Different Kinds of Materials Used for Identification Products

BY Rowena Taylor

Identification Products - Materials

What are identification products and what do businesses use to manufacture these? Identification products, as the name implies, are items that are used to help name or classify merchandise this is attached to. In short, these are what companies use to tag or label their manufactured goods with.

The materials that are used to create these identifiers vary from one company to another, and sometimes from one product to another. This is because of the different needs the items these are used on have, as well as the varied elements these are exposed to and what their usage may be. For these tags to remain useful and to last as long as these should on the products you put these on, you have to decide on the right material on the onset, in order to help keep your identification products intact and your brand intact as well.

So, what materials are used to create these and where are these used? Here are some of the commonly used materials for these tags and where these are often utilized:

Metal – choose from aluminum, stainless steel, bronze, or brass for your tags when you need these to be resilient enough to withstand harsh climes and elements. If your products are to be exposed to the changing weather, strong chemicals, rough usage and the like, you will need a tag that can survive these. Metal is your best bet when it comes to tags that are hardy and can withstand the rigors you will put these through.

Of course, you will also need to choose a durable marking medium in order to make the copy on these tags last just as long. What use is an identifying tag after all if all that remains is a blank piece of metal? For aluminum, a great marking method is photosensitizing; for stainless steel, you can opt for stonewear; bronze as well as brass tags will have lasting messages on them if you choose to mark these with either stamping or etching.

Lexan (Polycarbonate) – considered one of the toughest plastic-type materials around, Lexan is used for more than just tags and labels. This particular material is often used in the creation of racing windshields, sports helmets, sunglasses and even components used in outer space by astronauts. As such, this means that Lexan is also ideal for harsh tagging and labeling needs.

You can use this material to make identification products for your company’s merchandise, or for creating console tags. This is also great for those instances when you need stylish yet highly durable labels that can withstand various chemicals and weather conditions. Great for both indoor and outdoor applications.

Polyester (Mylar) – another highly durable but very versatile material you can choose to use for your product marking needs is polyester. This can come in many colors, although the more popular ones are white, black, and metallic. These can come in many different finishes as well, with matte and gloss being two of the often chosen ones by businesses everywhere. These tags can be used in many different ways, with some people using these for branding needs, while others find these well suited for their model and serial number tagging requirements. These tags can also be used to create warning and safety tags, informational labels, and many more.

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