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

 

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

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

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

 

Digital Vinyl

July 11th, 2014 by

Digitally printed vinyl labels are a fast and economical solution for your product branding needs.  Drake Industries can take your idea or camera ready art and begin printing right away on a digital printer.  Digital printing can be done with aqueous or solvent ink.

Digital labels are easy to convert into small, prototype orders or large volume orders.

The label that you see below is white vinyl with a clear polypropolene over-laminate.  Pressure sensitive acrylic adhesive is used.

Digitally printed vinyl label with pressure sensitive adhesive.

Digitally printed vinyl label with pressure sensitive adhesive.

Vinyl labels are produced on sheets and can be kiss cut, thru cut, or butt cut.  Back slicing of the liner is available.

Contact Drake at 800.531.5073 or quotes@drake.com for questions about digital printing on vinyl or RFQs.

Digitally Printed vinyl labels.

Digitally printed vinyl labels.

 

 

Domed Branding Labels and Stickers

June 18th, 2014 by

 

Domed Branding Label

Domed Branding Label

 

Add a third dimension to your logo with a clear, flexible layer of urethane that is rustproof, waterproof; and scratch, fade, germ, salt, acid, oil and chemical resistant.

This optically clear urethane will never yellow and is extra durable.

Domed branding labels are incredibly versatile and durable and they can be used in a variety of environments.  Typically they are manufactured from polyester or vinyl and an industrial strength adhesive is used.

These labels and stickers can be used on flat and compound surfaces.  They have excellent UV Resistance which means that they can withstand direct sun and heat in an outside environment.  They have good water resistance as well.

Domed Branding Label- Cut out style

Domed Branding Label- Cut out style

Domed branding labels be produced very quickly and inexpensively in small and large quantities.  They are available on sheets.

Contact Drake for your next project that requires branding labels.  Quotes@drake.com OR 800.531.5073

 

Plastic Case Branding Label (Pelican)

June 6th, 2014 by

Brand your company’s watertight protector cases with durable re-branding labels and overlays. Drake’s plastic case re-branding labels are manufactured with durable polycarbonate/Lexan® or aluminum to maintain the appearance of logos and information in normal and extreme environments.   A range of thicknesses and gloss levels are available.

Plastic Case Rebranding Label

Plastic Case Rebranding Label

These labels can be digitally printed, silk screened, or manufactured with photosensitive aluminum and will stand up to wear and exposure to chemicals, oil, dirt and grime.

Contact Drake for a free quote for your next re-branding project.  Small runs can be completed as well as one-offs.  1.800.531.5073  quotes@drake.com

Polycarbonate Branding Label for Plastic Pelican Case

Polycarbonate Branding Label for Plastic Pelican Case

 

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

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