The Ultimate Guide to Tyvek Wristbands

Tyvek Wristbands are the most popular wristband used worldwide today. This guide aims to provide all the information you need to understand these wristbands, how they are made, and what their uses are. We will also look into the options for customizing Tyvek wristbands, and the limitations of these products. Our goal is that this page becomes the ultimate authority on everything related to Tyvek wristbands! To do this, we welcome your input. No matter what industry you are from, feel free to contact us to add more information.


Starting from the start - what are Tyvek Wristbands?

Tyvek wristbands are wristbands manufactured from the material known as Tyvek. Tyvek itself is an incredible substrate that is used for a variety of purposes, and we will explore the technical elements of it shortly. For now though, the key elements to know are that Tyvek is waterproof and tear-proof, which is why it is such a useful material for manufacturing wristbands.


What is that important?

Tyvek WristbandsThe non-tear and waterproof features of Tyvek are important when we consider how Tyvek Wristbands are used. The core use of these bands is as "security" or "identification" tools. For example, at a music festival a yellow wristband may be applied to patrons who are of drinking age and an orange wristband to patrons who are not of drinking age. Immediately, staff at that event know can be served alcohol. or consider a tourist attraction. Those who have received a wristband are allowed access to certain areas (and would have paid extra for the privilege).


This manner of indentifying patrons extends to all manner of industries, including nightclubs, aquatic centers, parties, and sporting events.


The benefit of being non-tear means that the band cannot be removed. The waterproof feature means that it is useable indoor, outdoor and everywhere in between.


Tell me about Tyvek

Though it gives the impression of being 'paper' due to its light weight feel, Tyvek is a very tough and durable material that is ideal for the production of wristbands.


Let's get technical! Tyvek is spun bonded olefin, a synthetic material made from very fine, high density polyethylene fibers offering all the best qualities of paper, film and fabric all in one material. Tyvek has an exclusive balance of properties which cannot be found in any other material, making it lightweight, strong, non-stretch and waterproof. Click here to learn more about the specifications from the manufacturer of Tyvek, Dupont.

Tyvek is formed by a fully integrated process using very fine fibers made of 100% high-density polyethylene that are randomly distributed and non-directional. These fibers are first flash spun in liquid form and then laid as a web on a moving bed before being bonded together using heat and pressure. One of the reasons that Tyvek is so unique is that no fillers, binders or sizers are used in the bonding process.


Tyvek is used for a wide array of other purposes, from protective clothing to car covers, from packaging to displays.


Key benefits of using Tyvek Wristbands vs other wristbands

  • Low cost – Tyvek wristbands are the most cost effective identification wristband on the market. While the substrate itself is quite expensive, for the benefits it provides it is quite affordable.
  • The adhesive that binds the wristband together when applied is commercial grade and stronger than any other on the market.
  • The die cut delaminates when the wristband is eventually removed, making it tamper evident if someone tries to then pass the wristband to a non-paying visitor/patron.
  • The wristband itself is non tear and waterproof, making them very durable for events.
  • They are available in hundreds of colours and patterns from most suppliers
  • They are available in two standard widths world wide. These are 1 inch (25mm) and 3/4 inch (19mm). This has become a standard size for all manufacturers world wide.
  • They can be custom printed via a variety of methods, including flexographic printing, solvent ink screen printing and lately, laser and inkjet printing.
  • They are generally sequentially numbered by the supplier, allowing easy monitoring of their use.

Tyvek WristbandsManufacturing Tyvek Wristbands

Tyvek wristbands are manufactured on large flexographic label printers with specialized finished units. There are no dedicated Tyvek wristband manufacturing units available anywhere in the world; instead most manufacturers have added additional modules to existing machines, or combined others in a way that makes the production possible. Key elements are the application of the ink, the adhesive, the dye cut, the sequential numbering, the perforation and then the fan folding/boxing of the bands. Most wristband suppliers can produce upwards of 400,000 wristbands per day per machine.


Most popular uses of Tyvek Wristbands

Tyvek Wristbands are used as:

  • A means to identify paying patrons at events
  • Ride passes at fete and amusements
  • Identification of underage patrons
  • Identification of paying visitors at a venue or attraction
  • Identify different swimming abilities at aquatic centers and surf living saving clubs
  • As a means to communicate safety message such as “Watch Around Water”
  • Wristband Ticket, especially with barcodes added
  • Identifying staff and/or volunteers
  • School excursion student identification
  • A raffle/door prize coupon
  • Child safety/identification tool by schools and parents

Who uses Tyvek Wristbands?

  • Music Festivals
  • Arts Festivals
  • Nightclubs
  • Aquatic Centers
  • Leisure Centers and Gym’s
  • Amusement Parks and theme parks
  • Water Parks
  • Non Profit Organizations
  • Racetracks and turf clubs
  • Church groups
  • Carnivals and fetes
  • Concerts and Music Tours
  • Attractions
  • Conferences and exhibitions
  • Stadiums
  • Event organizers
  • Zoos
  • Museums
  • Boat tours and cruises
  • Restaurants and buffets

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