Every Day is Tag Day™

Here at National Band & Tag Company, we like to think that Every Day is Tag Day™!  This day was created by the American Humane Society and is celebrated on the first Saturday in April. Every Day is Tag Day™ unites thousands of animal control agencies, veterinarians, and humane organizations with the goal of urging pet owners to equip their pets with ID tags and/or microchips. Tags and microchips help maximize the chance of a lost pet returning home safely.

How to participate in Every Day is Tag Day™:
  • Make sure your pet always wears a collar with a current ID tag, rabies tag, and city/county license.
  • Include a phone number on their ID tag.
  • Keep your pet’s licenses, ID tag, and microchip current. Make sure to update the tag if you change your address or phone number.
  • Remember that even indoor pets need tags. Many indoor pets can escape and end up in the shelter.

 

You can order a personal ID tag at a local pet store kiosk, or online. You will receive a Rabies Tag from your veterinarian when your pet receives a rabies vaccination. City/County license tags are usually obtained through the county clerk’s office, animal control, or can be ordered online. Check for your local pet licensing requirements online. National Band & Tag mass produces blank tags for kiosks, and for individuals to personalize and re-sell. We also produce rabies tags for veterinarians and  license tags for cities and counties

rabies and license tag - Every Day is Tag Day™

Share with us in the comments, how do you plan to celebrate Every Day is Tag Day™?

National Poultry Day

March 19th is National Poultry Day! It’s a day when we recognize domesticated birds that are raised for meat or eggs. “Poultry” includes chickens, turkeys, ducks, geese, quail, pheasants, guineafowl, squab, and other domesticated birds.

National Band & Tag manufactures a variety of products for poultry identification such as wing bands, leg bands, and clip-on blinders. We started out selling wing bands and leg bands for chickens back in 1902. To celebrate National Poultry Day, we are recognizing chickens by creating a side by side history timeline of chickens, NB&T, and how the industry grew in the 1900s.

History of Chickens, the Broiler Industry, and National Band & Tag in the 1900s

(Click the pictures below to make them larger.)

National Poultry Day - Chicken Timeline from 1900s

National Poultry Day - History of Chickens

 

 

Chickens & The Broiler Industry History:

1800s – 1900s:  Chickens are mostly owned by backyard farmers who use them for eggs. They are considered a delicacy, usually only eaten for holidays, special occasions, or when they are no longer producing eggs. By the beginning of the 1900s, a few entrepreneurs start selling young chickens in the summers for meat as a side business for their family farms.

1916: Pedigree chicken breeding starts. Founded when Robert C. Cobb Senior purchased a farm in Littleton, MA, forming Cobb’s Pedigreed Chicks.

1920s: Vitamin D was discovered in the early 1920s, which led to a revolution in poultry keeping. Hens could now survive through the winter months with Vitamin D supplements and go on to produce healthier chicks in the spring. Now that they can be raised indoors, people start building designated chicken coops. This all helped reduce the high mortality rate of chickens.

1923: Cecile Steele is the pioneer of the commercial broiler industry. Steele ordered 50 chicks for egg production; by mistake, she received 500 chicks. Instead of returning them, she saw an opportunity. She waited until the chickens reached 2 pounds live weight and sold them for a profit at 62 cents a pound. She increased her numbers in 1924 to 1,000 chicks, 10,000 in 1926, and 26,000 in 1928.

1939-1945: WW2 creates a ration on beef, pork, and lamb. People are encouraged to raise and eat more chicken. By the end of the war, Americans are eating 3 times more chicken than they were before the war.

1942: The government approves a new form of cleaning and packing ready-to-cook whole chickens in ice in wooden crates.

1948: Post war, “Chicken of Tomorrow” contest encourages breeders to create bigger, better broilers. Arbor Acres White Rocks’ white-feathered birds beat out the higher-performing Red Cornish crosses from the Vantress Hatchery. These two breeds would eventually be crossed and become the Arbor Acre breed whose genetics now dominate poultry farms worldwide today.

1950: Broilers are now the #1 source of poultry meat. Almost all Americans now have a modern, bottom cooling refrigerator, which has set a new standard of food storage and food safety

1952: The commercial broiler industry begins its economic boom. Specially bred meat chickens (“broilers”) surpass farm chickens as the number one source of chicken meat in the United States.

1970s: The broiler industry focuses on nutritional discoveries, disease eradication programs, and genetic improvements.

1980s: Consumers are starting to prefer cut-up and further-processed chickens to the traditional whole bird. Chicken surpasses pork consumption in 1985.

1990s: Chicken becomes the top-selling meat, surpassing beef. The movement towards natural, organic birds and eggs begins with more attention towards animal welfare.

 

National Band & Tag History:

1902: Joseph Haas starts to manufacture poultry leg and wing bands. He had been informed that breeders were improving their flocks, and it was necessary 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, they improved with recommendations from customers and experimental projects. He continued to make improvements until he came up with bands that worked. Ads were placed in poultry magazines, and although he had no competition, orders were slow.

1914: National Band & Tag makes its first move from a small barn to a garage, still in Newport, KY. NB&T now employs 3 people, one being Haas’s youngest son who was 11 years old.

1926: Business takes off for National Band & Tag! With the start of the broiler industry, more and more people are now raising chickens. The business moves from the garage to a building on Orchard St. in Newport, KY. Haas’s eldest son joins the business, and NB&T now employs 10 people.

1939: National Band & Tag invents Anti-Pix Chicken Glasses to help stop cannibalism in flocks. A year later in 1940, the “Jiffy” wing band is invented as an alternative to the “Zip” wing band.

1952: Now shipping worldwide, and profiting from the broiler industries’ economic boom, NB&T relocates from Orchard St. to a larger building on York St., Newport KY, which is where it still is today.

1957: C-LESS peepers are invented using aluminum to replace the chicken glasses

1968: The new “Tab End” wing band is invented. NB&T now employs 50 people.

1980s: National Band & Tag now has 3rd and 4th generation family members working together. NB&T continues to purchase surrounding land to expand the building.

1990s: NB&T celebrates 90 years of business in 1992.

 

Memorial Bird Bands

A great way to memorialize bird hunters who are no longer with us is with Memorial Bird Bands.

Customers use our Memorial Bird Bands as a memento to hand out to friends and family at the funeral. Some people will then put the bird band on their lanyard or keychain so that they can carry it around with them every day as a remembrance of their loved one. Hunting buddies or hunt clubs may want to pass out the bands amongst its members in honor of the deceased. Some will raffle off the memorial bands to help raise money for the family. We even had one customer put the memorial bands in honor of her son on ducks, so duck hunters would call for years saying they got one of the banded birds in tribute of her son.

 

Here are some of the ways our customers have customized their Memorial Bird Bands:

 

Memorial bird bands

IN LOVING MEMORY OF BRANDON MAUGLE 06/19/93-04/16/14

 

RIP MEMORIAL BANDS

JEFFERY WILKINS 4/23/1964 – 8/7/2016

LIVE LOVE DREAM MEMORIAL BIRD BANDS

STEVEN N. KENDRICK 02/09/99 – 01/27/19 LIVE – LOVE – DREAM

REST IN PEACE BIRD BANDS FOR HUNTERS

LEGENDS NEVER DIE RIP JB 12/2/12

DUCK MEMORIAL BANDS FOR LANYARDS

KELLY KEITH EADS 05/12/1997-01/21/2019 GET LOWER & SHOOT HIGHER

 

Click here to view our bird band sizes.

Bird bands come in multiple sizes and colors and can be customized with your text.

 

 

 

 

Designing Asset Tags for Proper Asset Management

WHAT IS AN ASSET?

Asset: “property owned by a person or company, regarded as having value and available to meet debts, commitments, or legacies.”

WHY DO ASSETS NEED IDENTIFICATION?

Some businesses may want a simple asset tag that has their logo and “Property of” on it to show that the asset belongs to them. Other businesses may want a more complex tag with a serial number or barcode so that they can track the asset. Asset tags are an important part of asset management. Asset tags can help to track an asset’s location, discourage theft, show ownership, track maintenance, repairs, and more. All of these reasons make Asset Tags valuable to both large and small businesses who want to have a proper asset management system in place.

 

design asset tags for your asset management needs

DESIGNING ASSET TAGS – WHAT TO CONSIDER:

  1. Where is your tag going to go on the asset, and where is the asset going to be? This will affect the size and shape of the tag you need, as well as the material. We have metal tags for flat surfaces, labels for curved surfaces, or flexible plastic tags. If your asset is going to be in a harsh environment, a heavy-duty metal tag will last longer than a thin plastic tag.
  2. How are you going to attach your tag to the asset? This will determine if you need holes, slots, or adhesive backing. This will also determine hole/slot size and placement on the tag.
  3. What info do you need the tag to relay? Logo, barcode, phone number, serial number, text, etc. are all things we can customize your tag with, but it’s up to you the tell us what information and numbering you want.

View more samples of Asset Tags and Asset Labels here.

 

Questions? Comment below or email us at tags@nationalband.com.

NA Recovery Key Tags

Narcotics Anonymous Recovery Key Tags represent increments of clean time and allow you to celebrate every milestone. Our NA Key Tags celebrate different lengths of clean time on the front of the tag. The back of the tag is customized with your homegroup name.  We offer 3 different options, a Full Set of 1,000 tags, a set of 100 or 200 Key Tags (one color only). These Key Tags are an authentic military-style dog tag with the notch in the tag.

Narcotics anonymous recovery key tags

Set of 1,000 Key Tags:

White “Just For Today” – 200 Tags
Orange “30 Days” – 100 Tags
Green “60 Days” – 100 Tags
Red “90 Days” – 100 Tags
Blue “6 Months” – 100 Tags
Yellow “9 Months” – 100 Tags
Gold “1 Year” – 100 Tags
Silver “18 Months” – 100 Tags
Black “Multiple Years” – 100 Tags

full set of recovery key tags

Key Tags are available for purchase through our website or through Amazon. If you have any questions about our NA Recovery Key Tags, call us at 859-261-2035 and a customer service representative will assist you.

 

Upgraded Well Permit Tags

New, Improved, QR Coded Well Permit Tags

Well Tags need to last outside in harsh environments year-round to make sure wells are properly identified. The old DNREC Well Permit Tag featured on top is plain aluminum and is stamped. The Well Permit Tag on the bottom is UV Stable Black Aluminum. On this tag, we use a laser to etch the text, which creates a highly visible white text on the black background, which won’t fade away. The new UV Stable Black Aluminum tag has a QR Code on the tag. This allows anyone with a smartphone to scan the QR Code and go to the Department of Natural Resources’ website.


Well permit tags with a QR code

Every well is required to have a Well Tag (in most states), to ensure a clean and adequate supply of underground drinking water. There are programs in place to prevent contamination of aquifers from improper well construction, drilling, or abandonment. Before drilling, a licensed well driller must first obtain a permit. The unique ID number on the Well Tag makes obtaining important information about the well easier.

Our Well Permit Tags are customizable in shape, material, and layout, so you can get the exact identification you need. We offer custom slot sizes for your tags so you can strap these tags onto the well. Available slot sizes are 1/8″ X 9/16″ (for 1/2″ strapping), 1/4″ X 7/8″ (for 3/4″ strapping) and 1/4″ X 1-1/8″ (for 1″ strapping). Click here to view more samples of Well Permit Tags.

2020 Is The Year Of The Heart

 

Happy Valentine’s Day!

To celebrate Valentine’s Day this year, we are sharing our Red Heart Rabies Tags! The National Association of Public Health Veterinarians (NAPHV) sets a recommended tag style and color for rabies tags each year. 2020’s rabies tag is the red heart! NB&T has 8 styles of heart-shaped tags for you to choose from.

red heart rabies tags

 

At NB&T, we have manufactured rabies tags for over 70 years! We love manufacturing rabies tags, just as much as we love our pets. This is why we are excited to launch our newest rabies tag in the year of the heart! Paw Finders is our standard rabies tags, now with a QR code on the back of the tag!

rabies tags with a QR Code

When someone finds a lost pet with a Paw Finders rabies tag, they can scan the QR code with a smartphone to bring up the owner’s contact information! This helps get lost pets home faster. The NASPHV style of the year tag also lets people know that the animal is up-to-date on their rabies vaccinations, making approaching them to scan the tag safer for the finder. To learn more about Paw Finders, check out our website: www.PawFinders.com.

 

Stainless Steel Eyelets For Zip Wing Bands

National Band & Tag is proud to present our newest upgrade for Zip 890 wing bands, Stainless Steel Eyelets (Style # 890 ESS)!  These new eyelets are more durable than the old aluminum eyelets because this material cannot be easily manipulated. Stainless steel is much harder than aluminum, so if someone tries to remove the eyelet, they won’t be able to without destroying the wing band. This makes the Zip wing band with Stainless Steel Eyelets a truly tamper-resistant wing band. These new eyelets are able to go on the Zip wing bands,  styles 890-2.75, 890-3 or 890-4.

890 ESS stainless steel eyelets on aluminum zip 890-3 wing bands for chickens

To seal the Stainless Steel Eyelets properly, you will need the new Heavy Duty Applicator (Style # 890S HD). This applicator makes sealing the bands easier because it is bigger and provides more leverage. The new applicator (shown below with red handles) is 8-1/4” long with a thicker head. The old applicator is 7-1/4” long with a thinner head (shown below with green handle).

890 ESS stainless steel eyelets for wing bands

Click Here for pricing and more information on Stainless Steel Eyelets.

Los Remaches De Acero Inoxidable

National Band & Tag orgullosamente presenta su más reciente actualización para las 890-3 Zips: ¡los remaches de acero inoxidable. (estilo 890 ESS)!

Estos remaches son más duraderos que los de aluminio, pues el material es mucho más resistente y por lo tanto son más difíciles de remover o sustituir sin destruir la placa. Esto hace que las Zips con remaches de acero sean más seguros. Estos remaches de acero pueden ser utilizados en las 890-32.75, 890-3 y las 890-4.

890 ESS stainless steel eyelets on aluminum zip 890-3 wing bands for chickens

La herramienta adecuada para este remache es el 890S HD. Esta remachadora es más grande y proporciona una mejor palanca para sellar los remaches de acero, que son más duros. La remachadora HD (mostrada en la fotografía abajo) tiene el mango rojo, en comparación con la 890S normal que tiene el mango verde.

890 ESS stainless steel eyelets for wing bands

Haga click aquí para obtener más información y precios.

Ear Tags for Mice, Rats, and Small Animals

Our small animal ear tags (Style 1005-1) can be used for multiple purposes. Research labs, universities, and hospitals, all use these ear tags on mice and rats in their research. Wildlife conservation organizations use these tags on small animals such as rabbits and squirrels to track population and research species. Breeders and competition shows use our tags on animals like rabbits, chinchillas, and guinea pigs to track litters, and for showing animals to meet competition identification requirements.

small animal ear tags for mice identification, numbered.
FAQs:

Can a 1005-1 and the applicators go in an autoclave?
Yes, they can.

Can a 1005-1 go in an MRI? 
No, they are made of metal.

Can you use a 1005-1’s on Chinchillas?
The stamped 1005-1s will work on chinchillas, but the laser etched ones will not because the lasered numbers can’t stand up to the dust bathes.

How do I order 1005-1s?
You can order online, call us at 859-261-2035, or email us at tags@nationalband.com to place an order. If you are ordering with a PO, we will need a copy of it. If you want to order our Quick Ship ear tags, you can order those online here.

How do you apply a 1005-1? 
Place the ear tag in the applicator keeping the hole side of the tag flat against the jaw of the applicator with the indentation. Locate the tag within the ear, applying beyond a ring of cartilage. After sealing, be sure to check that the tag point has come through the hole and bent around sealing properly. Wash tags in alcohol or a similar cleaning solution to help prevent infection to the ear.

What are the customization options?
1005-1 & 1005-1P: Stamped or Stamped with Paint-fill. 3 digit consecutive stamped number will fit on one side – 6 digit is available but will extend around the other side of the band. Numbering starts with two preceding 0’s (For example 001-1000).

1005-1L1: Laser etched, up to a 6 digit number or 1 letter with 5 numbers.

1005-1LZ: Laser etched, 7-11 characters.

1005-1L2: Laser etched numbers on 2 sides.

1005-1BC: 2d Bar Code with Human Readable Number on the other side of tag.

What is the difference between stamped, paint-filled and laser etched?
For stamped tags, the numbers are indented into the tag. The stamped tags can be filled with paint for a higher-contrasting look. Laser etched tags are engraved with a laser that creates a darker text and can fit more numbers onto a tag.

What is the turnaround time for 1005-1s? 
2-4 weeks during the off times, 4-6+ weeks during the busy season, like in January and August when universities are back in session. For a quicker turnaround, try our Quick Ship tags, 1,000 tags numbered 1-1000 ships in 2 business days.

What material is a 1005-1 made from?
.018″ Monel. Monel is a group of nickel alloys, primarily made of nickel and copper.

How to Attach a Tree Tag

When attaching a Tree Tag or Arboretum Tag, you can either attach the tag directly to the tree or put it on a stake in front of the tree. When attaching the tag directly to the tree, we recommend using an aluminum nail and stainless steel spring combo. This allows the tag to sit up off the bark, so the tree can continue to grow, without growing around the tag.

If you don’t wish to put anything in the tree, then a tag can be attached to a stake. Stakes can go into the ground in front of the tree. Stakes are 20″ tall, so even when a few inches are in the ground, they are high enough for people to see. Our stakes come with a 3″ strip of 3M tape already adhered to the stake, which will make sure the tag doesn’t fall off.

 

How to attach an arboretum tag and a tree tag

Arboretum tag on a stake in front of tree

3″ Aluminum Nails
Style 1529 – $5.00/box of 50

2 1/8″ Stainless Steel Springs
Style 1528 – $10.00/box of 50

3/4″ x 20″ Stake
Style 1530 – $6.00 each
3″ bend and 1/8″ thick

Contact us at tags@nationalband.com with any questions or to place a tree tag order.

Why stamped and laser etched tags are better than printed tags

National Band & Tag manufacturers stamped and laser etched industrial asset tags. These two methods are more durable than printed tags for environments that use harsh chemicals. Why? Because stamped tags, the lettering is indented into the material. For laser etched tags, the laser removes a layer of material to create the words. As you can see in the picture below, the harsh chemicals took the printed text right off the tag, because the text is on the surface of the tag, not in it. If the text has been physically etched or indented into the tag, then it would be impossible to wipe away. Below are some examples of where printed asset tags on equipment have had the text wiped away with chemicals.

stamped and laser etched tags are better than printed tags

A lot of printed tag manufacturers tend to use .020″ thick aluminum tags. At NB&T we use .050″ aluminum! So, if your looking for durable metal asset tags to go onto your equipment, and you know that equipment will be in harsh environments, get NB&T’s tags! Contact us at tags@nationalband.com for a free quote on your custom asset tags.

 

2020 Trade Shows – See where NB&T is exhibiting

National Band & Tag will be exhibiting at multiple trade shows in 2020. We have the opportunity to attend all kinds of shows since we manufacturer so many different types of product lines! We are starting 2020 off strong with 5 Trade Shows in January and February.

January Trade Shows:

Veterinary Meeting & Expo (VMX) – NB&T will be exhibiting as our newest brand, Paw Finders, in Orlando, FL. January 19-22, 2020, Booth #S6
VMX is a veterinary conference where veterinary professionals from all over the world come together to learn from the best in their field, network, explore new products and services in the exhibit hall. Paw Finders will be exhibiting our new Rabies Tag that has a QR Code on the back of the tag to help get lost pets home.

DistribuTech – Utility industry’s leading annual transmission and distribution event, in San Antonio, TX. January 28 – 30, 2020
DistribuTech International is the leading annual transmission and distribution event for the utility industry. The conference and exhibition offer information, products and services related to electricity delivery automation and control systems, energy efficiency, demand response, renewable energy integration, advanced metering, T&D system operation, and reliability, communications technologies, cybersecurity, water utility technology and more. National Band & Tag will be exhibiting our Power Pole Tags, Inspection Tags, Security Seals, Wire Markers, Asset Tags, Valve Tags and more.

February Trade Shows:

North American Game Bird Association (NAGA) – Annual conference in Memphis, TN. February 3 – 5, 2020
the NAGA conference and convention provide informative sessions, panel discussions, and networking opportunities specifically targeted to game bird producers, hunting preserve operators and outdoor industry members. National Band & Tag will be exhibiting our Pinless Peepers/Clip-On Blinders, leg bands, promotional bands, wing bands, and other gamebird products.

National Wild Turkey Federation (NWTF) – Annual Convention & Sport Show in Nashville, TN. February 12-16, 2020, Booth #1428
NWTF’s show is one of the biggest consumer shows in the country; where conservation and hunting’s most devoted supporters come together for a weekend of networking, learning and a lot of fun. National Band & Tag will be exhibiting our Butt-End Bands, Rivet Bands, Banquet Bands, Asset Tags, Promotional Products and more.

Western Veterinary Conference (WVC) – NB&T will be exhibiting as our newest brand, Paw Finders, Las Vegas, NV. February 16 – 19, Booth #2236
WVC is the largest, most influential veterinary continuing education conference. WVC offers network opportunities, learning sessions, and over 500 exhibitors that will be showing off cutting-edge products. Paw Finders will be exhibiting our new Rabies Tag that has a QR Code on the back of the tag to help get lost pets home.

 

What Trade Show will we see you at?

Excellence in International Trade

NB&T Wins the 2019 Martha Layne Collins Award for Excellence in International Trade

This prestigious award is presented by The World Trade Center Kentucky. WTC-KY is the leading provider of trade education, trade advisory, and trade missions across Kentucky. They assist small, medium, and large Kentucky businesses in growing their international trade and business.

The Martha Layne Collins Award for Excellence in International Trade is an annual award is given to companies who were chosen for their accomplishments in international business and the ability to successfully navigate global trade markets in order to positively benefit the state. The award commemorates the Commonwealth of Kentucky’s 56th Governor Martha Layne Collins. She was instrumental in attracting numerous Japanese automotive makers and parts suppliers to Kentucky in the mid-1980s. National Band & Tag was the Medium Enterprise (500 employees or fewer) award recipient. The Micro Enterprise (0-10 employees) recipient was New Frontier Inc, Small Enterprise (50 employees or less) recipient was Hallway Feeds, and the Large Enterprise (greater than 500 employees) recipient was Champion Petfoods. 2019 Martha Layne Collins Governor’s Award winner for Excellence in International Trade

Currently, NB&T ships all over the world to 100+ countries. We have the flag of every country we ship to hanging in our office, which you can see in our international shipping blog. This reminds us every day of how many countries our products are in. NB&T ships through UPS, USPS, FedEx, DHL, private carriers, and more, to get your package to you. We pride ourselves on providing multiple shipping options for our local and international customers. It is our goal that we can securely, and quicky, ship customers their orders for the best price. Our office, factory, and shipping departments all work closely together to produce and ship orders by the anticipated ship date. Keeping our 99% on-time-delivery rate up is important to us because we always strive to provide the highest quality of service for our customers.

To receive a shipping quote to your country, email us at tags@nationalband.com.

Goodbye 2019, Hello 2020!

A look back at 2019

National Band & Tag has been busy busy busy in 2019! Check out our new products and company updates from the past year, just in case you missed something.

  • Paw Finders – These new, modern, rabies tags have a QR Code on the back of the tag. When a pet is lost, a smartphone can scan the QR code on the tag to bring up the owner’s contact information.
  • Hand Engraver – (Style R1580) – This machine allows you to engrave blank tags, or tags with pre-laser etched boxes, for on-site identification.
  • SUNDOG RFID Staples – These staples can be used for inventory of wood surfaces such as Timber, Lumber, Pallet, and Utility Poles. This durable staple will stay in the wood surface to allow for real-time inventory management, faster multi-tag readings, high read range capability and the elimination of labor for individual barcode reading.
  • Keysies – (Style 1510S) – Keysie slides in and locks open your keyring, leaving you with both hands free, making it easier to attach tags. It also attaches to your keyring, so it’s always there when you need it.
  • Frosted Backgrounds – Looking for higher readability in your barcoded tags? Our new laser machine allows us to create a “frosted” background around the barcode that removes the shine from stainless steel and brass, allowing for higher contrast.
  • Valve Tag Quick Ship – Sold exclusively through Amazon on select styles. Stamped tags ship in 2-3 business days and custom laser etched tags ship in 7-10 business days.

Company Updates

  • Our family management team elected a new President, Kevin Haas, and a new Treasurer, Alex Wendel. Sean Haas continues to be our Secretary.
  • Starting on July 1st our company launched a new ERP software called M1. As with any new system transition, it has been challenging. We apologize for any negative impact you have felt these past few months. We are working overtime and weekends to continue to improve the system and our internal processes. The future in this system is exciting because it will allow us to serve our customers in ways we simply could not before.

Coming up in 2020

 

National Band & Tag will be closed for the Holidays on
December 24th and 25th, and January 1st.

Happy Holidays from our family to yours!
national band & tag family manager team

 

Learn how Apron Tags can help your facility at RSNA 2019

Come see us at RSNA!
December 1 – 6, 2019
McCormick Place, Chicago, IL
Booth 1454

2019 marks the Radiological Society of North America’s (RSNA) 105th annual meeting. The RSNA is a non-profit organization that hosts the world’s largest radiology conference. Their annual meeting allows radiologist to experience new technology, educational training, and new products for their field. National Band & Tag will be exhibiting at RSNA for the first time this year in booth #1454 to show the radiology industry how easy our apron tags are to use.

The Joint Commission requires lead aprons inspections to be visually, tactually (feeling for imperfections) and fluoroscopically (X-ray) to assess the condition of the apron. Lead Apron Tags help provide a visual representation to show when an apron has been inspected. They also provide other pertinent information such as the department it belongs to and a unique ID number.

lead apron tags for RSNA annual meeting

For RSNA we are excited to have our new lavender purple apron tag! Other Apron Tag colors include green, yellow, blue, pink, gray, orange, and white. 7 different layout options are available depending on your identification needs, as well as color-coding spirals and year discs. An example of how to use our tags is to have the tag color coordinate by department or floor, while the year disc designates the last time the apron was inspection date. If an orange 2018 year disc is still on an apron instead of a yellow 2019 disc, then you can easily tell that apron has not been inspected yet.

Purple apron tags

NB&T sells Apron Tags to over 250 hospitals in the United States. From small to large facilities, our Apron Tags can help meet your identification needs and pass inspection. See what National Band & Tag’s customers are saying about our Lead Apron ID Tags.

 

Holiday Napkin Rings

Are you ready to get your holiday shopping started?

Let National Band & Tag help check off all the holiday hosts and hostesses off your list with Holiday Napkin Rings. Create your own custom pack to decorate any holiday dinner party table this year. Available in red, green, gold and blue, Holiday Napkin Rings come in multiple colors for Christmas, Hanukkah, or just winter seasonal designs. Napkin Rings come in a pack of 8. The 8 napkin rings can have the same design or up to 4 different designs. Holiday Napkin Rings are sold through Amazon for easy and quick checkout. Just click the “Customize Now” button to choose your designs from the drop-down options, and then click the “Add to Cart” button.

snowman red napkin ring on a cloth napkin

Seasonal holiday napkin rings

Holiday napkin rings for Christmas, Hanukkah, and general winter seasonal designs

Custom Christmas Napkin Rings

Hanukkah themed blue napkin rings

Looking for personalized Napkin Rings with names, dates, or logos? Click Here to learn more.

 

How to read tags on a lost pet

Unfortunately, there is no national Pet ID Tag lookup in place to get a lost pet home. Luckily, lost pets never go more than a few miles from home. This is why a local city or county database is always more reliable than a national one. There are multiple tag manufacturers like National Band & Tag, all with multiple customers who order the same numbering. This is why contacting local animal shelters, veterinarians, and city/county animal control offices are always more likely to produce results than contacting tag manufacturers.

Here are some tag tips to help return lost pets as soon as possible:

The first tag to look for is a Pet ID Tag. These tags usually have the pet’s name on it, the owner’s contact info, or a QR Code on it. New, modern QR Coded pet tags will need to be scanned with a smartphone, or the unique ID number will need to be keyed in on the website to access the owner’s information.

rabies tags with a QR Code

The second tag to look for is a local county or city License Tag. While not every city or county requires a License Tag, the majority of the US enforces pet licensing. Based on where the animal is found, you can contact local animal control offices. You can give them the tag number of the lost pet, and they can then look that unique number up to get the owner’s information.

dog and cat license tags

The third tag to look for is a Rabies Tag. These usually have the veterinarian’s information on it so you can contact them. Because doctors cannot give out patient information, they will have to contact the owner on your behalf.

2019 rabies tag green bell

Other types of tags may include Dog Park License Tags, Apartment Registered Tags, or “I’m Microchipped” Tags. These will all help hint to the area the pet came from to help narrow down your search.

If there are no tags or any forms of identification on the lost pet, you will want to take them to a local vet or animal shelter to have them scanned for a microchip. You can then use social media, found pet flyers, lost pet online databases, and word of mouth to try to find the owners.

Stainless Steel Cremation Tags: Identification for peace of mind

Did you know that 53% of Americans were cremated in 2018 instead of buried? Or that pet cremation is the largest it has even been among Millenials and Gen Z pet owners according to Forbes? As more humans and pets use cremation, proper identification will become even more important. Tags with unique identification numbers ensure that loved ones receive the correct remains. According to the Cremation Association of North America (CANA), Washington, Nevada, and Oregon are the top 3 states with the highest cremation rates.

Cremation Tags with unique ID number

As stated by the International Cemetery, Cremation & Funeral Association (ICCFA) Identification Guidelines, “Funeral homes should implement a reliable system for the identification of human remains to give consumers assurance that safeguards are in place to minimize the incidence of misidentification. Further, in the case of a disinterment, or if a flood, earthquake, or other natural disaster disturb the place of interment, the identification and reinterment of the human remains would be facilitated by this system.”

 

National Band & Tag offers custom stamped stainless steel cremation tags that can have your crematory name, a unique ID number, and any other information you need on them. Cremation ovens get up to 1400 – 1800°F  degrees in order to break down the bone. But 304 stainless steel has a melting point of 2000+°F. This allows the tag to go into the oven with the remains and stay with them through the whole process. Thus, meeting the ICCFA’s guidelines as listed above. NB&T cremation tags (ID Discs), work for both human or pet cremations.

Contact us for a free quote on your custom tags today.

Duck and Goose Proposal Bands

Are you a bird hunting enthusiast ready to propose to your significant other? National Band & Tag is here to help with Duck or Goose sized leg bands stamped with “WILL YOU MARRY ME?”. Each pack comes with 5 bands. Proposal bands are sold on Amazon and ship in 2-3 business days. The duck size bands are our size 14 bands, which have a 7/16″ inside diameter. The goose bands are our size 24 bands, which have a 3/4″ inside diameter. Interested in a more custom band? You can buy a custom stamped bird leg bands directly through NB&T. Stamping can include names, dates or more.

proposal bands for use on duck or geese while bird hunting

HOW IT WORKS:

You can use these bands to propose in any way you would like, but the most popular way is when your significate other shoots a bird, to run over and get it for them, to slide the band on the leg and then bring it back to have them read. If you have a different or creative way to propose using our leg bands, comment below to share with us. If your significant other said yes, share your pictures with us on Facebook.