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.

Sample image of Drake Labels

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.

 

 

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

 

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

 

Save the Warranty with Void Labels

August 6th, 2015 by
Brite Silver Polyester Tamper Resistant Label

Brite Silver Polyester Tamper Resistant Label

 

Void Labels.  Tamper Evident labels.  Tamper Resistant.  What’s the difference and does it matter?

“Void labels” is a generalized term.  Find out what surface the labels will adhere to determine which type of label your project requires.

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

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

Drake Void labels offer durability against water, UV rays, and chemicals/solvents.  Available by the roll with pressure sensitive acrylic adhesive.

UL® and CSA® rated.

Unsure of which to use?  Contact Drake Industries at 800.531.5073 OR quotes@drake.com Or ask us for a quick quote!

Red Polyester Tamper Resistant Label

Red Polyester Tamper Resistant Label

Matte Silver Polyester Tamper Resistant Label

Matte Silver Polyester Tamper Resistant Label

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

ATM Labels :: Decals :: Stickers

April 21st, 2015 by
Polycarbonate ATM label, digitally printed

Polycarbonate ATM label, digitally printed

Polycarbonate material, sometimes referred to as Lexan®, is known for its durability and professional appearance.

It is used in many industries for product marking applications as

  • Control Panels,
  • Nameplates,
  • Overlays,
  • Membrane Switches, and
  • Serial Tags
Black and white Polycarbonate ATM label, digitally printed

Black and white Polycarbonate ATM label, note radius (or “rounded”) corners used for label longevity

 

Examples shown here are ATM labels.  Polycarbonate is chemical and solvent resistant, has high temperature resistance, and has limited UV resistance.  It is an excellent choice of material for use on ATMs.  Images and text are transferred onto polycarbonate digitally or using silk screen technology.

Polycarbonate is also commonly used for prototype labels and overlays.

Contact Drake Industries for quotes and questions regarding polycarbonate ATM labels quotes@drake. com  800.531.5073

Polycarbonate ATM label, digitally printed

Polycarbonate ATM label, digitally printed

NEC and UL Compliant Solar Installation Labels

April 7th, 2015 by
Solar Installation Label (Polyester) - Yellow ID Identification

Solar Installation Label (Polyester) – Yellow ID Identification

Drake Industries manufactures Turn Key custom labels, plates & placards like the red Solar Installation Map shown below.   These labels and markings can be manufactured to be NEC and UL compliant.

In the NEC 2014 code, some field applied labels, warning(s), and markings are required to have RED TEXT on a WHITE BACK GROUND.  Text should be 3/8 in. (.375) tall and be REFLECTIVE so that the labels/warnings are clearly visible in the beam of a flashlight.

Components of solar home PV systems that might be labeled: solar photovoltaic cells (PV panels), aluminum frames (roof top racks), inverters, charge controllers, storage batteries, utility meters, rapid shut down switches, and wires & cables.

Polyester Thermal Transfer/ Hot Stamp labels like the yellow and red labels shown here require pressure sensitive acrylic adhesive.   This type of label or decal is available by the roll.  These examples have 0.125″ radius (rounded) corners which will prolong the life of the labels (stickers).

Solar Installation Label (Polyester) - Red Warning

Solar Installation Label (Polyester) – Red Warning/Hazard

 

Solar Installation Label (Polyester) - Red Warning/Hazard

Solar Installation Label (Polyester) – Red Warning

Solar installation maps direct emergency responders to components of the PV system.  These digitally printed maps are available on sheets or produced as a plate.  Drake also offers phenolic marking systems/tags.  These tags can be manufactured with or without adhesive.

Map of Solar Installation Directing Emergency Responders to Components

Map of Solar Installation Directing Emergency Responders to Component

 

Plastic Phenolic Tags Can Be Used to Identify PV System Components

Plastic Phenolic Tags Can Be Used to Identify PV System Components

Contact us to discuss the labeling/marking requirements of your PV installation 800.531.5073 OR email us at Quotes@drake.com.  Quotes are always free and available in 24 hours.

Polycarbonate Machine Tags

April 2nd, 2015 by

Polycarbonate  is widely used for product marking applications on control panels, nameplates, overlays, 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 sometimes known by brand name Lexan®.)

Pictured below are two die cut, Polycarbonate instructional tags.  This thickness (5 mil) allows for the tag to be bent at mid-section and the larger part of the tag is fed through the slit in the smaller section.  Because of this, there is no need for adhesive.

Yellow Polycarbonate Tag with Bi-Lingual Text

Polycarbonate Yellow Tag with Bi-Lingual Text

Drake Industries’ Lexan® applications are available in thicknesses of .005″ to .030″.  Polycarbonate maintains its appearance, longevity, legibility and functionality of information under tough conditions.  It can be printed on and die cut to customer design, including PMS color matching.

We are interested in your product labeling and identification needs – Contact us to discuss your project 800.531.5073 or quotes@drake.com.  Small quantities and prototypes are welcome.

Polycarbonate Label with Acrylic Pressure Sensitive Adhesive

Polycarbonate Label with Acrylic Pressure Sensitive Adhesive

 

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

 

Brass Branding Plate

March 24th, 2015 by
.062 Brass Alloy Branding Plate, Black Screen Graphics

.062 Brass Alloy Branding Plate, Black Screen Graphics

This .062 brass alloy branding plate is 2″ x  3.5″.  The brass is pre-masked and black graphics are screened on.  The parts were made without adhesive – they will be placed into a oval inlay on a wooden pool table.

Build your credibility and your brand with strong graphics and tough materials.  Customers are loyal to brands, make sure your branding can stand the test of time.

Drake Industries can  provide a turnkey solution to your durable branding needs.  Small, custom runs are a part of what make Drake special among label and plate manufacturers.

We’re interested in hearing about your project.  New orders ship 10 days after approval.  Quotes@drake.com OR 800.531.5073