What Level of Asset Tracking Do You Need?

Every company has its own way of tracking their assets and inventory. Whether it be by paper or electronically, NB&T can provide a tag solution that will work for you and your system. Follow this simple flow chart with a few basic questions to find out what method of engraving (stamping or laser etching) is best for you. From there, you can see all the tag materials available.

What’s on the tag:

asset tracking tag guide

 

stamped tag

Stamped Tag

laser etched tag

Laser Etched Tag

hybrid tag

Hybrid Tag

 

What material:

Each material is different and has its own specific benefits. We recommend keeping the environment of the tag in mind while choosing your material. Please note that some materials may only come in certain sizes. 

Aluminum: .016” – Plain (silver), flexible, available in limited sizes and up to 6 digits embossed.
Aluminum: .040” – Black UV Stable, guaranteed to last outdoors and in harsh environments for years.
Aluminum: .050” – 1/2 hard temper. (Plain or colored available*)
Aluminum: .064” – 1/2 hard temper. (Plain or colored available*)
Asset Labels: Military grade 3M™ 7847 polyacrylic matte black stock.
Brass: .014” – Plain, flexible, available in limited sizes and up to 6 digits embossed.
Brass: .036” – Alloy 260 70/30 – 1/2 hard temper
Brass: .040 – Alloy 260 70/30 – 1/2 hard temper
Brass: .064 – Alloy 260 70/30 – dead soft temper
Polyurethane: A durable, yet flexible material, will last outdoors better than vinyl.
Stainless Steel: .031”
 – Type 430 2BA finish (Shiny, attracted to magnet, slightly corrosive)
Stainless Steel: .030” – Type 304 2B finish (Dull, not attracted to magnet, non-corrosive)
Stainless Steel: .048” – Type 304 2B finish (Dull, not attracted to magnet, non-corrosive)
Stainless Steel: .048” – Type 430 2BA finish (Shiny, attracted to magnet, slightly corrosive)
Vinyl: .020″ – A durable, yet flexible plastic material.

*Aluminum Colors: Red, Blue, Green, Orange, Yellow, Purple, Turquoise, Gold, Black, White, Plain (Silver)

****SPECIAL MATERIALS MAY BE AVAILABLE. CALL TO INQUIRE****

The Ultimate Barcode Cheat Sheet

Barcodes on tags are a great and easy way to identify assets, inventory, products and more. Different codes hold different types or amounts of information. Check out the barcodes that we offer below to decided which one is best for your application.

QR Code (Quick Response Code)

  • qr code2D Barcode
  • Can contain up to 4,296 alphanumeric characters
  • Typically leads to a website
  • Developed in 1994
  • Can be scanned with a smart phone or 2D scanner
  • Great for promotional uses, walking trails, tree tags, memorial sites and more.

 

Data Matrix

  • data matrix2D Barcode
  • Can contain up to 2,335 alphanumeric characters
  • Great for encoding large amounts of information on a small amount of space
  • Most secure barcode there is
  • Developed in 1989
  • Can be scanned with a smart phone or 2D scanner
  • Great for industrial uses, asset tracking, and any application that requires the tag to hold a lot of information.

 

Linear

  • linear barcode1D Barcode
  • Developed in 1960s
  • Can be scanned with a 1D scanner and most 2D scanners
  • Code 39
    • Can encrypt the alphabet, digits 0-9, and special characters: – “. $ % + –  / *”
    • Uses 9 elements per character (5 bars and 4 spaces)
    • Larger in size
    • Great for encoding short serial numbers
  • Code 128
    • Can encrypt all 128 ASCII symbols
    • Uses 6 elements per character (3 bars and 3 spaces)
    • More space efficient
    • Great for encoding long strings of information
  • Interleaved 2 of 5
    • Used for wing bands
    • Numeric code with up to 6 numbers on band sizes 3, 3.5, 4 (if you want 5 there will be a preceding zero) Up to 4 numbers on size 2.75
    • Can be scanned with a 1D scanner or a smart phone

Upcoming Trade Shows

National Band & Tag will be exhibiting at two conservation trade shows this winter, one in January and one in February. If you are attending either of these shows, make sure to stop by NB&T’s booth and meet our team!

85th annual North American Gamebird Association (NAGA) Educational Conference and Convention

  • January 23rd – 25th
  • Island View Casino Resort in Gulfport, Mississippi
  • NB&T’s featured product for the show – The Pinless Peepers!
  • NAGA Mission Statement:
    • The North American Gamebird Association’s mission is to protect, promote and sustain a positive environment in which game bird producers and hunting preserve operators can grow their businesses through monitoring and influencing of legislation, informing and educating our members on current industry trends and issues, and promoting and sustaining our hunting heritage through increased public awareness.

41st annual National Wild Turkey Federation (NWTF) Convention and Sport Show:

  • February 15th – 19th
  • Gaylord Opryland Hotel in Nashville, Tennessee
  • Booth #1323
  • NB&T’s featured product for the show – Butt-End Bands!
  • NWTF Mission Statement:
    • The NWTF is dedicated to the conservation of the wild turkey and the preservation of our hunting heritage.

 

Pinless Peepers – How to Stop the Pecking

Chickens are cannibalistic animals and will peck at each other if they see blood. To stop this, NB&T used to make rose colored chicken glasses. These are now obsolete, and the newest version is a plastic blinder, also known as Pinless Peepers!

pinless peepersNational Band & Tag Company spent 10 years developing these by talking with customers and members of the North American Gamebird Association (NAGA). We modified and improved the design and material used in our Pinless Peeper according to their feedback. You can tell it’s ours because our peeper has “NB&T” molded in the back of the cross bar. While pinless peepers will have a percentage of loss, ours has been designed to stay in longer! Our customers report that with the small percentage of loss with our peeper, the birds are not pecking and there is the added advantage that they don’t lose birds getting caught in the netting.

How to put on a Pinless Peeper:

  1. Warm the blinders before applying, either soak in hot water or lay out in the sun.
  2. Take a Snap Ring Plier (or use your hands) – place tips into blinder behind pins and spread apart.
  3. Line up pins with nostrils and release plier.

Watch an instruction video on how to put them on here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YDXM4uUgHKE