Our Favorite Tags

Here at NB&T we have hundreds of styles of tags to choose from, so we asked some of our family members and employees, “what is your favorite tag style and why?”

 

1-1/4" round tag with barcodeFaye (President): Style 137 – “The 1-1/4” inch circle is my favorite because it has so many uses and is a top seller. It is used across multiple product categories such as rabies tags, industrial tags and tree tags.
butt-end bandsBillie (Sales Representative): Style 1242 – “The Butt-End Bands are my favorite because they can be used for other things besides leg bands for waterfowl, such as wire markers, jewelry, and business cards.”
dog bone tagAndi (Graphics & Web Manager): Style 165 – “The large dog bone is my favorite because it is on my dog and I get to see it every day!”
black tree tagKevin (Laser Etching Manager): Style 14 ­– “The rectangle with rounded edges is one of my favorite because it can go on almost anything and it can vary in size to fit customer’s needs. I also get to laser etch this style a lot.”
sea turtle tag - 681ICAnne Marie (Bilingual Sales Representative): Style 681IC – “The sea turtle tag is my favorite because it is strong and can last in harsh environments like saltwater. I also like supporting sea turtle conservation.”
millenium falcon tagAlex (IT): Style 148 – “It looks like the Millennium Falcon.”
rat tagKelsey (Sales Representative):  Style 503 – “The mouse-shaped tag is my favorite because it reminds me of my pet rat.”
apron tagSarah (Sales Representative): Style 2351AT – “The plastic apron tags are my new favorite because they are new and exciting product line. They are different from other tags we do and I like working with them.”
small animal ear tagsPablo (Shipping): Style 1005-1 – “The small animal ear tag is my favorite because it is something I pack, ship and handle every day.”
heart tagAli (Marketing Specialist): Style 398 – “This is my favorite of the seven heart shapes because it looks the most like a heart and it is versatile. It can be a pet tag, promotional tag, used for weddings, and more.”

April Showers Bring May Flowers

vinyl garden markers

Styles 2754, 2766, 2778, 2788

It’s that time again for flowers and other plants to start blooming! Are your plants marked with some sort of identification?

We offer a variety of plant and garden markers, but we are excited to share with everyone our newest color, PINK!

These virgin vinyl labels can be written on with a sharpie so you can identify the plant’s name, price if it is for sale, the date it was planted and anything else you want. Plastic plant labels can range in size anywhere from 5/8” x 4” inches all the way up to 1-1/4” x 8” inches to meet all your identification needs. Try using smaller ones to identify small potted plants and larger tags to identify shrubs and trees.

style 2745 garden markers

Style 2745

Reports of Squirrels Chewing on Aluminum Tree Tags

gray squirrel in treePlain Aluminum and UV Stable Black Aluminum are some of our most popular materials for Tree Tags. But, some of our customers have reported squirrels chewing on their aluminum tags causing them to have to replace their tags more often. This happens mostly on college campuses or parks where there are large populations of squirrels due to all the food and trash left behind by people.

Squirrels can chew through just about anything that’s not made of metal. Their front teeth continue growing throughout their entire lives, therefore, to keep them trimmed, squirrels chew on things, like the conveniently located tag on their tree.
brass tree tag

Some customers prefer the UV stable quality and aren’t worried about squirrels chewing on their tags. For those who would rather find something more squirrel-resistant, we have a few customers who have tried our stamped brass tags and have had better results. Squirrels have been known to like aluminum, but it seems like brass may be less appealing to them.

Are you having trouble with squirrels and your Tree Tags? Comment your story or share a picture below!

 

QR Coded Tags

QR (Quick Response) Coded tags have a variety of uses in multiple industries! A QR Code is a barcode that can be scanned by an app on your smart phone that leads to a website.

Here are a few examples of how QR Coded tags are being used by current customers:

landmark tag with qr code

Landmarks: These tags are mounted outside of a landmark and allows visitors to scan the QR Code, which then leads them to a website with more information and videos about that specific landmark.

walking trail tag with qr code

Walking Trails: These tags are usually nailed to wooden posts along a trail in a park or nature preserve. By scanning the code with your phone you are led to a website with more information on the different species of wildlife and plants in the area.

tree trail tag with qr code

Tree Tags: QR Coded tags on trees can be used on nature trails to inform visitors about that specific species of tree. They can also be used by researchers and tree farmers to collect fruit/nut yield for the year from that tree, as well as for recording age, health, and other valuable information.

divot tool

circle tags

Promotional Use: Tags can be given away with a QR Code that leads to your company’s website. This is a great way to remind potential customers of your company and drive them back to your website.

To achieve the best QR Code on your NB&T tag we recommend shortening your URL to increase readability. Try using bitly or tinyurl to shorten your URLs. Ex: https://nationalband.com/custom-laser-etched-tags/ is 50 characters long but http://bit.ly/1f77EEC is only 21 characters long and both lead to the same web page. By cutting the length of the URL by over half, the quality of the laser etched code will be best for long lasting readability. Another way is to buy a shorter URL and then re-direct it to the correct page on your website.

How do you use your QR Coded Tags? Share with us below!

18 Uses for Write-On Tags You May Not Have Thought Of

write-on aluminum tagsOur Write-On Tags can be used for a variety of applications ranging from heavy machinery to plants and trees to electrical wires. With the ability to be engraved with a pen on the spot makes these tags a perfect candidate for those who know they need to identify their assets, but aren’t sure what they want the tag to say yet. Check out these 18 different ways our current customers are using Write-On Tags!

  1. Labeling equipment
  2. Marking wires and cables
  3. Numbering inventory on a shelf in a warehouse
  4. Identifying valves and pipe contents
  5. Labeling large pieces of machinery
  6. Identifying plant species in nurseries and botanical gardens
  7. Labeling flowers and plants for sale at garden centers
  8. Numbering trees for research purposes
  9. Identifying products for different landscaping projects
  10. Labeling furniture for sale
  11. Labeling pottery with artist’s name
  12. Tool checks
  13. Labeling painting assets
  14. Marking fences and gates to be installed
  15. To number RV refrigerators that are ready to be shipped out
  16. Label large industrial fan parts
  17. Home organization designers
  18. Concrete products for construction jobs

Comment below, how do you use Write-On Tags? Share your pictures!

wrap around write on tag

watering can write on tag

copper write on tag

aluminum write on tag

Industrial & Commercial Industries We Serve

We manufacture a variety of tags for multiple purposes, one of those being the industrial and commercial market. There are hundreds of different industries out there, but below are just a few that we cater to. The majority of these industries are required to accurately identify certain objects by law or regulations set up for the safety of the workers. Other industries have realized the time and money that can be saved with proper identification of assets and inventory.

Industries that we serve:industries we serve

  • Automotive
  • Aerospace
  • Appliance manufacturers
  • Athletic Equipment
  • Audio Visual – Media
  • Communication Equipment Manufacturers
  • Computer And Electronic Hardware
  • Construction Equipment
  • Contract Manufacturers
  • Defense
  • Education
  • Electronic Control Systems
  • Electronics
  • Elevator Installers And Manufacturers
  • Energy
  • Equipment Manufacturers
  • Food Processing
  • Furniture Manufacturers
  • Gas Station Equipment Manufacturers
  • Government (Federal, State And Local)
  • Healthcare
  • Industrial & Municipal Plumbing Systems
  • Industrial Appliances
  • Lifting & Rigging
  • Lighting Systems
  • Manufacturing
  • Measurement/Gauging Equipment
  • Medical & Dental
  • Military Vehicles & Equipment
  • Oil & Gas
  • Outdoor Lawn Care Equipment
  • Petrochemical
  • Power Generation
  • Printing & Publishing Equipment
  • Pump Manufacturers
  • Recreation (Including A Wide Range Of Clubs)
  • Recreational & Commercial Vehicles
  • Rigging and Lifting
  • Sanitation Systems
  • Schools
  • Security Systems
  • Tanks And Vessel Manufacturers
  • Telecommunications
  • Transportation
  • Underground Mining Equipment
  • Utilities
  • Valve Manufacturers
  • Warehouse/Distribution Centers
  • Waste Processing Systems
  • Woodworking Machinery Manufacturers

We provide specific tags for certain industries such as chain sling and wire rope tags for the rigging and lifting industry. Also available are general tags such as name plates, asset tags, barcoded tags, anti-pilferage seals, electrical cable markers and more that multiple types of industries use.

What type of tags does your industry call for?

Blank Tags

hand stamps

Hand Stamp Set – Great for engraving your blank tags!

Did you know that at NB&T any tag or band we make can be produced blank?  On our website, you can view over 150 tag shapes and sizes that come in multiple materials and thicknesses. Buy our blank tags and custom stamp or laser etch them yourself. Blank tags can be used for everything from art and jewelry projects, to identification of equipment, to color coding trees. Need your own stamping set? Check out our Hand Stamps, great for putting serial numbers, dates, and more on your tags.

Want to quickly engrave your own tags as you need them? Try our Write-On Tags! The aluminum tags have cardboard backing to give you a hard surface to “engrave” on. Use a pen or sharp pointed object and write normally on the aluminum to create a readable, engraved look.

Multiple industries need blank tags for multiple reasons. What will you use them for?

 

blank tags

These are just a few of the 150 styles of tags we have. Need a different shape? Click the image to view more options. Still don’t see what you need? Call us! 859-261-2035

NEW! Blank Tags Quick Ship

National Band & Tag’s newest service for the industrial marketplace is the Industrial Blank Tag Quick Ship!

This new service allows customers to order sets of 100 blank stainless steel tags, up to 10 sets (1,000 tags) and they will be quickly shipped within two business days! As a manufacturer, we produce all our tags in-house, and it typically takes at least a week to manufacture blank tags. But we listened to our customers and we responded, with a way to get your blank tags faster!

We currently have three different sizes available for the quick ship service: 1” x 3” inches, 1.25” x 3 inches, and 1.5” x 3” inches.

Our .030” stainless steel tags have a type 304 2B finish, which is dull, not attracted to magnets and is non-corrosive.  Tags also come with two 1/8” holes on the right and left side. This is our most popular hole size and is great for making tags easily attachable to pieces of equipment, pallets, shelves, and other assets.

Blank tags allow you to stamp or engrave your own information on-site when you need it, such as serial numbers, dates, inspection checks, inventory counts, and more! Click the link below to be taken to the online order form for the Industrial Blank Tag Quick Ship!

stainless steel rectangular blank tags

 

Emerald Ash Borer

emerald ash borerThis emerald, metallic- looking beetle has become a nightmare for Ash Trees all over the United States. The beetle originated in Eastern Russia, Northern China, Japan, and Korea. By accident, it arrived in the United States stowed away on cargo imported from Asia. The Emerald Ash Borer causes ash trees to lose 30-50% of their canopy after 2 years of infestation, and death within 3-4 years.

So how can you save your ash tree from this pest? First, you have to save your tree by getting it treated. Ash trees get treated through injections into the trunk close to the ground. After your tree has been treated effectively, then National Band & Tag comes in.

EAB tree tag We sell tree tags that can be used as identification for the trees that have been treated. These tags come in a variety of shapes and sizes but are nailed into the tree, usually at eye level to ensure they can be seen and are stable. If you have an Ash tree that you think might be infected, please get it tested and treated to help stop the spread of the Emerald Ash Borer!