It is more likely that you are now quite familiar with the uses of ID lanyards. For sure, you have already collected a bunch of them by now from your school, enterprise, and events that you attended. However, it is also good to know that not all lanyards are created equal. Forgive the cliché here, but it would also be interesting to know what makes one lanyard different from another.
Here is a quick look at the different types of lanyards.
The typical plain lanyards
These are primarily the widely used type of lanyards to date and you can be certain that all factories hold these materials in stock all the time. They come in two different materials: polyester flat and polyester cord. The difference between the two is that the latter is tubular in form. Text and logos are imprinted through dying process or heat-transfer system. This type is also commonly used as ID lanyards.
The embroidered lanyards
These lanyards are made from flat polyester. They also possess matt texture and are manufactured with an open weave on both surfaces of the strap which allows them to be embroidered. The characteristics of the surface of these straps are used as the key factors in selecting the right needle for the embroidery work. The detailing of the embroidery and the designs that can be incorporated into these straps can also be as intricate as those normally used for ornamental mats. Most ID lanyards are also embroidered.
The safety lanyards
One of the highly sought types of quality lanyard straps is the safety lanyards. These cords are made with UV glowing inks, glow-in-the-dark threads, and other materials that allow high visibility. The use of safety lanyard is also highly encouraged and is now starting to be used in accessorizing clothes. The convert and unique features of safety lanyards are also becoming the top choice for younger people who often bring expensive gadgets or tools with them.
The Slider Breakaway Type of Lanyard
This type of lanyard is highly customized and is specifically used for branding purposes. The cords are equipped with a branded slider that is made from black rubber. This slider is attached to an acrylic dome usually fixed at the terminal of a polyester-made cord. It is also equipped with a snap buckle that is fully detachable.
The Dye Sublimation Type of Lanyards
When designs and colors are your primary criteria, this is the type of lanyards that can be suggested by manufacturers. They normally display photo-like quality graphics that are tonal and produced by graduated printing. The material of choice for this type of lanyard is the polyester kind as it also offers an expensive and silky feel to it even when already designed with color. The sublimation process is done by mixing CMYK hues and then rendering it to the surface of the material. ID lanyards that are dye sublimated are easier to detect due to the tonal quality of the imprints.
The Screen Printed Lanyards
Conventional printing on the surface of lanyards is still used these days by many manufacturers. The choice of lanyard for this particular process is the polyester due to its matt texture. With this property, the inks are easily transferred on the lace. They also offer a slightly raised feel to it. In fact, it is also often the primary choice for any printing produce due to its capability to withstand heat and robustness.
Generally, lanyards offer you the flexibility of choice due to their wide range of uses and kinds. The next time you see ID lanyards, feel them and look at them closely, and see if you can guess the type of lace they are made of.