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.

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.

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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.

 

 

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

Tamper Resistant, VOID, & Tamper Evident Labels

March 23rd, 2015 by
Polyester Tamper Resistant VOID Label

Polyester Tamper Resistant VOID Label

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

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

Tamper Evident, Tamper Resistant, and Void labels utilize paper and polyester base material (also known as Mylar) and are designed to protect product warranties as well as identify unauthorized access to equipment. Drake void labels offer durability against water, UV rays and chemicals/solvents and are UL® and CSA® rated.  These labels are available by the roll, adhesive is pressure sensitive.

Unsure of which to use?  Contact us at 800.531.5073 OR quotes@drake.com

Drake Industries can accommodate small or large custom turn key orders.

Polyester Warranty Void Labels

Polyester Warranty Void Labels

Applying Aluminum Labels

August 12th, 2014 by

 

Bent aluminum labels may not adhere correctly to surfaces

Bent aluminum labels may not adhere correctly to surfaces

Aluminum labels are great for use in extreme conditions.  Aluminum is a soft metal and will bend easily.  Bent aluminum labels will retain the shape of the bend an may not lie flat when adhered to a surface.  Here are some tips on how to remove aluminum labels from a liner without bending the label.

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

Alum Label Drake Ind

• Make sure hands are clean

• Make sure the surface is clean

• The adhesive is very aggressive so the positioning needs to be exact when applying. Repositioning labels that have already been attached to a surface will bend the aluminum.

• Peel LINER away from labels,  do not peel labels “up” from liner. (video)  The aluminum is soft and will bend up.

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

Digital Vinyl

July 11th, 2014 by

Digitally printed vinyl labels are a fast and economical solution for your product branding needs.  Drake Industries can take your idea or camera ready art and begin printing right away on a digital printer.  Digital printing can be done with aqueous or solvent ink.

Digital labels are easy to convert into small, prototype orders or large volume orders.

The label that you see below is white vinyl with a clear polypropolene over-laminate.  Pressure sensitive acrylic adhesive is used.

Digitally printed vinyl label with pressure sensitive adhesive.

Digitally printed vinyl label with pressure sensitive adhesive.

Vinyl labels are produced on sheets and can be kiss cut, thru cut, or butt cut.  Back slicing of the liner is available.

Contact Drake at 800.531.5073 or quotes@drake.com for questions about digital printing on vinyl or RFQs.

Digitally Printed vinyl labels.

Digitally printed vinyl labels.

 

 

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

 

Polycarbonate Graphic Overlays

March 3rd, 2014 by

Drake Industries specializes in producing a wide variety of durable labels, plates and tags for electronic and mechanical products.
Pictured below is a graphic overlay for an instrumentation panel.  This part is manufactured with 20 mil. polycarbonate and a permanent acrylic pressure sensitive adhesive.

Polycarbonate Overlay manufactured with 20 mil. polycarbonate and a permanent acrylic pressure sensitive adhesive.

Polycarbonate Overlay manufactured with 20 mil. polycarbonate and a permanent acrylic pressure sensitive adhesive.

Polycarbonate is a material that is known for maintaining its appearance in normal and rugged settings like industrial environments when exposed to harsh chemicals.  It is widely used for product marking applications on control panels, nameplates, overlays, membrane switches, serial tags and prototypes.
Polycarbonate/Lexan® labels from Drake are designed to maintain appearance, longevity, legibility and functionality of information under tough conditions. Drake Lexan® applications are available in thicknesses of .005″ to .030″ and can be printed and die cut to customer design, including PMS color matching.
Customers turn to Drake because we provide a high level of design and production flexibility, including custom dies and materials.  We are interested in your product labeling and identification needs, contact us today to discuss your project 800.531.5073 or quotes@drake.com.  Small quantities and prototypes are welcome.

Product Spotlight: Domed 3D Labels

February 4th, 2014 by
Domed or 3D label

Domed or 3D label

 

  • Individual Letters
  • Complex Shapes
  • Suitable for Outdoor Applications
  • Full Color Graphics
  • Metallic Finishes Available
  • Pressure Sensitive Adhesive
  • Small and Large Quantities
  • Labels on sheets
Domed Branding Labels are tough enough to be used for outdoor applications.

Domed Branding Labels are tough enough to be used for outdoor applications.

Durable Polycarbonate Overlay Set

January 15th, 2014 by
Polycarbonate Overlay, Set of Two

Polycarbonate Overlay, Set of Two

The polycarbonate overlay set shown above is manufactured from 3 mil polycarbonate with LSE (Low Surface Energy) pressure sensitive adhesive.  The overlay set is for use on an indoor application – medical equipment.

Polycarbonate is suitable for flat and curved surfaces, it has  good water resistance  and limited UV resistance.  Polycarbonate is an extremely durable substrate for labels, overlays, and membrane switches.

Drake Industries can produce this custom label set in as little as 10 days for both small and large quantities, 5 days for reorders.  Blanket POs may be accepted.

Contact our engineers to determine the appropriate substrate and adhesive for your project, quotes are always free and provided in 24 hours.  800.531.5073 / quotes@drake.com

Polycarbonate Overlay with Aluminum Panel

Polycarbonate Overlay with Aluminum Panel

 

 

Start Up Friendly

January 9th, 2014 by

Silk Screen Anodized Aluminum

We’re start up and prototype friendly. If you have a new product or prototype that you need branding or instructional labels for Drake is the company to do it!  Once art approval is received, your labels could be ready in as soon as 10 days.

Going to a trade show?  Heading out to an investor meeting?  Our sales team has the experience required to advise regarding substrate and adhesive type.  You can be sure that your needs are covered whether you are labeling solar panels that will sit in the Texas sun, stainless steel plates that are riveted to a gas platform in the Gulf, or serial labels headed up into the atmosphere on a satellite.

Contact us today for advice on how to build custom a label that will last for the duration of your product’s life or if you know what you need and are ready to start.  Quotes@drake.com 800.531.5073

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