Neck lanyards are extremely versatile tools that can be used for carrying items such as identification cards, purses, badges, water bottles, and cellular phones. Of course, they can also be used for increasing brand awareness among the public, or simply sharing an individual or group sentiment with the rest of the world.
How then are neck lanyards of high quality made? Are the designs woven into the thread of the lanyard itself, or are printing equipment like stamping machines and laser rods needed for the incorporation of font and images onto the neck lanyards?
First thing’s first: High Quality Materials
Of course, before you and your chosen lanyard designer or supplier pushes through with the procedures of production, you will need to choose the basic material of your lanyard. In most lanyard shops, you will be offered six different basic materials to choose from. Depending on your budget and purpose, you may choose any from the following: nylon, polyester, woven, dye-sublimated, cord or shoestring, or tubular lanyard type. Some lanyard suppliers also offer blank lanyards which you can experiment on with handmade designs, or use as a startup for your very own lanyard business.
Remember that without high quality materials, you will not be able to make a great lanyard. Your design and methods can be top-notch, but mediocre materials will only lower the appeal and effectiveness of your lanyards.
Lanyard Design Printing Methods
Aside from the quality of primary materials to be used in the production of neck lanyards, another thing you should pay attention to is the method of printing used by the lanyard supplier. The method of printing on your ordered or ideal lanyards matter because they have an effect on the durability and appearance of the finished products. Intelligent customers will always ask about the printing method to be used on their lanyards to ensure that they are given only the highest quality of service.
1. Hot Stamping
This method of design printing is best used in combination with the polyester type of lanyard. Since hot stamping provides the most economical printing method, this is perfect for students and employees’ use. The hot stamping method can also be used for lanyards designed for trade shows or short events.
2. Silkscreen Printing
Where hot stamping provides an economic choice for printing, there silkscreen printing offers high quality images and fonts for a reasonable price. This method of printing is more tedious, and more quality-oriented than the hot stamping method, and is therefore more expensive. However, the lanyards created from this type of printing can be used for long events and important shows.
3. Dye Sublimation
This printing method is the best in terms of appearance and durability. Lanyard designs printed using the dye-sublimation method is less likely to fade even after several years of use. This printing method also allows for the use of multiple colors on a single lanyard. Because of the equipment and procedure of dye sublimation, this printing method is perhaps the most expensive one of the lot.
These three basic lanyard printing methods are used by most lanyard suppliers and designers around the country. Discuss your preferred printing method, its cost and feasibility with your lanyard supplier before putting in any bulk order. Good lanyard suppliers should be able to answer all of your questions, suggest better options or payment terms, and be more than willing to use most of your concepts and ideas in the final output.
As you can see, the best lanyards are produced using three essential factors: first, high quality materials, second, a good production method, and third rapport between the lanyard supplier and the client.