Examples of the many custom-design, durable labels available from Drake.

Custom Label Tips

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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
-Eyelet and String
-Punch and String

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



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.

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

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.