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Here we provide a brief explanation of the terms on our website that may be unfamiliar to you arranged alphabetically L-Z. If you can't find the definition you are looking for or need further explanation, please email.

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Laser Engraving
A customization method involving the use of a high energy light beam to mark the material surface. Laser engraving can be applied to a variety of materials to produce custom marks including: metals, rubber, plastic, wood and glass. We apply this method to customize both anodized aluminum products and plastic inserts for license plate frames. Laser engraving produces very high resolution marks that show up "frosty" white when applied to anodized aluminum. It achieves this by removing the colored anodization from the surface of the material under the beam exposing the raw aluminum underneath. Tagsandchains.com uses only the most modern and advanced YAG lasers to achieve the highest quality marks available.
 
LED
Our mini flashlight keychains emit a bright white light. The source of the light is LED or Light Emitting Diode. LEDs have many advantages over the more traditional incandescent bulbs: longer life, less heat generation, small size making them ideal for keychains and other small objects. In addition to a white light, LEDs are also manufactured to emit other colors ie blue, red, green, purple etc.
 
Lead-time
The amount of days it will take to produce your order. Standard lead-time on most custom imprinted products is 10 to 15 business days. Lead-time is always subject to items being in stock as well as receipt of the order artwork. Rush service is available for most items. We have three levels of rush: 1-2 days, 3-5 days and 7-10 days. They all incur additional rush charges. Please contact us for applicable charges for your rush order.
 
No Load Bearing
Refers to promotional carabiners being used as keychains. Promotional carabiners are replicas of "real" load bearing climbing carabiners and are designed to carry small objects such as keys and small tools. Under no circumstances should a load heavier than what normally be applied to a keychain be put on promotional carabiners. All promotional carabiners sold by tagsandchains.com have the words "no load bearing" stamped on either the gate or the spine as a reminder that promotional carabiners should not be used for climbing.
 
Pad Printing
A custom imprinting method used to customize badge reels. This printing method is good for relatively small image areas compared to screen printing, hot stamping and dye sublimation. The number colors printed is typically one or two. Pad printing deposits a relatively thin coat of ink on the material surface making this printing method more vulnerable to wear compared to other printing methods.
 
Promotional Product
Any product custom imprinted with a name, logo or message with the intention of promoting a business or individual personal events. The best promotional products are functional and used on a daily basis thus giving your "promotional message" more visibility. Cost is also a factor. Small functional products such as keychains, that are relatively inexpensive work best. These tend to have the highest return on investment and are used frequently on a daily basis. Tagsandchains.com specializes in the manufacturing and customization of a variety of low cost functional and practical promotional products from lanyards, dog tags and badge reels to safety whistles, bottle openers and mini led flashlights. Common uses for promotional products for business and individuals include: tradeshows, parties, weddings, anniversaries, reunions, fundraisers, special events, new product release, website, telephone and company name advertising.
 
Rubber Silencer
A rubber o-ring that is assembled around the edges of a dog tag. Authentic military dog tags make use of rubber silencers to keep a pair of dog tags on a chain from making noise when coming into contact with each other. These traditional silencers are black in color. We offer blank as well as many other cool silencer colors for our military, engraved and full color metal dog tags.
 
Screen Printing
A custom imprinting method used for custom printed cotton and nylon lanyards. With screen printing the image to be printed is first transferred to a very fine mesh 'screen" through photographic exposure. Ink is applied to the screen and squeezed out through the image area of the screen onto the material being printed. Since the ink goes on wet it must be cured which is typically achieved by sending the freshly printed material through a belt drier. Other methods for drying are also used ie air, flash. Depending on the porosity of the material being printed, screen printed images either sit on the surface or get slightly absorbed into the material. Screen printing is slightly more expensive and more durable compared to hot stamping.
 
Second Side Engraving
This refers to an additional engraving on an anodized aluminum product. Most aluminum promotional products can be engraved on the second side. Second side engraving can be the same as side one or something different. If side two artwork is different from side one then a second set-up charge with be incurred. The additional charge for second side engraving is $0.15 to $0.25 ea. depending on the product and the size of the area being engraved.
 
Set-up Charge
This refers to the charge for getting your artwork for customization. Resizing, touching up and creating computer templates takes extra-time and is not included in the unit price of the product. Set-up charges are also used to cover the production of printing screens for screen printing and metal plates for hot stamping and pad printing. Our set-up charges are among the lowest in the industry ranging from $25 for custom laser engraving and embossing, $35 for screen printing, pad printing and hot stamping and $45 for full color process printing.
 

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