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

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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.

Drake Industries goes to the moon!

March 7th, 2017 by

NASA

Drake’s durability proven Metalphoto ® nameplates landed on the moon in July of 1969 on the manned lunar mission Apollo 11.

Metalphoto’s anodized aluminum is readable after prolonged exposure to a variety of harsh operating conditions including weather/sunlight, heat, abrasion, chemicals and salt-spray.
The benefit is fewer replacements due to illegibility – in turn, you have guaranteed regulatory compliance, asset identification and brand representation.

Aluminum Tags and Labels

April 17th, 2015 by

Metalphoto® is the process of choice used across many industries for label and name plate product marking applications.

Metalphoto® product marking solutions can be found in industries such as aerospace/NASA, avionics, consumer electronics, government, industrial/manufacturing, military, oceanic/nautical and oil/gas.  Labels and name plates manufactured with the Metalphoto® stand up to harsh environments, and are especially durable under exposure to chemicals and challenging elements.

Contact us for a free Metalphoto® quote! quotes@drake.com   800.531.5073

The Metalphoto process produces durable, unscratchable aluminum labels, tags, and plates

The Metalphoto process produces durable, unscratchable aluminum labels, tags, and plates

Asset ID Tags and Labels

June 10th, 2014 by
Polyester Asset Tag with a Polycarbonate Over Lamination for Added Durability.

Polyester Asset Tag with a Polycarbonate Over Lamination for Added Durability.

Thermal Transfer/Hot Stamp labels make excellent Asset ID Tags and Labels.  Thermal Transfer labels are typically manufactured from polyester which is very durable.  A polycarbonate over lamination can be added for additional durability.

Drake Industries maintains a “die library” that contains thousands of custom and standard dies available at no additional cost for use on your order. Using one of our existing dies can save hundreds on your bottom line.

Labels are delivered in rolls to your specification, including out wound or in wound, the number of labels per roll and the spacing between labels.  Examples include: “Bags of 10; Labeled with: Quantity, Date of Manufacture, PO#, Vendor Name, P/N”.

Drake Industries is equipped to provide you with custom Asset ID Tags and Labels in low to high-volume production runs. We specialize in the use of discrete colors as well as sequential serial numbers, barcodes and UID marking. Drake offers multiple options for color matching, laminates and die cuts.

UID/2D Matrix Marking and Human Readable Text.

UID/2D Matrix Marking and Human Readable Text.

We offer standard and rush production times on prototypes as well as low- and mid-volume orders.

We look forward to discussing your project.  We can provide quotes or answer questions should you be unsure of substrates, adhesives, dies, etc.

Polyester Asset Tag with Linear Barcode

Polyester Asset Tag with Linear Barcode

Provide specifications and our production team can break down labels on rolls to easily identified bags of small quantities.

Provide specifications and our production team can break down labels on rolls to easily identified bags of small quantities.

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

 

Paper Tags

May 15th, 2014 by

Paper Tags

Choose from over twenty colors – including five fluorescent colors –  for paper tags.  These tags are used as temporary marking material for equipment.  Yarns, Polyastra and Cotton Threads used to attach the tags come in many colors as well including metallic.

Tag Finishing Services include:

Tag Stringing            Punch and String        Eyelet and String

Patching                     Folding                         Wiring

Die Cutting                Corner Clipping           Numbering

Shrink Wrapping    Scoring                           Trimming

Contact Drake if you have questions about Paper Tags or if you would like samples.  We can be reached at 512.251.2231 or Quotes@drake.com.  Small or Low Volume orders accepted.
Paper Tag WarrantyPaper Tag Do Not Rent

Void Labels vs Tamper Evident Labels

February 19th, 2014 by
Polyester Void and Service label

Polyester Void and Service label

Does your project require Tamper Evident labels?  Void labels?  Unsure of the difference?

Drake Void labels offer durability against water, UV rays, and chemicals/solvents and are UL® and CSA® rated.   Tamper Evident labels may or may not be as durable, contingent upon what your specific project requires.

Drake Tamper Evident labels utilize paper and/or aluminum while Tamper Resistant and Void labels utilize polyester base material.  Both and are designed to protect product warranties and identify unauthorized access to equipment.

Drake Tamper Evident and Void labels are available in a thickness of .002″ to enable application flexibility over seams and corners.

Contact us today to discuss your needs, whether it is Tamper Evident related, Void related, or you are unsure which covers your need best.  800.531.5073 or Quotes@drake.com.

Clear Polyester Warranty Void label

Clear Polyester Warranty Void label

Aluminum Warranty Void label

Aluminum Warranty Void label

Durable Calibration Tags

February 14th, 2014 by

Drake offers seal-able calibration tags, and ‘Write-On’ labels for recording operational data about mechanical and electronic equipment.   ‘Write-On’ labels offer the convenience of writing down important infomation like dates or other information and the security of sealing the information with a clear “flap” of polyester.

Seal the information permanently onto the tag with a clear flap of polyester

Seal the information permanently onto the tag with a see through flap of polyester

Calibration tags are typically manufactured from polyester/Mylar with permanent, pressure sensitive acrylic adhesive.

Drake calibration tags and labels are used in a variety of environments including aerospace, avionics, military, industrial/manufacturing, scientific/oceanic, and oil/gas.

We offer standard and rush production times on prototypes as well as low- and mid-volume orders.  We look forward to finding out more about your calibration label needs.  Call us at 800.531.5073 or email us at quotes@drake.com.

Membrane Switches

February 6th, 2014 by

Membrane Switches by Drake Industries are Chemical and Abrasion Resistant, Environmentally Sealed, and Easy to Clean.

Benefits

• Chemical and Abrasion Resistant
• Protected Circuitry – Easy to Clean & Environmentally Sealed
• Excellent solution for HMI requirements (Human Machine Interface)

Applications

• Industrial Applications
• Oil, Gas, and Mining Equipment
• Remote Controls
• Fuel Pumps
• Exercise Equipment
• Medical Equipment

Working with Drake Industries has the benefits of working with US based engineers on your custom orders and specifications.  Contact us to discuss the specifics of your project 800.531.5073 OR quotes@drake.com

Membrane Switches are  Chemical and Abrasion Resistant, Environmentally Sealed (protected circuitry), and Easy to Clean (resistant to soaps and sulphates)

Membrane Switches are Chemical and Abrasion Resistant, Environmentally Sealed (protected circuitry), and Easy to Clean (resistant to soaps and sulphates)

 

 

 

UL® Labels for Consumer Electronics

January 2nd, 2014 by
UL label

UL approved polyester label for consumer electronics.

Drake Industries specializes in UL® labels for consumer electronics. We offer standard and rush production times on prototypes as well as low- and mid-volume orders.

Drake is an Authorized Label Supplier for UL (PGAA.LP3421) and a UL authorized manufacturer of Marking and Labeling Systems – Components (PGDQ2.MH14125).

Our UL approved polyester labels are extremely durable in indoor and outdoor environments. Perfect for applications such as asset labels, serial labels, and manufacturer ID labels.  Manufactured with MP-202 Silver (2 mil thick polyester) and pressure sensitive acrylic adhesive (.9 mil thick). The over laminate used is OL-1 Clear (1 mil thick computer printable polyester).

Drake’s UL approved photosensitive aluminum tags are durable enough to withstand the harshest of conditions including extreme weather and exposure to harsh chemicals like gasoline, sulfuric acid and caustic soda.  Manufactured with MF-804 (photosensitive aluminum with a “satin” finish). Available in thicknesses of .003″ to .020 ” with a low surface energy, pressure sensitive acrylic adhesive (2 mil thick).

Our UL approved polycarbonate control panels, nameplates, overlays, membrane switches, serial and manufacturer ID tags perform well in extreme weather and when exposed to harsh chemicals. Manufactured with LS-602 (10 mil thick polycarbonate with a “velvet’ finish) with a low surface, energy pressure sensitive acrylic adhesive (2 mil thick).

Drake’s sales team is available to discuss your project’s needs, contact us for a consultation or a quote at quotes@drake.com or 800.531.5073.

 

Versatile, Durable Polyester Labels

October 30th, 2013 by

Polyester labels are incredibly versatile and durable and they can be used in a variety of environments.
Polyester labels and stickers can be used on flat and compound surfaces.  They have excellent UV Resistance which means that they can withstand direct sun and heat in an outside environment.  They have good water resistance as well.  Examples of uses for outdoor labels can be warning, caution, and logo labels and decals.

Polyester Branding Labels can be produced quickly and inexpensively.  They are an excellent choice for a variety of type of labels, from computer printable, to warning, to branding labels.

Polyester Branding Labels can be produced quickly and inexpensively. They are an excellent choice for a variety of type of labels, from computer printable, to warning, to branding labels.

Stickers and decals manufactured from Mylar (aka polyester) are chemical and solvent resistant and are good choices for environments where gasoline, rig soap, and other caustic chemicals are used.  The majority of labels that you see on gas pumps are polyester.

Polyester "domed" label with polyeurethane coating.  This label can be used fer outdoor and indoor aplications.

Polyester “domed” label with polyeurethane coating. This label can be used fer outdoor and indoor aplications.

Polyester labels are available in several finishes: glossy, matte, and computer printable.  Computer printable polyester labels are often used for calibration and maintenance labels.  Also, tamper resistant labels are typically manufactured from Mylar/polyester labels.
Polyester labels, decals, and stickers are useful for a variety of purposes because they are so versatile in form and function.  These labels can be produced very quickly and inexpensively in small and large quantities.  They are available on rolls.

Warning label for use indoors and outdoors.

Warning label for use indoors and outdoors.