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.

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

 

Easy Identification with Paper Tags

July 31st, 2015 by
2.5" x 5"  Paper Tag with Punch

2.5″ x 5″ Paper Tag with Punch

Custom Turn Key, Short Run Tags available from Drake Industries.

Blue (Light or Dark), Brown, Buff, Gray, Green (Light or Dark), Ivory, Lilac, Orange, Pink, Red, Salmon, White, Yellow.
Fluorescent: Chartreuse, Green, Orange/Red, Pink.

Various String Options (Yarn, Polyastra or Metallic Threads).  Primary & Secondary color thread/string options.  Wire also available.

Reinforced, Red Paper Tags

Red Paper Tags with Eyelet and string (above) and Punch and string (below)

Shrink Wrapping available as well as:

-Corner Clipping
-Folding
-Numbering
-Scoring
-Trimming
-Eyelet and String
-Punch and String
-Patching

Fully customized, digitally printed paper tags (shown below) are also available for ID, instruction, and calibration purposes.

Contact Drake Industries for the best option for your project.  quotes@drake.com 800.531.5073, x1170

Digitally Printed Instruction Tag

Digitally Printed Instruction Tag

 

 

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

 

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

 

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.

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

Start Up Friendly

January 9th, 2014 by

Silk Screen Anodized Aluminum

We’re start up and prototype friendly. If you have a new product or prototype that you need branding or instructional labels for Drake is the company to do it!  Once art approval is received, your labels could be ready in as soon as 10 days.

Going to a trade show?  Heading out to an investor meeting?  Our sales team has the experience required to advise regarding substrate and adhesive type.  You can be sure that your needs are covered whether you are labeling solar panels that will sit in the Texas sun, stainless steel plates that are riveted to a gas platform in the Gulf, or serial labels headed up into the atmosphere on a satellite.

Contact us today for advice on how to build custom a label that will last for the duration of your product’s life or if you know what you need and are ready to start.  Quotes@drake.com 800.531.5073

OEM Rebranding

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.

 

Product Spotlight: Picture Tags

February 7th, 2013 by
Custom Pictoral/Instructional Tag

Custom Pictoral/Instructional Tag

As a smaller company, Drake Labels can offer flexibility and availability to our customers. Case in point: Recently a customer came to us needing a fool-proof way to show workers how to reposition a part once a machine was removed from a shipping crate.

Rather than limiting their options, we made ourselves available to speak with the customer about their needs and goals.  We came up with a solution many other durable print shops could never produce. The solution was to print a picture tag showing in two images how to assemble the machine.  After assembly is complete, the worker can discard the tag.

Drake Labels manufactures small quantities and the customer was free to order a small number at first. Once they started using the tag, they determined it was not only an effective solution, but also simple and cost-effective.