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.

Drake Industries goes to the moon!

March 7th, 2017 by

NASA

Drake’s durability proven Metalphoto ® nameplates landed on the moon in July of 1969 on the manned lunar mission Apollo 11.

Metalphoto’s anodized aluminum is readable after prolonged exposure to a variety of harsh operating conditions including weather/sunlight, heat, abrasion, chemicals and salt-spray.
The benefit is fewer replacements due to illegibility – in turn, you have guaranteed regulatory compliance, asset identification and brand representation.

Durability for Your Brand

October 14th, 2015 by

Your product has been tested and is ready for the launch.  Your logo has been crafted with the utmost care.  Ensure that your branding efforts stand the tests of time and usage with durable branding materials.

Polycarbonate is a popular choice for for graphic overlays, control panels, nameplates, 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 also known by brand name Lexan®.)  Labels, tags, and overlays are available by the sheet.

 

Seamless Color Matching with Polycarbonate

Seamless Color Matching with Polycarbonate

 

Polyester (brand name Mylar®) is also an incredibly durable material for branding. Metallic and “flat” colors are both effective when used on polyester. Typically a polyester label will have a clear or matte polyester overlay over the graphics to enhance the durability of the label or decal.  Drake polyester labels offer durability against water, UV rays, and chemicals/solvents.  Labels and decals are available by the roll with pressure sensitive acrylic adhesive.

Sample image of Drake Labels

Polyester Branding Label with Metallic Red

 

When affixed properly, metal can be one of the most durable materials to use for logo and branding decals and tags.  The .062 brass alloy branding plate below is 2″ x  3.5″.  The brass is pre-masked and black graphics are screened on.  The parts were made without adhesive – the plates will be placed into a oval inlay on a wooden pool table.

.062 Brass Alloy Branding Plate, Black Screen Graphics

.062 Brass Alloy Branding Plate, Black Screen Graphics

 

Build your credibility and your brand with strong graphics and tough materials.   Contact us to discuss your project 800.531.5073 x1170 or quotes@drake.com.  Small quantities and prototypes are welcome.

 

 

Attention Grabbing, Durable Branding Tags

August 20th, 2015 by
Fading and Shading of Colors on Aluminum and Stainless Steel Plates

Fading and Shading of Colors on Aluminum and Stainless Steel Plates

Anodized Aluminum and Stainless Steel are well-suited for Branding & Permanent Product Marking in rugged and high use environments where branding and product information must withstand exposure to chemicals, fuels, grime, sunlight, high temperatures, cleaning solvents, salt, and abrasives.

Multi-color graphic fading and shading is available on these tough substrates with economical, fast digital printing.

Anodized Aluminum tags and labels are available in thickness from .003″ to .032″ and can be printed and die cut to customer design.

Stainless Steel applications are available in a range of different gauges: 8 gauge to 26 gauge with special thicknesses available upon request. Available alloys are 304 and 316 for the most demanding of conditions.

Rivet holes or pressure sensitive acrylic adhesive available.

Contact Drake Industries for the best option for your project. quotes@drake.com 800.531.5073 x1170

 

Resists Chemical Exposure :: Durable Polycarbonate Overlays

August 11th, 2015 by
Die Cut Polycarbonate Overlay

Die Cut Polycarbonate Overlay

Polycarbonate (or Lexan®) is a plastic material that is known for its durability and is often used when a resistant, tough material is required for labels and tags.  It can be used for control panels, nameplates, graphic overlays, membrane switches, and variable serial tags.  Polycarbonate is suitable for branding purposes and is durable enough for tough environments like oil fields.

Lexan® labels and tags from Drake are designed to be weather & chemical resistant and to maintain appearance, longevity, legibility and functionality of information under tough conditions.  Resistant to chemicals such as caustic soda, petro diesel, and emulsifiers.

Top, Overlay; Middle, plate; Bottom, overlay assembled to plate by Drake Assembly Team.

Top, Overlay; Middle, plate; Bottom, overlay assembled to plate by Drake Assembly Team.

Assembly Services are Available (shown above & below).

Drake Industries’ Lexan® applications are available in thicknesses of .005″ to .030″ and can be printed and die cut to customer design, including PMS color matching. Variable data such as serial and barcode information is easily supported, as are a variety of acrylic, pressure sensitive adhesive options.

For a list of physical properties, jump to this link & scroll down to the bottom of the page.

Contact us for a free, fast quote.  Prototypes Welcome & Samples Available.  800.531.5073 x1170 or quotes@drake.com

Polycarbonate Branding Overlay / Panel with Assembly Services

Polycarbonate Branding Overlay / Panel with Assembly Services

 

Save the Warranty with Void Labels

August 6th, 2015 by
Brite Silver Polyester Tamper Resistant Label

Brite Silver Polyester Tamper Resistant Label

 

Void Labels.  Tamper Evident labels.  Tamper Resistant.  What’s the difference and does it matter?

“Void labels” is a generalized term.  Find out what surface the labels will adhere to determine which type of label your project requires.

Tamper Evident labels utilize paper and/or aluminum while Tamper Resistant labels utilize polyester base material.

Tamper Resistant labels manufactured by Drake Industries are available in a thickness of .002″ to enable application flexibility over seams and corners.  Both types of labels, Tamper Evident and Tamper Resistant, can be found in industries such as oil/gas, aerospace/NASA, avionics,  government, industrial/manufacturing, military, oceanic/nautical, and consumer electronics.

Drake Void labels offer durability against water, UV rays, and chemicals/solvents.  Available by the roll with pressure sensitive acrylic adhesive.

UL® and CSA® rated.

Unsure of which to use?  Contact Drake Industries at 800.531.5073 OR quotes@drake.com Or ask us for a quick quote!

Red Polyester Tamper Resistant Label

Red Polyester Tamper Resistant Label

Matte Silver Polyester Tamper Resistant Label

Matte Silver Polyester Tamper Resistant Label

Easy Identification with Paper Tags

July 31st, 2015 by
2.5" x 5"  Paper Tag with Punch

2.5″ x 5″ Paper Tag with Punch

Custom Turn Key, Short Run Tags available from Drake Industries.

Blue (Light or Dark), Brown, Buff, Gray, Green (Light or Dark), Ivory, Lilac, Orange, Pink, Red, Salmon, White, Yellow.
Fluorescent: Chartreuse, Green, Orange/Red, Pink.

Various String Options (Yarn, Polyastra or Metallic Threads).  Primary & Secondary color thread/string options.  Wire also available.

Reinforced, Red Paper Tags

Red Paper Tags with Eyelet and string (above) and Punch and string (below)

Shrink Wrapping available as well as:

-Corner Clipping
-Folding
-Numbering
-Scoring
-Trimming
-Eyelet and String
-Punch and String
-Patching

Fully customized, digitally printed paper tags (shown below) are also available for ID, instruction, and calibration purposes.

Contact Drake Industries for the best option for your project.  quotes@drake.com 800.531.5073, x1170

Digitally Printed Instruction Tag

Digitally Printed Instruction Tag

 

 

Orange & Black Metalphoto® Aluminum Plates

July 6th, 2015 by
Orange & Black Metalphoto® Anodized Aluminum Plates with Acrylic Pressure Sensitive Adhesive

Orange & Black Metalphoto® Anodized Aluminum Plates with Acrylic Pressure Sensitive Adhesive

One of the most attractive features of the Metalphoto® process is that the photographic image affords extreme detail and contrast at ANY size.

Drake Industries in Austin, Texas offers plates and tags manufactured with the Metalphoto® process in bold colors as well as the traditional black/natural aluminum background (silver).

The Metalphoto® process burns images, letters, and colors into photosensitive anodized aluminum.  Images and letters will never scrape off the way they might with silk screening.   The integrity of the aluminum is never compromised the way that it is when metal is etched or engraved.

Metalphoto® Cross Section

Metalphoto® Cross Section

Photosensitive Anodized Aluminum is Resistant to

  • Abrasion and Corrosion
  • Chemicals and Solvents
  • Saltwater, Weather and Sun
  • Temperatures up to 537°C / 1,000°F
The Metalphoto® process produces durable, unscratchable aluminum labels, tags, and plates

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

Contact Drake Industries for information regarding colorized Metalphoto® tags and plates for your next project.

Quotes and samples are always free.  quotes@drake.com OR 800.531.5073

Polyester Thermal Transfer Labels

July 2nd, 2015 by
Polyester, Black and Gold Branding label

Black and Gold Polyester Hot Stamp Branding label

Mylar®/polyester Thermal Transfer (or “Hot Stamp”) labels are designed to maintain their appearance, legibility, and functionality of information through a variety of conditions.  Polyester is a durable label substrate manufactured from crude oil byproducts.  Polyester/Mylar® consistently retains a professional glossy or matte appearance in harsh environments including

  • Heat,
  • Sunlight,
  • Constant moisture/humidity,
  • Pressure impacts and/or
  • UV exposure.

You have probably seen polyester labels of this type used as branding labels, asset tags/labels, or identification decals.

Polyester labels/decals/stickers are available in thicknesses of .002″ to .010″ and can be printed and die cut to customer design, including PMS matching.

Variable data such as serial and barcode information is easily supported, as are ‘write-on’ surface options.  Mylar®/polyester product marking solutions can be found in industries like aerospace, defense/military, consumer electronics, oil & gas, and many others.

Black and Gold Polyester Hot Stamp Label

Black and Gold Polyester Hot Stamp label

Research the physical properties of polyester here to see if your application requires or could benefit from a polyester substrate.  Adhesive is permanent pressure sensitive acrylic.  Labels are provided on rolls.

Black and Gold on Clear Polyester Label

Black and Gold on Clear Polyester label

Contact the experts at Drake Industries for a free quote or to discuss the specific needs of your project.  Small quantities, large orders, prototypes, and blanket POs are accomodated.

Quotes@drake.com 800.531.5073x 0

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