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.

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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.

 

 

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

 

ATM Labels :: Decals :: Stickers

April 21st, 2015 by
Polycarbonate ATM label, digitally printed

Polycarbonate ATM label, digitally printed

Polycarbonate material, sometimes referred to as Lexan®, is known for its durability and professional appearance.

It is used in many industries for product marking applications as

  • Control Panels,
  • Nameplates,
  • Overlays,
  • Membrane Switches, and
  • Serial Tags
Black and white Polycarbonate ATM label, digitally printed

Black and white Polycarbonate ATM label, note radius (or “rounded”) corners used for label longevity

 

Examples shown here are ATM labels.  Polycarbonate is chemical and solvent resistant, has high temperature resistance, and has limited UV resistance.  It is an excellent choice of material for use on ATMs.  Images and text are transferred onto polycarbonate digitally or using silk screen technology.

Polycarbonate is also commonly used for prototype labels and overlays.

Contact Drake Industries for quotes and questions regarding polycarbonate ATM labels quotes@drake. com  800.531.5073

Polycarbonate ATM label, digitally printed

Polycarbonate ATM label, digitally printed

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

Variable Data and 2D Matrix Labels

March 24th, 2014 by
Barcode plate in Ceramic Coated Stainless Steel

Barcode plate in Ceramic Coated Stainless Steel

Barcode, serial labels, and 2D Matrix labels and stickers provide warranty, identification, and regulatory information.  Typical materials include aluminum, paper, polyester (Mylar®), and polycarbonate (Lexan®).  Stainless steel can also be used for variable data applications for the harshest of conditions.

Serial data and barcode labels are available on sheets, rolls, or idividually . Choose from many types of variable data barcode labels based on your needs: Two dimensional (or “2D”); “Linear” barcode (“1D”); Plessy; Codabar; etc. Data and barcode labels can be provided in small quantities.

Aluminum and Stainless steel tags and plates are particularly useful in harsh environments where items are exposed to harsh weather conditions, heavy use, and chemical exposure.  Paper, polycarbonate, and polyester labels are best used for indoor applications or mild outdoor exposure.

Contact Drake to discuss your serial/barcode label needs or to discuss which materials may be the best choice for your project.  800.531.5073 or Quotes@drake.com.

Alum Tag Teflon Bar code Rivet Drake Labels

UL® Labels for Industry

March 12th, 2014 by

Creation of custom, durable UL® labels is fast, easy, and cost effective with our standard and rush production times on prototypes as well as low- and mid-volume orders.

Drake Industries specializes in UL® labels for heavy industry, the offshore technology industry, and consumer electronics.  Drake Industries is the sole UL® approved label/marking system manufacturer in central Texas.
UL® regulatory labels, tags, plates, and stickers can be manufactured from stainless steel, aluminum, polyester/Mylar, and polycarbonate/Lexan.  Labels and stickers can be provided on rolls or in sheets.

Certificates of Conformance are provided upon request.

Contact us today for a consultation for your UL® labels quotes@drake.com or 800.531.5073