It is very easy to customize neck lanyards online. Consumers no longer have to go out of their homes to purchase a personalized item. There is practically a style of lanyards fit for any type of budget.
To help consumers out in finding a style that is just right for their financial plan, here is a detailed list of various lanyard styles.
1. Hot Stamping
This is the most economical style for lanyards. It is perfect for people on a tight budget and schedule. This style is the easiest way to apply designs to a lanyard. So, it is perfect for consumers in a hurry. In just a matter of minutes, consumers can imprint their lanyards on one or even both sides.
In this style, the design is actually transferred to the lanyard by applying pressurized heat from a designed film unto the lanyard. If consumers opt to use this style, then it would be best for a material like polyester instead of nylon because of its texture.
2. Screen Printing
This style is actually more durable than that of lanyards made by hot stamping. Aside from that, screen printing also makes it possible to use a wider variety of color options. This style, however, is more expensive because of time and labor costs. Hot stamped neck lanyards are usually done with very minimal labor, but screen printing entails intensive manual labor.
Screen printing is done by squeezing any type of colored ink into the material used in the lanyard and having it dry. It is called screen printing because the ink used in the process is squeezed through a fine mesh or screen that holds the design. This is an expensive, but durable option because the design is embedded in the material. For best results, choose materials with very smooth surface for fine details.
3. Full Color Printing
This is a process that can be used when consumer requires full image colors on neck lanyards. In this style, the image will be separated into four color components (black, cyan, yellow and magenta). This technique is done because separating an image into the components earlier mentioned makes it possible to produce millions of color combinations.
This process can make very detailed designs because it is not applied directly on to the neck lanyards. In this style, the design is actually printed on to a vinyl material which is later applied to the lanyard.
4. Laser Engraving
This is an expensive option because the process produces a permanent mark that will not scratch off. There are practically two ways to do laser engraving. One process is called Nd:YAG which provides a more consistent quality while the other process used is the CO2 lanyard system which may have some issues on design colors like red, black and blue.
It is rather usual to find embossed designs on metal items. The same goes with lanyards because the process can also be done on leather and other materials. This style is common on lanyards like dog tags that have a beaded lanyard and stainless steel. The steel part of the lanyard is embossed using a machine that contains various numbers, letter and special characters. This style is very durable because the design will never scratch off. However, the design options for embossed lanyards are very limited.
These are just five of the most common ways to add design to a lanyard. There are some styles that better suit a particular material, so it is important to understand the processes involved in imprinting. Today, there is a huge variety of options for printing. If consumers are not informed, a particular lanyard design may only go to waste because the style used easily rubs off the materials used.
To this day Neck Lanyards are still increasing in popularity and have become an essential security component of many businesses, schools, medical centers, government agencies, entertainment companies and more for displaying personal identification.