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?
An asset tracking system is the process of tracking products and assets using standardized ID tags that broadcast their physical location. 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 labels/asset tags?
Barcode labels or barcode asset tags are a series of black and white stripes that are used to identify assets with a unique number. 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 label construction is a way to segment barcode asset tags. Your application and environment should 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, an office environment is most likely going to require a versatile plastic barcode label that can conform around curves, whereas a more rugged asset tag can be used in a manufacturing environment. The ID Experts at Metalcraft can assist you with this process. Contact us at email@example.com 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 labels
There are all kinds of options available when choosing barcode labels or 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 labels
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 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.
Learn more about the benefits of asset tracking.
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Metal Barcode Nameplates combine reliability with the durability you have come to expect with any Metalcraft product.
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Our Barcode Hang tags are removable, reusable solutions for a variety of applications.
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Metalcraft’s Premium Polyester Barcode Labels provide both flexibility and functionality for your asset tracking needs.
The QuickTab Metal Asset Tag Dispenser is our patented product that makes metal nameplate application more efficient.
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Secure valuable assets and deter theft with Metalcraft’s Destructible Labels!
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Metalcraft’s Premium StyleMark Labels use a flexible polycarbonate material with a textured, non-reflective finish.
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Gain the advantage for your asset tracking solution with Metalcraft’s ID Advantage Barcode Labels.
Controlling vehicle access to individual locations – whether it’s corporate facilities, gated communities, or downtown parking lots – can be challenging. Eliminate the need for on-site staff and the hassle of stopping for a card reader with our RFID Windshield Tags.
Printed using ceramic ink on a thin ceramic layer that is fired and fused to a heat-resistant stainless steel substrate. Withstands moderate to harsh chemical conditions and extremely high temperatures.
An unfired ceramic label is fused onto the product during the heat treatment process of the production line.
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