Banded for Life

Valentine’s Day is tomorrow, and we are celebrating with some different species of birds that not only mate for life, but that researchers and conservationist have banded with NB&T bird bands for life.

Bald Eagles are monogamous birds that generally mate for life unless a pair is unable to produce eggs, and if one partner dies, the remaining partner will seek out a new mate. During courtship, these raptors have various flight displays including a fantastic cartwheeling fall where the pair locks talons in midair.

Barn Owls are solitary creatures until they find and pair off with a mate. They mate for life and become very emotionally attached to their partner. Barn Owls can often be seen cuddling with their partner and babies in their nest.

Geese are very loyal birds who will mate for life and are very protective of their partners and offspring. When a goose’s mate dies, that bird will mourn in seclusion. Some geese spend the rest of their lives as widows or widowers, refusing to mate again.

Laysan Albatrosses return to the colony three years after fledging, but do not mate for the first time until seven or eight years old. During these four or five years, they form bonds with a mate that they will keep for life.

Ravens mate for life and live in pairs in a fixed territory. When their children reach adolescence, they leave home and join other adolescences. These flocks of young birds live and eat together until they mate and pair-off.

Sandhill Cranes mate for life and when they form a pair, the bond can last for years, until one of the cranes dies. After a mate passes away, the surviving crane will seek out a new mate.

Swans mate for life, although “divorce” sometimes occurs, particularly following nesting failure, and if a mate dies, the remaining swan will take up with another.

Learn about more birds who mate for life here.

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.

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:

Most Popular Pet License Tag by Shape

Did you know, National Band & Tag is located in Northern Kentucky, just across the river from Cincinnati, Ohio? We have been in Newport, Kentucky for over 116 years. To celebrate our great state of Kentucky, and all 7 states that border Kentucky, we found the most popular shaped pet license tag in each state for last year.

Check out all the tags shapes below:

KY- 270    IL- 165    TN – 137  IN – 173    VA – 365   MO – 516    WV – 166   OH – 161

A Look Back at 2018

2018 has been a busy year here at National Band & Tag! We’ve been working hard all year on growing our business, creating new products, R&D, and most importantly, providing our customers with identification solutions.

Check out some of our new products, services, and company updates from 2018 that you may have missed.

New Products & Services:

  • Laser etched HIN Tags are now available for a quicker turn-around time compared to stamped HIN tags. Both are on stainless steel and are guaranteed for life.
  • New Colors – Yellow, Purple, and Teal. Limited sizes only. Old material is still available until we run out.
  • New Aluminum Cable Tie – Style 1636. Dimensions are 1″ Body Width, 2″ Body Length, 3 5/8″ Tongue Length, 5 5/8″ Over-All Length, 3/4″ – 1 1/2″ Diameter Adjustment.
  • New laser etching abilities – we purchased a new laser this year which allows us to do so much more design work and shading on tags. If you have a complicated design you want on a tag, contact us for a quote.
  • New Springs, Nails, and Stakes for arboretum tags are available now to fasten your tag onto a tree, or on a stake in front of the tree.
  • New Barcoded Strip-Pak for dog and cat tags. One option is for barcode and number, and the other option is for barcode, number, text and logo. Strip-Pak is a plastic bag with 1 attachment and 1 tag.

 

Company Updates:

  • National Band & Tag Celebrated our 116th Anniversary on August 15, 2018.
  • We had our 2-year Anniversary acquiring Hasco Tag Company. Some customers who only bought from Hasco every few years are still finding out that we acquired them in 2016. If you are a previous Hasco customer with any questions, please contact us.

 

See what’s coming up in 2019:

  • NAGA – North American Gamebird Association Annual Educational Conference and Convention. January 14-16 at The DeSoto Hotel in Savannah, Georgia.
  • DistribuTECH Conference & Exhibition– Booth # 12532, February 5-7 at the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center in New Orleans, Louisiana.
  • NWTF – National Wild Turkey Federation Convention and Sport Show, Booth #1428, February 13-17 at the Gaylord Opryland Resort and Convention Center in Nashville, Tennessee.

 

Happy Holidays from National Band & Tag!
We look forward to serving your identification needs in 2019.

National Band & Tag will be closed December 24th & 25th for Christmas, and December 31st and January 1st for New Year’s.

2018 Rabies Tag Quick Ship

Are you a veterinarian running low on your 2018 rabies tag stock? It’s almost the end of the year, and if you need just a few more 2018 orange oval rabies tags to get you through December, try our generic 2018 rabies tags! These tags are in stock and ship out in 2 business days, instead of waiting 3+ weeks for your custom stamped rabies tags.

Orange Oval, Rabies Tag Quick Ship – Style # R228-2018

  • 2018 recommended style of the year, orange oval style # 228
  • Sold in sets of 100
  • Ships in 2 business days
  • 4-digit serial number with letter “B” prefix
  • Serial numbers will be in order, example 1001-1100, but number sets are random, you may get for example 3401-3500.

 

If you have any questions about our Rabies Tag Quick Ship, please call us at 859-261-6000, or to place an order, fill out the online order form.

Tent Tags for Tent Rental Services

Have you ever shown up to a venue, started unrolling your tent, just to find out that you grabbed the wrong one? Or not have the right poles or frame? That’s no longer a problem when you properly identify all your rental tents with Tent Tags! After packing up your tent parts, make sure a tent tag is hanging outside of the bag, this will make finding the correct tent parts from your warehouse quick and easy. Properly identifying your assets helps your business reduce mistakes and increase efficiency. Keep your clients happy by installing the right tent on the first time around, without having to run back to the store to get the correct tent top.

Any of our customizable tags can be laser etched to meet your tent inventory needs, and include your logo, phone number, QR Codes, barcodes, website, etc. Just let us know what information you need on your tags.  Multiple colors are also available if you wish to color code your tent inventory.

The blue tent tag above is our style 14, 3” x 2 1/8”. View our customizable rectangle tags here. Send your layouts/sketches to [email protected] for a free quote on your tent tags.

Leg Bands for Pet Ducks and Geese

The most popular way to know if one of your pet waterfowl are shot by a hunter is to band its leg with a band. Most of our customers like to stamp their name or farm name and phone number on their leg bands. Our aluminum leg bands can be customized with any text you would like (up to a certain character limit depending on band size), as well as multiple colors.

Mallards are usually a size 14.

Canadian Geese are usually a size 28.

Tags for the Automotive and Automotive Aftermarket Industries

The automotive industry has a wide range of companies and organizations involved in the design, development, manufacturing, and selling of motor vehicles. It is one of the world’s most important economic sectors by revenue.

The automotive aftermarket includes the maintenance and repair of various services and parts such as changing the engine oil, gear oil, brake oil, etc.

Below are what our current automotive customers are buying based on what they are manufacturing, repairing, or building for vehicles.

Asset Tags for Vehicle Manufacturers:

  • Style 14 – Rectangular shape with rounded corners that can be customized in height and width to fit your needs.

Motor Manufacturers:

  • Style 1610 – Flat end wire markers that come in different materials and thicknesses.
  • Style 1615 – A Tongue and Slot Cable marker that can be variable in size.
  • Style 115 – 1 3/8” round tag with an 1/8” hole, fastened with Style 1525 (12” inch SS Wire) –
  • Style 141 – Oblong tag that can be customized in height and width to fit your needs.
  • Styles 2702W1 / 2702W2 / 2702W3 – 3 different size write-on tags

Axle Manufacturers:

  • Style 1609 – Tongue & Slot tag, dimensions are: Body Width: ½”, Body Length: 5/16”, Tongue Length: 4 11/32”
  • Style 1655 – Double hole tongue & slot cable tie
  • Style 141 – Oblong tag that can be customized in height and width to fit your needs.

Hose Manufacturers & Distributors:

  • Style 1602 – Tongue & Slot tag, dimensions are: Body Width: 7/8”, Body Length: 1 1/2”, Tongue Length: 3 1/16”
  • Style 1606 – Tongue & Slot tag, dimensions are: Body Width: 1”, Body Length: 3/4”, Tongue Length: 3 1/4”

Radiator Repair Shops:

View more examples of Automotive Tags Here.

Orange and Black Aluminum Tags

To celebrate Halloween, we are sharing some of our orange and black bands and tags! Did you know, almost all our styles of bands and tags can be made from orange or black .050″ colored aluminum, or .040” UV stable black aluminum?

If you are thinking about one of our colored aluminum tags, but want to see the color in person first, email us at [email protected] and we can mail you a free sample. Below are some examples of how stamping, paint fill, and laser etching can look like on orange and black tags.

We hope everyone has a safe and happy Halloween tonight!

Promotional Waterfowl Bands

In the Ducks Unlimited article, 15 Great Places to Hunt Waterfowl it lists top cities and areas in the United States and Canada to hunt all different species of waterfowl, such as mallards, Canadian geese, pintails, green-winged teal, mottled ducks, and more.

If your business is in the hunting industry and located in one of these popular waterfowl areas, try promoting your business with customized, promotional waterfowl leg bands! Have your company’s name, website, phone number etc. stamped on the band and hand them out to your customers to help spread the word and get repeat customers year after year. These fun souvenir bands make great giveaways for out of town people visiting to hunt. Customers can place the waterfowl leg bands on their lanyards and always have a reminder of your business.

Our style 1242-14 is the style used for mallard ducks, and a style 1242-28 is used on geese for those who want to be authentic. Otherwise our style 1242-24 is a popular size for promotional lanyard bands. All of our sizes and colors that are available can be viewed here.

Order today to have your customized bands in time for the upcoming season!

Rabies Tags with No Year Date

Do you continuously run out of, or have too many Rabies Tags at your animal hospital or clinic? Don’t want to be limited by the date of when you can give your customers a Rabies Tag? Then try getting a Rabies Tag without the year date, or with just “20” stamped, so that you can hand stamp “19, 20, 21” etc., as needed. Our 2019 green bell (style 153) Rabies Tags can be customized to meet your needs, just let us know what you want stamped on your tags! Please note: aluminum rabies tags can be recycled at the end of the year if you have extra that you don’t need.

Style 153 Green Bell

Style 1571 Number Hand Stamps

Hasco’s Flex-Lok Plastic Tags

As of May 9, 2016, National Band & Tag has acquired the Hasco Tag Company. One of Hasco’s product lines that we have kept on is the Flex-Lok Ear Tag line for livestock animals. These ear tags are different from other plastic ear tags because all male pieces have an open brass tip and it is the actual applicator pin that pierces the ear. We use a hot stamping machine to create large, black, permanently imprinted numbers and letters on the Flex-Lok ear tags. Multiple colors such as: Black, Blue, Green, Neon Green, Neon Orange, Orange, Pink, Purple, Red, White, and Yellow, are available, but color availability is subject to change based on current stock. Please call for availability of a specific color in a certain style. For those who prefer plastic ear tags for their livestock over our metal ear tags, Flex-Lok is a great alternative.

Check out these pictures below of the Style 402F and 410M on some local cows, located close to NB&T’s facility.

 

Custom Geocache Trackable Game Pieces and Geocoins

Are you looking to customize your own geocache? Any of our metal tags can be made without a hole to give it more of a geocoin feel, or you can try pairing one of our O-Ring attachments with it to make it into a keychain. With over 160+ shapes and size tags to choose from, you can customize your geocache to be as unique as you want.

Style 93 – Front & Back

The plain aluminum tag above is our style 93, made with no holes, paint-filled black, stamped with the family’s last name and a serial number on the front, and “Please take me and drop in your next geocache” on the back. (Please note, backside stamping may show through aluminum tags). The black aluminum tags below are laser etched on UV Stable Black Aluminum. Laser etched tags can include a QR Code, graphics, logos and more. Add a QR Code or website URL along with a serial number to make your geocache trackable. Customize your text on any of our tags to indicate your geocache instructions on whether people can keep it or should move it.

Style 14

Style 244

Check out our website to view more tags shapes or contact us at 859-261-2035 for a free quote.

 

National Band & Tag’s 116th Anniversary

Today, August 15, 2018 marks National Band & Tag’s 116th Anniversary!

National Band & Tag Company was founded in 1902. On August 15, Joseph Haas, opened a small shop in an abandoned barn in Newport, KY. Haas intended to manufacture poultry leg and wing bands. He knew little about poultry farming, but had been informed that breeders were improving their flocks and it was necessary to use some sort of marker to distinguish one fowl from another. Visualizing the possibilities of a new industry, Haas went to work designing a few patterns of bands, crude at first, but with recommendations from customers and experimental projects, he was able to come up with bands that worked. By 1914 the business had grown so much that Haas moved to a larger location and started adding more animal identification product lines.

In 1939 Haas invented perhaps the most unusual NB&T product, Chicken Sunglasses. These small glasses with red lenses were designed to be held on the chicken’s beak with a cotter pin through the nostrils of the bird. As a cannibalistic animal, chickens are provoked by the sight of blood and will peck at each other, eventually killing off much of the flock. These red lenses prevented chickens from seeing the red blood and calmed their behavior. These have not been manufactured for many years and are now considered a collector’s item.

Now in our 4th and 5th generation of family members, we manufacturer hundreds of styles of tags for multiple identification purposes such as: poultry, cattle, lab animal research, dog and cat rabies vaccinations, wildlife conservation, and industrial applications. We sell our products worldwide to 100 different countries, and are excited to continue growing our business for another 116 years.

According to a Harvard Business School study, “70% of family-owned businesses fail or are sold before the second generation gets a chance to take over. Just 10% remain active, privately held companies for the third generation to lead”. How has National Band & Tag lasted all these years? We stand behind our company values:

VALUES

We are a responsive and resourceful family manufacturer, earning trust as we faithfully continue our legacy of:
• Planning success for generations to come
• Delivering accuracy with every order
• Operating with honesty and integrity
• Adapting our products across multiple categories to provide the best solution

1-Year vs. 3-Year Rabies Tags

Veterinarians have the option of giving pets a 1-year or 3-year rabies vaccine, but what they might not realize, is that they need the correct tag material to match! 3-year rabies tags need to last longer on a pet’s collar, so a thicker or stronger material is required.

1-year rabies tags can use our standard .050 aluminum. For 3-year rabies tags we recommend .064 aluminum (which is thicker than .050) or a stainless-steel rabies tag.

Check out what can happen if you try to use an .050 aluminum for a 3-year tag. Over time, the material will eventually stretch and become difficult to read from wear, and rubbing against the animal’s fur.

Shown: Style 221

Please contact us with any questions.
We look forward to providing your clinic 1-year and 3-year rabies vaccination tags!

Order Now, Pay & Ship Later – Rabies Tag Program

National Band & Tag is excited to announce our new program for animal hospitals and clinics in need of their Rabies Tags by January 1, 2019. Our new, Order Now, Pay & Ship Later program allows customers with an open account to order their 2019 Rabies Tags any time before September 28, 2018, and we will produce your tags and store them in our facility for you. All Rabies Tags will then ship out the last week of November, and you will be sent an invoice.

How this benefits you:

  • Tags are guaranteed to arrive before January 1, 2019
  • You don’t have to store the tags in your facility for months before you need them
  • You get to pay later

Why start this program? NB&T produces millions of rabies tags each year, and our busiest part of the season is October through December, so by ordering early, we can help keep production time down, and guarantee customers a faster turnaround time.

Questions? Call and talk with one of our sales representatives at 859-261-2035.

169 Dog & Cat Tags


169 dog & cat tag shapes

13 materials (color) (Aluminum – 11 colors) brass, and stainless steel.

3 engraving options, (stamped, laser etched, hybrid)

21 hole and slot options

2 paint fill options (black or white)

= 276,822 ways to customize your tag


And that’s not even including other customization options such as: backside stamping, laser etched barcodes, logos, decorative corners, packaging options, reinforced eyelets, wet tumbling and more.

Don’t like any of our 169 shapes? Have your own shape made! Pay a onetime charge to have your own shape created. Contact us for a quote.

Flag of Tags

While tags are meant for identification, they can also be used for art! We decorated our office with an American Flag made entirely out of tags with adhesive backing. Some of our customers use our tags as keychains, or for crafts with kids, and more.

Our flag of tags is made red, white and blue aluminum material. The rectangles our style 14 tags are 1-1/4” x 4-7/8”. The stars are our style 363.

To help get you ready for 4th of July tomorrow, here are some fun facts about the American flag.

  • Congress adopted the Stars and Stripes as the American flag on June 14, 1777.
  • For a while, the U.S. added stripes and stars to the flag when welcoming new states. At one point, the flag has 15 stripes and 15 stars. As the country continued to add new states, they decided to go back to the 13 stripes for the original 13 colonies.
  • The colors of the flag have important meanings. Red symbolizes hardiness and valor, white symbolizes purity and innocence and blue represents vigilance, perseverance, and justice.
  • When the flag can no longer be repaired or used, it must be destroyed in a dignified matter, such as burning.

National Band & Tag will be closed tomorrow, Wednesday, for 4th of July. Business will resume on Thursday July 5th.

Tongue & Slot Tags for Electrical Wire Harnesses

What do automobiles, construction machinery, and aircraft have in common? They all have lots of wires inside of them! These wires and cables are all bound together into a wire harness. The cables are bound together by straps, cable ties, electrical tape, conduit, etc., to keep all the wires together in an easy to handle bundle. Wire harnesses make installation of them easier, as well as optimize space. To make sure that you have the correct wires in the harness, or that the harness is correctly put into place, proper identification is key. National Band & Tag’s tongue and slot style tags are perfect for wire harnesses because they come in multiples sizes, and can be customized with your information.

tongue and slot tags

Contact us today for a free quote on any of our tongue and slot style tags for wire harnesses.

National American Eagle Day

June 20th is National American Eagle Day! This day is used to commemorate the anniversary of the Bald Eagle being selected as our National Symbol, to celebrate its physical recovery to America’s skies, and to observe the American values, ideals, and attributes for which it stands.

On June 20, 1782, the Bald Eagle was selected as the U.S.A.’s National Emblem, and in 1995, the American Eagle Foundation was able to get President Bill Clinton to recognize the first American Eagle Day.

Bald Eagles almost went extinct in the 1960’s due to loss of habitat, but they were brought off the endangered species list in 2007 due to the work of conservationists and strict protection laws. To better learn about eagles and to conserve them is where National Band & Tag comes in with our aluminum Lock-On Leg Bands and Rivet Leg Bands. These custom stamped and numbered leg bands help researchers and conservationist track eagles and learn more about them.

Aluminum Lock-On Bands have a tab that folds over and can be sealed using pliers while the Rivet Band uses pop rivets and a pop rivet gun to seal the rivet band around the bird’s leg. These unique features make these bands great for eagles and other birds of prey.

Bald Eagle: Size 8A or 9
Golden Eagle: Size 9, 9A or 9C

(These sizes are recommended from the USGS Bird Banding Laboratory and should only be used as a guide. NB&T is not responsible for incorrect sizes being ordered based on these recommendations.)

Lock On Band

Rivet Bands

To participate in Nation American Eagle Day, try various activities such as visiting the eagles at your local zoo, donating to an eagle conservation program, viewing live eagle nest cameras, or posting on social media using the hashtag #NationalAmericanEagleDay.