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.

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

 

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

 

Highly Durable Metalphoto® Aluminum Tags

May 29th, 2014 by
Metalphoto cross section

Metalphoto cross section

WIDELY SPECIFIED:

  • Meets a wide array of commercial, government and military specifications
  • Notable certifications include: MIL-STD-130N, STANAG 2290, GGP-455B(3) Type I, MIL-DTL- 15024F, MIL-P-19834B and A-A-50271 (several others listed on metalphoto.com)

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)

PHOTOGRAPHIC RESOLUTION:

  • Anti-counterfeit security printing is available
  • Photographic image affords extreme detail and contrast at any size

Contact Drake for a consultation or a quote for your next aluminum or stainless steel tag or plate 800.531.8073 or quotes@drake.com

Aluminum MetalPhoto Instruction Plate

Aluminum MetalPhoto Instruction Plate

 

Wide Format Printing

May 19th, 2014 by

Wide format printing is gaining popularity because wide format can be efficiently produced for short runs and limited production runs.  Custom labels, decals, and branding can be created very quickly and economically.

Wide Format Polycarbonate Instructional Label

Wide Format Polycarbonate Instructional Label

The new generation of 64-inch solvent printers has the capability to produce the prototypes you need before committing to higher volumes.

Contact Drake if you have questions about Wide Format Printing or if you would like some samples.  We can be reached at 512.251.2231 OR quotes@drake.com.

Wide Format Polycarbonate Branding Label

Wide Format Polycarbonate Branding Label

Vinyl Instruction Label Set

May 12th, 2014 by

Custom, durable label set for industrial equipment.  This 3 label set  is comprised of Operating Instructions and a Caution label.  Drake Industries’ labels are available in small quantities.  This label set is digitally printed and provided in sheets.

Vinyl labels are compatible with indoor and outdoor use.

Vinyl labels are compatible with indoor and outdoor use.

Vinyl labels provide good longevity in appearance and function and are most commonly used for indoor applications, product branding, instructional labels and warning labels.  Vinyl labels are also water resistant which  makes them ideal for moisture rich and wet environments as well as environments that are exposed to large amounts of sunlight.

Contact Drake at 800.531.5073 or quotes@drake.com to discuss your next project requiring labels.

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 Caution Labels

March 10th, 2014 by

Vinyl, Polyester, Polypropolene, all can be used to manufacture custom, durable Caution and Warning labels.

Custom Caution label manufactured from vinyl.

Custom Caution label manufactured from vinyl.

Caution and Warning labels can be custom manufactured to withstand dirt, grime, and exposure to the harshest of weather.  Vinyl labels are used across many industries: trucking, manufacturing, industrial, oil and gas, and aeronautics.

PMS color matching is available or the simple, generic “Caution Yellow” can be used.

Custom labels can be order in small quantities, and on rolls or on sheets.  Contact us to tell us what your custom caution label needs to say.  800.531.5073 or quotes@drake.com

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

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.

Membrane Switches

February 6th, 2014 by

Membrane Switches by Drake Industries are Chemical and Abrasion Resistant, Environmentally Sealed, and Easy to Clean.

Benefits

• Chemical and Abrasion Resistant
• Protected Circuitry – Easy to Clean & Environmentally Sealed
• Excellent solution for HMI requirements (Human Machine Interface)

Applications

• Industrial Applications
• Oil, Gas, and Mining Equipment
• Remote Controls
• Fuel Pumps
• Exercise Equipment
• Medical Equipment

Working with Drake Industries has the benefits of working with US based engineers on your custom orders and specifications.  Contact us to discuss the specifics of your project 800.531.5073 OR quotes@drake.com

Membrane Switches are  Chemical and Abrasion Resistant, Environmentally Sealed (protected circuitry), and Easy to Clean (resistant to soaps and sulphates)

Membrane Switches are Chemical and Abrasion Resistant, Environmentally Sealed (protected circuitry), and Easy to Clean (resistant to soaps and sulphates)