Lanyards are pieces of string or chain that is worn around the wrist or neck. They’re used to attach something important to your body, like a set of keys or ID badge. An employee of a certain establishment, like a hospital, normally wears a lanyard with ID badge around the neck.
The lanyard is also used as an advertising material with a customized logo or name printed on the strap. It’s available in various designs and colors with different accessories attached at the bottom for holding a whistle, an ID badge, and the like.
Lanyards can be made of cotton, polyester twill, or nylon. The cord type is the least expensive but you cannot print anything on it since it does not have a flat surface like the strap-type. Others have a small bulb which contains a retractable reel to use with keys or ID badge. Some have separate connectors so if in case they get tangled, they won’t end up dragging on the neck.
There are lots of people who are using customized lanyard for different reasons. The name of the company, logo or product can be printed on the strap. There are three methods used in printing – screen printing, dye sublimation, and hot stamping.
Methods Used in Printing
In hot stamping, the metal plate is designed based on the artwork given by the customer. The plate is subjected to heat, and then a color film is positioned over the lanyard. Pressure is applied in the plate, which heats the film, transferring the design and color to the material. This method uses a single color and is the cheapest method. It is best for reunions, student badges, trade shows and others.
This method provides a higher quality result that is tougher. A fine mesh screen is created from the client’s artwork. The screen is positioned on top of the material and the colored ink is spread over the screen. To push the ink through the mesh screen, a squeegee is used to make the design beneath on the cloth. For a high resolution result, heat is applied to cure the ink.
This method is the best process in printing that can produce multicolored, highly detailed designs using dye sublimation inks. Through this process the client’s design is copied to a fine paper. The paper is positioned on the lanyard, and then heat and pressure are applied, transferring the image onto the material. The design keeps its smoothness because of the method used, making the image less prone to fading or abrasion.
You can also use other things together with lanyards. The O-ring is normally used with keys or a whistle. It also has a split-connector so you can remove it easily and snap it back again. For ID badges you can use a swivel snap hook. It has a rectangular hole at the top and a bulldog clip that when squeezed, both the serrated jaws open – the same way an alligator clip works.
Aside from holding the ID badges and keys, there are other reasons why people use lanyards:
• To hold small cameras
• Used in military uniforms
• Use in holding flash drive
• For those working in shipping and receiving functions use a lanyard to attach a box cutter or knife to have a ready access to this tool for opening shipping boxes and containers.
• Lanyards are used to hold Duck calls to draw the ducks over to the area, so it will be easier for the hunter to raise the rifle and shoot.
A lanyard does not cost that much and can be bought in bulk for professional or promotional use, or in single units. There are several online stores that offer both customized and traditional lanyard.
Wholesalelanyards.com can craft a design that’s perfect for your company, group or institution. I.D. lanyards are a great way to reinforce your brand in a subtle way with customers while keeping your staff secure at the same time. Whatever your lanyard needs, Wholesale Lanyards has you covered!