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

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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

 

Vinyl Instruction Labels

March 6th, 2014 by

Pressure sensitive vinyl labels can be used for a variety of functions in the industrial marketplace.  Pictured below is a digitally printed instruction label for indoor use.

Digitally printed instruction label manufactured from vinyl.

Digitally printed instruction label manufactured from vinyl.

Drake instruction/photo tags and labels can be manufactured in a wide variety of shapes, sizes, materials and colors.  Labels and tags are ideal for environments that require rapid identification and instruction.  Custom assembly – tag/label to product-is available.

Drake offers customers the advantage of full color prime and durable labels in small and mid quantities via narrow format digital printing. Narrow format digital printing with EcoSolvent ink delivers high quality, yet cost-efficient full color and black and white labels.  Custom shapes and sizes as well as complex patterns are supported without the costs associated with expensive dies or plates.

We’re interested in hearing about your project whether you require a material consultation or you are ready to order.  Contact us at 800.531.5073 or quotes@drake.com

Custom Assembly

January 31st, 2014 by

Our team is available for assembly projects.  After we manufacture the branding label or overlay we can apply it to your bezels, plates, or panels.  Small quantities accepted, cost effective options available.

Seen below, assembly of re-branded server bezels.

Assembly of Re-Branded Server Bezels

Assembly of Re-Branded Server Bezel

 

Assembly of Re-Branded Server Bezels

Assembly of Re-Branded Server Bezels

Seen below, assembly of re-branded laptops

Custom Assembly:  Re-branding Laptops

Custom Assembly: Re-branding Laptops

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Seen below, assembly of overlay to aluminum panel.

Assembly of overlay to aluminum plate

Assembly of overlay to aluminum panel

 

Contact us to talk about your projects that require custom assembly.  quotes@drake.com OR 800.531.5073

Wanted: Assembly Services

January 14th, 2014 by
On-site assembly services - rebranding laptops.

On-site assembly services – rebranding laptops.

Your team’s time is too valuable to assemble labels to panels, overlays to instrument panels, or logo medallions to bezels.  Drake Industries offers assembly services to free up time and resources on your end.

Send us the panel or plate that requires a label or overlay and we will assemble the parts for you.  We can also drop ship the parts “blind” to your clients.

Drake Industries is customer oriented.  We manufacture custom durable labels, plates, overlays… and if our assembly services can make your life easier we’ll do that, too.

Contact us for consultations regarding which material type to use for your label, or to discuss specifics of your project.    800.531.5073 or quotes@drake.com

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.

Thermal Transfer Labels and Stickers

June 25th, 2013 by

Thermal Transfer or “Hot Stamp” labels are affordable, long lasting and quick to make.  This process is ideal for small to high-volume custom production runs.

UID/2D Matrix Marking and Human Readable Text.

UID/2D Matrix Marking and Human Readable Text.

Tamper Resistant or "Void" label.

Tamper Resistant or “Void” label.

Sequential serial number labels, barcode stickers, UID marking, tamper resistant labels, and product labeling are some of the uses for Hot Stamp labels.   Thermal Transfer labels are typically manufactured from polyester which is very durable.

Drake Industries maintains a “die library” that contains thousands of custom and standard dies available at no additional cost for use on your order. Multiple options for color matching, laminates and die cuts exist.

Labels are delivered in rolls to your specification, including outwound or inwound, the number of labels per roll and the spacing between labels.

Our production team can break down labels on rolls to your specifications.  Examples include: “Bags of 10; Labeled with: Quantity, Date of Manufacture, PO#, Vendor Name, P/N”.

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.

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

 

Assembly Services – Polycarbonate Graphic Overlays

April 24th, 2013 by

Overlay, aluminum plate, and overlay affixed to plate

Pictured above is a polycarbonate graphic overlay (top).  In the middle you see the aluminum plate that it is made for and on the bottom of the image the overlay has been affixed to the plate.

Below left is another graphic overlay.  The aluminum panel it is made for is in the center and to the right the overlay has been affixed to the plate.

Polycarbonate Overlay attached to aluminum panel (right)

Polycarbonate Overlay attached to aluminum panel (right)

 

Polycarbonate is durable and light weight.  An advantage to using polycarbonate for graphic panel overlays or instrumentation panels is that windows can be utilized.  Holes are complete openings in an overlay (think of a rivet hole)  whereas Windows have a clear overlay, like a pane of glass in a window.  (Window pictured above under “Sutron 9210 XLite”).  Windows are needed for dials and other diplays.

Drake Labels is available to perform assembly services.  Many of our clients send their aluminum panels to us.  After we manufacture the overlay we will affix it to a metal plate/panel at our customer’s request.  Your graphic panel and plate are then ready for your project right out of the box.

Contact Drake for a no obligation quote provided in 24 hours.