In many cases, employers will actually have a legal responsibility to make sure that the latter is addressed in clear signage somewhere on a device or substance. They can also be an important marketing technique for the producers of such equipment, providing a clear brand identity in addition to basic user information.
There are several different processes that can be used to put labels on to a product:
Encompassing overlays, fascia panels and even membrane keypads, this type of label provides a bespoke, product specific type of label that can be tailored to fit features such as LEDs or switches. Whether its clear windows for lights or displays on a photocopier, or a colour coding system for buttons and touch sensitive input areas. This kind of label is perfect for all kinds of industrial equipment, from AV systems to remote controls or medical scanners.
Injection moulded badges and nameplates
This low-cost process gives badges and nameplates a 3D texture, making your branding stand out and giving your product a prestige look. It can be used to make badges or nameplates out of a range of thermoplastics (plastics or other similar substances that melt to a liquid when heated then return to a solid state when cooled). This process is used most frequently on computing or audio goods, as well as other retail products or car interiors.
Domed labels and badges
The next step from the injection moulded process, domed badges or labels can be created using silkscreen, litho or digital printing methods which are then cut down and coated in a polyurethane resin to produce a durable gloss domed finish. One key benefit of this process is that the polyurethane finish has the unique ability to 'heal' itself if indented, whilst another is that they are extremely robust whilst still flexible enough to be applied to convex and semi-ridged surfaces.
When time is an issue and a cost effective solution is required, straightforward labels may be the best option. They too can be tailored to meet a huge range of requirements though naturally, they lack the textured finish of other process. Mainly printed via screen-printing in sheets or foil blocking on rolls, this process is suitable for bulk orders and examples are seen on almost every consumer product outside of groceries Batteries, computers, radios, microwaves, even furniture, kitchen equipment and appliances - all feature some kind of industrial labels, resistant to common environmental factors and delivering both clear branding and often, vital product information.