Misplaced assets are a challenge for any business, so tracking and keeping order around supplies helps you save valuable time—you’re not wasting time tracking down assets or wasting money replacing equipment you can’t find. Asset tracking labels—whether RFID, barcode or other tracking technology—are designed so the asset can be easily identified and tracked in any environment. Not only is the construction customizable (paper, plastic, metal, etc.), you can also customize your asset tags with text, logos, sequential numbers, barcodes, RFID and more.
What are asset tracking systems?
Asset tracking systems involve the use of standardized ID tags on specific products or fixed assets. This can be done in a variety of ways. Common asset management solutions include the use of RFID or barcode labels. These tags are used to broadcast the location of a physical asset within a company.
What is an asset tag?
An asset tag is a type of label that is placed on physical products to help companies track their movement within the company. They can come in many different materials and styles. Many are affixed to equipment to identify it for tracking, inventory, and accountability purposes.
What are barcode asset tags?
Barcodes are a series of black and white stripes that are used to identify assets. These stripes comprise alternating thick and thin lines that form a series of "bars" on the affixed label. Each number represents a different asset and the code is unique to that asset. The barcode can be scanned by a reader, which will then upload that information into a computer.
What types of barcode asset tags are available?
Barcode asset tags can be segmented several different ways - barcode symbology and tag construction are two common ways to segment barcode asset tags. Linear barcodes are more prevalent in asset tracking and include symbologies like Code 39 and Code 128 - each which have different protocols. Which symbology to use may be dictated by the software being used in the application. 2D or stacked barcodes are more complex and include symbologies like QR codes and 2D DataMatrix. There are advantages and disadvantages to using both types of barcodes.
Barcode asset tag construction is another way to segment barcode asset tags. Your application and environment should really dictate what asset tag construction will work best in your application. Proper qualification will ensure your barcode asset tag will survive the environment to which it will be exposed. For example, a manufacturing environment is most likely going to require a more rugged barcode asset tag than an office environment and should probably use a metal barcode asset tag versus and polymer one. The ID Experts at Metalcraft can assist you with this process. Contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org for more details.
How to choose the best barcode asset labels
Choosing the best barcode asset labels for your organization is going to depend on your organization's needs. To figure out what barcode asset tag will work best our ID Experts use our DART Qualification Process.
- Define the project objective to set realistic expectations
- Ask questions about the affixing surface, chemical exposure, environmental conditions and temperature resistance so our specialists can narrow down potential product options
- Recommend - once our specialists have obtained all the information they need, they use it to recommend the right product for your application
- Test - we send out samples free of charge for testing in the actual environment to which it will be exposed
Things to consider when choosing barcode tags
There are all kinds of options available when choosing barcode tags.
There are destructible and/or security options that provide protection and deter theft in addition to tracking important information about the asset. Onsite printable asset tags provide the flexibility to have a preprinted logo that can be customized onsite with more print information, i.e. barcode. Paint-resistant barcode tags allow customers to attach the asset tag and not have to alter the paint process. The paint easily scratches off allowing for a easy barcode scan. There are also custom hanging tags that can be used for a variety of different applications.
Asset management with barcode asset tags
There are many benefits to doing your asset management with barcode asset tags with the primary benefits being increase efficiency and accuracy. Barcode is an automated data capture method meaning there is no manual entry required. Simply scan the barcode asset tag and the scanner reads the number on encoded into the barcode. That unique number is associated with a specific asset and the information about that asset. No manual entry means no fat-fingered mistakes that can case errors in data collection. Plus, scanning a barcode is much faster than entering the number manually allowing companies to be more efficient - saving time and money.
What is the purpose of asset tracking?
The purpose of modern-day asset tracking is to streamline the management and movement of fixed and physical assets. In the past, executives used pen and paper, or spreadsheets, to track products and equipment within their companies. Obviously, this was incredibly time-consuming and wasteful.
A modern-day asset tracking system is the solution to this issue. Not only does asset tracking software save time, but it also decreases inventory loss and provides a more efficient system of organization. It allows you to:
- Track everything: Keep point-by-point records of each resource within your company. With asset tracking software, your organization can follow quite a few resources in a single spot. Every resource contains a profile that delineates information about the product, including pictures, item directs, key contacts, and agreement terms.
- Access data anyplace: Losing inventory and don’t know where it’s going? Asset tracking can help with that. Our asset systems allow companies to view where their inventory is, all in a centralized location. You can check out your products or equipment by proprietor, area, type, or chronic number, alter records (to address proprietor or area data if necessary), take photos of a resource, filter resource data through a standardized identification scanner, and that's just the beginning.
- Save money: Lost assets result in increased costs and expenses. The last thing that any growing company needs or wants. Asset tracking systems can reduce these unnecessary expenses by over 65%.
- Save time: Not sure where your inventory or equipment is? Instead of having to scavenge for a physical asset every time you need it, a centralized asset management system can help. Find out where your property is in mere seconds.
What is the best way to monitor assets?
There are several ways to monitor your assets and the method you use will depend on your business. Metalcraft specializes in RFID and barcode asset tracking systems. Therefore, we strongly recommend those if you’re just starting out.
What is the difference between asset tracking and asset management?
In asset tracking, each asset has an ID code, and it is tracked as it moves or is used within the company. All this information is stored in a global positioning framework. Asset management pairs quite well with this. It is the process of reviewing the information collected by the asset tracking system and concluding how to use resources. For example, if one location has less resources than another and they need to be sent over.
How much does an asset management solution cost?
Asset management software and solutions are not a one size fits all and can range from $10 per month to upwards of $1,000, depending on the needs of your business. Larger companies will likely need more complex systems and, as a result, that will likely be reflected in the price of their asset tracking systems.
What industries benefit from asset tracking solutions?
The easy answer to that question is every industry that has something they want to track. Whether it's a school, hospital, manufacturing company, or governmental office the benefits of asset tracking are very similar, but the assets themselves couldn't be more different.
These .016” thick aluminum nameplates offer the greatest flexibility in nameplate design.
Teflon® Coated Nameplates are easy to clean, acid-resistant and temperature-resistant up to 500 °F.
Tabbed Metal Barcode Nameplates have a convenient break-away tab to assist with liner removal.
Our Barcode Hang tags are removable, reusable solutions for a variety of applications.
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Metalized Silver Polyester Labels have the appearance of metal without the accompanying price tag.
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The QuickTab Metal Asset Tag Dispenser is our patented product that makes metal nameplate application more efficient.
Metalcraft’s High Temperature Metal Barcode Nameplates are ideal for temperatures from 900°F - 1200°F.
Metalcraft’s Paint-Resist Metal Barcode Nameplates can withstand many paint applications while sporting a color design.
Make it easy on yourself with easy-to-mark Barcode Cable Labels from Metalcraft.
Metalcraft's Thermalmark Polyester Labels offer the durability of a pre-printed label with the flexibility to custom print information on-site as needed.
Ensure proper tracking and return of your reusable containers with a product specifically designed for that application.
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Metalcraft’s Premium StyleMark Labels use a flexible polycarbonate material with a textured, non-reflective finish.
Our CRAFTMARK Polyester Barcode Labels are printed using our thickest polyester and a .0035” thick adhesive.
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