tags.

Start with a large blank plate, use Gravostyle™ to create one tag and the Matrix mode to multiply it on the plate surface. Data from all the tags can be similar or automatically loaded from a database, Excel file, CSV, etc. Send the order to the machine and come back a few minutes after to retrieve the completed tags.

Gravotech offers large blank material with 2 layers ready to be engraved and cut at the exact size of the engraving machine. The first layer is to be removed to let the bottom layer appear and create a clear contrast. Several colors and materials are available for interior or exterior application. Other options are available, such as adhesive-backed plates.

Laser or Rotary tables can both engrave and cut in the same operation. Other features can be done with the combination software and machine, like drilling or fixing holes.

Rotary engravers are also capable of making a straight edge or beveled edge finishing on the tags.

Laser formats are adapted to full, half or quarter sheet size. Rotary large tables will also be able to manage the material with even a small additional margin.

Automatisation of your identification plate marking

Gravotech offers a complete range of identification plate and labels ready to mark. Up to 6 sizes and styles In different thicknesses are available to suit your production requirements.

Do you need a solution adapted to the marking of identification plates, easy to use and accessible to your operators without specific training while increasing your productivity?

Couple our range of ready-to-print nameplates with our marking machines equipped with our Automatic Plate Feeder (APF) accessory and turn your machine into a productive batch engraver. Automatic Plate Feeder is an essential technique when processing production and batch quantities of machine plates, tags, ID plates.

A conveyor takes the plates from the rack where they are stored to the engraving area, which marks. Once engraved, they are stored at the end of the chain, fully automated.

Ideal for engraving batches of plates, badges, labels, tags. Up to 195 plates in one go. Automatic Plate Feeder accessory (APF) is compatible with our dot peen and laser stations.

Discover Gravotech’s solutions

Galvanometric lasers are fast and quiet. They can be upgraded with an APF for batch production and react with any tag material. Gantry lasers are ideal to load a large number of plates on the table and engrave and cut them at one time.

Small laser engraver for all kind of engravings.

WeLase compact laser engraver


  • Marking area: 110 x 110 mm
  • Materials: Organic materials (wood, glass, leather, paper), painted surfaces, metals and plastics
  • Applications: Personalization, Identification

Medium fully automated laser marking station.



  • Marking area: up to 205 x 205 mm
  • Materials: Metals and plastics
  • Applications: Identification, personalization

Small CO2 laser engraver and cutter for personalization, signage and creative.

LS100 CO2 laser engraver


  • Marking area: 460 x 305 mm
  • Materials: Plastics, wood, glass and other organic materials and painted surfaces
  • Applications: Personalization, creative and signage

Medium CO2 or Fiber laser engraving and cutting machine for signage and small series.

LS100Ex co2 laser marking machine

LS100 EX

  • Marking area: 610 x 305 mm
  • Materials: Plastics, wood, glass and other organic materials, painted surfaces and metals
  • Applications: Personalization, signage, creative

Large laser engraver and cutter that can do everything.

LS900 co2 fiber laser


  • Marking area: 610 x 610 mm
  • Materials: Plastics, wood, glass and other organic materials, painted surfaces and metals
  • Applications: Personalization, signage, creative

Extra large laser engraving and cutting machine for high productivity.

LS1000 large laser engraving and cutting machine


  • Marking area: 1220 x 610 mm
  • Materials: Plastics, wood, glass and other organic materials and painted surfaces
  • Applications: Personalization, signage, creative, manufacturing

    Lasertrace ™ and T08: dedicated to industrial identification. ABC: ideal for a simple unit tag (create a job in a few seconds). Gravostyle: embeds a Matrix mode for batch productivity and a settings library for engraving and cutting