Do you need something that will hold your identification cards, your keys or your USB flash drives? If yes, then you can take advantage of the many uses of a lanyard. It is a piece of cord or strap made of different materials that you can wear around your neck. You can use it to carry or hold small objects such as whistle, ID cards, keys, USB flash drives, MP3 player and cameras.
Where can you See Lanyards
You can see these items almost everywhere. Many people use this type of cord especially in schools, hospitals, trade fairs, offices, businesses, commercial malls, special events, conventions, recreational activities and reunions. You can also see linemen and mountain climbers using these items by wrapping these around their body. However, they need to use the heavy-duty type to ensure their safety. A lanyard is made of different materials.
The Materials of Lanyards
If you are going to use this lanyard to hold your identification card or keys, then make sure to use one, which is made of fabric such as cotton, satin, or silk. This is because it has a flat surface and the manufacturer can print the name of your school or company in it. It becomes more exclusive especially for businesses. The manufacturer can also print the logo of your company or school.
There are other materials that are used for these straps. Among these are braided leather, nylon, polyester, braided par cord, poly twill, and the polyethylene terephthalate (PET). The choice of material depends on how you intend to use the strap. If you plan to use the strap to hold smaller objects, then you can pick one made with a lighter material such as cotton, silk, or satin. If the strap is going to hold a man such as lineman or mountain climber, then the heavy-duty nylon is the best material. The lanyard has different styles and designs too.
The Different Printing Methods of Lanyards
Lanyards are made using different printing methods. The common methods used are the following:
• Hot Stamping
The most popular printing method of lanyard is hot stamping. It is also the most economical and the cheapest printing method. It is limited to only one color. A lanyard that undergoes this printing method is often used in trade shows and special events.
In hot stamping, you use a sublimation paper with a clear film and non-transparent film on its opposite side. The sublimation paper with clear film goes together with white or gray fabric. The paper with non-transparent film goes with other colors. The design is stamped on the clear film or the non-transparent film side of the sublimation paper. Then the design is positioned on the fabric. Both the design and the fabric are then heat pressed.
• Silk Screen
This method is more resilient than hot stamping. With this method, a lanyard can be imprinted on both sides. You will need silkscreen, stencil, paint, and squeegee for this printing method.
• Screen Print
Screen print is one of the most common methods, which allows you to pick from a wide range of available colors.
Dye-sublimation is done in the fabric of the lanyard. This makes it more durable. You can also use multiple colors for the design.
• Laser Engraving
In laser engraving method, there is a white print that will be created on the lanyard. A laser is also used to mark the design of the dog tag.
The design is raised from the top of the lanyard in embossed method.
This method requires sewing the imprints into the fabric of the lanyard. You can imprint on both sides of the lanyard. However, limited colors are required.