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Report from the Offshore Technology Conference, Houston May 2013

May 7th, 2013 by

The Offshore Technology Conference began in Houston Monday May 6 at 8AM and will end on Thursday May 9 around 5 PM.  Tim Moore, Drake Labels CEO will be in attendance until Weds, May 8th.  He’s observed that “there are tens of thousands of people here from countries all over the world.  During the half-hour bus ride from the show location to the hotel I must have heard six different languages being spoken by people from China, Mexico, Brazil, Nigeria, Germany, and one or two other places I’m not sure of.  The show location is immense…I would judge it to be almost 100 acres in size.  There are over a thousand booths of varying sizes as well.  It is an intimidating experience for most people the first time.”

Tim also added that the Drake Labels booth is outside the stadium, under a tent positioned near a major walk-way (in the 700 aisle, booth 731, near the OTC Pavillion).  “There is a lot of traffic that passes us by and Liz and Cate are doing a great job of explaining who we are and what we do to anyone who asks.  We are making dozens of valuable connections and will have much to follow up on at the end of the show.  We are also walking the floor being proactive in telling the Drake story.”

Drake will be focusing our efforts on several product lines during this year’s show:  Metalphoto®/Photosensitive Aluminum, Stainless Steel, and Graphic Panel OverlaysYou can view a short video about these products on our site, drake.com.  Drake Labels manufactuires and sells durable labeling products to a wide variety of industries including Oil & Gas.  Our location in Austin Texas makes us a natural fit for the Houston market.  Our 40+ years of experience provides us with the necessary skills to excel in making durable custom labeling products QUICKLY and ACCURATELY.

2013 marks the 44th annual OTC flagship conference.  Attendees have been meeting at Offshore Technology Conferences since 1969 to discuss scientific and technical advancements and issues that relate to offshore oil and gas explorations issues in North America, Europe, Africa, Austrailia, China and elsewhere.  Reliant Stadium is located at 1 Reliant Park, Houston, TX 77054.  View a parking map here  – we hope to see you at the show!  CAll us at 800-531.5031, 0 and we can connect you to our team at the show.

Plates and Tags That Can Withstand Sulphuric Acid, Caustic Soda, and Rig Soap

May 6th, 2013 by
Photosensitive Aluminum Tag

Photosensitive Aluminum Tag with Rivet Holes

Labeling products like tags, plates, and decals used in the Oil, Gas, and Mining industries need to stand up to harsh chemicals, remain legible, and stay put.

Photosensitve Aluminum and Stainless Steel tags and plates can withstand exposure to bases and mineral acids like Caustic Soda and Sulphuric Acid.  Stainless Steel and Photosensitive Aluminum are also good choices for tags and plates that are used in conjunction with chemicals like Diesel Fuel/Petro Diesel, Emulsifiers, Detergents, and Grease Cutters.

Metalphoto®/Photosensitive Aluminum offers the advantages of light weight and permanet images.  Text and logos are burned into the aluminum rather than etched into or printed onto a surface like Stainless Steel. Tags and plates made from this material won’t be affected by harsh chemicals and extreme weather. They won’t fade or be damaged by scrapes or scratches.

Aluminum can also be coated with Teflon®.  This polymer protects the surface of the aluminum tag/plate providing fast and easy clean up in grimy ennvironments.

Stainless Steel is also a good choice for plates and tags used in Oil, Gas, and Mining environments.  Images and text can be screen printed into or etched onto a tag’s surface.  Stainless Steel tags may also be bonded with ceramic coating to withstand temperatures in excess of 1000 degrees Fahrenheit.

Tags, plates, and decals can be affixed with pressure sensitive acrylic adhesive or with rivets.  Heavy Stainless Steel tags and plates sometimes require both adhesive and rivets.

Stainless Steel - examples of durable stainless steel labels from Drake Labels

Stainless Steel Plates and Tags – Etched and Screen Printed