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

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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

Hot Stamp Thermal Labels

May 7th, 2014 by
Polyester Asset Tag with Linear Barcode

Polyester Asset Tag with Linear Barcode

Controlled heat and pressure are used in the Hot Stamp or Thermal Transfer process.  Metallic foils or color are imprinted onto vinyl or Mylar®/polyester.  Polycarbonate or Lexan® can be used as an over-laminate to make a more durable and/or thicker label or decal.

Hot Stamp labels are suitable for branding labels, asset tags, serial labels, tamper evident and barcode labels.  They are durable, chemical resistant, and economical.  These labels are suitable for Flat, Compound and Curved Surfaces.  They are available by the roll and use pressure sensitive acrylic adhesive.

Contact Drake if you have questions about Hot Stamp or Thermal Transfer labels or if you would like some samples.  Samples will be available at our booth for 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 or quotes@drake.com.

Polyester Warning Label

Polyester Warning Label

Polyester Computer Printable

Polyester Computer Printable

 

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

Custom Hot Stamp/Thermal Transfer and Flexographic Labels

January 3rd, 2014 by
Flexographic logo label manufactured with polyester and pressure sensitive adhesive.

Flexographic logo label manufactured with polyester and pressure sensitive adhesive.

Fast and Cost Effective.  Colorful.  Available on rolls.

Drake Industries is equipped to provid you with custom Hot Stamp/Thermal Transfer and Flexographic low to high-volume production runs. We specialize in the use of discrete colors as well as sequential serial numbers, barcodes and UID marking. Drake offers multiple options for color matching, laminates and die cuts.

Our UL approved polyester labels are extremely durable in indoor and outdoor environments. Perfect for applications such as asset labels, serial labels, and manufacturer ID labels.  Manufactured with MP-202 Silver (2 mil thick polyester) and pressure sensitive acrylic adhesive (.9 mil thick). The over laminate used is OL-1 Clear (1 mil thick computer printable polyester).

We offer standard and rush production times on prototypes as well as low- and mid-volume orders.

Drake’s sales team is available to discuss your project’s needs, contact us for a consultation or a quote at quotes@drake.com or 800.531.5073.

Hot Stamp/Thermal Transfer Branding Label set.

Hot Stamp/Thermal Transfer Branding Label set.

UL® Labels for Consumer Electronics

January 2nd, 2014 by
UL label

UL approved polyester label for consumer electronics.

Drake Industries specializes in UL® labels for consumer electronics. We offer standard and rush production times on prototypes as well as low- and mid-volume orders.

Drake is an Authorized Label Supplier for UL (PGAA.LP3421) and a UL authorized manufacturer of Marking and Labeling Systems – Components (PGDQ2.MH14125).

Our UL approved polyester labels are extremely durable in indoor and outdoor environments. Perfect for applications such as asset labels, serial labels, and manufacturer ID labels.  Manufactured with MP-202 Silver (2 mil thick polyester) and pressure sensitive acrylic adhesive (.9 mil thick). The over laminate used is OL-1 Clear (1 mil thick computer printable polyester).

Drake’s UL approved photosensitive aluminum tags are durable enough to withstand the harshest of conditions including extreme weather and exposure to harsh chemicals like gasoline, sulfuric acid and caustic soda.  Manufactured with MF-804 (photosensitive aluminum with a “satin” finish). Available in thicknesses of .003″ to .020 ” with a low surface energy, pressure sensitive acrylic adhesive (2 mil thick).

Our UL approved polycarbonate control panels, nameplates, overlays, membrane switches, serial and manufacturer ID tags perform well in extreme weather and when exposed to harsh chemicals. Manufactured with LS-602 (10 mil thick polycarbonate with a “velvet’ finish) with a low surface, energy pressure sensitive acrylic adhesive (2 mil thick).

Drake’s sales team is available to discuss your project’s needs, contact us for a consultation or a quote at quotes@drake.com or 800.531.5073.

 

Stainless Steel and Aluminum for Oil/Gas

March 7th, 2013 by

An alternative to stainless steel is photosensitive aluminum for tags and plates that will be exposed to harsh weather, chemicals, dirt, and grime . The Metalphoto® process seals text, logos, and symbols into aluminum. It works very much like photographic paper – the images become a part of the aluminum, they are not printed on top of or added to the aluminum.
The benefits of this are countless. Text will never be scraped or scratched off of a tag. A photosensitive aluminum plate will never corrode or rust. And compared to stainless steel aluminum is nearly weightless.

For many years stainless steel has been the material of choice for the tags and plates used in oil/gas. Stainless steel is strong, heat resistant, and corrosion resistant. Applications for etched and screened stainless steel range from asset tags, bar code tags, serial tags, scales, and schematic plates. It is a durable material that consistently proves reliable in harsh conditions. Ceramic coatings can be bonded onto stainless steel to increase the metals durability. (See “Ceramic Coated Stainlees Steel Barcode Tags” April 1.2013)
Stainless steel has drawbacks, however. It is heavy and because of that it isn’t the best material choice for gas powered vehicles, avionics, or water craft.

Stainless Steel Tag with Rivet holes

Stainless Steel Tag with Rivet holes

Consider however that over the course of time images and text can disappear from stainless steel. Marking stainless steel involves silk screening with ink or etching into the stainless steel surface. Ink can be gouged or scraped off. Etching removes part of the surface of the tag and therefore exposes it to chemicals and the dirt and grime of the oil and gas fields. An etched tag or plate tag is more likely to corrode and rust when the protective surface layer is removed by etching.

Metalphoto®  Aluminum Naval UID Plate with Adhesive Backing

Metalphoto® Aluminum Naval UID Plate with Adhesive Backing

When considering product marking applications that must stand up to harsh environments and are especially durable under exposure to chemicals and challenging elements consider Metalphoto® aluminum plates and tags. Its strengths include that it is corrosion resistant, incredibly light wieght, and that text will never fade or scratch off. Prices are comparable to stainless steel and the longevity of the tag or plate increases exponentially as does the reliability of the information it carries.