Cast Plaque Purchasing and Manufacturing Information.
Why purchasing from The Memorial Plaque is your best choice
O U R P R I C E I S C O M P L E T E
The Memorial Plaque provides a complete price - no hidden extras.
- Discount prices,
- Solid cast plaque (Bronze or Aluminum) - no scrap metals, recycled alloys or plastic,
- Your proof is created in the software used to cast your bronze plaque - WYSIWYG,
- Standard color, finish, border, and mounting hardware,
- 2 part baked on polyurethane coating,
- No charge for delivery (in 48 states),
- No sales tax (except Virginia),
- You can track real time production / shipping status on line.
P R O D U C T I O N
Standard production plaques ship about 3 weeks AFTER you place your order or approve your proof (whichever is later). Standard production time IS NOT guaranteed and may be longer than 4 weeks.
Our on-line store presents prices for standard production and expedited production.
If you need your plaque on a specific date, please select the appropriate option
when placing your order on our on-line store.
P A Y M E N T
We accept Visa, MasterCard, Discover, Amex and Government IMPAC cards. For your ordering convenience and security, you may place your order on our secure on line site 24 hours a day / 7 days a week.
We do not accept purchase orders.
Phone Orders: Call us at the number on our
Contact Us page with your charge card information.
G U A R A N T E E
We offer a guarantee of 1 year against defects in materials and workmanship.
P R I C E S
All of our products are 100% bronze (or aluminum) and are designed and manufactured in the United States. Our prices are already discounted. If you find prices that are lower, we recommend that you confirm the information. Remember, you get what you pay for. Read "The Facts" below.
THE MANUFACTURING PROCESS
Firstly, all of our cast plaques, be they bronze plaques or aluminum
plaques are manufactured using the sand casting process. In the sand casting process,
a pattern is made of the text and graphics. The pattern can be made from any substance
but typically, wood, foam core, plastic and polymer are used.
Once the pattern is made, a fine sand/epoxy mixture is poured around and over the pattern, packed down and then the pattern is removed leaving the image of the pattern in the sand.
Then, paths are formed in the sand (this is typically part of the pattern process) that channel the molten bronze into the pattern.
The molten bronze is then poured into the form, let cool and then the rough plaque is removed from the sand.
Lastly, the rough plaque is tooled and finished.
This of course is a VERY abbreviated description of quite a complicated process. The process of manufacturing a cast bronze or cast aluminum plaque consists of many many more steps.
THE PLAQUE ITSELF
memorial plaques are quite heavy. A quick estimate of weight is to take the height times the width and divide by 10. So, the weight of a 10 by 10 cast bronze plaque
is roughly 10 times 10 divided by 10 or 100 divided by 10 which equals 10 pounds.
As you can imagine, a larger memorial plaques can be almost unmanageable in terms of weight. For instance a 36 inch by 36 inch plaque would weigh 36 times 36 divided by 10 which equals 129 pounds. This would equal over 150 pounds in the shipping crate.
Due to this dramatic increase in weight, cast plaque, as they get larger, are manufactured with a hollowed out back to lighten the overall weight.
(*) Plaques under about 250 square inches are typically cast solid with a 3/8" to 1/2" thickness with a flat back . Because the plaque is only 3/8" thick, a boss and stud mount has only about 2-3 threads for the stud to screw into the back of the plaque. The boss in this case, is nothing more than a shallow hole
tapped to take the threaded stud.
(*) Plaques over 250 square inches, are typically cast with a hollowed out back with a apparent thickness as seen from the side, of about 3/4". In this case,
and due to the increased weight of these larger plaques actual bosses which are raised places on the rear of the plaque, are cast into the back of the plaque. It
is impossible to cast this type of boss on a smaller plaque due to the fact that the smaller plaques are also thinner.
The decision as to the type of back to be cast is at the discretion of the production department and is NOT a customer option.
(*) The number of boss and stud mounting points is variable, some plaques have 2, some have 4 and some may have 6 or 8. This decision is at the discretion of the production department and is NOT a customer option.
(*) All of these dimensions and numbers are approximate and at the discretion of the production department and are not a customer option.
The customer can and should specify the type of mount to be used such as through screws, bolts or the hidden boss and stud mounting. Each has its place.
It is a well known law of economics that states that you can only have 2 of the following ;
High Quality - Good Service - Low Price
We believe we ( The Memorial Plaque) offer the best of all three.
Bronze is forever!!! The alloy bronze is created by melting down ingots of copper, tin and lead in an 88/10/2 ratio. When the name is preceded by another word or letter in its name, it is probably not the real alloy. Faux bronze is NOT bronze. By definition, Faux is "A French word meaning false, fake, imitation or artificial." Bronze mixed with scrap iron is not bronze and it will rust over time. Metallic coated plastic made to look like bronze is not bronze. Etched zinc, faux bronze and bronze metallic coated plastic are all products sold as low cost alternates to real bronze. When new, many of these cheaper products look like real bronze and it is almost impossible for the average consumer to tell the difference between bronze and one of these imitation products. Some retailers in order to make a sale will use these products and not openly state what their materials are and hope that in the 2 or so years it takes for these products to deteriorate, the customer will forget from whom it was purchased. While these faux bronze products may be usable for your purpose, they can not outlive real bronze.
Service is as important as price and quality. What good is low cost and high quality if the end result is late delivery or just plain unacceptable because the
supplier 'sold you what you asked for'. Service not only includes being friendly when a customer places an order. It also includes the ability (and knowledge) to tell a customer that something they are requesting may not be right and then working with the customer to achieve a properly designed product. Making a sale is not enough for the people at The Memorial Plaque. We must feel that the end product is the best possible design and we are willing to put The Memorial Plaque name on it.
Our prices are discounted. We do not offer a low come on price and then add cost for each character, item of hardware or delivery. Our prices are complete. When you submit your on line quote request, you will get a full and accurate quotation and a convenient link for purchasing your plaque on-line. Even if you have to change wording or mounting hardware after our quote, our price will not change as long as the text still fits on the same size plaque.
Remember - as in most things in the world today - You get what you pay for.
ALL WE CAN DO IS PRESENT THE FACTS - IT IS UP TO YOU TO MAKE THE CHOICE.