Today, lanyards are being widely used in organizations and events. In fact, it has become an SOP for conference and event organizers to provide custom lanyards with ID tags to participants.
When customizing lanyards, you need to know the right attachment needed given your aim. For example, hospitals will need lanyards with a certain kind of attachment that can be easily broken apart should there be instances of strangulation.
Below are some of the attachments you can use for your custom lanyards:
1. Bulldog Clip. The bulldog clip is probably the most traditional add-on for any custom lanyard. This nickel-plated steel clip can hold identification cards and badges.
2. Swivel Hook. This is made from nickel-plated steel and can fit both a round cord and a 3/8-inch flat fabric lanyard. This steel swivel hook is specifically designed to ensure that it won’t easily break. This durable hook can perfectly hold identification cards.
3. Key Ring. This is a very simple split key ring with 15/16 inches diameter. It can also hold identification cards and keys. Considered to be classy yet functional, a key ring can be used on custom lanyards, wrist coils, and badge reels.
4. Neck Cord Loop. This is also known as length adjuster. With this adjustable cord lock, you can easily customize the length of the lanyard. Unlike other lanyard attachment, this is made from black plastic material that can last for several years. Inside the lock is a spring system which enables reliability and ease-of-use.
5. Safety Breakaway. This attachment has a feature that allows for a quick breakaway should there be any choking incidents. In schools and hospitals where the probability of lanyards being snagged is high, it is highly recommended to use the safety breakaway attachment.
6. Disconnect buckle. This is a type of attachment quite similar to Safety Breakaway. The difference is that the disconnect buckle is slightly thicker and is placed a few inches from the base of the lanyard. Just like the safety breakaway, this attachment is designed to reduce chances of accidental strangulation.
7. Plastic J-Hook. This attachment is made of black plastic with an easy to open clasp. Basically, there is no need for any special features. You only need to hold the clasp to connect items such as keys and IDs to the hook.
8. Cell Phone loop. This is specifically designed for cell phone lanyards. The loop is inserted in the cell phone loop holder. The black plastic material that holds the loop is made of lightweight urethane.
Now that you are familiar with different lanyard attachments, decide which ones are suitable for your custom lanyards. Here are some tips in choosing the right attachment:
1. Style. Flat and round lanyards will impact the kind of attachment you need to use. Measure the width of your lanyard to ensure that it will fit with your attachment. It is best to consult with your custom lanyard manufacturer so that you are guaranteed that your attachment goes well with your lanyard material.
2. Safety. It is safer to wear lanyards with breakaway features. However, this might have additional charge to your purchases.
3. Budget. Some attachments offers ease-of-use, as well as safety features. However, the prices may be slightly higher than those of traditional attachments. Before deciding on the attachment, check if it fits your budget first.
4. Compatibility. Not only do you have to consider compatibility with the lanyard material, you also need to check whether the attachment can hold the item. There are identification card holes that might not be able to fit certain attachments. So, try them first before making a purchase.
Choosing the right lanyard is a bit time consuming, but at least you’ll be sure that you won’t end up wasting your money on something that isn’t right for your needs and preferences.