Whether an establishment provides services or manufactures products, it will need an effective system to keep track of its property and assets. This is crucial for security, for determining the value of physical assets, to maintain records, and to take note of any depreciation. To do this effectively, however, facilities will have to utilize asset and property id labels.
There are various labels and tags on the market today, designed to meet the specific needs of different establishments. Seton offers several asset tags that identify different sorts of items, and can remain functional even through extended product and shelf lives. In addition, a convenient application for customized labels is available online, allowing users to design labels that display company-specific wording and serial numbers.
As such, maximizing label functionality means choosing the best type for a given need. To accomplish this, several factors need to be considered. The following is a guide to help sort through and understand these considerations.
Purpose. When choosing which labels to use, one of the most important questions is the purpose the labels are to serve. Asset tracking, for instance, generally requires high-quality bar code labels, which are designed for automated scanning and record-keeping. Seton carries several bar-coded asset tag options, in varying materials (such as paper and vinyl). Of course, non-barcoded variants are also available. Other labels are manufactured with sequential numbering and lettering for items that require consecutive ordering.
Work Environment. Property labels and tags must be suited for the environment of the workplace, in order for them to withstand the potential hazards that are present in the area.
Will the labels be used indoors or out? Several labels designed for use outdoors are made to withstand exposure to the elements for up to three years. Will they be exposed to chemicals, or used in extreme temperatures? Certain types are made to resist chemical reactions, and are best for use in laboratories. Other labels can withstand temperature lows of -40 degrees, and highs of up to 93 degrees Celsius, making these types ideal f0r environments with extreme temperature fluctuations.
For industrial environments, label plates made of steel, brass and aluminum are recommended. Ideal for tools, heavy machinery, and other similar applications, these identification tags are made for extreme durability and long-lasting use.
Adhesion. Another factor to consider is the surface which the labels are meant to adhere to. Different materials (such as polycarbonate, glass, powder-coated metal) as well as different characteristics (smooth, rough, curved, flat, etc) will require specific adhesive properties. Labels with thicker and/or stronger bonding adhesives are best used for irregular surfaces. Some variants forgo adhesives entirely and are manufactured with holes for mounting.
In relation to this, it is also important to determine whether the labels are meant to be permanent or removable. Labels made for permanent use should bond more aggressively than those that allow for re-positioning. Also, will the tags be applied manually or automatically? Again, different mounting options are available to meet different needs.
Carefully considering which label materials best meet a specific need in a given workplace is crucial in effective asset tracking. Using the right property id labels, along with other asset management supplies found on Seton, implementing and maintaining a management system can be done easily and efficiently. This in turn boosts a facility’s security, efficiency, and performance as a whole.
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