Write-On Tags for Indoor and Outdoor Applications

If you need quick, on-site identification, then try Write-On Tags! These thin, flexible tags are made of aluminum or copper and can be engraved with a pen or pointed object. We have multiple shapes and sizes of Write-On tags that can be used for various applications. Write-On tags can be used indoors for industrial uses, such as labeling assets and equipment parts. Or, they can be used outdoors for labeling plants, trees, and other horticultural uses. We have multiple styles of Write-On tags to meet your needs.

The 2702 series comes in 3 different sizes and is available with or without copper wires attached. Made from aluminum stock wrapped around a stiff cardboard backing. This backing allows you to easily write on the aluminum with a pen or pointed object. This tag will last for years, even under harsh environments. The cardboard is biodegradable, but the aluminum “embossed” with your information remains.

The style 2725 wrap around write-on tag is popular because of it’s flexible tail. It’s great for wrapping around wires or plant stems. The tail wraps around the item, through the hole, and then pinches closed to help hold the tag on.

The 2729 and 2720 series are available with or without eyelets. We recommend getting the eyelets because they help reinforce the hole and will help the tag last longer. These two styles are also available with or without copper wires pre-attached.

LDAR Tags To Meet EPA Standards

HIN Tags for TuckTec, the Folding Kayak!

Asset Tags for Portable Restrooms

Shoutout to our customer, and fellow local Northern Kentucky company, Got-A-Go Rentals & Septics! They offer portable restrooms to construction sites, festivals and special events. Whatever the event is, GOT-A-GO RENTALS has the perfect portable restroom to fit your needs. They also carry handwash stations, handicap accessible restrooms with ramps, high-rise sling and roller units and holding tanks for construction trailers. Got-A-Go Rentals & Septic Services also offers complete commercial and residential septic service.

When looking to identify all their different assets, Got-A-Go reached out to National Band & Tag Company! Their asset tags are our style #14 (rectangle with rounded corners), 1.5″ x 3.5″ inches, and made from our UV stable black aluminum material. The UV stable material will ensure their tags last for years in the outdoor environments, through cleanings, and transportation. Their custom made asset tags are laser etched with an ID number, their logo, and a QR Code that leads to a customer feedback survey. Proper identification helps to make sure the correct portable restrooms and handwashing stations are going to the correct event,  and that all the assets that were dropped off, are picked up after the event is over.

If you are interested in custom asset tags for your business, call us today at 859-261-2035 for a price quote!


Stocked Tags for the Rigging and Lifting Industry

National Band & Tag will be exhibiting at AWRF Spring General Meeting & PIE, April 24 – 27, 2022. We are a proud member of the Associated Wire Rope Fabricators (AWRF) organization. As always, we are happy to manufacture custom wire rope tags and chain sling tags for our customers. But in honor of the AWRF Meeting coming up, we are excited to announce that we have Quick Ship options now available.

These quick ship Chain Sling Tags and Wire Rope Tags are available to be shipped out in 2 business days. Chain Sling Tags have 5 different layout options available, 3 different materials, and come in packs of 30 tags. Wire Rope Tags have 3 different layout options available, 2 different materials to choose from, and come in packs of 50 tags. Attachments, hand stamps, and a hand engraver are all available add-ons to go with your tags.

OPTION 1:
Split Ring
Galvanized Steel
Pre Stamped
Style 14CRQ

split ring chain sling tag

OPTION 2:
Chain Sling Tag
Galvanized Steel
Pre Stamped
Style 14CQ

chain sling tags

OPTION 3:
Chain Sling Tag
Galvanized Steel
Blank
Style 14CQB

OPTION 4:
Chain Sling Tag
Aluminum
Blank with Label
Style 14CQBAL

OPTION 5:
Chain Sling Tag
Stainless Steel
Blank with Label
Style 14CQBSS

OPTION 1:
Wire Rope Tag
Aluminum
Pre Stamped
Style #14WRQSAL

wire rope tags quick ship

OPTION 2:
Wire Rope Tag
Aluminum
Blank with Label
Style # 14WRQBAL

OPTION 3:
Wire Rope Tag
Stainless Steel
Blank with Label
Style #14WRQBSS

stainless steel wire rope tag quick ship

Property Tags and Asset Tags

WHAT ARE PROPERTY TAGS AND ASSET TAGS?

Property Tags and Asset Tags are forms of identification that show a piece of equipment, or any type of asset, belongs to your company. Tags can be something simple such as your company name and phone number. Or they can be highly customized with logos, barcodes, serial numbers, and multiple forms of contact information.

HOW CAN THIS BENEFIT MY COMPANY?

Properly identifying your property and assets can benefit your company by deterring theft and showing ownership. Serial numbers can assist employees in making sure they have the correct equipment. This also allows for asset management which is helpful for assets that move around a lot. QR Codes can be added to the tags which then allows employees to track important information about each item on a website. Proper asset management benefits your company by saving you time and money.

WHY PURCHASE NB&T TAGS?

As a family operated manufacturer, it is our mission to provide unique and innovative identification solutions. This means we can assist with small runs or large runs, tags with a simple design, or fully loaded tags. We have multiple tag shapes, sizes, and materials to meet the needs of any work environment.

Check out these examples of Property Tags and Asset Tags from our customers.

Beehive Management Tags

National Band & Tag manufactures asset identification tags for many purposes, but one of the more unique uses is for beehives! Our customer Robert Couchman with BEE KIND Honeybee Rescue goes in and safely removes honeybees from places they shouldn’t be in and re-locates them to his apiaries. He uses our tags on his beehives as part of his apiary management system. Numbered tags allow Robert to track which hives have been tested and treated for parasites, the queen of the hive, and many other important factors for keeping healthy honeybees.

Scout honeybees will go off in search of a new home, and sometimes the home they decide on, is not the most honeybee friendly place. You don’t want to suddenly stumble across a hive of fifteen to twenty thousand honeybees in your house, shed, roof, garage, etc. BEE KIND Honeybee Rescue in Wisconsin helps rescue and relocate honeybees as much as possible. Timing is key, with the best chance for successful relocation being in late March to early September. Early relocation allows the colony to establish a new hive, expand colony population, and store enough honey and pollen to survive a Wisconsin winter.

If you are interested in learning more about BEE KIND Honeybee Rescue and Robert’s work, check out his website: https://sewihoneybeeremoval.org/

If you are a beekeeper interested in starting your own asset tag management system, check out our large variety of customizable tags!

Tag Style 243 (1” x 2-1/8”) Plain Aluminum with numbering.

Custom Warehouse Identification Tags

National Band & Tag is your go-to company for all your custom warehouse identification needs. Large warehouses are always in need of proper asset management and inventory management. We can produce custom-designed tags in multiple types of materials to meet your specific ID needs. Check out our materials, and examples from customers below.

 

METAL TAGS

Our heavy-duty metal tags come in a variety of materials to meet your warehouse’s environment. Stainless Steel tags are available for environments with extreme heat or cold, or that deal with harsh chemicals. Colored Aluminum is available for when color coding is necessary, or UV Stable Black Aluminum is available for a high contrasting, easy to read tag. Hole sizes and locations are customizable, so you can have 2 – 4 holes for attaching to a shelving unit, or 1 hole at the top to hang the tag. All of our tags can be customized with logos, numbers, text, barcodes, etc. For barcodes, we offer a 2D Data matrix, Linear Code 39 or Code 128, or a QR Code.

The tag below is an example from a customer who needed an extra-large barcode so they could scan the barcode on the floor while sitting on the fork-lift. This makes picking inventory off the shelf easier and faster for them by not having to get on and off the forklift to scan it out. (Style #14, 3″ x 5″, 2D Data Matrix Barcode, UV Stable Aluminum).

warehouse tags with extra large barcode

PLASTIC TAGS

Plastic tags are an option if you need a temporary ID solution, or something colorful and flexible. We offer .020″ vinyl plastic that is thin and can be nailed or stapled. We also offer a thicker, but still flexible polyurethane material in select styles. Color options vary by style number.

The tags below are an example from a customer that used these flexible barcoded tags to staple to a wooden pallet. (Style #144VLE, 1″ x 3″, yellow vinyl snap-off tag).

yellow snap-off asset tags

 

BLANK TAGS / WRITE-ON TAGS FOR ON-SITE IDENTIFICATION

Any of our metal or plastic tags can be produced blank so that you can engrave them yourself. We also offer Write-On Tags, which can be engraved with a ball-point pen or sharp object. These methods are better for warehouse management that requires quick, on-site, identification. For your blank tags, we offer a Battery Powered Precision Engraver with Diamond Tip Bit (Style R1580) and Hardened Steel Hand Stamps, gothic style, letters, and numbers for hand stamping tags (Styles 1571 & 1572).

For a free price quote on your custom warehouse tags, call us at 859-261-2035 or email us at [email protected]

Custom Laser-Etched Tags. From Text to Logos to Barcodes.

If you are looking for a completely custom tag with a professional look, then laser-etched tags are for you! Tags can be sold in small or large quantities. Whether you need 1 tag or 100,000 tags, we can help! National Band & Tag has 25+ years of experience laser etching tags.

CUSTOM TAGS

You can customize your tags to have text, logos/graphics, barcodes, borders, etc. The laser creates a clean, detailed, image on the tag’s surface.  Tags come in all shapes, sizes, materials, and there is virtually no limit to what we can do. Laster etched tags are more durable and will last for years compared to printed tags. National Band & Tag offers quantity discounts, so the more tags you order, the larger the discount! Check out our instructions on how to send us the data for your tags.

custom laser etched aluminum, uv stable aluminum, brass and stainless steel
MATERIALS

ALUMINUM:

STAINLESS STEEL:

  • Different Finishes are available for stainless steel. This will affect how your tag looks.
  • Light or Dark etching is available.
  • Frosted Backgrounds are available to remove the shine from the tag.

BRASS:

  • Frosted Backgrounds are available to remove the shine from the tag.
  • Barcodes are not available on brass.

PLASTIC:

  •  Plastic tags are available in multiple colors depending on the style of tag.

LABELS:

  • Style #3602 – Label material is made from military-grade 3M™ 7847 polyacrylic matte black stock for a heavy-duty label.
USES
  • Identification Tags
  • Asset Tags
  • Serialized Tags
  • Inventory Tags
  • Equipment Tags
  • Brand / Property Identity Tags
  • and more!

 

Share your pictures of your laser-etched tags being used for the chance to be featured on our social media!

Designing Asset Tags for Proper Asset Management

WHAT IS AN ASSET?

Asset: “property owned by a person or company, regarded as having value and available to meet debts, commitments, or legacies.”

WHY DO ASSETS NEED IDENTIFICATION?

Some businesses may want a simple asset tag that has their logo and “Property of” on it to show that the asset belongs to them. Other businesses may want a more complex tag with a serial number or barcode so that they can track the asset. Asset tags are an important part of asset management. Asset tags can help to track an asset’s location, discourage theft, show ownership, track maintenance, repairs, and more. All of these reasons make Asset Tags valuable to both large and small businesses who want to have a proper asset management system in place.

 

design asset tags for your asset management needs

DESIGNING ASSET TAGS – WHAT TO CONSIDER:

  1. Where is your tag going to go on the asset, and where is the asset going to be? This will affect the size and shape of the tag you need, as well as the material. We have metal tags for flat surfaces, labels for curved surfaces, or flexible plastic tags. If your asset is going to be in a harsh environment, a heavy-duty metal tag will last longer than a thin plastic tag.
  2. How are you going to attach your tag to the asset? This will determine if you need holes, slots, or adhesive backing. This will also determine hole/slot size and placement on the tag.
  3. What info do you need the tag to relay? Logo, barcode, phone number, serial number, text, etc. are all things we can customize your tag with, but it’s up to you the tell us what information and numbering you want.

View more samples of Asset Tags and Asset Labels here.

 

Questions? Comment below or email us at [email protected].

Why stamped and laser etched tags are better than printed tags

National Band & Tag manufacturers stamped and laser etched industrial asset tags. These two methods are more durable than printed tags for environments that use harsh chemicals. Why? Because stamped tags, the lettering is indented into the material. For laser etched tags, the laser removes a layer of material to create the words. As you can see in the picture below, the harsh chemicals took the printed text right off the tag, because the text is on the surface of the tag, not in it. If the text has been physically etched or indented into the tag, then it would be impossible to wipe away. Below are some examples of where printed asset tags on equipment have had the text wiped away with chemicals.

stamped and laser etched tags are better than printed tags

A lot of printed tag manufacturers tend to use .020″ thick aluminum tags. At NB&T we use .050″ aluminum! So, if your looking for durable metal asset tags to go onto your equipment, and you know that equipment will be in harsh environments, get NB&T’s tags! Contact us at t[email protected] for a free quote on your custom asset tags.

 

Utility and Telephone Pole Tags

Every type of power, utility, or telecommunications pole must be inspected, which is a very time-consuming process. Power Pole Tags provide clear information on each pole which provides accurate data, thus making the inspector’s job easier and more efficient. National Band & Tag specializes in custom metal tags. We can create a multitude of looks on a variety of tag shapes to meet your needs. Check out some different material and customization options below:

MATERIAL:

The most popular material for power pole tags is UV stable Black Aluminum material because it is guaranteed to last outdoors for 20+ years. UV Stable Black Aluminum also has high visibility for easy reading with the white letters on a black background. Plain (silver) aluminum is also popular for simple, stamped, cost-effective tags. Non-corrosive stainless steel is another option for extremely harsh environments.

Utility and telephone power pole identification tags and markers

 

CUSTOMIZATION:

Pole Tags are custom made to meet your identification needs. Tags to mark the poles as assets may have a company logo on them (see tag featured above). For an inspection or inventory purposes, poles will need more information on them such as a unique identification number.

NUMBERING / TEXT: A stamped number on a tag is the simplest type of identification that we can provide. We specialize in sequential numbering and also offer custom numbering. With laser etching, we can change the text font, size, and thickness to your liking.

BARCODES (QR CODE, LINEAR, OR 2D DATA MATRIX): We offer three different types of barcodes that range from QR Codes leading to a website to a 2D data matrix that can hold a large variety of information. Click here to learn more about barcodes if you aren’t sure which one is best for your application.

Interested in seeing more samples of power pole tags from our customers? Click here to view more samples!

Laser Etched Brass Tags: Frosted vs Non-Frosted

National Band & Tag has a new laser machine that now allows us to successfully laser etch on brass tags. When placing your laser etched brass tag order, you now have the choice of a “frosted” surface. “Frosting” means removing the shine that brass has, to make it easier to read. The examples below on the left with a more yellow look are frosted, and the darker brown samples are regular brass. Brass is hard to take a picture of because of how shiny the material is. The shine will not work in certain environments, so for an additional charge, we can remove it for you. This allows you to have all the benefits of brass material, without the shine.

brass laser etched tags

rectangle brass tags with custom text

round brass tags with text and number laser engraved

Not sure if brass tags will work in your environment? Contact us for tag samples to test before you buy. If you have any questions, comment below and our in-house laser etching expert will respond. Learn more about “frosting” on stainless steel and aluminum material here.

SUNDOG® RFID Staples for Inventory Tracking

rfid staplesNational Band & Tag is now a distributor of Utility Composites, Inc.’s SUNDOG® RFID Staples that can be used for inventory of wood surfaces such as Timber, Lumber, Pallet, Utility Poles, and Railroad Ties. This durable staple will stay in the wood surface to allow for real time inventory management, reduced inventory losses, faster and efficient multi-tag readings, high read range capability and the elimination of labor for individual barcode reading. Staples are attached using a Hammer Tacker or Pneumatic Tool.

Features of the SUNDOG® RFID Staples are:

  • Won’t trip metal detectors
  • Long distance and wide angle read range
  • Will not damage blades or abrasives, so they can be left in logs and lumber to be processed
  • Fast installation with staple tools
  • Rugged and flexible

Contact us today for a free quote on the complete RFID Staple Kit!

rfid staples

Hand Engrave Your Tags on The Spot

National Band & Tag is now selling hand engravers to go along with our tags. This machine allows you to engrave blank tags for on-site identification or engrave tags with pre-laser etched boxes as you need to. An example of this is annual inspection tags and using the hand engraver to mark the date the inspection was completed.

Style R1580 – Battery Powered Precision Engraver with Diamond Tip BitWatch our videos below to see how the hand engraver performs on all our different types of materials.

On Stainless Steel:

On Colored Aluminum (will vary by color):

On UV Stable Black Aluminum:

On Plain Aluminum (silver):

On Brass:

What do turtles and boats have in common?

They both wear tags!

This week (May 18th – 24th)  is National Safe Boating Week and Tomorrow, May 23rd is World Turtle Day. We are celebrating both holidays today with our HIN Tags and Sea Turtle Tags.

National Safe Boating Week is a program of the National Safe Boating Council to promote boating and life jacket safety. This campaign kicks off the weekend before Memorial Day when a lot of people will take to the water. Before you dust off those water skis this Memorial Day, also take the time to make sure your HIN (Hull Identification Number) Tag is up to date on your boat! HIN Tags are required by the Coast Guard, and our stainless steel HIN Tags will keep you up to date.

HIN tag

HIN Tag

Sticking with our water theme, up next is World Turtle Day! Sponsored by the American Tortoise Rescue, this day is used as an annual observance to help people protect and celebrate turtles and tortoises and their disappearing habitats around the world. Sea turtle conservationist use NB&T turtle tags to track and research sea turtles. Our tags are made from a durable incoloy material that stands up to saltwater and won’t hurt the turtle.

turtle tag

Turtle Tag
Photo Courtesy of Reef Doctor

National Band & Tag will be Closed Monday, May 27, 2019, for Memorial Day. We hope everyone has a happy and safe weekend.

Increase Your Barcode Readability: NEW “Frosted” Background for Stainless Steel Barcoded Tags

Looking for higher readability in your stainless steel barcoded tags? Our new laser machine allows us to create a “frosted” white background around the barcode that removes the shine from stainless steel, allowing for a higher contrast. Higher contrasting barcodes read better, easier, and faster! All stainless steel and plain aluminum tags that have a barcode with automatically get the frosted background. Frosting is also available around text and logos, or to create a blank square upon request.

stainless steel tag with barcode

These frosted barcoded stainless-steel tags are useful for industries such as food processing, medical, laboratory, chemical, textile, and petroleum. In harsh environments such as these, stainless steel is necessary because of its non-corrosive aspects. Stainless steel tags with frosted barcodes will continue to scan and read for years.

Check out these samples below of how current customers have used frosted backgrounds on their tags:

round stainless steel tag with barcode rectangle stainless steel tag rectangle stainless steel tag rectangle stainless steel tag

Properly Manage Hospital, Healthcare & Medical Equipment

Medical assets are valuable items that are constantly being moved around hospitals. This makes asset tags a necessity to properly track and manage hospital and clinic equipment. Whether you work in a large or small healthcare facility, equipment, assets, instruments, medical devices, etc. can all go missing. Save time and money by making your companies asset tracking system more efficient with custom ID tags.

Custom Tags

Tags can be customized to meet your needs whether that is a basic, numbered tag for labeling beds, or a tag with a more complex layout to relay multiple types of information. With over 160+ tag shapes, and multiple material options, we can come up with something to meet your needs.

hospital bed tag

numbered brass tags

Lead Apron ID Tags

If you are in need of an identification method to help you pass your State and Joint Commission lead apron inspections, then you need our Lead Apron ID Tags! These plastic tags can be color coordinated by the department and have color-coordinated year disc and spirals to make spotting uncheck aprons simple. All these tags work with Microsoft Excel so that you save money on software and have complete ownership of your data.

lead apron tag

Barcode Sterilization Container Tags

Did you know that we can create a custom barcoded medical case tag to fit your sterilization containers? One of our current customers, a Systems Analyst in the Surgical Services states, “I am confident the tags would be a major benefit to other health systems. Your [NB&T’s] tags are an excellent enhancement to using P-touch labels and are far more cost-effective, better for the environment, etc.”

Barcode Sterilization Container Tags

Contact us today with your identification needs for a free quote.

Asset Labels

Asset Labels are custom laser etched and custom shaped with a laser. These heavy-duty labels are made from a military-grade 3M™ 7847 polyacrylic matte black stock. Labels can be cut to any shape or size (up to 4” x 7” inches). Each label can be customized with logos, graphics, barcodes (linear, 2D data matrix, or QR Code), text, and sequential or custom numbering.

This material is great for barcoded labels because of the high contrast, easy readability, durability, and flexibility. Some of the high-performance features of these labels include:

  • Rugged durability
  • Ability to conform to curved or uneven surfaces
  • Resistant to thermal shock and extreme temperatures
  • Resistant to sunlight exposure
  • Resistant to chemicals

Make sure that all your equipment, assets, and inventory are properly identified, tracked, and accounted for. Serialized asset tags will help with asset and inventory management. Send us a sketch of the label you need to [email protected] along with the quantity for a free quote.

Asset Labels

2″ x 1″ (Style 3602),
Matte Black Polyacrylic Stock
Laser Etched
Call for Quote

custom asset labels

1 1/2″ x 3/4″ (Style 3602),
Matte Black Polyacrylic Stock
Laser Etched
Call for Quote

rectangle asset labels

2″ x 1 1/2″ (Style 3602),
Matte Black Polyacrylic Stock
Laser Etched
Call for Quote

Padlock Meter Seal & Cable Seals

Simplify your inspection process by adding visual recognition to your procedure. Our new Padlock Meter Seal and Cable Seal can be used on water meters, gas meters, electric meters, and more. These new inspection seal products come in multiple colors: Red, White, Blue, Green, Yellow, Orange. They can also be laser marked with two lines of text.

 

Style R1711
15” Cable Seal
(minimum order of 3,000)

padlock / meter seal

Style R1710 
Meter Seal / Padlock Seal
3” x 7/8”
(minimum order of 2,000)

padlock meter seal