Utility and Telephone Pole Tags

Every type of power, utility, or telecommunications pole must be inspected, which is a very time-consuming process. Power Pole Tags provide clear information on each pole which provides accurate data, thus making the inspector’s job easier and more efficient. National Band & Tag specializes in custom metal tags. We can create a multitude of looks on a variety of tag shapes to meet your needs. Check out some different material and customization options below:

MATERIAL:

The most popular material for power pole tags is UV stable Black Aluminum material because it is guaranteed to last outdoors for 20+ years. UV Stable Black Aluminum also has high visibility for easy reading with the white letters on a black background. Plain (silver) aluminum is also popular for simple, stamped, cost-effective tags. Non-corrosive stainless steel is another option for extremely harsh environments.

Utility and telephone power pole identification tags and markers

 

CUSTOMIZATION:

Pole Tags are custom made to meet your identification needs. Tags to mark the poles as assets may have a company logo on them (see tag featured above). For an inspection or inventory purposes, poles will need more information on them such as a unique identification number.

NUMBERING / TEXT: A stamped number on a tag is the simplest type of identification that we can provide. We specialize in sequential numbering and also offer custom numbering. With laser etching, we can change the text font, size, and thickness to your liking.

BARCODES (QR CODE, LINEAR, OR 2D DATA MATRIX): We offer three different types of barcodes that range from QR Codes leading to a website to a 2D data matrix that can hold a large variety of information. Click here to learn more about barcodes if you aren’t sure which one is best for your application.

Interested in seeing more samples of power pole tags from our customers? Click here to view more samples!

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.

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

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:

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.

Increase Your Barcode Readability: NEW “Frosted” Background for Stainless Steel Barcoded Tags

Looking for higher readability in your stainless steel barcoded tags? Our new laser machine allows us to create a “frosted” white background around the barcode that removes the shine from stainless steel, allowing for a higher contrast. Higher contrasting barcodes read better, easier, and faster! All stainless steel and plain aluminum tags that have a barcode with automatically get the frosted background. Frosting is also available around text and logos, or to create a blank square upon request.

These frosted barcoded stainless-steel tags are useful for industries such as food processing, medical, laboratory, chemical, textile, and petroleum. In harsh environments such as these, stainless steel is necessary because of its non-corrosive aspects. Stainless steel tags with frosted barcodes will continue to scan and read for years.

Check out these samples below of how current customers have used frosted backgrounds on their tags:

Properly Manage Hospital, Healthcare & Medical Equipment

Medical assets are valuable items that are constantly being moved around hospitals. This makes asset tags a necessity to properly track and manage hospital and clinic equipment. Whether you work in a large or small healthcare facility, equipment, assets, instruments, medical devices, etc. can all go missing. Save time and money by making your companies asset tracking system more efficient with custom ID tags.

Custom Tags

Tags can be customized to meet your needs whether that is a basic, numbered tag for labeling beds, or a tag with a more complex layout to relay multiple types of information. With over 160+ tag shapes, and multiple material options, we can come up with something to meet your needs.

Lead Apron ID Tags

If you are need of an identification method to help you pass your State and Joint Commission lead apron inspections, then you need our Lead Apron ID Tags! These plastic tags can be color coordinated by department and have color coordinated year disc and spirals to make spotting uncheck aprons simple. All these tags work with Microsoft Excel so that you save money on software and have complete ownership of your data.

Barcode Sterilization Container Tags

Did you know that we can create custom barcoded medical case tag to fit your sterilization containers? One of our current customers, a Systems Analyst in the Surgical Services states, “I am confident the tags would be a major benefit to other health systems. Your [NB&T’s] tags are an excellent enhancement to using P-touch labels and are far more cost effective, better for the environment, etc.”

Contact us today with your identification needs for a free quote.

Padlock Meter Seal & Cable Seals

Simplify your inspection process by adding visual recognition to your procedure. Our new Padlock Meter Seal and Cable Seal can be used on water meters, gas meters, electric meters and more. These new inspection seal products come in multiple colors: Red, White, Blue, Green, Yellow, Orange. They can also be laser marked with two lines of text. Pricing below is the same for blank or laser marked seals.

 

Style R1711
15” Cable Seal
$0.60 each (minimum order of 3,000)

Style R1710 
Meter Seal / Padlock Seal
3” x 7/8”
$0.30 each (minimum order of 2,000)

Tent Tags for Tent Rental Services

Have you ever shown up to a venue, started unrolling your tent, just to find out that you grabbed the wrong one? Or not have the right poles or frame? That’s no longer a problem when you properly identify all your rental tents with Tent Tags! After packing up your tent parts, make sure a tent tag is hanging outside of the bag, this will make finding the correct tent parts from your warehouse quick and easy. Properly identifying your assets helps your business reduce mistakes and increase efficiency. Keep your clients happy by installing the right tent on the first time around, without having to run back to the store to get the correct tent top.

Any of our customizable tags can be laser etched to meet your tent inventory needs, and include your logo, phone number, QR Codes, barcodes, website, etc. Just let us know what information you need on your tags.  Multiple colors are also available if you wish to color code your tent inventory.

The blue tent tag above is our style 14, 3” x 2 1/8”. View our customizable rectangle tags here. Send your layouts/sketches to tags@nationalband.com for a free quote on your tent tags.

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?

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/

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.

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.

9 Most Popular Tag Shapes for Pets and Industrial Tags

Not sure which tag shape is best for you? We offer over 160 dog & cat/ industrial tag shapes to choose from. Here are nine of our most popular shaped tags and just a few of their different uses.

 

Style 173 – Fire Hydrant

1 3/8” x 1 1/16”

Shown in Stainless Steel

Uses include:

·       City or County Pet License Tags

·       Animal Shelter and Rescue Group Tags

·       Humane Society Tags

·       Dog Park Pass

 

Style 516 – Large Paw Print

1 3/8” x 1 7/16”

Paw Print logo on front included, stamping on back
Show in Green Aluminum

Uses include:

·       City or County Pet License Tags

·       Animal Shelter and Rescue Group Tags

·       Humane Society Tags

·       Promotional Tags

 

 

Style 165 – Dog Bone

1 ½” x 1”

Shown in Red Aluminum (stamped logo sold separately)

Uses include:

·       City or County Pet License Tags

·       Animal Shelter and Rescue Group Tags

·       Humane Society Tags

·       Dog Park Pass

·       Rabies Tags

·       Promotional Dog Product Tags

 

cremation ID disc

Style 137 – 1 ¼” Round Circle
Shown in Stainless Steel

Uses include:

·       Valve Tags

·       Asset Tags

·       Survey Markers

·       City or County Pet License Tags

·       Dangerous Dog Tags

·       Promotional Tags

·       Tree Tags

·       Utility Pole Tags

·       General Numbered Tags

 

 

Style 85 – 1” Round Circle
Shown in Plain Aluminum

Uses include:

·       Rabies Tags

·       City or County Pet License Tags

·       Animal Shelter and Rescue Group Tags

·       Utility Pole Tags

·       Keychain Tags

·       Survey Tags

·       Pet I.D. Tags

 

 

Style 221 – 1 1/8” Octagon
Shown in Brass

Uses include:

·       City or County Pet License Tags

·       Radiator/Motor I.D. tags

·       Office Supply tags

·       Rabies Tags

·       Office equipment markers

 

 

 

Style 166 – ¾” x 1 3/8” Rectangle

Shown in Brass

Uses include:

·       City or County Pet License Tags

·       Serial number tags

·       Plate Tags

·       Asset Tags

 

 

 

 

Style 143 – ¾” x 1 ¾” Oblong

Shown in Blue Aluminum (stamped logo sold separately)

Uses include:

·       Key chains

·       Pet License Tags for cities and counties

·       Net license tags

·       Tree Tags

·       Rabies Tags

 

 

Style 187 – 1 ½” Square

Shown in Blue Aluminum

Uses include:

·       Kennel License Tags

·       Motorcycle license tags

·       Tree Tags

·       Cage Tags

·       Equipment ID Tags

 

 

Brass Tags and the Industries that Use Them

Brass Tags are just one of the types of metal tags that NB&T offers. There are multiple reasons that an industry may require brass tags over other materials, such as corrosion resistance and ability to be used in high-temperature situations. Other industries may prefer brass tags because of their decorative, ornamental look.

Below is a list of some industries and applications that National Band & Tag serves with our brass tags.

Industrial

  • Automotive / Radiator Repair
  • Coal Mines / Mining Supply Stores
  • Industrial Suppliers / Distributors of: hydraulics, mechanical cylinders, lubrication equipment, air tools, hoists, presses, slings, wire ropes, harnesses, hoses, gaskets, cable, MRO/OEM parts and accessories.
  • Fasteners, pipes, valves, fittings, flanges
  • Hardware stores
  • Surveyors and Surveying Supply Stores
  • Office Supplies
  • Electrical appliances and contractors
  • Electrical Supply Stores
  • Remanufacturing of electrical-mechanical equipment
  • Transformer and substation apparatus installations, services, repair
  • Utility pole markers

Dog & Cat

  • Leather Dog Collar Manufacturers
  • Rabies Tags
  • License Tags

Tree

  • Memorial Tree Tags
  • Species I.D. Tags

Promotional and other uses

  • Keychains
  • Museum Plaques
  • Mail Box Name Plates

Not sure how to design your tag? Check out some examples from our other brass tag customers:

Food Grade Stainless Steel

National Band & Tag’s newest material is a food grade 316 stainless steel material that can stand up to the harsh environments in the food processing industry, marine environments, and laboratory facilities.

Style 14 – 1 7/8” x 3” – Stainless Steel

316 stainless steel is more durable than 304 stainless steel against heat, harsh chemicals, caustics, solvents, and other substances found in the food processing industry. These tags will not corrode away and barcodes will stay readable. 316 stainless steel tags are thicker than 304, which makes 316 great if you plan to weld your tag onto an asset or a piece of equipment.

Try creating a custom asset tag from 316 stainless steel in our most popular tag style 14, rectangle with rounded corners. Available in seven different tag heights, and any length between 2 1/8” and 6”. Text, logos, barcodes, sequential and custom numbering all available to make a tag that meets your needs.

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8 Ways to Use Asset Tags to Promote Safety in the Workplace

national safety month logoJune is National Safety Month, and to celebrate we are listing 8 different ways that Asset Tags and Asset Labels can be used to promote safety in the workplace by properly identifying hazardous materials and equipment.

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  1. Type 304 Stainless Steel Asset Tags can be used in harsh environments and extreme heat or cold. One customer uses them to keep employees safe in and around their liquid nitrogen tanks.
  2. Type 316 Stainless Steel is used for the food processing industry and is “food grade stainless steel”. It can stand up to harsh chemicals so these tags are used to ID food processing equipment, because they won’t rust, or corrode and contaminate the food.
  3. Colored Aluminum comes in multiple colors and is great for valve tags, inspection tags, and other warning signs because they can come in bright, visible colors such as red, yellow, and orange. A few different customers use red aluminum for inspection tags so that it is noticeable if the items have not been inspected.
  4. UV Stable Black Aluminum is great for labeling assets and equipment outdoors. One customer uses these tags to label electrical equipment with voltage warnings.
  5. Plastic Tags are available in pink, yellow, white, or orange. These colored tags can be used to color code items that need to be inspected. Colored Apron Tag Discs (style 85V) are marked with the year and are rotated after inspection.
  6. Snap-Off plastic tags are available for quickly identifying an item. These tags can be used to label temporary or permeant hazards. Some customers staple the plastic tag to wood pallets with staple guns.
  7. Asset Labels are made from military grade 3M™ 7847 polyacrylic matte black stock. They can be custom shaped and designed to meet almost any safety ID need. One customer uses QR Codes on Asset Labels to label equipment. The QR Code then leads to a website with instructions, safety protocols, and contact info if assistance is needed.
  8. Asset Labels promote safety by labeling containers that hold chemicals. The flexibility of the Asset Labels allows for an ID on rounded containers where a flat metal tag would not fit.

How is your company celebrating National Safety Month? Share with us in the comments section below.

Wet Tumble Your Stainless Steel Tags

We manufacture all our metal tags here in our factory, which means there are different tag finishes that we can provide for our customers.

For stainless steel tags, we like to recommend wet tumbling for a smooth finish. It is only an extra $15/1000 tags (Special Charge H) and it will remove any rough edges on your tag. This is an easy way to ensure that if your tag is dangling and someone grabs it, they will not harm themselves on a sharp edge. If your tag is going to be mounted, then you might not need the wet tumble finish. Polishing is recommend for any stainless steel tags that are going to be used as keychains or be handled often. Not sure which finish is right for you? Just request free samples of each finish here!

Direct from Press
Free – By request
Tags have die cut edges and are covered in an oil residue.engraved tag oily finish

Dry Tumbled (De-Oiled)
Free- Standard Finish
Oil residue is removed, but tags may have a sharp die cut edge.engraved tag dry tumbled

Wet Tumbled (Smooth Edges)
$15/a thousand
Oil residue and sharp edges are both removed, can cause some scratches to the tag.engraved tag wet tumbled

Polished (Premium Finish)
Call for quote
Tags are smooth and shiny, no sharp edges. engraved tag polished finish

Medical Case Tags

Looking for a bar coded ID tag for your hospital’s rigid sterilization containers? We can make you a custom barcoded medical case tag to fit your container!

Our UV Stable Black Aluminum material will last for years and ensure the best readability of your barcode. Keeping track of assets and managing inspections in the healthcare industry is of the utmost importance. Tags can be customized based on the containers, and we can work with you so that the tags are compatible with your current instrument tracking system.

One of our current customers, a Systems Analyst in the Surgical Services states, “I am confident the tags would be a major benefit to other health systems. Your [NB&T’s] tags are an excellent enhancement to using P-touch labels and are far more cost effective, better for the environment, etc.”

Looking for a sample or a free quote? Call us today! 859-261-2035

instrument case tags

medical case tag