How Custom Metal Tags Can Improve Equipment Management

April 26, 2023
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Custom metal tags can improve equipment management by providing a reliable and customizable way to identify, track and maintain equipment.

How can custom metal tags improve equipment management?

Custom metal tags can significantly improve equipment management a number of different ways including:

  1. Identification - metal tags can be customized with a unique identification number (serialized human readable numbers and/or barcode), making it easier to identify and track equipment. This can help ensure the right equipment is used for the right task, reducing the risk of errors or accidents.
  2. Asset Tracking - metal tags can be used to track the location and usage of equipment, allowing for better asset management. This can help prevent loss or theft of equipment and ensure the equipment is properly maintained and serviced.
  3. Maintenance Scheduling - custom metal tags can be used to schedule and track equipment maintenance, ensuring equipment is serviced and repaired on time. This can help prevent equipment failure and reduce downtime.
  4. Safety Compliance - metal tags can be customized with safety information or warnings, helping to ensure equipment is used safety and in compliance with regulations thereby helping to prevent accidents and injuries.
  5. Cost Savings - by improving equipment management, custom metal tags can help reduce costs associated with equipment loss, downtime, and repairs. They can also help extend the lifespan of equipment, reducing the need for replacement.
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What are the different ways to customize a metal tag?custom metal tags - metal barcode tag

There are many different ways to customize a metal tag, depending on the intended purpose and desired aesthetic. Some of the more common ways include:

  1. Material Selection - different types of metal can be used for metal tags, including stainless steel, aluminum, brass, and copper. The application should determine the material used.
  2. Custom Shapes and Sizes - metal tags can be customized to virtually any shape or size, depending on the desired design and functionality. Case in point, our Round Metal Tags can be as small as 3/8".
  3. Color - depending on the material and printing process used to produce the custom metal tag, PMS (Pantone® Matching System) spot color and/or four-color process may be available. Metalcraft's Signature™ Printed Nameplates as well as our Metal Barcode Nameplates and Foil Barcode Labels offer this option.
  4. Printing/Imaging Method - there are a number of different methods that can be used to print/image a custom metal tag including:
    1. Engraving
    2. Etching
    3. Laser Engraving
    4. Photo Composing - our Metal Barcode Nameplates and Foil Barcode Labels use this method.
    5. Digital Printing - our Signature™ Printed Nameplates use this method.


How do you know if you need a custom metal tag?

To determine whether you need a custom metal tag, ask yourself the following questions.

  1. What is the surface the tag will be applied to? Is it flat, curved, metal or plastic? Not all adhesives stick to surfaces the same and a thick nameplate will not conform to a curved surface.
  2. What temperature will the tag be exposed to? Will the tag be exposed to temperatures over 250°F? If so, for how long? Most polymer products cannot withstand temperatures over this range.
  3. Will the tag be outdoors? Will the tag be exposed to sunlight? If so, for how long? Non-metal tags tend to fade and crack outdoors whereas metal tags like our intensified Metal Barcode Nameplates and intensified Foil Barcode Labels last outdoor 20+ years.
  4. What else will the tag be exposed to? Will the tag be subjected to harsh abrasion or cleaning? Answers to these questions may necessitate a custom metal tag.

For more information on how to properly qualify your application, please refer to our DART™ Qualification Process or contact us at 800-437-5283 or [email protected]

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Benefits of a metal tag vs a non-metal tag

There are several potential benefits of using a metal tag compared to a non-metal tag, depending on the specific application and requirements including:

  1. Durability - metal tags are typically more durable and long-lasting compared to non-metal tags. They can withstand exposure to harsh environmental conditions, including extreme temperatures, moisture, and strong chemicals, without deteriorating or fading. An intensified Metal Barcode Nameplate or intensified Foil Barcode Label withstands direct sunlight outdoor conditions for 20+ years.
  2. Versatility - metal tags can be used in a wide range of applications, from industrial settings to medical devices, due to their ability to withstand harsh conditions and maintain readability. As mentioned above, they can also be customized with various sizes, shapes, and attachment options to suit specific needs.
  3. Security - metal tags provide an extra layer of security due to their physical strength and tamper-resistance features. They can be designed to be difficult to remove or alter, making them ideal for applications that require asset tracking or inventory management.

In summary, metal tags are often preferred for their durability and reliability - allowing them to be used in a variety of different applications and industries. For more information on custom metal tags for equipment management or to receive FREE samples, contact us at 800-437-5283 or [email protected]



Julia Deets, VP of Marketing and Customer Experience 

About the Author: Julia Deets

Julia Deets joined Metalcraft in 1999 as the Marketing/New Product Director. Julia has held numerous roles during her career with Metalcraft, all related to marketing and customer support. Her current position is as the VP of Marketing and Customer Experience. She has both an undergrad and a Master's degree in Organizational Communications from Northwest Missouri State University and the University of Northern Iowa, respectively. 


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