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

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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.

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

Variable Data and 2D Matrix Labels

March 24th, 2014 by
Barcode plate in Ceramic Coated Stainless Steel

Barcode plate in Ceramic Coated Stainless Steel

Barcode, serial labels, and 2D Matrix labels and stickers provide warranty, identification, and regulatory information.  Typical materials include aluminum, paper, polyester (Mylar®), and polycarbonate (Lexan®).  Stainless steel can also be used for variable data applications for the harshest of conditions.

Serial data and barcode labels are available on sheets, rolls, or idividually . Choose from many types of variable data barcode labels based on your needs: Two dimensional (or “2D”); “Linear” barcode (“1D”); Plessy; Codabar; etc. Data and barcode labels can be provided in small quantities.

Aluminum and Stainless steel tags and plates are particularly useful in harsh environments where items are exposed to harsh weather conditions, heavy use, and chemical exposure.  Paper, polycarbonate, and polyester labels are best used for indoor applications or mild outdoor exposure.

Contact Drake to discuss your serial/barcode label needs or to discuss which materials may be the best choice for your project.  800.531.5073 or Quotes@drake.com.

Alum Tag Teflon Bar code Rivet Drake Labels

Barcode Variable Data Labels

January 20th, 2014 by
Barcode plate in Ceramic Coated Stainless Steel

Barcode plate in Ceramic Coated Stainless Steel

LINEAR OR 2D MATRIX

MULTIPLE MATERIALS:

MULTIPLE TYPES:

  • Labels
  • Plates
  • Tags
  • With or without rivet holes
  • Small Quantitites Available

Contact Drake Industies with consultation questions regarding the material your application requires.  Quotes are provided in 24 hrs.  quotes@drake.com OR 800.531.5073

2D matrix plated manufactured from photosensitive aluminum. (Metalphoto)

2D matrix plate manufactured from Photosensitive Aluminum (Metalphoto)

 

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.

 

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.

 

Ceramic Coated Stainless Steel Barcode Plates and Tags

April 1st, 2013 by

Ceramic Coated Stainless Steel Barcode TagsCeramic Coated Stainless Steel Barcode Tags can withstand heavy weather, exposure to solvents, and other harsh chemicals. These plates and tags can resist temperatures in excess of 1000 degrees Fahrenheit and exposure to salt spray without corroding. Stainless Steel Ceramic Coated Barcoded Tags are an excellent choice for offshore oil & gas platforms due to their durability and hard-wearing nature.

A ceramic overcoat is bonded to 26 gauge stainless steel (304 or 316 alloy). Tabs for welding and rivet holes for mechanical fastening are available.

These tags and dataplates are manufactured to resist the harshest chemicals, including

Caustic soda/Sodium hydroxide
Diesel fuel
Rig soap
Sulfuric acid
Toluene

Standard barcode symbols are supported as well as 2D Data Matrix and human readable text.

Barcoded Tags and Plates are custom die cut to customer specifications. Standard and rush production times are available on prototypes as well as low- and mid-volume orders.

Tough Warning Labels

March 26th, 2013 by
Oil & Gas warning label

Oil & Gas warning label

Oil and gas fields are tough environments and they require labels, tags, plates and overlays that can withstand the harshest of conditions while maintaining functionality and legibiliy.

Some of the chemicals that these products should endure are:

Rig soap
Caustic soda/Sodium hydroxide
Sulfuric acid
Diesel fuel
Toluene

This red warning label is manufactered from polycarbonate with acrylic pressure sensitive adhesive. <