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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.

Applying Aluminum Labels

August 12th, 2014 by


Bent aluminum labels may not adhere correctly to surfaces

Bent aluminum labels may not adhere correctly to surfaces

Aluminum labels are great for use in extreme conditions.  Aluminum is a soft metal and will bend easily.  Bent aluminum labels will retain the shape of the bend an may not lie flat when adhered to a surface.  Here are some tips on how to remove aluminum labels from a liner without bending the label.

Here’s a short video that shows you how to remove aluminum labels from a liner without bending the label.

Alum Label Drake Ind

• Make sure hands are clean

• Make sure the surface is clean

• The adhesive is very aggressive so the positioning needs to be exact when applying. Repositioning labels that have already been attached to a surface will bend the aluminum.

• Peel LINER away from labels,  do not peel labels “up” from liner. (video)  The aluminum is soft and will bend up.

If you have any questions, or need a quote for durable labels, please give us a call at 800.531.5073 or quotes@drake.com.

Labels on Rolls – Outwound Inwound

April 16th, 2013 by
Diagram of Label Position on Roll - Inwound / Outwound Diagram

Diagram of Label Position on Roll – Inwound / Outwound Diagram

The language of labels can be confusing.  Is it a “label”?  A “sticker”, “decal”?  To add more confusion , how do you describe which way a label sits on a roll?  Use this chart to determine the direction of your label as the roll UNwinds.


When ordering labels on rolls it is important to know whether the labels will be applied by hand or by machine as well as the position of the label on the roll


For example, Outwound Position No. 3: On the OUTSIDE of the roll, the RIGHT side of the label comes off of the roll first.


Inwound Position No. 5:  On the INSIDE of the roll, the TOP of the label comes off first.



Extend the Life of Your Labels

February 7th, 2013 by

Label storage is a simple and extremely cost-effective way to extend the life of your labels.  All it takes is a temperature-controlled room (60 degrees to 75 degrees Fahrenheit) and a plastic bag.

Labels should be stored out of direct sunlight in airtight bags or containers.

Labels should be stored out of direct sunlight in airtight bags or containers.

Simply place the sheets or rolls of labels inside the plastic bag. Sealing the bag isn’t necessary. Folding the bag under the label sheets or pushing the bag into the roll are acceptable, as long as air doesn’t circulate around the labels.  Keep the labels out of the sun, and there you have it.

Why a plastic bag?  Keeping the labels in a clean environment prevents tiny dust particles from collecting around the edges of a label.  These particles can give the edges a dirty appearance. A temperature-controlled area is necessary because heat affects the viscosity of the adhesive.  Labels exposed to heat will stick to one another, making a sticky mess of a roll of labels.

Take these simple steps to store your labels properly, and they will last for years.

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.

Quick Fix for Sticking to Smooth Surfaces

February 7th, 2013 by

Flame Corona (200 x 150)

You’ve applied your label to a smooth, plastic surface, and for whatever reason, it just won’t stay put. This scenario is not uncommon. An interesting phenomenon sometimes occurs when applying labels to low surface energy (LSE) surfaces like plastic: labels just won’t stick.

If you could look through a microscope, you would see oils from the plastic substrate left over from the manufacturing process. These oils interfere with the label adhesive’s ability to grab to the surface of the plastic. That’s why cleaning the surface with alcohol won’t do the trick.

Instead, treat the surface with a corona or open flame. The flame will evaporate any surface oils. It will also microscopically roughen the surface, allowing the label to stick.

Of course, there are also particular LSE adhesives that work well on plastic surfaces. Request an LSE adhesive the next time you place an order for labels intended for plastic surfaces.