Neck lanyards are becoming more popular in organizations and workplaces because aside from the practical use of having ID cards highly visible, they also provide brand identity and promotion. In this case, high quality is the top priority in looking for lanyards. For example, in the case of a workplace, lanyards should last the duration of the stay of an employee in the company.
There are different high-quality lanyards available to choose from nowadays. The most commonly used are nylon lanyards, dye-sublimated lanyards, tubular lanyards, woven lanyards, and polyester lanyards.
Nylon lanyards are made of high-quality nylons, which provide a nice sheen to the final product. Company names and logos are imprinted in nylon neck lanyards using silkscreens. This type of lanyard is the perfect option for intricately designed company names and logos because the shine of the material makes the design stand out. The natural lustre of nylon also effectively captures attention, especially in large crowds.
Polyester lanyards are the most commonly used type of lanyards since they are the most affordable. As the name suggests, they’re made of polyester materials, usually with twill; and just like the nylon-made lanyards, text and logos are imprinted unto these lanyards using the silkscreen method.
Woven neck lanyards use the same high-quality polyester materials as regular polyester lanyards. Their main difference is how the design is imprinted. With this type of lanyard, the design is really woven into the fabric, making it the best option for organizations who want to make sure their names or logo does not chip or fade away after many years, unless bleached or constantly exposed to extreme conditions. The colors of the design retain the same color intensity as the lanyard itself because they’re basically made of the same material. Designs are kept minimal with this type of lanyard, or it usually depends on the embroidery skill of the lanyard maker.
Tubular lanyards are also made of high-quality polyester twill; however, it is tube-stitched, giving the final product a shoestring pattern, only wider. Tubular lanyards have this unique soft feel that make it comfortable to wear for long periods of time even for schoolchildren. The unique pattern of this lanyard also helps in highlighting the silkscreen-printed design.
Multi-colored lanyards, with more intricate designs, are now becoming more popular because they easily attract attention. These are called dye-sublimated lanyards. Just like most lanyards, they are also made of polyester, but specifically of white color, which acts as the base.
To add color to this white base, heat and pressure are used with multi-color imprints. However, unlike the silkscreen process where the imprint just sits on the surface of the material, which makes it likely to be chipped or scraped after some time, dye sublimation process actually “transfers” the colors into the material, giving the material the same imprint color on either side.
Because of the set-up required to do this process, most neck lanyards makers require higher minimum quantity for these orders, mostly around 200 to 300 pieces. However, if there is a really limited head count, some makers would still accept the order, but will increase the individual price accordingly.
If you’re looking to purchase lanyards with your preferred type and you are expecting that your organization will significantly grow in the next two years, it is recommended to order higher than your current headcount. This is to cover for new members in the organization and cases of lost neck lanyards. Additionally, most of the time, especially if your order is in bulk, most lanyard makers also offer free graphic design and layout services. It is therefore prudent to take advantage of these freebies.