Maximize efficiencies across your warehouse with a customized warehouse labeling system.
When setting up a new Warehouse Management System (WMS), you want rack labels printed correctly and ready for easy, accurate installation. Get the most out of your WMS investment with durable, customizable warehouse labels and signs. Need help? Get in Touch ›
Track and maintain your assets to keep operations running smoothly.
Durable asset tags connect your equipment with your CMMS or FM software package. Set up your program correctly the first time with properly designed tags that last in your conditions and integrate properly with your software application(s). Need help? Get in Touch ›
Automate and error-proof your asset inspection process.
Uniquely and permanently identify equipment your teams need to inspect or maintain in the field to automate inspections and virtually eliminate the chance inspections are done on the wrong asset. Need help? Get in Touch ›
Labels that meet defense standards and last the life of your assets.
Track property, manage preventive maintenance, reduce operational costs, and more with UID labels that meet an array of government, industrial and military specifications including MIL-STD 130. Need help? Get in Touch ›
Label and track your education organization’s property with durable barcode labels.
Serialized asset tags that have the durability to last the life of your education items. Our barcode labels integrate seamlessly into the leading education asset tracking software solutions and virtually eliminate errors caused by manual data collection, ensuring accurate information. Need help? Get in Touch ›
Efficient asset management systems begin with Camcode bar code labels.
From meter tags used for meter maintenance systems to pole tags used to track inspection and treatment, utilities rely on Camcode’s highly durable anodized aluminum bar code labels. Need help? Get in Touch ›
Reduce replacement costs and integrate seamlessly with durable asset tracking labels.
Construction, farming and mining equipment can see a lot of abuse. When tracking heavy equipment and its components, select an asset tag that is durable enough to last (and stay affixed) for the life of the equipment/component. Need help? Get in Touch ›
Camcode’s broad experience in the identification products market and with ship marking are unique in the industry. Camcode produces millions of custom identification products every year and has traveled to over 250 sites worldwide to assess and mark equipment items. Need help? Get in Touch ›
Automate and error-proof your asset tracking processes.
Camcode barcode pole tags virtually eliminate errors caused by manual data collection, ensuring accurate information. This improves the productivity and effectiveness of a telecommunications company by reducing entry errors in the field. The results are increased revenue, lower expense and better management of risk and NESC requirements. Need help? Get in Touch ›
Camcode offers several chemical resistant asset label materials.
Whether it’s hydraulic fluid, jet fuel, gasoline or a wide variety of industrial solvents, cleaners and acids, Camcode has a variety of asset tracking label materials that will remain scannable after prolonged chemical exposure. Need help? Get in Touch ›
Proven saltwater resistance for asset tracking in marine applications
Asset tags used in ocean environments must be resistant to corrosion from salt spray. Camcode has worked with offshore oil rigs, shipping containers, Naval vessels, and ports around the world to tag and track assets deployed on or near the ocean. Need help? Get in Touch ›
Labels with engineered, proven abrasion resistance.
Asset tags in harsh industrial, desert or high-traffic public environments can be exposed to abrasive conditions that will render most standard asset tags unreadable. Select an asset tracking label that is proven to survive abrasive conditions. Need help? Get in Touch ›
Trusted for over 50 years by The US Armed Forces, NASA, Caterpillar and Boeing.
The most durable printed aluminum substrate available, ideal for prolonged exposure to the harshest outdoor environments. The durability for which Metalphoto is known is the result of a unique manufacturing process in which a silver halide image is embedded within the sapphire-hard, anodic layer of the aluminum. Need help? Get in Touch ›
Anodized aluminum face stock labels that are trated with our proprietary XHT process to withstand exposure to temperatures up to 1200°F. The photographic-quality bar code and graphic images are sealed within the anodic layer of the aluminum, creating a very durable, high-quality and temperature-resistant metal asset tag. Need help? Get in Touch ›
AlumaMark BlackPLUS is the most durable YAG/Fiber laser-markable aluminum on the market. This label is constructed of aluminum with an inorganic black colorant with satin finish, displaying silver graphics on a black background. Need help? Get in Touch ›
Designed specifically for applications requiring resistance to frequent cleaning with strong caustics, such as food processing, medical, laboratory, chemical, textile, petroleum and marine environments. Need help? Get in Touch ›
Brass labels and tags with a rich luster and striking appearance.
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Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) tags are an ideal asset tracking system in certain applications, however before investing, consider the functionality, durability and security issues of RFID. Need help? Get in Touch ›
Metalphoto® is field proven to last over 20 years and meet the most demanding specifications.
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Equipment identification tags enable a company to monitor and track its physical assets. Combined with an asset tracking software program, equipment asset tags and labels create a foundation for seamless, intuitive, ongoing repair, maintenance, and inventory control processes. Equipment tags play a foundational role in such processes by housing important information about the devices they are attached to, such as serial numbers, asset identifiers, supplier information, maintenance history, and location. We created this guide to provide a comprehensive overview of equipment tags. We’ll discuss:
Trucks, transformers, pallets, manufacturing equipment, and computers are all items that corporations rely on every day to support their business. Because these assets are often spread across the company’s footprint — including across multiple job sites — and shared among teams and departments, it’s not always easy to locate the equipment when it’s needed or maintenance is required. Equipment identification tags can be used for any type of equipment, providing easy access to essential data and asset history by simply scanning a barcode.
Corporations are dynamic entities. Requests come in, orders are filled, equipment is purchased, and employees grab devices constantly In the daily hustle and bustle. As a result, visibility into which items are where oftentimes becomes murky. In some cases, expensive equipment is lost, and at other times, it may even be stolen. It can also result in equipment not being properly maintained if technicians can’t locate it to perform routine maintenance activities. Marking assets with equipment identification tags helps to prevent such occurrences.
What Are Equipment Tags?
An equipment tag is a barcode label or plate that is attached to a device for the purpose of tracking, allowing companies to identify a piece of equipment and retrieve information about the asset by scanning a barcode. When paired with solutions like asset management software and maintenance systems, equipment tags provide end-to-end device visibility. With it, businesses can track valuable equipment assets as they move throughout the organization, access vital equipment data such as operating instructions, safety warnings, and capacity limits, and readily document equipment usage, maintenance activities, parts replacements, work orders, and more.
Equipment tags can be customized to meet your company’s unique needs. Usually, the tags contain a part number, barcode, and company name. In certain cases, they include identifiers, such as product name, vendor, or directions, like a “Do not remove” statement. By standardizing inventory labeling with equipment tags, you can ensure uniformity across your company and manage your assets more efficiently.
Movable equipment. This is equipment that is not part of the corporate building or infrastructure. Laptop computers are one example of a movable asset. Such devices often change locations and hands many times throughout their lifespans. In this case, equipment tags are used for device assignment, inventory control, and loss prevention.
Fixed equipment. Fixed assets remain in a set location throughout their lifespan. Signage, water and sewer systems, distribution systems, lighting, tunnels, plant floor machinery, buildings, and anything attached to them are examples of fixed assets.
In this case, equipment tags allow corporations to create a map that identifies the various assets. The map can then be used for analysis, real-time tracking, and project planning, as well as maintenance and repairs. Over time, you’ll collect valuable data about the operational efficiency of equipment assets, repair costs, the frequency of breakdowns, performance data, and other information that can help inform your buying decisions when it’s time to replace your assets. You can also use this data to determine whether it makes more sense to repair equipment or replace it based on its age, performance, and expected lifespan. Together, all of this information enables companies to maximize the useful lifespan of their expensive equipment and optimize performance while it’s in use.
The Best Laid Plans
Companies need to examine their labeling requirements and put together a strategic plan when implementing an asset tracking solution for their equipment.
Understand your equipment. Before any labels can be created, a business needs to understand its equipment requirements. You need to account for any local, government, regulatory, or vendor requirements that may dictate label format and content. These considerations include the barcode type, label size, and label material.
Procure quality labels. Whether printing labels in-house or using a supplier, ensure that the label type and quality are capable of withstanding the equipment’s typical operating environment. Label durability is especially important in harsh environments. It’s always best to choose labels that are designed to withstand potential exposure to harsh conditions. When you work with a partner like Camcode, you can customize your label types, materials, and format for each asset type throughout your organization, allowing you to minimize costs by selecting the appropriate labels to meet your specifications. You’ll avoid costly and time-consuming label replacements when your equipment tags remain readable throughout the asset’s full lifespan.
Apply labels uniformly. Once labels are selected, ensure that your team has created clear policies outlining how and where labels should be placed on equipment. Each label should be easily readable when the asset is placed on a shelf, a rack, indoors, or outdoors. It’s also important to ensure the barcodes are easily accessible for scanners. Establishing a standardized process for label placement creates consistency and makes it easy for staff to document information.
Periodically review your labeling processes. Change is a business constant today, and how items are labeled at one time may become inefficient later. It’s therefore important to set regular intervals to review your company’s asset labeling processes to identify issues and any areas that may not be working well.
What Business Functions Do Equipment Labels Support?
Equipment tags and asset management systems improve your business operations in several ways:
Automate manual tracking. Many facility teams still conduct equipment counts by hand, wasting valuable time, money, and effort. Instead, use equipment tags to receive proper inventory counts, on-demand.
Gain visibility. If your business has a clear picture of your movable and fixed assets, then you are better able to see what your company has and what it needs. With this information readily available, companies make more sound and data-driven decisions.
Extend end-to-end visibility. These days, end-to-end visibility is needed because markets change so quickly and competition is so intense. Equipment data is relevant to parties throughout the organization. Facility managers, maintenance technicians, site managers, accounting staff, and other stakeholders can gain visibility at all times.
Robust reporting. Currently, companies collect a lot of information, and reporting system features have developed to become much more sophisticated. Creating quarterly and annual reports can be a struggle, especially if your company is experiencing a particularly busy period. When equipment tags are scanned, their data can be aggregated and users can create comprehensive inventory reports with just a few clicks — and ideally long before an audit or tax reporting deadlines.
Ensure compliance. Regulations are becoming increasingly stringent across a variety of industries, such as foodservice and medical device manufacturing, and equipment tags help your company meet compliance requirements. Machinery needs to be up to code to ensure safe operation in addition to providing quick information at a glance for inspectors.
Choose the Right Equipment Tags
Businesses operate in many markets and provide a wide range of services. Consequently, equipment tags are used in various ways, and different types of tags and labels serve various requirements.
When equipment identification tags are installed and integrated into an inventory tracking system, the results are usually seamless. However, before you experience the benefits of the software solution, you’ll first need to select the types of tags that will best meet your application specifications.
Here are Camcode’s most popular options:
Metal Foil Labels
Foil Metalphoto® Labels are the most popular and versatile option because of their versatility and price. Their features include:
Constructed of durable .003″to .005″ anodized aluminum
Barcode and printed info remains readable over the lifespan of the asset
Stays in place even when exposed to chemicals, UV rays, extreme cold, and heat
Popular in healthcare, education, government, and manufacturing applications
Rigid Metalphoto Tags
Rigid metal asset tags are known for their flexibility, and they come with either holes for mechanical attachment or pressure-sensitive adhesive that bonds permanently to high surface energy metals and plastics, as well as textured and contoured surfaces. These equipment tags are:
Ideal for both indoor and outdoor use
Constructed from .020″ anodized aluminum face stock (optional thicknesses from .008″ to .063″)
Resistant to chemicals, abrasives, solvents, UV rays, extreme cold, and heat with a lifespan exceeding 20 years
Most often used in healthcare, oil, gas, telecom and chemical processing
In order to identify the property as company-owned and make the tracking process as easy as possible, tags should be affixed to equipment in the most visible and unobtrusive location.
A general rule is that tags should be affixed to the front or top of the equipment, if possible. There are specific recommendations for certain types of equipment, including:
Desktop computers – The front or top of the tower is preferable. Alternatively, the side can be used if the front or top is not practical.
Laptops – On the top of the closed laptop.
Scientific equipment – On the front or top. Alternatively, the bottom or back if the front or top is not practical.
Ceiling projectors – On the bottom of the projector so that the label is visible from the floor.
Monitors (inventorial) – On the front.
Large appliances – On the front, when possible, or the back right side if the front is not practical.
Electronics – On the back or the bottom right side.
Mirrors – On the back right side.
Desks – Under the right drawer.
Tables – Under the right side.
Chairs – Under the right side.
Which Industries Need Equipment Identification Tags?
Equipment labels enable many types of organizations to track their assets more effectively. Here’s a look at some of the many industries that benefit from equipment tags:
Healthcare. Pricey and date-sensitive medical supplies must be safeguarded against theft.
Education. Increasingly, educational institutions rely on high-tech teaching aids, which are frequently passed from teacher to student, student to student, and between departments.
Government. Government entities utilize a broad range of devices, from basic office equipment to increasingly sophisticated items, like construction tools and even spacecraft.
Oil and Gas. These companies have developed large, complex infrastructures to deliver their products and manage spare parts inventory. Other concerns, such as Leak Detection and Repair (LDAR) compliance issues, also need to be taken into account.
Utilities. When it comes to repair and maintenance management, utility companies need the most durable tags that can endure the same harsh environmental conditions as the equipment.
Telecom and Cable. Equipment tags are used to manage spare inventory that’s kept on hand for when repairs are needed.
Important Considerations When Buying Equipment ID Tags
Equipment ID tags come in all shapes, sizes, and prices. Customers often focus on price, but other factors are equally – and in many cases more – important. They need to be sure the products will stand up against moisture and extreme temperatures while maintaining legibility for years on end.
Corporations house a large inventory of devices that support the business, but traditionally, they have been tracked in a scattershot manner. With competition increasing and technology becoming more robust, businesses now have options for identifying and tracking their assets. Equipment identification tags are the foundation upon which more effective equipment management is laid.
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