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How To Pair Up Electromark Holders & Digits

Electromark has a wide variety of plastic and metal digits and holders. Pairing holders with the right digits isn’t always an intuitive process but the tips below can help.

Are my digits made for horizontally or vertically oriented holders?

To answer this, you need to know a little about the style of digit you’re working with and the size of it.

For 1.0″ digits, our most popular offerings are in a portrait (or skinny) style. We offer other styles in the 1.0″ size but typically, our customers go for the skinny style.

You will be able to tell if a digit is skinny/portrait style because the second to last character in the digit part number will be an “S”. (ex: SLIDEKS3S4)

1.0” Skinny digits will fit vertically in holders like HOLDAL1V7 or horizontally in holders like HOLDAL15.

We offer other styles for 1.0″ as well, like our landscape (or fat) digits. Those are used used exclusively with holders like HOLDAL15.

Digits bigger than 1.0” are always in the portrait style and are used horizontally with horizontal holders, like HOLDAL2H5 or vertically, with vertical holders, like HOLDAL2V5.

Decoding digit part numbers

Electromark part numbers are coded to tell you a lot about that specific part. All digits (also known as markers) within the same family will follow the same pattern.

1. You can tell what type of digit a product is by the first set of characters in the part number.

2. The next set of characters in the part number will determine the color of the part. If one of the codes below is not in the part number, it’s safe to assume the product is a black character on a yellow background. 

3. The size of the digit will be the third character (or set of characters) in the part number.

4. The second to last character in the part number tells you if it’s a skinny (portrait) or fat (landscape) digit.

5. The final character in the part number will be the character on the digit. 

Here are some part number examples from the product families mentioned in the table above. As you can see, there are slight variances in the coding strategy behind each digit family, but there are some consistencies.

Decoding holder part numbers

Our holder part numbers are also coded. Again, there is no general formula for all holders, but there are consistencies. All holders within the same family will follow the same pattern.

1. You can tell what type of holder a product is by the first set of characters in the part number.

2. The next set of characters will tell you the size of digit the holder can fit.

3. The second to last character(s) will tell you if the holder mounts vertically (V), horizontally (H) or both (VH). If there isn’t a “V”, “H” or “VH” it’s safe to assume the holder can be used horizontally or vertically (depending on your digit).

4. The last character will tell you the number of digits the holder can fit.

Here are some part number examples from the holder product families mentioned in the table above. As you can see, there are slight variances in the coding strategy behind each family, but there are some consistencies.

Pairing your holders and your digits

Below are charts with recommended pairings for our most popular digit and holder sizes.

The asterisk in the digit part numbers represent the character on that digit. The asterisk in the holder part numbers represent the number of digits that holder can hold.

The suggested pairing is not impacted by the character on the digit, the color of the digit or the amount of characters a holder can hold. Product type, orientation and size matter when matching up digits & holders.

Aluminum holders

Aluminum holders fit embossed metal slide markers (reflective and non-reflective) and flat metal slide markers (both reflective and non-reflective). Here are some common pairings for aluminum holders and markers.

Polyethylene Holders

Polyethylene holders fit polyethylene markers. Here are some common pairings for polyethylene holders and markers.

PermaGrave® Holders

PermaGrave holders fit PermaGrave markers. We have 2 styles of holders that we offer, plastic and aluminum – the only difference between the two types’ part numbers is the plastic offering has a “PL” in it and the aluminum offering has “AL” in it.

If you are interested in learning more about our aluminum PermaGrave holders, reach out to our CSR team.

Here are some common pairings for PermaGrave holders and markers.

Pocket Panel® Holders

Pocket Panels fit our Engineer Grade, High Intensity and SunBright adhesive reflective digits. Please note for the 1.0” panel size, you will need the notebook adhesive reflective digits, like REFLYK1.0NB0.

Regular 1.0” digits like REFLYK1.00 wouldn’t fit in a Pocket Panel – they need to be in the notebook style. This is the case for all adhesive reflective digit types (Engineer Grade, High Intensity and SunBright).

Here are some common pairings for Pocket Panel holders and adhesive digits.

The Electromark Difference

Our goal is for you to understand all the options we have available for your application. You can view our digits and holders on our website here: Numbers & Letters.

Our team is committed to help with that understanding in any way necessary. If you have any questions, feel free to reach out to the Electromark customer service team or your regional sales manager.

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Electromark provides identification solutions for outdoor environments. Over 45 years of electric utility knowledge enables us to create regulation-compliant products that fit your custom or standard needs. We do more than sell durable signs, tags and labels. We are your outdoor identification experts.

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