What’s the difference between Screen Print and Dye Sublimation Printed Lanyards?

If you’re looking to order some branded lanyards, you’ll need to make the choice between dye sub printing and screen printing.

When all you want is some colour lanyards, right?

The difference really lies in how many colours you’re looking for, how detailed your design is, and how important clarity and colour matching is to you.

Screen printing

Screen printed lanyards
Screen printed lanyards are best suited to simple designs

Screen printing has been around for centuries, and is still regarded as the best way to achieve a high quality print finish. In contrast to digital printing, ink is ‘forced’ through a screen of fine mesh when screen printing onto the lanyard.

Each single ‘Spot’ colour is applied separately, therefore the cost increases the more colours you choose. With screen printing, you can choose exact Pantone colours for printing, rather than making do with the less accurate CMYK breakdown.

Your logo or text is literally ‘layered’ onto the material – which means you feel it as a raised design when you run your finger over it.

Screen printing is best suited for simple designs, or text-only. It also achieves brighter, more vivid colours; and a greater contrast between material and print.

So if your logo is single colour, or you want to use your brand’s exact Pantone colour (on both the material itself and the printing), this is the way to go.

Dye Sublimation

Event dye sub lanyard
Dye Sublimation lanyards allow you to use multiple colours

Dye sublimation printing uses 4-colour process digital printing, breaking down each colour into a CMYK (Cyan, Magento, Yellow and Black) split, much in the same way as your inkjet printer does.

This means there is no restriction on the number of colours you can have.  It also gives you the freedom to include whatever images you want. You could use a photograph for example, or an illustration using all the colours of the rainbow.

The rub is that what you gain in flexibility, you lose a little in terms of quality of print compared to screen printing.

Printing through 4-Colour process means that the final print finish won’t be quite as sharp, and text won’t be quite as clear.

When to choose one over the other

If you have a simple design and exact matching of your brand’s Pantone colours and clarity of your message or name is critical, you’ll probably want to go down the screen print route. This way, your lanyards will stand out from a distance.

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Screen printed lanyards give greater clarity of print

However, if you have a stand at an exhibition and want to include multiple colours and images, dye sublimation printing is really the only option open to you.

Breakthroughs in printing processes in recent years means that both printing options are similar in terms of cost until you hit the larger quantities, so your decision really rests in what you want them to achieve.

All our lanyards pricing includes colour print on both sides. You can also split the order into multiple designs; ideal if you have different delegate levels at a conference for example. Minimum 50 per design.

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New collection of card holders and lanyards for Spring

purple pink yellow lanyards

Fed up of winter?

Banish the blues (and greys and dark greens) with our new collection of brightly coloured ID Card Holders and Lanyards.

They might not bring sunshine into your life in the way a holiday to Barbados would, but the bright spring colours are bound to cheer your surroundings up a bit. Choose from pink, yellow, orange and purple.

What’s more, our new collection of card holders are manufactured right here in the North-West, so you can proudly Buy British.

Made by Evohold, from recycled plastic,  100 card holders will set you back just £8 + VAT for 100.

Beat that China.

#madeinbritain

The benefits of school branded lanyards

 

Branded lanyards are used by all types of organisations to promote unity

School branded lanyards don’t just aid security in terms of identification, they can also help to unite pupils and students by promoting a sense of belonging.

Most schools like the idea of bespoke lanyards branded with the school logo, but the idea is often rejected (or not fully researched) due to concerns about cost.

They’re often viewed as a ‘nice to have’, whereas the reality is, school branded lanyards have a role to play both in terms of security and community.

Security benefits

  • They make it difficult for third parties to ‘blend in’ to the school environment.

Whereas it’s easy for someone to source a standard ‘staff’ or ‘visitor’ lanyard so as not to arouse suspicion, it’s extremely difficult for them to create their own branded one.

  • They make students more visible, both on campus and out of campus.

Apart from the ‘truancy’ benefits, school branded lanyards are also helpful for visibility on school trips or days out.

Let’s not forget the parents here either: surveys show that parents particularly value the security and visibility benefits of school custom lanyards.

Promoting a sense of school community

School custom lanyards also help to boost school spirit amongst teaching staff and pupils, and promote a sense of belonging. Print your school’s logo or mascot and use your school colours to create a lanyard that will be worn with pride.

Great for different classes and school clubs

School custom lanyards are also great for school clubs and organisations, where they give a sense of belonging to a select group.

They’re also a great way to identify specific classes or groups within the school, for example junior students and senior students could have different colours.

By creating a different lanyard for senior students or the sixth form, it’s also far more likely that they’ll be worn without complaint. Junior pupils will ‘aspire’ to having one as they move through the school and the sixth form will be happy to have a visible badge of their seniority.

Then there’s the price point…

The price of bespoke school branded lanyards used to make them accessible only by fee-paying schools with considerable budgets. But the cost is coming down all the time. For example 100 school branded lanyards in a single colour start from just £139.05.

School custom lanyards boost school spirit

School custom lanyards don’t just aid security in terms of identification, they can also help to unite pupils and students by promoting a sense of belonging.

Custom printed school lanyard
Increase security & foster a sense of belonging at the same time

If you’ve been tasked with re-stocking the shelves with school lanyards, don’t just default to the standard ones before you’ve considered the benefits of custom designed.

School custom lanyards aren’t as expensive as you might think and have a number of benefits. Along with school ID cards, they help with identification and security. They make students more visible for a start, and whereas it’s easy for a third party to source a standard ‘staff’ or ‘student’ lanyard to blend in, it’s extremely difficult for them to create their own branded one.

They’re also a great way to identify specific classes or groups within the school, for example junior students and senior students could have different colours.

Let’s not forget the parents here either: surveys show that parents particularly value the security and visibility benefits of school custom lanyards.

Promote a sense of school community

School custom lanyards also help to boost school spirit amongst teaching staff and pupils. Print your school’s logo or mascot and use your school colours to create a lanyard that can be worn with pride.

By creating a different lanyard for senior students or the sixth form, it’s also far more likely that they’ll be worn without complaint. Junior pupils will ‘aspire’ to having one as they move through the school and the sixth form will be happy to have a visible badge of their seniority.

School custom lanyards are also great for school clubs and organisations, where they give a sense of belonging to a select group.

500 school custom lanyards designed to your own specification start from just £252.00.

 

Fit plastic cloakroom tags onto bags the easy way

Bag straps for cloakroom tags
Fix your cloakroom tags onto bags the easy way

Plastic cloakroom tags are great when it comes to looking after coats and accessories. Simply hand the customer the branded duplicate tag, and slip the other one over the coat hanger. Job done.

But what happens when you’re handed something that doesn’t easily fit onto a coat hanger, like a bag or a piece of luggage?

Try and tuck the tag into a pocket? Prop it up and hope no-one moves it? Perform some sort of balancing trick?

Or just use a flexible plastic loop?

Plastic cloakroom tags are one of our most popular products – we supply to restaurants, bars, hair salons & tourism destinations all over the country – all of who want to manage their guest experience from the minute they walk in the door.

So when they asked us to help with tagging bags, we suggested flexible plastic loops.

Our 152mm flexible loops of clear plastic allow you to easily attach the plastic cloakroom tag to the bag or item.

And at just £3.96 for 100, they’re a no brainer when you’re next ordering your plastic cloakroom tags.

 

 

 

Custom badge reels: internal branding or promotional gift?

We have had a lot of interest in our custom badge reels recently. The majority of our customers use them for company branding – choosing to have their logo printed in full colour in the domed space. These then tend to be given to staff as holders for their access control card: they’re retractable which makes it really easy to present the token or fob to the access control reader. They can be attached to a lanyard around the neck or clipped onto a belt loop.

Great for events or conferences

However more and more organisations are recognising the potential of a retractable badge reel above and beyond just printing their logo. Some use custom badge reels for events – and print the name or design of the conference or event as a take home reminder. Others use it to print a slogan or advertising message, or a web address – and give them to visiting clients.

Get creative with the space. It can be custom designed, so it’s up to you. You could use custom badge reels as part of a campaign to start raising awareness of a future event for example – first send guests a custom designed lanyard, then a badge reel, then a calendar date – all containing clues to the big event.

Sensitive skin? Try nickel free chain necklaces

Need something to display your ID cards or access control cards, but have sensitive skin? Try nickel free chain necklaces. Lanyards don’t suit some wearers as the polyester can rub and irritate the skin around the neck.

Nickel free chain necklaces are especially suitable for those with sensitivities, particularly those with metal allergies. We stock nickel free chain necklaces in 76cm and 91cm lengths, from £10.85 for 100. Card holders easily clip onto the necklace.

If you don’t need to have your ID card or access control card visible around the neck, a retractable badge reel might be the answer. These are particularly useful for presenting an access control key fob or token to the access control reader, and are easily clipped onto a belt or belt loop.

Badge reels, lanyard or both?

What’s best to hold your ID card or access control card or fob: badge reels, lanyards or a combination of both?

It really depends on what you need it to do, and how you’ll use what’s attached.

Access control card, fob or token?

Retractable badge reels
Retractable badge reels are great for access control fobs and cards

Retractable badge reels are ideal for presenting cards, key fobs or tokens to the access control reader. Just pull the key fob or card towards the reader and the cord then retracts into the reel. The badge reel has a clip that easily attaches onto a belt, bag or trousers, making them especially ideal for active workers. Badge reels come in a range of colours and can also be customised to your own logo or design.

Event pass or ID card?

If you just need a card to be visible around the neck, then a lanyard is the easiest way to do it. You’ll also need an ID card holder for the card to sit in, which then clips onto a lanyard. There are many lanyard options out there, from pre-printed staff, contractor and visitor lanyards to custom designed lanyards that are printed to your own colours and design. Most lanyards are safety breakaway lanyards, which means the card holder automatically detaches if it becomes trapped.

ID card that’s also an access control card?

If your ID card is also an access control card, a lanyard would provide the most visibility, whilst still giving the flexibility for presenting the card to a card reader. Lanyards can be custom designed to your own logo and colours, which also helps with identification. A combined lanyard and badge reel gives even more flexibility. The retractable cord makes it easier to present the access card, key fob or token in situations like gaining entrance to a car park for example.

 

Which ID card holders?

Got your Photo ID cards, access control cards or event passes? How are you going to make sure they are accessible and visible? Have you thought about which card holders you want?

If you’ve got your printed plastic cards, you’ll need a way of showing them. You can choose to have your cards on a lanyard around the neck or attached to a clip or a retractable badge reel (particularly useful for presenting access control cards to the access reader). Whichever accessory you choose, you’ll need card holders to slot the plastic cards into.

Card holders for ID badges, access control cards
Choose the right card holder for your ID badge or plastic card

There are various types of badge holders to choose from, depending on what you need them to do. At one end of the scale are thick vinyl card holders designed for heavy duty use, whilst at the other end are flexible PVC card holders that are an inexpensive option. All have holes at the top of the card holder to attach a lanyard, clip, chain necklace or badge reel to.

Think about whether you want your cards to be seen vertically or horizontally depending on the design, so you choose the right card holder. Do you want them to be clear or colour coordinated with your brand? Do they need to be capable of holding multiple cards at once? Do you want them open faced or enclosed?

If you’re looking for a specific type or colour of card holder or ID card accessory, search our range.

If you’re still not sure what you need, email us and we’ll be happy to advise you and send out a sample.

It’s festival season. Access all areas?

It’s festival season and the sun is finally shining. Will this be the year sales of sun tan lotion outdo the sales of wellies? Probably not.

Whatever size of festival you’re running, there will be security and access issues to consider. Plastic event passes, ID cards and lanyards are all ways of making sure that the right people gain entry to the festival, and to the right areas.

Designing your own lanyard with the festival’s branding is a great way to promote the event in the first place as well as give ticket holders a means of displaying their pass at all times. We can provide 1000 high quality custom designed lanyards for just £364.00.

Plastic cards for events and festivals
High quality event passes

There’s nothing like the hype of receiving your lanyard and event pass through the post. As well as looking more professional, printing your event passes on plastic cards instead of paper means they are more durable and have a higher perceived value. It also reduces your risk of forgeries, especially if you provide numbered cards. Ask festival goers to provide their name and photographs in advance, and you can have bespoke ID cards waiting for them at the gate.

From a security point of view, you might want pre-printed staff lanyards for your workers or contractor lanyards. Some of our clients also design bespoke lanyards for different categories of ticket holders, e.g. an ‘access all areas’ colour and design or one specific to the campsite, for those who have paid for a tent pitch.

Print your own plastic cards

If security is one of your primary concerns, consider buying a plastic card printing system so that you can provide photographic ID badges on the day. The investment required upfront isn’t prohibitive, and you will easily recoup that investment. They’re quite small so are easily portable.  All you’ll need is a digital camera to take a photograph of the ticket holder. You can upload it onto your laptop and print out cards as and when people arrive. You can pick up a Magicard system from as little as £797.00, which allows you to print cards with security features including ISO magnetic strip encoding and the HoloKote anti-counterfeit watermark.

Make sure you have a stock of blank cards with you – again, you could use different colours of cards for different access privileges.