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

Custom Label Tips

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Plates and Tags That Can Withstand Sulphuric Acid, Caustic Soda, and Rig Soap

May 6th, 2013 by
Photosensitive Aluminum Tag

Photosensitive Aluminum Tag with Rivet Holes

Labeling products like tags, plates, and decals used in the Oil, Gas, and Mining industries need to stand up to harsh chemicals, remain legible, and stay put.

Photosensitve Aluminum and Stainless Steel tags and plates can withstand exposure to bases and mineral acids like Caustic Soda and Sulphuric Acid.  Stainless Steel and Photosensitive Aluminum are also good choices for tags and plates that are used in conjunction with chemicals like Diesel Fuel/Petro Diesel, Emulsifiers, Detergents, and Grease Cutters.

Metalphoto®/Photosensitive Aluminum offers the advantages of light weight and permanet images.  Text and logos are burned into the aluminum rather than etched into or printed onto a surface like Stainless Steel. Tags and plates made from this material won’t be affected by harsh chemicals and extreme weather. They won’t fade or be damaged by scrapes or scratches.

Aluminum can also be coated with Teflon®.  This polymer protects the surface of the aluminum tag/plate providing fast and easy clean up in grimy ennvironments.

Stainless Steel is also a good choice for plates and tags used in Oil, Gas, and Mining environments.  Images and text can be screen printed into or etched onto a tag’s surface.  Stainless Steel tags may also be bonded with ceramic coating to withstand temperatures in excess of 1000 degrees Fahrenheit.

Tags, plates, and decals can be affixed with pressure sensitive acrylic adhesive or with rivets.  Heavy Stainless Steel tags and plates sometimes require both adhesive and rivets.

Stainless Steel - examples of durable stainless steel labels from Drake Labels

Stainless Steel Plates and Tags – Etched and Screen Printed

Offshore Technology Conference, Houston 2013

April 25th, 2013 by
44th Annual Offshore Technology Conference this year beginning May 6 through May 9, 2013

Drake will be exibiting at the Offshore Technology Conference May 6 – 9 2013

Join Drake Labels at Reliant Park in Houston for the 2013 Offshore Technology Conference. The Offshore Technology Conference is the largest Oil & Gas trade show in the world and is widely considered to be the best event to make valuable contacts and to learn more about the offshore Oil & Gas industry.

Drake Labels in Austin, Texas is perfectly situated to provide North American companies with the durable labeling products that are crucial to running a successful operation. Drake Labels has been providing custom, durable labeling products like aluminum tags, stainless steel plates, lightweight aluminum photosensitive plates and polyester labels to oil & gas companies in Central Texas and the Gulf of Mexico for over 45 years.  View a short video showcasing some of our Oil & Gas industry related products.

Digitally Printed Polycarbonate Logo Label

Digitally Printed Polycarbonate Logo Label

The Offshore Technology Conference is funded by businesses and technical societies in all aspects of the energy industry – businesses like Drake.  We will be joining customers and partners alike at the OTC  – see list below.  Drake Labels is a veteran owned business and all tags, labels and plates are made in the US.

Accumulators, Inc

Accurate Coating


Control Flow


FANN Halliburton

FMC Technologies

Gardner Denver



Lime Instruments

L-K Industries



NRG Manufacturing

OFI Testing Equipment

Oil States Industries

Quest-Tech Solutions


Sharewell Energy Services

Solid Concepts



New!! Teflon® Coated Metalphoto® Tags and Plates

March 30th, 2013 by

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Teflon® coated Photosensitive Aluminum Tags and Plates combine the high temperature/UV resistance and dimensional stability of aluminum with the non-reactive, non-stick characteristics of Teflon®.

Text, logos, and symbols are sealed into Photosensitive Aluminum then fused with a coating of Teflon®. The additional layer of Teflon® increases the tag’s resistance to harsh chemicals containing acids and bases.

Metalphoto® Tags with Teflon® are available with rivet holes for mechanical attachment, pressure sensitive acrylic adhesive or with both adhesive and rivet holes. Available in thicknesses of .003″, .005″, .008″, .012”, .020”, 0.32” and .063”. (Note: Rivet holes are not recommended for thicknesses <020”.) LSE (low surface energy) and HSE (high surface energy) adhesives are available.

Teflon® coated Metalphoto® Tags and Dataplates are custom die cut to customer specifications. Standard and rush production times on prototypes as well as low- and mid-volume orders.