Examples of the many custom-design, durable labels available from Drake.

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Welcome to the Drake Industries blog, Custom Label Tips, your source for information and insight on getting the best custom-designed, durable labels for your needs.

Regulatory Labels and Plates

June 30th, 2014 by

Regulatory labels and plates come in many sizes and materials.  Drake Industries manufactures UL, CE, and RoHS labels, plates, stickers, and tags.

Drake’s UL certifications include

 

Polyester Regulatory Label

Polyester Regulatory Label

 

 CE Polycarbonate Regulatory label

CE Polycarbonate Regulatory label

 

Stainless Steel UL Plate

Stainless Steel UL Plate

 

Contact Drake for your next regulatory label, sticker, or plate project.  Free samples and quotes are always available.  800.531.5073 OR quotes@drake.com

 

 

Metalphoto®, Virtually Impervious to Chemicals

June 26th, 2014 by

Aluminum Metalphoto® tags, cut-outs and control panel labels are virtually impervious to chemicals, heat, abrasion, salt spray and sunlight and the photographic image affords extreme detail and contrast at any size.  Compare this to etched stainless steel tags that are vulnerable to corrosion and screen printed aluminum tags and plates that can be scratched.

Metalphoto cross section

Metalphoto cross section

Metalphoto Characteristics

Metalphoto Characteristics

Metalphoto Characteristics pdf

Contact Drake Industries for information regarding Metalphoto® tags and plates for your next project.  Quotes and samples are always free.  quotes@drake.com OR 800.531.5073

 

Why Phenolic?

June 23rd, 2014 by

Phenolic is a rigid plastic composite material that has been used for tags, nameplates and panels since the 1940s.

Phenolic tags and cut-outs are brittle, disintegrate at high temperatures, and are not UV stable.  (Pictured below is a phenolic tag.)  There are options that are better suited for tags and plates besides phenolic.

Engraved Phenolic Tag

Engraved Phenolic Tag

Aluminum Metalphoto® tags, cut-outs and control panel labels are MORE durable than phenolic (they are virtually impervious to chemicals, heat, abrasion, salt spray and sunlight) and the photographic image affords extreme detail and contrast at any size.

Aluminum Metalphoto Dial

Aluminum Metalphoto Dial

Why choose Phenolic when a more modern process is available?

Metalphoto® is exceptionally durable:

  • Certified for 20 year plus for outdoor applications
  • UV-stable image is permanently sealed within the anodized aluminum
  • Virtually impervious to chemicals, heat, abrasion, salt spray and sunlight
  • Earned more top scores than any other IUID barcode label material tested by the U.S. Navy (NSWC, Corona Division, IUID Center; August 2011)

If you have a project that requires a UV resistant durable label or nametag consider the Metalphoto® process.  Contact Drake Industries for Metalphoto® samples and a free quote 800.531.5073 OR quotes@drake.com

Aluminum Metalphoto can be cut into complex shapes

Aluminum Metalphoto can be cut into complex shapes

 

 

Domed Branding Labels and Stickers

June 18th, 2014 by

 

Domed Branding Label

Domed Branding Label

 

Add a third dimension to your logo with a clear, flexible layer of urethane that is rustproof, waterproof; and scratch, fade, germ, salt, acid, oil and chemical resistant.

This optically clear urethane will never yellow and is extra durable.

Domed branding labels are incredibly versatile and durable and they can be used in a variety of environments.  Typically they are manufactured from polyester or vinyl and an industrial strength adhesive is used.

These labels and stickers can be used on flat and compound surfaces.  They have excellent UV Resistance which means that they can withstand direct sun and heat in an outside environment.  They have good water resistance as well.

Domed Branding Label- Cut out style

Domed Branding Label- Cut out style

Domed branding labels be produced very quickly and inexpensively in small and large quantities.  They are available on sheets.

Contact Drake for your next project that requires branding labels.  Quotes@drake.com OR 800.531.5073

 

2014 South Texas Oilfield Expo

June 11th, 2014 by

The 2014 South Texas Oilfield Expo will take place July 9-10th, 2014 at The Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center in San Antonio, Texas.   Kimberly Cates with Drake Industries will be in attendance.

The 2014 South Texas Oilfield Expo will draw thousands of oil and gas professionals from the Eagle Ford Shale and beyond to meet, network and make deals over the two day trade show.

Metalphoto Aluminum Plate with Cut Out

Metalphoto Aluminum Plate with Cut Out

Drake Industries has been manufacturing durable labels and product identification for over 50 years.  We are located in Austin, Texas, the heart of Central Texas’s Oil and Gas Market.  Visit us at the show to discus your durable product identification needs!  Or contact us at 800.531.5073 or quotes@drake.com

Asset ID Tags and Labels

June 10th, 2014 by
Polyester Asset Tag with a Polycarbonate Over Lamination for Added Durability.

Polyester Asset Tag with a Polycarbonate Over Lamination for Added Durability.

Thermal Transfer/Hot Stamp labels make excellent Asset ID Tags and Labels.  Thermal Transfer labels are typically manufactured from polyester which is very durable.  A polycarbonate over lamination can be added for additional durability.

Drake Industries maintains a “die library” that contains thousands of custom and standard dies available at no additional cost for use on your order. Using one of our existing dies can save hundreds on your bottom line.

Labels are delivered in rolls to your specification, including out wound or in wound, the number of labels per roll and the spacing between labels.  Examples include: “Bags of 10; Labeled with: Quantity, Date of Manufacture, PO#, Vendor Name, P/N”.

Drake Industries is equipped to provide you with custom Asset ID Tags and Labels in low to high-volume production runs. We specialize in the use of discrete colors as well as sequential serial numbers, barcodes and UID marking. Drake offers multiple options for color matching, laminates and die cuts.

UID/2D Matrix Marking and Human Readable Text.

UID/2D Matrix Marking and Human Readable Text.

We offer standard and rush production times on prototypes as well as low- and mid-volume orders.

We look forward to discussing your project.  We can provide quotes or answer questions should you be unsure of substrates, adhesives, dies, etc.

Polyester Asset Tag with Linear Barcode

Polyester Asset Tag with Linear Barcode

Provide specifications and our production team can break down labels on rolls to easily identified bags of small quantities.

Provide specifications and our production team can break down labels on rolls to easily identified bags of small quantities.

Plastic Case Branding Label (Pelican)

June 6th, 2014 by

Brand your company’s watertight protector cases with durable re-branding labels and overlays. Drake’s plastic case re-branding labels are manufactured with durable polycarbonate/Lexan® or aluminum to maintain the appearance of logos and information in normal and extreme environments.   A range of thicknesses and gloss levels are available.

Plastic Case Rebranding Label

Plastic Case Rebranding Label

These labels can be digitally printed, silk screened, or manufactured with photosensitive aluminum and will stand up to wear and exposure to chemicals, oil, dirt and grime.

Contact Drake for a free quote for your next re-branding project.  Small runs can be completed as well as one-offs.  1.800.531.5073  quotes@drake.com

Polycarbonate Branding Label for Plastic Pelican Case

Polycarbonate Branding Label for Plastic Pelican Case