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 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?
Asset tracking software and solutions are used in a variety of different applications but generally fall into five different categories.
Physical Item / Equipment Tracking
Theft / Loss Prevention
Item Reclamation / Discovery
Reports & Records
Brand Awareness / Customer Service
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