Badge lanyards are deceptively simple products that actually have numerous uses and functions. Their simple design allows them to be easily customized thus extending their longevity as a product. Often without realizing it, most people have actually worn a lanyard at least once in their life.

Despite their modern appearance and printed designs, lanyards are actually not a recent innovation. The high-tech designing, printing, and creation processes simply allow them to blend into more modern times.

Badge LanyardsIn the past, leather was the material of choice for creating the sturdy holders when they were not yet known as lanyards. They were then used to support heavy objects such as pistols or swords so they were expected to be durable. Today though, pricey leather has been replaced with cheaper materials such as polyester and nylon. The good news is that although the material has changed, the durability has not been compromised.

The high quality synthetic materials can still reliably support even your heavy water containers. Regardless, even without the threat of an accusation of public disturbance, it is still not recommended that modern lanyards be used to support heavy weapons. They are most fit for keeping your valuable items better organized while giving you added style.

The highly durable fabrics of lanyards make them fit for everyday use. For this reason, most schools and offices actually include badge lanyardsas part of daily uniforms. They are easy to care for and are visible even from afar. Promoters, hospital staff, coaches, and even busy moms also make use of the useful and functional accessory.

Badge lanyards however do not merely serve as mere fashion statements. Their most important function is of course reliably holding and securing your important ID cards. This feature also helps security guards when performing customary security inspections. A lanyard will make sure that these essential items will always be on your person at all times.

The longevity of lanyards also makes them an ideal, versatile, promotional tool. Badge lanyardsdo not discriminate between ages, genders, or social classes. Therefore, they can be distributed or sold to a much wider market to serve as a cheap but efficient marketing tool.

Individuals who receive lanyards with your company’s brand logo are also more likely to make use of the item because of its functionality. They will also be more likely to appreciate the item since its eye-catching colors and designs could encourage them to incorporate the lanyard into their everyday wardrobe. Customers could also show off their vibrant new accessory to their friends and encourage them to seek out the brand and acquire their own lanyard.

A lanyard will be able to provide your brand with more sufficient advertising as compared to other small branded items. Although a pen with a printed logo still serves a useful purpose, they are more likely to languish inside a purse or office cabinet instead of maximizing their potential as a promotional tool.

At a fraction of the cost of a billboard or commercial, badge lanyards could already provide you with subtle but adequate customer visibility. They are also likely to be used by their owners during travel. This means that they can also be seen by more people as compared to the number of people who will stop to look at a stationary advertisement.

Lanyards that are not specifically made for official use or for advertising purposes can also serve more personal uses. They can be used to secure small items that are likely to get lost or misplaced. Keys, cell phones, and spare flash drives are the common items attached to lanyards aside from IDs. Depending on your specific needs, lanyards can serve as personalized, fashion accessories or invaluable, organization tools that make your life so much simpler and easier.

Badge lanyards however do not merely serve as mere fashion statements.


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To have an easier time studying the structure of printed circuit boards (PCBs), here are some of the terms related to its concept and composition:

• Design rule check

    – this is the software check that makes sure the board’s design doesn’t have errors, like too skinny traces, too small drill holes, or traces that incorrectly touch.

• Drill hit

    – these are found on a design, and are where holes would be drilled on the board. It is common to find inaccurate drill hits as manufacturing errors.

• Finger

    – this is the exposed metal pad found at the edge of printed circuit boards. This is used to make a connection between to PCBs. Memory boards, expansion boards, and cartridge-based video games are usual examples.

• Panel

    – this is a larger PCB made of multiple smaller ones, which have to be broken apart prior to use. A lot of automated equipment dealing with PCB handling has trouble with smaller printed circuit boards. So by aggregating multiple boards at the same time, the process is sped up.

• Paste stencil

printed circuit boards      – a thin stencil made of metal or plastic that lies over the board. It allows the solder paste to be placed in certain areas during the assembly phase.

• Pick-and-place

    – this is the process (or machinery) where components are placed on printed circuit boards.

• Plane

    – a continuous copper block on a PCB, often called a pour, which is defined by borders instead of a path.

• Plated through hole

    – this is the hole in the PCB with an annular ring. It is plated all throughout the PCB. It can be a connection point for a component or a “via” for a mounting hole or passing a signal through.

• Silkscreen

    – these are the numbers, letters and symbols (and sometimes, imagery) found on printed circuit boards. Often, these come in just one color.

• Slot

    – this refers to the hole in a PCB that isn’t round in shape. These can either be plated or not. Sometimes, these can add to the cost because they take up extra cut-out time.

• Solder paste

    – this is solder in the form of small balls, suspended in a sort of gel. Using a paste stencil, this is applied on a PCB’s surface mount pads before placing the components. The solder can melt during reflow, which creates the mechanical and electrical joints between the components and the pad.

• Solder pot

    – this pot is used to hand solder boards quickly with “through hole” components. Often, it has a tiny amount of molten solder with which the board is dipped quickly. This leaves solder joints on every exposed pad.

• Soldermask

    – this is the layer of protective material on top of the metal. It is used to prevent corrosion, short circuits and other common problems. It is mostly green, although some manufacturers use other colors. It is often called “resist” as well.

• Solder jumper

    – this is the tiny blob of solder that connects two adjacent pins on the components on a PCB.

• Surface mount

    – this is process during construction where components are allowed to be set on a board without necessitating leads to pass though the holes. This is widely used in most designs today, because it lets PCBs to be created easily and quickly.

• Thieving

    – this refers to the gridlines, hatching, or copper dots left in the PCB where there are no planes or traces. This lowers the difficulty required in etching because there is less time required in the bath to remove unnecessary copper.

• Wave solder

    – this is a process of soldering that is used on PCBs that have through-hole components. Here, the board passes over the standing wave of molten solder, which clings on to exposed component leads and pads and acts as an adhesive.

These are just some of the many terms used in the manufacture and design of PCBs. By learning them before moving on to the more complex subjects, it can be easier to understand the processes involved in making these PCBs, as well as how the different components work.

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