Unlock the Power of Metal QR Code Tags for Your Asset Tracking Needs

April 25, 2023
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Metal QR codes are a great option for uses looking for a durable, versatile product line that can hold a lot of information and requires little to no hardware investment to get up and running.

What is a QR code?

QR codes are a type of two-dimensional barcode that can be scanned by a smartphone or other device equipped with a camera or other mobile device. QR, or "quick response," codes can store more information than traditional one-dimensional barcodes including text, website URLs, contact information, and even entire documents.

Can a QR code be metal?

Simply put, yes, a QR code can be made of metal. Metal QR code tags are two-dimensional barcodes that can be scanned by a smartphone or other mobile device equipped with a camera. QR codes can be made from a variety of materials including paper, plastic or metal.

Metalcraft produces metal QR code tags on metal in our photo anodized product line where black copy, logos and the QR codes are photographically reproduced for maximum detail and clarity and then sealed within the anodic layer of the aluminum for maximum durability.

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What is the difference between QR codes and RFID tags?

QR codes and radio frequency identification (RFID) are both used for identification and tracking purposes, but they differ in their technology and application. As mentioned above, QR codes are two-dimensional barcodes that can be scanned by a smartphone or other mobile device equipped with a camera. Metal QR code tags store data in a visual format and can be produced on different materials such as metal, plastic, etc. RFID tags, on the other hand, use radio waves to communicate between a tag and a reader. RFID tags can be passive or active, meaning they either draw power from the reader or have their own power source.

There are several differences between QR codes and RFID tags. First, QR codes require line-of-sight scanning, while RFID tags can be read from a distance without line-of-sight. This makes RFID tags ideal for tracking objects in a warehouse or on a conveyor belt. Another difference is QR codes, like all barcodes, can only be read one at a time whereas RFID tags can read many tags at once making asset inventories done using RFID tags much faster to complete than inventories done using QR codes. Lastly, QR codes are less expensive than RFID tags, making them easier to cost justify.

You can combine the two technologies into one tag by printing a QR code on an RFID tag. Most often when this is done, the information programmed into the QR code is the same information programmed into the RFID tag for redundancy. However, it can also be different information in the QR code than what's in the RFID tag.

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What are the benefits of QR codes on metal?

The benefits of QR codes on metal include many of the same benefits of any one-dimensional or two-dimensional metal barcode tags including:

  • Durability - QR codes on metal are highly durable, able to withstand harsh environmental conditions and resist wear and tear. This makes them ideal for use in industrial and outdoor environments where other types of codes may not hold up as well.
  • Versatility - QR codes on metal can be used for a wide range of applications, from inventory management and asset tracking to marketing and advertising.
  • Ease of Use - QR codes on metal can be scanned quickly and easily using a smart phone or other mobile device, making them a convenient option for both businesses and consumers. They can also be read from a distance, making them ideal for use in large facilities or outdoor settings.
  • Improved Efficiency - by using QR codes on metal, businesses can improve their efficiency and reduce errors. This is because QR codes can be read quickly and accurately, reducing the time and effort required for manual data entry and reducing the risk of human error.
  • More Information in Less Space - QR codes allow for more information to be included than traditional one-dimensional barcodes. Additionally, they can be produced using a smaller footprint taking up less space on the label.

Overall, QR codes on metal are a great choice when looking for a durable barcode with a smaller footprint that can be scanned using a smartphone. For more information on QR codes on metal or to receive FREE samples, contact us a metalcraft@idplate.com or 800-437-5283.

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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