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

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

 

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

 

 

Metalphoto®, Virtually Impervious to Chemicals

June 26th, 2014 by

Aluminum Metalphoto® tags, cut-outs and control panel labels are virtually impervious to chemicals, heat, abrasion, salt spray and sunlight and the photographic image affords extreme detail and contrast at any size.  Compare this to etched stainless steel tags that are vulnerable to corrosion and screen printed aluminum tags and plates that can be scratched.

Metalphoto cross section

Metalphoto cross section

Metalphoto Characteristics

Metalphoto Characteristics

Metalphoto Characteristics pdf

Contact Drake Industries for information regarding Metalphoto® tags and plates for your next project.  Quotes and samples are always free.  quotes@drake.com OR 800.531.5073

 

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

 

 

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

 

Plates and Labels for Oil & Gas

May 5th, 2014 by

Aluminum MetalPhoto Sensor Assembly

Aluminum is an  excellent choice for the Sensor Assembly shown above. It is lightweight, durable, and easy to cut.  Process used is Metalphoto®.

The Stainless Steel Tag with Rivet Holes shown below is etch and fill.  Stainless steel is another good choice for a tags and plates that are exposed to extreme weather and caustic chemicals.

Stainless Formax (367 x 234)

The polycarbonate used in the digitally printed logo label, below, is also a material used when extreme weather and exposure to chemicals is expected.

Digital Polycarbonate GE Oil Gas Drake Labels

Contact Drake Industries for your custom durable tag and plate orders. We look forward to speaking with you about your project. 800.531.5073 quotes@drake.com

Need aluminum and stainless steel plate and tag samples?  Visit Drake at 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.  We look forward to seeing you at the OTC.

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