Metal Barcode Tags


  • NEW! CMYK color matching now available for Metal Barcode Nameplates at NO ADDITIONAL CHARGE!
  • Photographically reproduced black copy, logos and bar codes ensure accurate and reliable reads
  • Anodizing process protects copy, logos and bar codes from chemicals, abrasion and high temperatures
  • Adhesive specially matched to surface for maximum adhesion or optional holes available for mechanical fasteners.
  • Optional intensification process increases heat resistance and improves the image resistance for other environmental conditions

Metal Barcode Tags combine reliability with the durability you have come to expect with any Metalcraft product. They have consistently remained one of our most popular products for our customers because of their dependability as well as the options available including thickness of material, adhesive options and size selection. With hundreds of sizes available chances are very likely we will have just the size.

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Available with or without a barcode, Metal Tags are ideal for customers who require permanent nameplates to stand up to harsh environments. Black copy, logos and barcodes are photographically reproduced for maximum clarity and detail and then sealed within a layer of anodized aluminum – ensuring accurate and reliable reads for years to come. Optional second colors are digitally inkjet printed.

For applications where the nameplate will be exposed to higher temperatures or more extreme environmental conditions, Metalcraft offers an optional intensification process that increases heat resistance to 1000°F (intermittent) and improves image resistance for other environmental conditions including damaging UV rays. In addition, Metal Barcode Tags are available with pressure-sensitive adhesive or optional holes for mechanical fasteners.

What material can be used for Metal Barcode Labels?

Metal barcode labels can be made from a variety of materials to ensure durability and readability. Common materials include stainless steel, aluminum, anodized aluminum, and brass. These materials offer resistance to corrosion, abrasion, and fading, making them suitable for use in diverse environments, including industrial, outdoor, and harsh chemical settings.

The choice of material for metal barcode labels depends on factors such as the intended application, environmental conditions, and required lifespan of the barcode labels. Additionally, specialized coatings or treatments can be applied to enhance the durability and legibility of the metal barcode labels, ensuring reliable tracking and identification of assets over time.

How do I choose a material for Metal Barcode Tags?

When selecting the appropriate material for metal barcode tags, it is crucial to take into account various factors that can impact their performance and longevity. One of the key considerations is the environment in which the metal barcode tags will be used.

For instance, if the tags will be placed outdoors, they must be able to withstand exposure to elements such as rain, sunlight, and extreme temperatures. In such cases, materials like stainless steel or aluminum are often preferred for their resistance to corrosion and ability to endure harsh weather conditions.

Another important factor to consider is the potential exposure to chemicals or other corrosive substances. In environments where the metal barcode tags may come into contact with acids, solvents, or other harsh chemicals, it is essential to choose a material that is chemically resistant and will not deteriorate over time. In these situations, materials like anodized aluminum or polyester are commonly used for their durability and resistance to chemical damage.

Additionally, the required lifespan of the metal barcode tags should also be taken into consideration when selecting the material. Some applications may only require tags to last for a short period of time, while others may need tags that can withstand years of use without deteriorating. In such cases, materials like stainless steel or brass are often chosen for their longevity and ability to maintain readability over an extended period.

By carefully considering these factors and selecting the appropriate material for metal barcode tags, businesses can ensure that their tags will perform optimally and remain durable in their intended application environment.

Specifications Data
Material .008” matte anodized aluminum is standard. Optional thicknesses include: .012”, .032”, and .063”.
Serialization All alphanumeric bar codes are photo imaged with a human-readable equivalent. Guaranteed no skips in sequence. Code 39 with 2.7 to 9.4 characters per inch (CPI) is standard. Other bar code symbologies including Code 128, I 2 of 5, 2D DataMatrix and QR Code.
Label Copy Printed copy may include block type, stylized type, logos or other designs. Black copy is produced photographically. Colors other than black are screen printed.
Colors Choose black only or one of our standard colors (red, blue, green, dark blue, orange, purple or yellow) for block style type, stylized type, logos or other designs. Due to the contrast needed for bar code scanner, all bar codes are black. Color samples available upon request.
Standard Adhesive Pressure-sensitive acrylic adhesive
Sizes 2.5" x 1.1875"; 2" x 1"; 1.5" x .75"; 2.5" x .75"; 1.5" x .5"; 1.75" x .5"; 2" x .625"; 2" x .75" 3" x 1"
Holes Optional
Packaging Shipped in “work-out- of” cartons for convenient application. Both cartons and trays clearly marked to indicate serial numbers of contents. Pressure-sensitive adhesive orders shipped with cleaner and application instructions.
Shipment 5-8 business days
Destructive Test Summary
A label with an intensified image was tested in a weatherometer, 20 years equivalent; reduced overall readability after these thresholds
Destructive Test Data
Chemical Test Data
Characteristics Test conditions Effect
Water/humidity No effect
Salt spray 5% at 95°F, 700 hours no effect
Ammonium hydroxide 2 hours at 1% and 5% Slight dulling of image, affects overall readability
Ethyl alcohol no effect
Ethyl acetate 24 hours no effect
Ferric chloride 10%, 16 hours no effect
Heptane 72 hours no effect
Hydrocarbon fluid no effect
JP-4 Fuel no effect
Kerosene no effect
Methyl Ethyl Ketone no effect
Nitric acid 1%, 40 hours no effect
Phosphoric acid 1%, 40 hours no effect
Skydrol no effect
Sodium hydroxide Affects overall readability
Sulfuric acid 10%, 24 hours no effect
Turbine and jet fuel (MIL-L 5161C) (MIL-L 5161C) no effect
Tetra Sodium Pyrophosphate 1%, 40 hours no effect
Trisodium Phosphate no effect
Temperature Test Data
Read Range Test Data
Barcode Readability Test Data
Abrasion Test Summary
A plate with an intensified image was brushed for 7,000 cycles with stiff nylon wheel (C-17) at a 1,000 gm (16 ox.) load; reduced overall readability after these thresholds
Abrasion Test Data
Label Adhesion Test Data
Pull Test Data

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