Asset Tags vs RFID for Property Id in Enterprise Applications
Durable Asset Tags Vs. RFID For Property ID Management is Much Ado About Nothing
Cleveland, OH - January, 31 - RFID Tags have become a hot topic since Wal-mart and the Department of Defense (DoD) required their suppliers and vendors to implement RFID (Radio Frequency Identification) into warehouse asset tracking at the pallet and case level. But bar code asset tags still dominate fixed asset tracking applications and will remain the standard in property management. RFID is "much ado about nothing" when it comes to managing fixed assets within the enterprise.
For fixed asset tracking, the costs to implement bar code asset tags are minimal compared to RFID. Uses of the vastly more expensive new technology require investment in RFID tags costing an average of 35 to 50 cents each, RFID readers, software and staff training for proper application and handling and will require upgrades as the technology matures over the next 10 years. Metalphoto® bar code asset tags in 3 mil foil last the life of the property they identify and represent a mature industry standard for asset tracking.
Corporations, government agencies, utilities and universities require fixed asset tracking of property for many reasons which can't justify RFID:
- Identify owned assets quickly and easily
- Track serial or model numbers efficiently
- Simplify inventory with property ID tags
- Track high value equipment such as laptops & PDA's
- Increase security with regular monitoring
- Reduction of theft with visual identification of assets
- Monitor asset movement between locations
- Compliance with insurance or government regulations
- Track useful life of assets and depreciation schedules
- Schedule maintenance and replacement of owned assets
3 mil Metalphoto foil is the most durable and broadly used asset label material. Asset tags graphics and bar codes are photographically imaged below the surface, creating an impenetrable barrier to chemicals, solvents, and salts, and these asset labels can survive in temperatures up to 650° F. The highly visible silver-colored face stock makes graphics easy to read. Foil also fractures if removed from its mating surface, which provides tamper-evident features in a long lasting durable finish. Foil asset tags work well in indoor or outdoor applications, including industrial uses. Foil property ID tags have excellent resistance to scuffing, cleaning solvents, most chemicals, and heat. Service range is -40°F to +400°F. Outdoor exposure is up to 20 years.
Camcod.com has sold more than ten million asset tags & barcode security labels since 1995. Serving clients as diverse as New York Magazine, Sara Lee, Atlanta Airport, JP Morgan Chase. Serving all size companies, universities, associations, and governmental, financial & health care institutions.
Warehouse Labels and signs, UID labeling, Metalphoto asset tags, Property ID tags. Past clients have included the Social Security Administration, Duke Power Company, Westfield Insurance, Brookshire Brothers, Ltd. Weyerhauser Albany Paper, American Cancer Society, Yahoo Corporation.
Contact: Joe Brunemann
Camcode Division of Horizons Inc.
18531 South Miles Road
Cleveland, Ohio 44128