Leak Detection and Repair Tags

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September 17-19, 2019
Booth – L404

 

If you need custom LDAR Tags to work with your LDAR program and asset management system, NB&T’s customizable tags can meet your needs. Leak Detection and Repair (LDAR) regulations were put into place by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) because of the amount of volatile organic compounds and volatile hazardous air pollutants being emitted by leaking equipment such as valves and pumps.

Tagging is an important component of any LDAR program because everything needs an ID. Every regulated component (valve/pump/connectors/compressors/etc.) must have a unique identification number, along with an identified location. An LDAR program is the system of procedures a facility uses to locate and repair leaking components. This minimizes the emission of fugitive volatile organic compounds and hazardous air pollutants. Asset management systems that utilize LDAR Tags can help monitor the lifecycles of these components, as well as help perform reliability studies on equipment. Knowing when equipment needs repair or replacing ahead of time reduces time and increases efficiency.

Pass all your inspections with National Band & Tag LDAR Tags!LDAR Valve Tag example for GasTech Showleak detection and repair tag LDAR

 

Interested in products similar to LDAR Tags? Then check out our Valves Tags, Inspections Tags, Asset Tags, Pipe Markers and other general Industrial Tags.

License tags for counties, cities, and municipalities

Not sure which tag shape to get this year for your county, city, or municipality’s pet license program? Here are our top 3 most popular shapes for pet license tags:Top dog and cat license tags for cities and counties

 

The law requires pets to have a license tag, even if they never leave your property. A pet license tag attached to your pet’s collar is proof of ownership. Pets without a license tag can receive a fine, depending on the city or county. A license tag can help your dog or cat get home if they are lost and picked up by animal control because the license ID will be in the system with your name.

Let National Band & Tag help streamline your licensing program with our new barcoded strip-pak. Each bag has 1 tag, and 1 attachment, with a barcode and number so that you can assign license numbers to specific people.dog and cat license tag packaging with barcode

Leave us a comment below, which one of these 3 tag shapes is your favorite for pet license tags?

Laser Etched Brass Tags: Frosted vs Non-Frosted

National Band & Tag has a new laser machine that now allows us to successfully laser etch on brass tags. When placing your laser etched brass tag order, you now have the choice of a “frosted” surface. “Frosting” means removing the shine that brass has, to make it easier to read. The examples below on the left with a more yellow look are frosted, and the darker brown samples are regular brass. Brass is hard to take a picture of because of how shiny the material is. The shine will not work in certain environments, so for an additional charge, we can remove it for you. This allows you to have all the benefits of brass material, without the shine.

brass laser etched tags

rectangle brass tags with custom text

round brass tags with text and number laser engraved

Not sure if brass tags will work in your environment? Contact us for tag samples to test before you buy. If you have any questions, comment below and our in-house laser etching expert will respond. Learn more about “frosting” on stainless steel and aluminum material here.

It’s time to order your 2020 Rabies Tags

The 2020 style of the year rabies tag is the Red Heart.

As we get ready to enter our Rabies Tag season (September – December), our busiest time of the year, we urge all our veterinarian customers to order as early as possible for a quicker turnaround time. The NASPHV recommended tag style of the year is #198 Red Heart.

Why purchase from National Band & Tag?
  • Quick turnaround times
  • Low-cost leader
  • Manufactured in America
  • Multiple shapes and sizes available to fit both cats and dogs
  • Your information, custom stamped to meet your rabies vaccination needs
  • Both 1-year and 3-year rabies tags are available
Here are a few tips to help with your 2020 Red Heart order:
  1. Order enough tags. If you are on the fence about how many tags to order, we always recommend over-ordering. To re-order more tags, it will cost more time and money than if you order 100 more tags than normal the first time. If there are extra tags at the end of the year, you can recycle aluminum tags.
  2. Special orders take more time. If you are ordering something other than stamped tags with standard packing, additional time will be added on to produce your order. This can really affect customers who want to order paint-filled tags that are flat packed in November and December.
  3. Don’t forget to pay for your order. All orders must be paid for before the tags will be produced. (Unless you have an open account). Just call in with your quote number and credit card to pay, mail a check, or pay online.
  4. Review your acknowledgment. After your sales representative has entered your order they will send you an acknowledgment (receipt), please review it to make sure the stamping, quantity, style, color, etc. is correct. Your estimated shipping date will also be on your acknowledgment.

If you have any questions or want to check the status of your order, give us a call at 859-261-6000.

117th Anniversary

August 15, 2019, is National Band & Tag’s 117th anniversary!

117 years ago in 1902, Joseph Haas, opened a small shop in an abandoned barn in Newport, KY. Haas intended to manufacture poultry leg and wing bands. Local poultry breeders were looking to improve their flocks and needed a marker to distinguish one fowl from another. By 1914, the business began to grow and Haas moved to a larger location in Newport, KY. Over the decades, his product line grew with the addition of different animal identification such as livestock and dog tags. National Band & Tag is currently in our 5th generation and has 11 family members working together in our facility.

This year to celebrate our anniversary, we would like to thank all our customers and employees for their patience since we started our new internal software system on July 1st. It has been a learning curve, and there were many kinks to be worked out over the first few weeks. As a company who has been around for 117 years, certain changes need to happen so that we can continue to grow and improve. This new system will allow us to better serve our customers faster and more efficiently.

We have proudly been around 117 years and look forward to the next 117 years as we continue to grow and live out our Vision, Mission, and Values.117th anniversary tags

 

Custom Wedding Bird Bands

Banded for Life

Did you know, we can create custom duck or goose bands for your proposal, save-the-dates, or wedding favors?

Well, we have a new one to add to the list, Name Card Holders!

One of our creative customers got stamped leg bands and cut slits in the name tags so that they would slide over the sides of the bands. The bands featured below are our Style 1242-20 (5/8″ diameter), Butt-End Bands, in plain aluminum. These are the same types of bands that the USGS Bird Banding Laboratory uses on birds in the wild for research. This couple customized their bands with “Banded On”, the wedding date, and their names. We can customize bands with almost any text. Most couples like to put their wedding date on the second line in a bigger text because then it looks similar to an actual federal band.

wedding custom bird bands for name holders

Do you have a creative way that you used our bird leg bands? Share in the comments below! To see other ways customers have used bird leg bands, check out our blog.

International Owl Awareness Day

Fun Fact: There are over 200 species of owls in the world

Banded owl for International Owl Awareness Day

This Sunday, August 4th is International Owl Awareness Day! NB&T is celebrating with the top 10 oldest banded owls according to the “USGS Bird Banding Laboratory’s Longevity Records of North American Birds“. According to the Bird Banding Lab, the oldest banded owl is a 28-year-old Great Horned Owl, located in Ohio. It was banded on 3/9/1977 and encountered on 3/24/2005. This Great Horned Owl was found with an injury and placed into captivity. On our oldest banded bird list, the 2nd, 5th, 7th and 9th oldest birds are also Great Horned Owls. Other species on the top 10 list include Barred Owl, Snowy Owl, Northern Spotted Owl, and Great Gray Owl.USGS Owl chart

National Band & Tag Company manufacturers metal leg bands that are also used to band owls. Different types of research and conservation organizations will band owls to monitor the population, mating, movement, diet, etc. so that they can better improve their conservation efforts. Many species of owls that are endangered or threated is due to loss of environment. Owls are important for the environment because they help control rodent populations.

Have you ever encountered a banded owl? Share your story in the comments section below or join the conversation on social media by using  #InternationalOwlAwarenessDay.

 

 

 

Identification Solutions for the Radiology and Medical Imaging Industry

In 2013, National Band & Tag was approached by the radiology industry to come up with a permanent solution for identifying lead aprons. We came up with Lead Apron ID Tags, shown below, and have had positive feedback from our customers and the industry ever since the beginning.

See what some of our current customers are saying about our plastic Apron Tags (Style 2351AT)

Upcoming Trade Shows:

AHRA in Denver, CO from July 21-24, 2019 Booth #424
The Association for Medical Imaging Management is the professional organization representing management at all levels of hospital imaging departments, freestanding imaging centers, and group practices.

RSNA in Chicago, IL from December 1-6, 2019 Booth #1454
The Radiological Society of North America (RSNA) is a non-profit organization with over 54,000 members from 136 countries around the world. RSNA promotes excellence in patient care and health care delivery through education, research and technologic innovation.

Saltwater and Marina Environment Stainless Steel Tags

Stainless steel tags are recommended wherever corrosion is a serious problem, such as salt-water environments, marinas, boat docks, etc. 316 stainless steel, also known as marine grade, is probably the most common grade of stainless steel used in marine applications. It has more molybdenum than other austenitic stainless steels which helps it to resist pitting and other corrosive effects of salt water.

National Band & Tag can laser etch 316 stainless steel tags which will stand up in this environment. The engraving will hold up just as long as the tags will.

Contact us today for a free quote or samples to test out.

Happy 4th of July, from our family, to yours

Tomorrow is 4th of July, Independence Day for the United States! Did you know, most all our products are Made in America, including most of the products that we resell. National Band & Tag has been a manufacturer in Kentucky since 1902, and our Mission and Values show how proud we are to be a family owned manufacturer in the USA.

MISSION

We are a U.S. manufacturer providing unique and innovative identification solutions for many purposes. Since 1902, we’ve been building our business to SOAR™:
•Sequential numbering and custom design for accurate identification
•On-time and upfront delivery expectations
•Agile and solution-centered customer service
•Reinvention in-house, to save you time and money

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

dont tread on me flag

american flag tag

National Band & Tag will be closed for the 4th of July weekend on Thursday, July 4th and Friday, July 5th, 2019 . Business will resume Monday, July 8th, 2019.

SUNDOG® RFID Staples for Inventory Tracking

rfid staplesNational Band & Tag is now a distributor of Utility Composites, Inc.’s SUNDOG® RFID Staples that can be used for inventory of wood surfaces such as Timber, Lumber, Pallet, Utility Poles, and Railroad Ties. This durable staple will stay in the wood surface to allow for real time inventory management, reduced inventory losses, faster and efficient multi-tag readings, high read range capability and the elimination of labor for individual barcode reading. Staples are attached using a Hammer Tacker or Pneumatic Tool.

Features of the SUNDOG® RFID Staples are:

  • Won’t trip metal detectors
  • Long distance and wide angle read range
  • Will not damage blades or abrasives, so they can be left in logs and lumber to be processed
  • Fast installation with staple tools
  • Rugged and flexible

Contact us today for a free quote on the complete RFID Staple Kit!

rfid staples

Laser Etching, Laser Marking, Stamping, Embossing and Ink Jet

National Band & Tag offers a variety of solutions for creating a custom tag that meets your identification needs and environment. Different engraving and marking options on different materials can make the difference in how long a tag will last in specific environments. 

Laser Etching: Available on metal tags only. Material is physically etched with the laser beam into the surface of the material, deep enough that you can feel it with your finger nail. On anodized and colored aluminum, the metal with change color from the base color to white, thus providing a high contrast character. Laser etching on heavy duty materials such as stainless steel and UV stable aluminum is great for harsh environments such as extreme heat or cold, chemicals, frequently cleaned and outdoors. Laser etching is an additional charge, call for quote.

laser etched tag

laser etched tags

Laser Marking: Available on plastic tags only. The characters are marked onto the surface of the material using an oxidation process which results is a bold contrasting character. The characters are dark gray, almost black in color. Laser marking is also referred to as laser coloration or laser dark marking. Plastic tags are great for indoor use or outdoor use in less harsh environments. Laser marking is an additional charge, call for quote.

laser marked plastic tags

laser marked tags

Stamping: Available on metal tags only. Stamping (also known as pressing) is the process the letters/numberings being pressed into the material. Stamped tags can be paint filled with black or white paint (shown below) to create a contrasting look. Stamped tags are very durable on all materials and can be used in many different environments. Stamping price varies by product, but are the most cost efficient. See website for details.

stamped tags

stamped tags

Embossing: Available on limited styles of metal tags only. Embossing is when the letters and numbering is raised above the metal tag or band. Embossed tags are durable yet flexible. Since the letters are raised up, there is no chance of the print getting worn off.  Embossing is available on some light gauge tags and some styles of leg bands for poultry. Embossing prices vary by product, see website for details.

embossed tags

embossed tags

Fusion Marked: Available on wing bands. This process creates a highly contrasting mark with dark bold characters on the surface of the tag. See website for pricing.

fusion wing bands

fusion wing bands

Hand Engrave Your Tags on The Spot

National Band & Tag is now selling hand engravers to go along with our tags. This machine allows you to engrave blank tags for on-site identification or engrave tags with pre-laser etched boxes as you need to. An example of this is annual inspection tags and using the hand engraver to mark the date the inspection was completed.

Style R1580 – Battery Powered Precision Engraver with Diamond Tip BitWatch our videos below to see how the hand engraver performs on all our different types of materials.

On Stainless Steel:

On Colored Aluminum (will vary by color):

On UV Stable Black Aluminum:

On Plain Aluminum (silver):

On Brass:

Memorial Tags – Gone, But Never Forgotten

If you have a loved one or a pet who has passed away that you would like to remember with a personalized memorial tag, we can help make the perfect custom tag. We have multiple tag shapes and sizes to meet your customization needs, as well as tags for both indoor and outdoor memorials. Memorial tags be designed on anything ranging from:

  • Dog/Pet shaped tags
  • I. Military dog tags
  • Tree tags
  • Garden markers
  • Park benches
  • Bird Bands
  • Gold Divot Tools
  • And more

View some examples from past customers of the keepsake tags they created to keep their loved ones in their memories and to remember them by.

Happy 227th Birthday Kentucky!

Kentucky’s 227th birthday is coming up! Kentucky was granted statehood June 1, 1792, becoming the first U.S. state west of the Appalachian Mountains and the 15th state admitted into the union. National Band & Tag is proud to have been in Northern Kentucky for 117 of those 227 years.

To celebrate Kentucky’s birthday, check out these facts about Kentucky’s history:

1816 – Mammoth Cave (the world’s longest cave) was first promoted, making it the second oldest tourist attraction in the United States (behind Niagara Falls)

1875 – First Kentucky Derby run at Churchill Downs.

1892 – The radio was invented by a Kentuckian named Nathan B. Stubblefield of Murray.

1902 – National Band & Tag was founded.

1909 – Present State Capitol completed.

1912 – McCreary County, the last to be created of Kentucky’s 120 counties, was formed in 1912.

1937 – United States gold depository built at Fort Knox.

 

How are you celebrating Kentucky’s birthday? Share with us in the comments below.

What do turtles and boats have in common?

They both wear tags!

This week (May 18th – 24th)  is National Safe Boating Week and Tomorrow, May 23rd is World Turtle Day. We are celebrating both holidays today with our HIN Tags and Sea Turtle Tags.

National Safe Boating Week is a program of the National Safe Boating Council to promote boating and life jacket safety. This campaign kicks off the weekend before Memorial Day when a lot of people will take to the water. Before you dust off those water skis this Memorial Day, also take the time to make sure your HIN (Hull Identification Number) Tag is up to date on your boat! HIN Tags are required by the Coast Guard, and our stainless steel HIN Tags will keep you up to date.

HIN tag

HIN Tag

Sticking with our water theme, up next is World Turtle Day! Sponsored by the American Tortoise Rescue, this day is used to  as an annual observance to help people protect and celebrate turtles and tortoises and their disappearing habitats around the world. Sea turtle conservationist use NB&T turtle tags to track and research sea turtles. Our tags are made from a durable incoloy material that stands up to salt water and won’t hurt the turtle.

turtle tag

Turtle Tag
Photo Courtesy of Reef Doctor

National Band & Tag will be Closed Monday May 27, 2019 for Memorial Day. We hope everyone has a happy and safe weekend.

Keysie – The Easy Keyring Opener

National Band & Tag is now a distributor of Keysie Co. and their new product, the Keysie! Keysie Co.’s motto, “We always found it difficult opening key rings with our fingernails, so we solved the problem”. Never break another nail trying to open a key ring to put a pet I.D. tag on again.

key ring opener

Keysie slides in and locks open your keyring, leaving you with both hands free. And what’s more, it attaches to your keyring, so it’s always there when you need it.

keysie

Keysie – Style 1510S

Available in individual packs or packs of 100.

How to use the Keysie:

Pool Pass ID Tags for Municipalities, Apartment Complexes, and Local Pools

Memorial Day is coming up, are you getting ready to open your community pool? Use these pool pass tags to guarantee everyone who is splashing around in your pool is supposed to be there!

Not sure where to get started with designing your pool pass tags? Try answering these few questions to get started:

  • Will you need to color coordinate? Different colors for each year will making spotting old passes easy. If you charge different prices based on age or family packages, you might want a different color tag for children and adults.
  • Will you need your tags numbered? Tags can be sequentially numbered, so you can assign a specific number for every swimmer at your pool.
  • Will you need any attachments? Split ring attachments can turn your pool pass into a keychain that can hang on swim bags.

With over 160+ tag shapes and 11 different aluminum colors, the customization options are limitless. Click here to view all our tag shapes and get started creating your custom pool pass tags.

pool pass keychain

Arbor Day

Friday, April 26th is Arbor Day! National Arbor Day is celebrated on the last Friday in April, but each state celebrates its own Arbor Day depending on when the best times to plant trees in their area is.  This day is used to celebrate trees and encourage people to plant trees, bushes and plants in their local neighborhood.

National Band & Tag is celebrating Arbor Day with our Arboretum Tags and Tree Tags. We manufacturer custom tags to go on trees for a multitude of reasons. Arboretums tag their trees to identify the name, scientific name, origin, and provide visitors with other information about that specific tree.

Tree tags have multiple uses depending on the organization do the tagging, some examples of tree tags are identifying trees that have been treated for emerald ash borer, city storm water trees, trees to protect and not cut down, forestry research trees, memorial trees, and more.

arbor day tags

tree tag

When Julius Sterling Morton founded Arbor Day back in 1872, his idea was simple, set aside a special day for tree planting. Share with us in the comments below, how you are celebrating Arbor Day? If you can’t plant a tree, try cleaning up a local park, visiting your local arboretum, or donating to the Arbor Day Foundation.

Can I see some Pet ID?

It’s National Pet ID Week (April 16 – 23)! As a manufacturer of dog and cat rabies tags and license tags, we are proud promoters of National Pet ID Week! This week is used to make sure every pet’s identification tags and microchips are up to date.

bone tag pet id week

Some pet owners say their dog doesn’t wear an ID tag because their dog is always on a leash. Or, that their cat is an indoor cat, so they don’t even put a collar on them. A pet can always get lost, and an ID tag needs to be in place in case your pet makes an escape. Leashes can break, doors get left open, and natural disasters can happen. It’s better to be prepared when it comes to getting your pet returned to you, and something as simple as an ID tag is an easy solution to get behind. In ASPCA research, owners who’d lost a pet were asked if they ever thought they’d lose a pet in the way they did, and the majority said no, they never imagined that would happen to them.

If your pet does wear their ID tags, take a moment to make sure that information is still legible and up to date.  Worn and damaged tags, or tags with incorrect contact information won’t help when someone is trying to contact you to return your pet.

Celebrate Pet ID Week with us by sharing your pictures below of your pet wearing their ID tags!