Screen printing is the most common way to create a branded lanyard.
A stencil of your design is created.
This stencil is then mounted over the surface of the lanyard, ink is added and dragged across the surface by a squeegee to apply the design colour.
The technique has been around in one form or another for over a thousand years and it still produces a finish with sharp lines and accurate colours.
Heat transfer printing is perfect for more complicated designs that may include shading/colour gradients.
The design is first printed in full colour process onto special paper.
This paper is mounted onto the smooth polyester material and passed through a heat press.
The heat causes the ink to pass from the paper on to the lanyard material.
The printed material is then ready to be cut to size and clips applied to yield the finished product.
Woven lanyards are produced using large computer-controlled sewing machines that can produce several lanyards at once in up to 2 weave
colours on to a base coloured lanyard.
Production time on woven lanyards is longer due to the large number of stitches that must be applied to each lanyard.
These lanyards are best for simple logos and large text - not recommended for complicated logos and in particular for small text such as a company strapline.
Satin lanyards consist of a branded satin layer that is stitched on to a base flat-ribbed polyester layer.
The satin component can be either embroidered in solid colours or printed by heat transfer (allowing colour gradients).
Satin allows a much greater level of detail than regular woven lanyards and allows for up to 4 spot colours. These are also manufactured using computer control sewing machines.
The satin material can also be printed by heat transfer.
These lanyards have a much higher minimum order quantity than the other branded lanyards described above. Production times are also around 3 weeks from artwork approval.