tool tracking

Having a tagging and tracking solution for your tools can help reduce loss and theft on site, keep a general inventory for re-orders and help you find what you need, when you need it. On top of that, making sure you’re successfully capturing data in extreme environments means needing a robust, reliable solution. Metalcraft is known for our products’ durability in the harshest of conditions—from high temperatures to abrasive/heavy impact situations, we have tool tracking solutions to stand up to whatever you (literally) throw at it. Now that’s ID Made Better®

Metal Nameplate

Metal Barcode Tags combine reliability with the durability you have come to expect with any Metalcraft product.

Tabbed Metal Nameplates

Tabbed Metal Barcode Nameplates have a convenient break-away tab to assist with liner removal. 

Metalized polyester

Metalized Silver Polyester Labels have the appearance of metal without the accompanying price tag.

Round metal tag

Metalcraft’s Foil 2D Dot is an ideal identification solution for small parts tracking.

Premium Polyester Asset Tag

Metalcraft’s Premium Polyester Barcode Labels provide both flexibility and functionality for your asset tracking needs.

QuickTab Metal Asset Tag Dispenser

The QuickTab Metal Asset Tag Dispenser is our patented product that makes metal nameplate application more efficient.

We’ve combined our Tabbed Metal Barcode Nameplate with a specially designed metal cable to provide a more automated process for applying adhesive-backed nameplates.

Foil Asset Tags

Our flexible Foil Barcode Labels conform to surfaces while withstanding chemicals, abrasion, solvents and high temperatures.

Cable Label

Make it easy on yourself with easy-to-mark Barcode Cable Labels from Metalcraft.

Stylemark Asset Tags

Metalcraft’s Premium StyleMark Labels use a flexible polycarbonate material with a textured, non-reflective finish.


Craftmark labels

Our CRAFTMARK Polyester Barcode Labels are printed using our thickest polyester and a .0035” thick adhesive.

ID Advantage Labels

Gain the advantage for your asset tracking solution with Metalcraft’s ID Advantage Barcode Labels.

What is Tool Tracking?

Tool tracking typically refers to the process of monitoring and managing tools within an organization or a specific context. This can involve the use of technology, such as barcodes, RFID tags, or other tracking systems to keep tabs on the location, usage, and maintenance of various tools. The goal is to enhance efficiency, reduce loss or theft, and ensure that tools are available when needed.

In industrial or construction settings, tool tracking may involve software solutions that help organizations keep a detailed inventory of tools, track their movement between locations, and schedule maintenance or repairs. This can be particularly important for large organizations with extensive tool inventories, where effective tracking can lead to cost savings and improved productivity.

What are the benefits of Tool Tracking?

Tool tracking offers various benefits across different industries and organizational contexts. Here are some key advantages:

  1. Inventory Management - tool tracking systems help maintain accurate and up-to-date inventories. This ensures that organizations know what tools they have, where they are located, and how many are available for use.
  2. Cost Savings – efficient tool tracking can lead to cost savings by reducing the need for unnecessary purchases. Organizations can avoid overstocking or duplicate purchase when they have a clear understanding of their tool inventory.
  3. Productivity Improvement – by knowing the location of tools, employees can quickly locate and access the necessary equipment, reducing downtime and improving overall productivity.
  4. Prevent Loss and Theft – tool tracking systems help prevent the loss or theft of valuable tools. If a tool goes missing, organizations can quickly identify the last known location and take appropriate action to recover or replace it.
  5. Maintenance Scheduling – regular maintenance is crucial for extending the lifespan of tools and ensuring they function optimally. Tool tracking systems can automate maintenance schedules, reminding organizations when tools are due for inspection or repairs.
  6. Regulatory Compliance – in some industries, there are regulatory requirements related to tool maintenance, safety, and documentation. Tool tracking systems can help organizations comply with these regulations and maintain a record of inspections and repairs.
  7. Data-Driven Decision Making – tool tracking systems provide valuable data and insights into tool usage patterns, which can inform decision-making processes.
  8. Improved Safety – ensuring that tools are well-maintained and in good working conditions contributes to a safer work environment. Tool tracking helps organizations identify and address potential safety concerns promptly.

Overall, implementing a tool tracking systems can lead to more efficient operations, reduced costs, and increased overall effectiveness in managing tools within an organization.

What tags should you use for Tool Tracking?

Tags used for tool tracking play a crucial role in the effectiveness of the tracking system. The choice of tags depends on factors such as the type of tools, the working environment, and the desired level of automation. Here are some common types of tags used for tool tracking.

  1. Barcode Labels - cost effective, easy-to-print, and can be scanned with handheld barcode scanner
  2. QR Codes – can store more information than traditional barcodes, and can be scanned with smartphones
  3. RFID Tags – radio frequency identification (RFID) allows for non-contact reading
  4. Smart Labels – enables additional functionalities such as temperature monitoring, providing more comprehensive tool tracking
  5. Tamper-Evident Labels – labels designed to show evidence of tampering and enhances security and helps prevent unauthorized removal or transfer of tags
  6. Smart Labels – labels with integrated sensors or technology that enable additional functionalities such as temperature monitoring, providing more comprehensive tool tracking
  7. Durable Labels – labels designed for harsh environments that are resistant to wear, tear and exposure to environmental factors

When choosing tags for tool tracking, it’s essential to consider the working conditions, the required level of durability and the desired features. The selection should align with the specific needs and goals of the organization implementing the tool tracking system.

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