A lanyard is a cord or strap worn around the neck, shoulder, or wrist to carry such items as keys or identification cards. In the military, lanyards were used to fire an artillery piece or arm the fuze mechanism on an air-dropped bomb by pulling out a cotter pin (thereby starting the arming delay) when it leaves the aircraft. They are also used to attach a pistol to a body so that it can be dropped without being lost. Aboard a ship, it may refer to a piece of rigging used to secure or lower objects.
You've got the event details sorted, your branding is on fire 🔥🔥 and you've got sponsors queuing up to have their logo printed on everything! Especially the lanyards... "the lanyards are the deal breaker!" So now here you are, you have the logo and everything is in place but what the heck is a lanyard and what does it do? Don't worry we've got your back on that one, read on and hopefully we'll get through all that jargon.
What is a lanyard? A lanyard is the bit of material that goes over your neck and holds a laminate pass or badge. It's not uncommon for lanyards to be referred to as: neck straps, neck ribbons, event strings, key ribbons... the list goes on. And, then there's those that use 'lanyard' as a collective term for the lanyard and the pass... no! Don't worry though we always know what you mean😜 !
What are lanyards used for? Lanyards are used everywhere, from holding RFID key cards that opening office doors, to the coveted VIP and backstage passes used at events. They can be fully customised, with a choice of widths, clips and attachments.
Summary There you have it, a lanyard (the bit around your neck) and the laminate (the bit with the info) are two different things that come together to give you the ultimate event pass! - In the words of the Spice Girls, '2 become 1'. Most importantly though, both can be customised to keep both your boss and sponsors happy.
The style, design or material used will vary depending on end-purpose of the lanyard. Lanyard materials include polyester, nylon, satin, silk, polyethylene terephthalate (PET), braided leather or braided paracord.
Common styles * Polyester imprinted lanyards * Nylon imprinted lanyards * Tube imprinted lanyards * Dye-sublimated lanyards or full-color lanyards
Badge or identification holder Lanyards are commonly used to display badges, tickets or ID cards for identification where security is required, such as businesses, corporations, hospitals, prisons, conventions, trade fairs, and backstage passes used in the entertainment industry. Such lanyards are often made of braided or woven fabric or split with a clip attached to the end. A plastic pouch or badge holder with at least one clear side is attached to the lanyard with the person's name badge or ID card. Occasionally, small items like business cards, pens or tools can be placed behind the badge for easy access. Lanyards can also be used as keychains, particularly in situations where keys can easily be lost, such as gyms, public pools and communal showers. In these cases, lanyards may be customized with the related name and/or logo of the event, business, or organization. Lanyards can feature a variety of customization techniques including screen-printing, Jacquard loom weaving, heat transfer, and offset printing
Safety strap Lanyards are also often attached to dead man's switches or "kill switches" on dangerous machinery, such as large industrial cutting or slicing machines; on vehicles, such as jet-skis or trains; and on exercise treadmills, so that if the operator suddenly becomes incapacitated, their fall will pull on the lanyard attached to their wrist, which will then pull the switch to immediately stop the machine or vehicle. Some law enforcement officers and members of the military utilize specialized lanyards to keep sidearms from falling to the ground during missions. Many ID card lanyards have a built-in feature known as a "breakaway" closure. Breakaway lanyards release when pulled or when pressure is applied. This prevents choking or hanging. Lanyards with a breakaway feature are most often used in hospitals and healthcare clinics, schools, nursing homes, child care facilities, or factories that require employees to operate machinery.