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.

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

 

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

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!

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

 

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.

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

 

Highly Durable Metalphoto® Aluminum Tags

May 29th, 2014 by
Metalphoto cross section

Metalphoto cross section

WIDELY SPECIFIED:

  • Meets a wide array of commercial, government and military specifications
  • Notable certifications include: MIL-STD-130N, STANAG 2290, GGP-455B(3) Type I, MIL-DTL- 15024F, MIL-P-19834B and A-A-50271 (several others listed on metalphoto.com)

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)

PHOTOGRAPHIC RESOLUTION:

  • Anti-counterfeit security printing is available
  • Photographic image affords extreme detail and contrast at any size

Contact Drake for a consultation or a quote for your next aluminum or stainless steel tag or plate 800.531.8073 or quotes@drake.com

Aluminum MetalPhoto Instruction Plate

Aluminum MetalPhoto Instruction Plate

 

Plates and Labels for Oil & Gas

May 5th, 2014 by

Aluminum MetalPhoto Sensor Assembly

Aluminum is an  excellent choice for the Sensor Assembly shown above. It is lightweight, durable, and easy to cut.  Process used is Metalphoto®.

The Stainless Steel Tag with Rivet Holes shown below is etch and fill.  Stainless steel is another good choice for a tags and plates that are exposed to extreme weather and caustic chemicals.

Stainless Formax (367 x 234)

The polycarbonate used in the digitally printed logo label, below, is also a material used when extreme weather and exposure to chemicals is expected.

Digital Polycarbonate GE Oil Gas Drake Labels

Contact Drake Industries for your custom durable tag and plate orders. We look forward to speaking with you about your project. 800.531.5073 quotes@drake.com

Need aluminum and stainless steel plate and tag samples?  Visit Drake at the 2014 Offshore Technology Conference at Reliant Park in Houston May 5-8. Drake Industries will be in booth 6224.

We can bring specific samples of our work for you to the show. We can also be reached at 512.251.2231.  We look forward to seeing you at the OTC.

2014 Offshore Technology Conference

May 2nd, 2014 by
May 5-14 Reliant Park Houston Texas

May 5-14 Reliant Park Houston Texas

Contact us for your free ticket to the OTC  quotes@drake.com or 512.610.1170.

The 2014 Offshore Technology Conference will once again be held in Houston, Texas at Reliant Park. In attendance representing Drake Industries will be COO Tim Moore, District Sales Manager and new mom Liz Mode, and Sales Representative Kimberly Cates. Use this link to search exhibiting companies in attendance at this year’s OTC.  Drake Industries will be in booth 6224.

The Offshore Technology Conference, May 5-8 2014 in Houston, Texas is the best conference to attend to gain valuable technical knowledge and make valuable energy industry contacts. Drake representatives will be in attendance highlighting our durable tags, equipment overlays, membrane switches, touch screens, and labels which are used in the energy industry.

Barcode plate in Ceramic Coated Stainless Steel

Barcode plate in Ceramic Coated Stainless Steel

The Offshore Technology Conference is brought to you by the Energy Education Institute and other technical societies.  Many topics applicable to all aspects of the energy industry are addressed.

Please contact us at answers@drake.com if we may bring specific samples of our work for you to the show.  We can also be reached at 512.251.2231, we look forward to seeing you at the show!

Stainless Steel