National Band & Tag’s 116th Anniversary

Today, August 15, 2018 marks National Band & Tag’s 116th Anniversary!

National Band & Tag Company was founded in 1902. On August 15, Joseph Haas, opened a small shop in an abandoned barn in Newport, KY. Haas intended to manufacture poultry leg and wing bands. He knew little about poultry farming, but had been informed that breeders were improving their flocks and it was necessary to use some sort of marker to distinguish one fowl from another. Visualizing the possibilities of a new industry, Haas went to work designing a few patterns of bands, crude at first, but with recommendations from customers and experimental projects, he was able to come up with bands that worked. By 1914 the business had grown so much that Haas moved to a larger location and started adding more animal identification product lines.

In 1939 Haas invented perhaps the most unusual NB&T product, Chicken Sunglasses. These small glasses with red lenses were designed to be held on the chicken’s beak with a cotter pin through the nostrils of the bird. As a cannibalistic animal, chickens are provoked by the sight of blood and will peck at each other, eventually killing off much of the flock. These red lenses prevented chickens from seeing the red blood and calmed their behavior. These have not been manufactured for many years and are now considered a collector’s item.

Now in our 4th and 5th generation of family members, we manufacturer hundreds of styles of tags for multiple identification purposes such as: poultry, cattle, lab animal research, dog and cat rabies vaccinations, wildlife conservation, and industrial applications. We sell our products worldwide to 100 different countries, and are excited to continue growing our business for another 116 years.

According to a Harvard Business School study, “70% of family-owned businesses fail or are sold before the second generation gets a chance to take over. Just 10% remain active, privately held companies for the third generation to lead”. How has National Band & Tag lasted all these years? We stand behind our company values:

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

Power Pole Inspection and Treatment Tags

Companies who inspect, test, and treat power poles are going to need power pole tags! View more on the different tags we offer and their uses below.

Pole Inspection Tags
Field inspection services will contribute to the accuracy of identifying poles that should be restored or replaced and those that should be treated. Once a pole has been inspected and approved, it is identified as inspected with a small, plain aluminum tag. The 1 ¼” inch round tag, Style 137, and 1” inch round tag, Style 85, are two popular sizes for this.

Pole Treatment Tags
The Style 89 pie shaped tag usually has the type of treatment on it, and can be paired with the round tags.

Wood pole test and treatment solutions can help extended the life of a wood pole. Some of our customers even focus on environmentally friendly remedial treatments, designed to protect wood from decay, insects, and other wood destroyers.

Electric Public Utility and Electric Cooperative Tags
We manufacture pole asset tags for both public and cooperative utility companies. These type of tags are usually larger and more detailed with barcodes. The rectangle Style 14 is very popular. Below are power pole tags tested out by one of our customers who is a privately owned cooperative company in Georgia.

This electrical cooperative company uses our UV Stable Black Aluminum material for their Utility Pole Tags. They have been amazed at the longevity they’ve gotten out of their tags, especially since they are used outdoors. The photos here show one of their tags that was recently produced, and one that they just took off a Utility Pole after 11 years. The barcode still scans, and the numbering is still very readable! This material is fantastic in the elements, and is time-tested.

1-Year vs. 3-Year Rabies Tags

Veterinarians have the option of giving pets a 1-year or 3-year rabies vaccine, but what they might not realize, is that they need the correct tag material to match! 3-year rabies tags need to last longer on a pet’s collar, so a thicker or stronger material is required.

1-year rabies tags can use our standard .050 aluminum. For 3-year rabies tags we recommend .064 aluminum (which is thicker than .050) or a stainless-steel rabies tag.

Check out what can happen if you try to use an .050 aluminum for a 3-year tag. Over time, the material will eventually stretch and become difficult to read from wear, and rubbing against the animal’s fur.

Shown: Style 221

Please contact us with any questions.
We look forward to providing your clinic 1-year and 3-year rabies vaccination tags!

Order Now, Pay & Ship Later – Rabies Tag Program

National Band & Tag is excited to announce our new program for animal hospitals and clinics in need of their Rabies Tags by January 1, 2019. Our new, Order Now, Pay & Ship Later program allows customers with an open account to order their 2019 Rabies Tags any time before September 28, 2018, and we will produce your tags and store them in our facility for you. All Rabies Tags will then ship out the last week of November, and you will be sent an invoice.

How this benefits you:

  • Tags are guaranteed to arrive before January 1, 2019
  • You don’t have to store the tags in your facility for months before you need them
  • You get to pay later

Why start this program? NB&T produces millions of rabies tags each year, and our busiest part of the season is October through December, so by ordering early, we can help keep production time down, and guarantee customers a faster turnaround time.

Questions? Call and talk with one of our sales representatives at 859-261-2035.

169 Dog & Cat Tags


169 dog & cat tag shapes

13 materials (color) (Aluminum – 11 colors) brass, and stainless steel.

3 engraving options, (stamped, laser etched, hybrid)

21 hole and slot options

2 paint fill options (black or white)

= 276,822 ways to customize your tag


And that’s not even including other customization options such as: backside stamping, laser etched barcodes, logos, decorative corners, packaging options, reinforced eyelets, wet tumbling and more.

Don’t like any of our 169 shapes? Have your own shape made! Pay a onetime charge to have your own shape created. Contact us for a quote.

Flag of Tags

While tags are meant for identification, they can also be used for art! We decorated our office with an American Flag made entirely out of tags with adhesive backing. Some of our customers use our tags as keychains, or for crafts with kids, and more.

Our flag of tags is made red, white and blue aluminum material. The rectangles our style 14 tags are 1-1/4” x 4-7/8”. The stars are our style 363.

To help get you ready for 4th of July tomorrow, here are some fun facts about the American flag.

  • Congress adopted the Stars and Stripes as the American flag on June 14, 1777.
  • For a while, the U.S. added stripes and stars to the flag when welcoming new states. At one point, the flag has 15 stripes and 15 stars. As the country continued to add new states, they decided to go back to the 13 stripes for the original 13 colonies.
  • The colors of the flag have important meanings. Red symbolizes hardiness and valor, white symbolizes purity and innocence and blue represents vigilance, perseverance, and justice.
  • When the flag can no longer be repaired or used, it must be destroyed in a dignified matter, such as burning.

National Band & Tag will be closed tomorrow, Wednesday, for 4th of July. Business will resume on Thursday July 5th.

Tongue & Slot Tags for Electrical Wire Harnesses

What do automobiles, construction machinery, and aircraft have in common? They all have lots of wires inside of them! These wires and cables are all bound together into a wire harness. The cables are bound together by straps, cable ties, electrical tape, conduit, etc., to keep all the wires together in an easy to handle bundle. Wire harnesses make installation of them easier, as well as optimize space. To make sure that you have the correct wires in the harness, or that the harness is correctly put into place, proper identification is key. National Band & Tag’s tongue and slot style tags are perfect for wire harnesses because they come in multiples sizes, and can be customized with your information.

tongue and slot tags

Contact us today for a free quote on any of our tongue and slot style tags for wire harnesses.

National American Eagle Day

Today, Wednesday June 20th is National American Eagle Day! This day is used to commemorate the anniversary of the Bald Eagle being selected as our National Symbol, to celebrate its physical recovery to America’s skies, and to observe the American values, ideals, and attributes for which it stands.

On June 20, 1782, the Bald Eagle was selected as the U.S.A.’s National Emblem, and in 1995, the American Eagle Foundation was able to get President Bill Clinton to recognize the first American Eagle Day.

Bald Eagles almost went extinct in the 1960’s due to loss of habitat, but they were brought off the endangered species list in 2007 due to the work of conservationists and strict protection laws. To better learn about eagles and to conserve them is where National Band & Tag comes in with our aluminum Lock-On Leg Bands and Rivet Leg Bands. These custom stamped and numbered leg bands help researchers and conservationist track eagles and learn more about them.

Aluminum Lock-On Bands have a tab that folds over and can be sealed using pliers while the Rivet Band uses pop rivets and a pop rivet gun to seal the rivet band around the bird’s leg. These unique features make these bands great for eagles and other birds of prey.

Bald Eagle: Size 8A or 9
Golden Eagle: Size 9, 9A or 9C

(These sizes are recommended from the USGS Bird Banding Laboratory and should only be used as a guide. NB&T is not responsible for incorrect sizes being ordered based on these recommendations.)

Lock On Band

Rivet Bands

To participate in Nation American Eagle Day, try various activities such as visiting the eagles at your local zoo, donating to an eagle conservation program, viewing live eagle nest cameras, or posting on social media using the hashtag #NationalAmericanEagleDay.

June is National Dairy Month

Before June was National Dairy Month, it started in 1937 by grocery organizations sponsoring “National Milk Month.” By 1939, June became the official “Dairy Month” as a way to distribute more milk during the warm summer months. This month is also used to encourage families to make milk their beverage of choice, and drink more milk for its nutritious benefits.

National Band & Tag provides metal ear tags for dairy farms, dairy associations, DHIA (Dairy Herd Information Associations), dairy cow veterinarians, and genetic companies to I.D. all their dairy cows.

Learn more about National Dairy Month from the Dairy Alliance.

 

The Round Tag that Meets All Your Needs

NB&T’s most popular style of tag the # 137 a 1-¼” inch round tag that can be used for multiple applications across numerous industries. Check out a few of the top applications we see for this style of tag.

Crematory Tags:

COMPANY TYPES: Crematoriums, Mortuaries, Funeral Homes, Pet Cremations

USE: 304 Stainless Steel stamped tags are used to identify both human and pet remains as they go through the cremation process to ensure proper identification at all times. 304 Stainless Steel tags will not melt in the crematorium, so they are able to go in the fire and stay with the remains.

 

Tree Tags:

COMPANY TYPES: Landscape Architecture Firms, Plant Ecologist, U.S. Forest Service, Tree and Lawn Care Services, Lumber Production Companies, Arborist Consultants, Tree & Stump Removal, Arborist/Forestry Supply Stores

USE: There are many types of tree tags available, but a stamped #137 is popular for the above companies because their main goal is to number and identify specific trees. The trees could be numbered for a multitude of reasons, from labeling diseased trees, trees to cut down or save, trees to trim and more. A plain aluminum 137 is durable enough to last outside, while also being discreetly visible on the tree.

 

Dog & Cat Tags:

COMPANY TYPES: Veterinarians, Municipalities, Cities, Counties, Humane Societies, Animal Shelters, Kennels, Animal Hospitals, and Clinics.

USE: Rabies Tags indicate that an animal has had its rabies vaccine. Cities and counties use License Tags to show that your pet has been licensed in that area. General dog and cat I.D. tags are used by animal shelters, humane societies, SPCA’s, etc. to I.D. the animals in that company’s care.

 

Survey Tags:

COMPANY TYPES: Surveying Companies, Survey and Mapping Equipment Suppliers,

USE: These tags have a hole in the middle for a nail to go through so that it can be attached to the ground, trees, and other objects for surveying and mapping points of land. Usually the surveyor’s license number is stamped on the tag.

 

Pole Tags:

COMPANY TYPES: Power Pole Inspection Companies, Utility Companies, Wood Pole Manufacturers

USE: Pole Tags are used on power poles, telecommunication poles, and other wood poles to identify that they have been inspected. Pole Tags can range round a small, simple stamped tag with the year on it, to a large barcoded tag that makes inspection easier by scanning the barcode.

 

Valve & Pipe Tags:

COMPANY TYPES: Chemical, Petroleum, Gas, Utility Companies

USE: Valve & Pipe Tags identify the flow of what is inside the pipes and relay important information and identification at the point of need. These tags are help reduce pipe related accidents and pass safety inspections. The #137 is popular for this because it is a visible size, but not in the way, and can dangle off the valve.

 

What would you use the style #137 – 1 ¼” inch round tag for?

Treated for Emerald Ash Borer Tree Tags

The Emerald Ash Borer is an invasive species of beetle from Asia that is killing ash trees all over the United States. Cities where the emerald ash borer is present, are protecting their public ash trees, while encouraging residents to treat their private ash trees.

Once a tree has been treated, it is marked with a metal tag saying that was treated, and other indicators such as the year or a serial number.

Are you a tree service company or city department who is treating ash trees for the Emerald Ash Borer? Then contact us today for a free quote on your customized “EAB Treated” tags. Our tree tags come in a variety of shapes and sizes to meet your customization needs. EAB Tags are usually nailed into the tree at eye level to ensure they can be seen. 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!

Boat Hull Identification Tags

A hull identification number, or HIN, is the unique serial number assigned to a boat. HIN tags are a federal requirement, and are used to identify boat manufacturers defects, recalls, and help in theft situations.

Are you a boat owner in need of a new HIN (Hull Identification) Tag? As of January 1, 2017, before taking any action related to a boat imported or manufactured on or after November 1, 1972, the issuing authority must determine whether the vessel has a properly formatted hull identification number. HIN numbers are 12 characters long like the examples below.

We offer two HIN Tag Options:

OPTION 1

Style 144
1/2″ x 3″
Two 1/8″ Holes
.030″ Stainless Steel
1/4″ Stamped Characters
**Turnaround time is typically 2-3 weeks**

OPTION 2

Style 141
1/2″ x 3″
Two 1/8″ Holes
.030″ Stainless Steel
1/4″ Laser Etched Characters
**Turnaround time is typically 7-10 days**

BOTH STYLES ARE GUARANTEED FOR LIFE!

To order your HIN Tag(s) – Fill out the order form here.

Construction Safety Week

This week, May 7 – 11, 2018 is Construction Safety Week.

The Mission of Construction Safety Week is to collectively raise awareness of the construction industry’s continuing commitment to eliminating worker injury, and to clearly communicate its dedication to a shared culture of care and concern and the belief that every week must be Safety Week.

National Band & Tag supports safety in the construction industry by providing innovative identification solutions to meet industry regulations and needs. Proper identification of equipment, pipes, rigging and lifting is very important in maintaining safety so that equipment is used correctly, chemicals are handled and disposed of appropriately, and wire, valves, etc. are properly marked.

Here are some of our tags that are used in the construction industry:

Wire Rope Tags & Chain Sling Tags
Used to identify wire ropes and chain slings in the rigging and lifting industry.

Valve Tags
Used to identify valves and pipes in multiple industries, including, but not limited to: chemical, oil, water, and more.

Inspection Tags
Can be customized to meet the needs of any piece of equipment or item that needs to be inspected. Even if it needs to be inspected monthly or annually.

Cable Markers
Identify and keep cables organized on site. Never have a mix up of the wrong cable getting installed in the wrong spot.

Custom Plate Tags
Does anything need to be identified on your construction site that is unique? Custom plate tags are available with multiple size, material, and style options available.

Learn more about Construction Safety Week at: http://www.constructionsafetyweek.com/

Arboretum Tree Tags – Meeting Arbor Day Foundation and ArbNet Credentials

At National Band & Tag, we custom manufacture a variety of tree tags. Some NB&T customers have won awards from the Arbor Day Foundation or ArbNet, such as Tree City USA and Tree Campus USA. Below are their tags that we made. Are you a NB&T Arboretum Tag customer who has won an award? Comment below to be featured!

Tree City USA – Arbor Day Foundation
The Tree City USA program has been greening up cities and towns across America since 1976. It is a nationwide movement that provides the framework necessary for communities to manage and expand their public trees.

Tree Campus USA – Arbor Day Foundation
The Tree Campus USA program helps colleges and universities around the county establish and sustain healthy community forests.

Tree Line USA – Arbor Day Foundation
The TreeLine USA® program exists to recognize best practices in public and private utility arboriculture, demonstrating how trees and utilities can co-exist for the benefit of communities and citizens.

Idaho Power Company

ArbNet Accreditation
The four levels of accreditation recognize arboreta at various degrees of development, capacity, and professionalism. Accredited arboreta are encouraged to seek and achieve higher professional standards and move up through the levels.

Ready to have a NB&T Arboretum Tag (Style # 14Arbor) for your trees? View pricing, information and more design examples here.

Which Scanner is Best for your Barcoded Tag?

National Band & Tag specializes in barcoded tags of all kinds, including, but not limited to: wing bands, small animal ear tags, metal plates, asset tags, dog tags, and labels. To go with your barcoded tags, you will need a scanner to read it, unless you are using a QR Code, then you will need to download a QR Code scanning app on your phone.

NB&T offers a few scanner options, but you may want to try researching scanners online that will fit your need. For example, scanners that are out in the field will need to stand up to dirt, and being cleaned often, while a scanner in a hospital may need to be purchased from a specific vendor. Do you want a mounted scanner, or a portable Bluetooth one? Do you have the right scanner for your barcoded tag? A 1D scanner will not work with your 2D barcoded tag. NB&T offers 1D linear barcodes, 2D Data matrix barcodes and QR Codes.

Wing Band Scanners

Hands Free Bar Code Scanning Station

Apron Tag Scanners

DS4308-HC Scanner

2D Scanner that comes with a cord and attaches into your computer. Great for a hospital with a rolling desk or portable laptop. Scan each apron and watch it appear on an Excel sheet on your computer.

 

CS4070 Scanner

2D scanner that is wireless. Take it with you and scan all your aprons, once scanning is complete, plug it into your computer and load all your data into your Excel sheet at once.

 

Small Animal Ear Tag Scanners – Click to View Videos

  • Cognex DM8500 on a Stand.
  • PowerScan D8590 held in the hand.
  • Cognex Dataman 300 on a Stand.
  • DataLogic CBX300 imager – Can be stand mounted.

If you already have a scanner that you plan on using, please request samples of the tag you would like to make sure that they are compatible together, and that your specific scanner will read the barcoded tag.

For more information on barcodes check out our Barcode Cheat Sheet.

Or for instructional videos on How-To use these scanners, check out our YouTube Page.

Vineyard Row Tags – Metal VS Plastic

NB&T Metal Tags AllFlex Cattle Ear Tags
(Distributed through NB&T)
How long will they last? Our Black UV Stable Aluminum will last outdoors for 20+ years, even in harsh environments These polyurethane tags can last anywhere from 3 – 10+ years. Different environments (extreme hot/cold) will affect them differently.
How many colors are available? Black is the only UV Stable color currently available. In regular aluminum we offer 10 other colors. It will depend on the style of ear tag you choose. The largest style (Global Super Maxi Female) has 8 colors, Blue, Red, Yellow, White, Black, Orange, Green, Light Pink
What can I put on them? Logos, barcodes, numbering, text, graphics, and more. Logos, barcodes, numbering, text, graphics, and more.
How much do they cost? Roughly $3-$5 dollars a tag (quantity discounts available) Contact us for a quote. Roughly $1-$2 a tag. Contact us for a quote.
What’s the largest size? 3” x 6” (can be horizontal or vertical) show in picture above. Other sizes available. Global Super Maxi Female
3” x 4-5/8”. Shown in picture above. Other sizes available.
Are there any minimums? $25.00 per order $25.00 per order and 25 tags per pack
How do I attach them? 1/8” hole standard. Custom holes and slots available. Can use a nail, screw, strapping, etc. 3/16” hole – can use a nail, screw, twine, etc.

World Landscape Architecture Month

April is World Landscape Architecture Month, a month-long celebration of landscape architecture and design in both public and private spaces. Established by the American Society of Landscape Architecture, WLAM aims to demonstrate how landscape architecture affects our daily lives.

Landscape architects analyze, plan, design, manage, and nurture the built and natural environments. You may see landscape architecture at parks, college campuses, streetscapes, walking trails, plazas, and more.

National Band & Tag creates custom metal tags that landscape architects can use to identify their projects. These metal tags can be customized with the company or designer’s name, information, website, date, etc. and then placed somewhere in the landscape, such as on a tree or rock. This is a great way to help promote and identify your work. Our black UV stable tags are great for outdoors and will last 20+ years, even in harsh environments. The white text on black background provides a high contrast that is visible and easy to read.

Check out our website for more design ideas, or email your tag designs to tags@nationalband.com for a free quote.

Here are some examples from our other customers:

Barcoded Tags Compatible with your Software

Why Use NB&T Tags:

National Band & Tag is an identification solutions provider, which means we will work with you to find the best solution for your ID needs. We offer multiple shapes, sizes, styles, materials, and engraving methods so that you can get the look you want.

We can assist software companies with designing a general tag that is used with your software, or we can work directly with project managers to come up with a tag that meet’s each of your client’s specific needs. Since your client doesn’t have to go searching for the tags to work with your software, your company is now a one stop shop, full service solution. Our customers use barcoded tags for multiple applications, including, but not limited to, asset management, inventory management, food traceability and more.

Scanners/Readers:

Our barcoded tags are compatible with most scanners. We can send a free sample tag for you to test with your own scanners to make sure they will read before you place your order.

Getting Started:

To start the design process, we recommend scrolling through our website to look for a tag shape and size that fits your application. After you pick out your style number, you will need to pick out a material, quantity, and what you would like on it. A sales representative will be able to give you a quote, and answer any customization questions you may have. If you would like to start designing with a sales rep, give us a call at 859-261-2035.

Use the links below to help you get started:

Shop by Material: Shop by Shape: Shop by Barcode:
Stainless Steel

UV Stable Black Aluminum

Plain Aluminum

Colored Aluminum

Plastic / Vinyl

Round

Square

Rectangular

Other

1D Linear Barcode

2D Data Matrix Barcode

QR (Quick Response) Code

Do you have any questions for our resident barcode expert? If so, comment below.

The Easter Bunny has an Earring?

Did you know that we manufacture rabbit ear tags? These ear tags are used on rabbits for different research, breeding and conservation purposes. NB&T offers a few different types of ear tags for rabbits, two of our most popular styles are a thin metal tag with an aluminum or plastic washer (style #1841), or a self-piercing ear tag (style 893). Other styles include the style 1005-1 for small rabbits, or the 1005-3 and 1005-4 for larger rabbits. Your tag style and material may vary depending on the species and environments the rabbits are in.

An alternative method for tagging rabbits in the ear, or any large eared animal. is accomplished by first folding the ear in half. Next, locate the piercing point of the tag, half of the tag’s length, down on the folded ear, allowing the other half of the tag length to remain clear. Now pierce through both halves of the ear with a single squeeze of the applicator. This will result in two incisions in the ear. Simply pull the ear back up and the tag will now be located securely in the center of the ear with the number facing out at all times.

National Band & Tag will be closed on Friday, March 30th, for Good Friday. Business will resume on Monday April 2nd.

Why Food Traceability in the Supply Chain is Important

When you’re sitting down to eat dinner, do you ever wonder if your food is safe to eat? The CDC estimates that each year, roughly 48 million people get sick, 128,000 are hospitalized, and 3,000 die from foodborne diseases. Food traceability is becoming even more important so outbreaks can be tracked down faster and more efficiently from fork to farm.

National Band & Tag helps keep food safe with proper identification to make traceability easier. For the first part of the food production chain, we offer ear tags for livestock while they are on the farm. For the processing and distribution part of the supply chain, we off stainless-steel barcoded tags that are safe for use on machines, equipment, pallets, and more.

Plastic Cattle Ear Tag

Metal Cattle Ear Tag

Identification and barcodes allow the CDC to track when people get sick, what store they bought the food from, what distributor and processor the store got the meat from, and what farm it all originated from. This then allows the CDC to determine where the outbreak started, and create recalls, thus stopping more people from getting sick.


Looking for more information on barcodes and tag materials? Check out our website, or give us a call at 859-261-2035 to talk with a sales representative.