There are a few choices 1) You may purchase just the data plate from Aircraft Engravers with NO marking. 2) You can supply the data plate for Aircraft Engravers to mark it. 3) Aircraft Engravers supplies the data plate AND marks it.
Aircraft Engravers’ data plates are made from aircraft grade .020" Stainless Steel that meets all FAA specifications. The text for most data plates are either engraved or stamped, however, we vibro-peen the text into the data plates. Vibro-peening is a process that uses a pneumatic tool with a reciprocating point that impacts the data tag at approximately 5,000 strokes per minute which leaves an impression where it travels. This process not only gives a far superior look but has many benefits over engraving and stamping such as;
No scratches, mars or nicks from the engraving machine using a nose cone.
No burrs or raised edges around the text.
No distortion or bowing of the data plate from using a steel stamp machine.
No uneven, out of alignment or rotated letters from hand stamping.
What you do get is an uniform, crisp and clean data plate as seen in the image below.