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

 

Outstanding Supplier Award for Drake Industries

April 22nd, 2015 by
Outstanding Supplier Award for Drake Industries 2013-2015

Outstanding Supplier Award for Drake Industries 2013-2015

Drake Industries was recognized with an outstanding supplier award from NOV Dynamic Drilling Solutions in April 2015.

Drake has been supplying NOV with durable marking & labeling products since 2006.

The Oil & Gas industry is particularly punishing on labels, tags, overlays, and plates.  Tags and plates manufactured with stainless steel or photosensitive anodized aluminum are an excellent choice for demanding environments.

Digitally Printed Graphic Overlay for Aluminum Door,  assembled at Drake

Digitally Printed Graphic Overlay for Aluminum Door, assembled at Drake

When colorful branding or instructional labels and graphic overlays are required, digitally printed polycarbonate and/ or vinyl labels and decals can withstand the harsh conditions found in oil & gas fields.

Drake is a turnkey resource for your durable marking & labeling product needs. We have been supplying the Texas and US energy industry with labels, overlays, plates and tags for over 50 years.

quotes@drake.com   800.531.5073

Stainless Steel UL Plate

Stainless Steel UL Plate

 

Why Phenolic?

June 23rd, 2014 by

Phenolic is a rigid plastic composite material that has been used for tags, nameplates and panels since the 1940s.

Phenolic tags and cut-outs are brittle, disintegrate at high temperatures, and are not UV stable.  (Pictured below is a phenolic tag.)  There are options that are better suited for tags and plates besides phenolic.

Engraved Phenolic Tag

Engraved Phenolic Tag

Aluminum Metalphoto® tags, cut-outs and control panel labels are MORE durable than phenolic (they are virtually impervious to chemicals, heat, abrasion, salt spray and sunlight) and the photographic image affords extreme detail and contrast at any size.

Aluminum Metalphoto Dial

Aluminum Metalphoto Dial

Why choose Phenolic when a more modern process is available?

Metalphoto® is 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)

If you have a project that requires a UV resistant durable label or nametag consider the Metalphoto® process.  Contact Drake Industries for Metalphoto® samples and a free quote 800.531.5073 OR quotes@drake.com

Aluminum Metalphoto can be cut into complex shapes

Aluminum Metalphoto can be cut into complex shapes

 

 

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

Polycarbonate Graphic Overlays

March 3rd, 2014 by

Drake Industries specializes in producing a wide variety of durable labels, plates and tags for electronic and mechanical products.
Pictured below is a graphic overlay for an instrumentation panel.  This part is manufactured with 20 mil. polycarbonate and a permanent acrylic pressure sensitive adhesive.

Polycarbonate Overlay manufactured with 20 mil. polycarbonate and a permanent acrylic pressure sensitive adhesive.

Polycarbonate Overlay manufactured with 20 mil. polycarbonate and a permanent acrylic pressure sensitive adhesive.

Polycarbonate is a material that is known for maintaining its appearance in normal and rugged settings like industrial environments when exposed to harsh chemicals.  It is widely used for product marking applications on control panels, nameplates, overlays, membrane switches, serial tags and prototypes.
Polycarbonate/Lexan® labels from Drake are designed to maintain appearance, longevity, legibility and functionality of information under tough conditions. Drake Lexan® applications are available in thicknesses of .005″ to .030″ and can be printed and die cut to customer design, including PMS color matching.
Customers turn to Drake because we provide a high level of design and production flexibility, including custom dies and materials.  We are interested in your product labeling and identification needs, contact us today to discuss your project 800.531.5073 or quotes@drake.com.  Small quantities and prototypes are welcome.

Chemical and Weather Resistant Labels and Tags

February 10th, 2014 by

Drake’s durable labels, tags and graphic overlays are designed for heavy weather and harsh environments. Our labels are manufactured with several processes depending on the needs of your project.  The more well suited the label to the environment, the more cost effective the labeling solution is for you.

Small and Simple or Large and Complex Stainless Steel plates - manufactured by Drake Industries

Small and Simple or Large and Complex Stainless Steel plates – manufactured by Drake Industries

The inks, laminates, substrates and overlays that we use to produce your labels, tags and graphic overlays  are highly durable and are formulated to endure chemicals, oil, dirt, grime, outdoor weather elements, and underwater applications – in other words, harsh environments.

Stainless steel, aluminum, polyester, polycarbonate and phenolic are some of the substrates we use to produce durable labels, tags and overlays.

Drake’s durable weather and chemical resistant labels tags and overlays can be found in industries including aerospace/NASA, avionics, consumer electronics, government, industrial/manufacturing, military, oceanic/nautical and oil/gas.

Standard and rush production times on prototypes and low- and mid-volume orders are offered.  Please call to discuss the needs of your project.  800.531.5073 OR quotes@drake.com

Durable and Eye Catching Metalphoto® Tag

Durable and Eye Catching Metalphoto® Tag

 

Durable Polycarbonate Overlay Set

January 15th, 2014 by
Polycarbonate Overlay, Set of Two

Polycarbonate Overlay, Set of Two

The polycarbonate overlay set shown above is manufactured from 3 mil polycarbonate with LSE (Low Surface Energy) pressure sensitive adhesive.  The overlay set is for use on an indoor application – medical equipment.

Polycarbonate is suitable for flat and curved surfaces, it has  good water resistance  and limited UV resistance.  Polycarbonate is an extremely durable substrate for labels, overlays, and membrane switches.

Drake Industries can produce this custom label set in as little as 10 days for both small and large quantities, 5 days for reorders.  Blanket POs may be accepted.

Contact our engineers to determine the appropriate substrate and adhesive for your project, quotes are always free and provided in 24 hours.  800.531.5073 / quotes@drake.com

Polycarbonate Overlay with Aluminum Panel

Polycarbonate Overlay with Aluminum Panel

 

 

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.

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.

 

Silicone Rubber Keypads

October 2nd, 2013 by
Silicone Rubber Keypads are  manufactured from elastic, silicone rubber.

Silicone Rubber Keypads are manufactured from elastic, silicone rubber.

Silicone Rubber Keypads are:

-Processed with injection OR compression molding

-Manufactured from elastic, silicone rubber

-Economical, reliable, and durable

 

Incorporate additional design flexibility with:

-Graphic Overlays,

-Membrane ½ Switches or Copper Flex

-PCBs (Printed Circuit Boards)

Drake Industries makes designing and ordering Silicone Rubber Keypads fast and easy – contact us to discuss your project 800.531.5073 OR quotes@drake.com

Add additional design flexibility with graphic overlays, printed circuit boards (PCBs), membrane ½ switches or copper flex.

Add additional design flexibility with graphic overlays, printed circuit boards (PCBs), membrane ½ switches or copper flex.