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

Custom Label Tips

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.

Outstanding Supplier Award for Drake Industries

April 22nd, 2015 by
Outstanding Supplier Award for Drake Industries 2013-2015

Outstanding Supplier Award for Drake Industries 2013-2015

Drake Industries was recognized with an outstanding supplier award from NOV Dynamic Drilling Solutions in April 2015.

Drake has been supplying NOV with durable marking & labeling products since 2006.

The Oil & Gas industry is particularly punishing on labels, tags, overlays, and plates.  Tags and plates manufactured with stainless steel or photosensitive anodized aluminum are an excellent choice for demanding environments.

Digitally Printed Graphic Overlay for Aluminum Door,  assembled at Drake

Digitally Printed Graphic Overlay for Aluminum Door, assembled at Drake

When colorful branding or instructional labels and graphic overlays are required, digitally printed polycarbonate and/ or vinyl labels and decals can withstand the harsh conditions found in oil & gas fields.

Drake is a turnkey resource for your durable marking & labeling product needs. We have been supplying the Texas and US energy industry with labels, overlays, plates and tags for over 50 years.

quotes@drake.com   800.531.5073

Stainless Steel UL Plate

Stainless Steel UL Plate

 

ATM Labels :: Decals :: Stickers

April 21st, 2015 by
Polycarbonate ATM label, digitally printed

Polycarbonate ATM label, digitally printed

Polycarbonate material, sometimes referred to as Lexan®, is known for its durability and professional appearance.

It is used in many industries for product marking applications as

  • Control Panels,
  • Nameplates,
  • Overlays,
  • Membrane Switches, and
  • Serial Tags
Black and white Polycarbonate ATM label, digitally printed

Black and white Polycarbonate ATM label, note radius (or “rounded”) corners used for label longevity

 

Examples shown here are ATM labels.  Polycarbonate is chemical and solvent resistant, has high temperature resistance, and has limited UV resistance.  It is an excellent choice of material for use on ATMs.  Images and text are transferred onto polycarbonate digitally or using silk screen technology.

Polycarbonate is also commonly used for prototype labels and overlays.

Contact Drake Industries for quotes and questions regarding polycarbonate ATM labels quotes@drake. com  800.531.5073

Polycarbonate ATM label, digitally printed

Polycarbonate ATM label, digitally printed

Aluminum Tags and Labels

April 17th, 2015 by

Metalphoto® is the process of choice used across many industries for label and name plate product marking applications.

Metalphoto® product marking solutions can be found in industries such as aerospace/NASA, avionics, consumer electronics, government, industrial/manufacturing, military, oceanic/nautical and oil/gas.  Labels and name plates manufactured with the Metalphoto® stand up to harsh environments, and are especially durable under exposure to chemicals and challenging elements.

Contact us for a free Metalphoto® quote! quotes@drake.com   800.531.5073

The Metalphoto process produces durable, unscratchable aluminum labels, tags, and plates

The Metalphoto process produces durable, unscratchable aluminum labels, tags, and plates

NEC and UL Compliant Solar Installation Labels

April 7th, 2015 by
Solar Installation Label (Polyester) - Yellow ID Identification

Solar Installation Label (Polyester) – Yellow ID Identification

Drake Industries manufactures Turn Key custom labels, plates & placards like the red Solar Installation Map shown below.   These labels and markings can be manufactured to be NEC and UL compliant.

In the NEC 2014 code, some field applied labels, warning(s), and markings are required to have RED TEXT on a WHITE BACK GROUND.  Text should be 3/8 in. (.375) tall and be REFLECTIVE so that the labels/warnings are clearly visible in the beam of a flashlight.

Components of solar home PV systems that might be labeled: solar photovoltaic cells (PV panels), aluminum frames (roof top racks), inverters, charge controllers, storage batteries, utility meters, rapid shut down switches, and wires & cables.

Polyester Thermal Transfer/ Hot Stamp labels like the yellow and red labels shown here require pressure sensitive acrylic adhesive.   This type of label or decal is available by the roll.  These examples have 0.125″ radius (rounded) corners which will prolong the life of the labels (stickers).

Solar Installation Label (Polyester) - Red Warning

Solar Installation Label (Polyester) – Red Warning/Hazard

 

Solar Installation Label (Polyester) - Red Warning/Hazard

Solar Installation Label (Polyester) – Red Warning

Solar installation maps direct emergency responders to components of the PV system.  These digitally printed maps are available on sheets or produced as a plate.  Drake also offers phenolic marking systems/tags.  These tags can be manufactured with or without adhesive.

Map of Solar Installation Directing Emergency Responders to Components

Map of Solar Installation Directing Emergency Responders to Component

 

Plastic Phenolic Tags Can Be Used to Identify PV System Components

Plastic Phenolic Tags Can Be Used to Identify PV System Components

Contact us to discuss the labeling/marking requirements of your PV installation 800.531.5073 OR email us at Quotes@drake.com.  Quotes are always free and available in 24 hours.

How To Apply Aluminum Labels, Tags, Decals

April 6th, 2015 by

Aluminum labels are great for use in extreme conditions.  But the longevity of a label has a lot to do with how the label is applied.

Aluminum is a soft metal and will bend easily – care must be taken when removing aluminum labels from their liner AND when applying them to your product.  Bent aluminum labels will retain the shape of the bend and may not lie flat when adhered to a surface (seen below).  This label was peeled “up” away from the liner.  (This surface is powder coated aluminum.)

Bent Aluminum Label with Fingerprint, Removed Incorrectly

Bent Aluminum Label with Fingerprint, Removed Incorrectly from Liner

Here are some tips on how to remove aluminum labels from a liner without bending the label and applying the label to the surface of your product.

• Hands must be clean & dry

• The surface that the label will adhere to needs to be clean & dry

• Peel LINER away from labels,  do not peel labels “up” from liner (see video below)

•  If you peel the aluminum label away from the liner, the aluminum will bend “up” and may not adhere to the surface correctly

• These labels are NOT   REPOSITIONABLE.  The positioning of the label needs to be exact when applying because the pressure sensitive acrylic adhesive is very aggressive. Repositioning labels that have already been attached to a surface will bend the aluminum, twist the label, and degrade the adhesive.

Here’s a short video that shows you how to remove aluminum labels from a liner without bending the label.

Alum Label Drake Ind

Bent Aluminum Label, Removed Incorrectly from Liner

Bent Aluminum Label, Removed Incorrectly from Liner

 

If you have any questions, or need a quote for durable labels, please give us a call at 800.531.5073 or send an email to quotes@drake.com.

We look forward to hearing about your project!

Polycarbonate Machine Tags

April 2nd, 2015 by

Polycarbonate  is widely used for product marking applications on control panels, nameplates, overlays, membrane switches, serial tags and prototypes.  It maintains its appearance in normal and rugged settings (like industrial environments) when exposed to harsh chemicals and extreme weather.  (Polycarbonate is sometimes known by brand name Lexan®.)

Pictured below are two die cut, Polycarbonate instructional tags.  This thickness (5 mil) allows for the tag to be bent at mid-section and the larger part of the tag is fed through the slit in the smaller section.  Because of this, there is no need for adhesive.

Yellow Polycarbonate Tag with Bi-Lingual Text

Polycarbonate Yellow Tag with Bi-Lingual Text

Drake Industries’ Lexan® applications are available in thicknesses of .005″ to .030″.  Polycarbonate maintains its appearance, longevity, legibility and functionality of information under tough conditions.  It can be printed on and die cut to customer design, including PMS color matching.

We are interested in your product labeling and identification needs – Contact us to discuss your project 800.531.5073 or quotes@drake.com.  Small quantities and prototypes are welcome.

Polycarbonate Label with Acrylic Pressure Sensitive Adhesive

Polycarbonate Label with Acrylic Pressure Sensitive Adhesive

 

Re-Branding Labels for Watertight Plastic Cases

April 1st, 2015 by
Domed Re-Branding Label with Plastic Protective Case

Domed Re-Branding Label with Plastic Protective Case

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

These re-branding labels can be applied onto the exterior and interior of the cases. They can also be digitally printed, silk screened, or manufactured with the Metalphoto® process. Drake Industries’ durable re-branding labels will stand up to wear and exposure to chemicals, oil, dirt and grime.

Plastic Protective Case with MetalPhoto Aluminum Label

Plastic Protective Case with MetalPhoto Aluminum Label

Small turn-key runs can be completed as well as prototypes. Contact Drake for a free quote for your next re-branding project.

 

1.800.531.5073 quotes@drake.com

Plastic Protective Case with Polycarbonate Re-Branding Label

Plastic Protective Case with Polycarbonate Re-Branding Label