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 Nameplates 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.

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 Nameplates are available with pressure-sensitive adhesive or optional holes for mechanical fasteners.

Potential Applications for Barcode Tags

Asset Tracking the barcode and human-readable ID number on Barcode Tags can be used to track information about the asset the label is adhered to, i.e., laptops, furniture, containers, pallets, equipment and more.

For more information, check out our case study, Cleaning Up With Barcodes.

OEM Product Identification the barcode and/or product identification number on Metal Barcode Nameplates can be used for tracking purposes such as warranty and service information and typically contain one or more of the following: model number, serial number, or part number. Customers use the identification plate on products they produce and sell.

UL Approved Labeling – Metal Barcode Nameplates are UL (Underwriter’s Laboratories) approved and are to be affixed to UL end-products permanently.

UID/IUID Metal Barcode Nameplates are compliant with the UID/IUID (Unique Item Identification mandate with the Department of Defense (DoD).

Work-in-Process the barcode and/or identification number on Metal Barcode Nameplates can identify a “batch” OR “lot” of product or just simply identify each product as it travels through the production process.


Schools Tracking equipment and supplies is a challenge in any school, and record keeping can easily become a nightmare because of misplaced assets, forcing busy faculty and staff to waste precious time tracking them down. Using Metalcraft’s Metal Barcode Nameplates as part of an overall asset tracking program helps schools maximize asset usage and help keep school budgets in line and on target.

For more information, check out our blog, Lesson In Asset Tracking.

Information Technology

From computers, copiers and printers to security cameras, server racks and more, IT and office equipment inventory can easily be handled using Metalcraft’s Metal Barcode Nameplates as part of an asset tracking program. 


Metalcraft’s Metal Barcode Nameplates are an ideal solution for any identification and/or tracking application in a manufacturing setting because of their reliability and durability against tough environmental conditions.


As one of the most heavily regulated industries, healthcare requires a strict level of asset management to maintain regulatory compliance and support patient outcomes. An asset tracking system using Metalcraft’s Metal Barcode Tags allows the medical industry to easily gather real-time data for critical medical needs. 

For more information, check out our blog, Hospital Asset Management.


For any asset tracking in the military and/or government sector, including with the Department of Defense mandated UID, there is a high need for visibility of all types of assets and a tag that fits the unique environment for the lifecycle of the asset. Metalcraft’s Metal Barcode Labels are an ideal fit to the military and government exacting requirements.


Renting out high value assets to customers requires a reliable tracking system complete with Metalcraft’s Metal Barcode Labels. These tags are built to stay on the equipment and last the lifetime of the asset—surviving through any harsh conditions and rough handling. 

To learn more, check out our case study, Asset Tags Keep Inventory In Focus.


Engaging smarter asset management into your utilities, like pole tracking, can reduce downtime, lower maintenance costs, simplify invoicing, improve accountability and much more. Metalcraft’s Metal Barcode Labels track what is on the pole, to pole location, to the actual pole itself – making the process more efficient by saving you time and money! 

To learn more, check out our case study, Keeping Tabs on Traffic Signs.


Whether your asset is sitting in a storage facility or actively in transit, it has to be properly tagged so that you can keep track of it. Large shipping containers, pallets and individual packages can all Metalcraft’s Metal Barcode Labels, so your inventory management is not compromised by harsh handling conditions. 

To learn more, check out our case study, Asset Tags Keep Inventory In Focus.

For more information, download our FREE guide, Tags That Last: The Benefits of Photo Anodized Metal Nameplates and Labels



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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