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

Why We Love Tags, And You Should Too!

Tags come in all sorts of sizes, shapes, and materials. They are used for hundreds of different applications that are a part of our everyday lives. One of the main reasons why NB&T loves tags, is because they can be completely customized to meet your identification needs. A few other reasons why we love making tags for our customers is because with proper identification, you can:

  • Quickly identify hazardous material
  • Keep employees safe
  • Comply with regulations and laws
  • Save time
  • Save money
  • Appear professional to customers
  • Keep accurate records
  • Have proper asset management
  • Protect your pets
  • Conduct accurate research
  • And more!

If you need help figuring out which type of tag is best for you, we recommend browsing through our website, checking out past blogs for helpful tips, or calling and talking to one of our sales representatives. Let NB&T be your #1 solution for all your identification needs!

stainless steel barcoded asset tag black asset tag power pole tag rosette rabies tag on dog

What Level of Asset Tracking Do You Need?

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

What’s on the tag:

asset tracking tag guide

 

stamped tag

Stamped Tag

laser etched tag

Laser Etched Tag

hybrid tag

Hybrid Tag

 

What material:

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

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

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

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

The Ultimate Barcode Cheat Sheet

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

QR Code (Quick Response Code)

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

 

Data Matrix

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

 

Linear

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

A Look Back at 2016

It has been an exciting and busy time here at National Band & Tag this year! Besides growing our product lines, we also grew our business with the acquisition of Hasco Tag Company back in May. We are very excited to welcome all our new Hasco customers to the National Band & Tag family, and look forward to providing everyone with identification solutions in 2017!

employees 2016 web

While everyone is excited for New Year’s, first, let’s look back at some of the highlights of 2016:

New Products

  • 505 Ear Tags – This new metal, self-piercing ear tag is the perfect size for sheep, goats, deer, and swine. This ear tag is also used as a Scrapie ear tag for sheep, and is approved by the USDA.
  • Asset Labels – Made of a Military grade 3M™ 7847 polyacrylic matte black stock, labels can be laser cut into any shape or size up to 6” inches. They are completely customizable with logos, text, barcodes and more.
  • Flex-Lok – Hasco’s plastic ear tag line is still available through NB&T.
  • Napkin Rings – Custom napkin rings are perfect for weddings, holiday gifts, and more.
  • New Dog & Cat Tags – We have converted some of Hasco’s dies over and they now have new NB&T style numbers.
  • HIN Tags – Replacement tags should you lose the original or get a new HIN (Hull Identification Number)
  • 1242-22S – A new shorter version of the 1242-22 aluminum Butt-End Band

New Colors

  • Pink Vinyl – Vinyl plant and tree labels are now available in pink!
  • Turquoise Aluminum – Rabies tags, some industrial tags, and butt-end bands are all now available in turquoise!

New Family Member

Back in August we welcomed our 11th family member to the team, Ryan Haas has taken on a sales and account manager role here at NB&T and we look forward to seeing his work next year.

tag makers

Please note our holiday hours: We will be closed the week between Christmas and New Year’s (December 26th – 30th). Have a safe and happy holiday season!

Our Favorite Tags

Here at NB&T we have hundreds of styles of tags to choose from, so we asked some of our family members and employees, “what is your favorite tag style and why?”

 

Product_137Faye (President): Style 137 – “The 1-1/4” inch circle is my favorite because it has so many uses and is a top seller. It is used across multiple product categories such as rabies tags, industrial tags and tree tags.
ProductTemplate_BUTT-END BANDS1242Billie (Sales Representative): Style 1242 – “The Butt-End Bands are my favorite because they can be used for other things besides leg bands for waterfowl, such as wire markers, jewelry, and business cards.”
dog boneAndi (Graphics & Web Manager): Style 165 – “The large dog bone is my favorite because it is on my dog and I get to see it every day!”
black tree tagKevin (Laser Etching Manager): Style 14 ­– “The rectangle with rounded edges is one of my favorite because it can go on almost anything and it can vary in size to fit customer’s needs. I also get to laser etch this style a lot.”
sea turtle tag - 681ICAnne Marie (Bilingual Sales Representative): Style 681IC – “The sea turtle tag is my favorite because it is strong and can last in harsh environments like salt water. I also like supporting sea turtle conservation.”
millenium falcon tagAlex (IT): Style 148 – “It looks like the Millennium Falcon.”
rat tagKelsey (Sales Representative):  Style 503 – “The mouse shaped tag is my favorite because it reminds me of my pet rat.”
apron tagSarah (Sales Representative): Style 2351AT – “The plastic apron tags are my new favorite because they are new and exciting product line. They are different from other tags we do and I like working with them.”
small animal ear tagsPablo (Shipping): Style 1005-1 – “The small animal ear tag is my favorite because it is something I pack, ship and handle every day.”
heart tagAli (Marketing Specialist): Style 398 – “This is my favorite of the seven heart shapes because it looks the most like a heart and it is versatile. It can be a pet tag, promotional tag, used for weddings and more.”

Hybrid Tags

Hybrid tags are some of NB&T’s most unique tags because they feature both engraving methods – stamping and laser etching! We specialize in stamping sequential numbers and laser etching barcodes and logos.

Hybrid tags feature the best of both worlds to provide a completely customized tag. We can have both stamping and laser etching on the same side or do it front and back like the examples below.

What do you think about hybrid tags?

 

hybrid tag hybrid tag stamped and laser etched tag

Call or email for a free quote!

Pricing is based on the size of the tag and the amount of laser etching.

NEW Heavy Duty Custom Asset Labels

 

National Band & Tag is proud to introduce its newest product – custom etched and custom shaped, Unique Identification Asset Labels! These labels are made of military grade 3M™ 7847 matte black polyacrylic stock and will stand up to abrasion, extreme temperatures, grease, oil, water and chemicals. Application is simple — just peel and stick!uid labels

Uses include, but are not limited to:

  • Asset Tags
  • Boat Tags
  • Automotive OEM labels
  • Inventory and asset tracking labels
  • Identify equipment
  • Barcoded labels
  • Industrial Applications
  • Tamper indicating
  • Outdoor power equipment

Check out our website to view examples from our customers and to request a free sample: https://nationalband.com/custom-asset-labels

2 5/16" x 4" (Style 3602), Matte Black Polyacrylic StockLaser EtchedCall for Quote

2 5/16″ x 4″ (Style 3602),
Matte Black Polyacrylic Stock
Laser Etched
Call for Quote

asset label

2″ x 3″ (Style 3602),
Matte Black Polyacrylic Stock
Laser Etched
Call for Quote

9/16" x 9/16" (Style 3602), Matte Black Polyacrylic StockLaser EtchedCall for Quote

9/16″ x 9/16″ (Style 3602),
Matte Black Polyacrylic Stock
Laser Etched
Call for Quote

Customized Tags

NB&T has been stamping metal bands and tags for over 113 years. We specialize in stamping sequential numbering and laser etching custom, or non-sequential numbering. When you need every tag to have unique information on it, consider our laser etching service. Laser etching is an affordable alternative to stamping. The surface etching created by the laser is suitable in most environments and applications.

customizations to tags

Your list of assets can be etched into individual metal or plastic tags for high visibility, better security, safety, compliance, inspections or just getting things organized to help your employees be more productive! This is an electronic process, thus, we do need data formatted as a simple text file.  Here’s how to transfer your data.

Our .040” black anodized aluminum is UV stable and works great for long term outdoor applications. We also offer a wide variety of colored aluminum products and stainless steel for those special environments that require this metal. And finally, we also offer a wide variety of plastics which are flexible and can take a great deal of abuse.

Although most of the images created on these materials are a high contrast (dark image on light surface or light image on dark surface), we can creatively adjust the images for a more striking contrast. There are many effects we can use to create the look you are after as well. Please take some time and browse the galleries on our laser etching page. We have created a large display of examples to help our viewers dream up their ideas!

When you buy customized tags from NB&T, we treat every order like they were your business cards. We want you to be happy with them! How can we lay out the image to give you the best impact? The best way is for you to sketch or show us a picture of something you would like it to look like. The old saying a picture is worth a 1,000 words applies here! Looking for custom tags to spruce up your place or to show when something was serviced? Give us a try, our team at NB&T will be happy to help you.

Hundreds of tag shapes to choose from!
Every tag can be unique with your custom information!
Sequential and Non-Sequential Numbering are both available!
We also offer detailed logos!
And… Barcodes are our specialty!

QR Code Inventory Management

qr code stickers

QR Coded Stickers

Do you need to keep a single barcode on a particular asset, while also being able to edit the information that the barcode shows when scanned? Then try out our laser etched QR coded tags and labels! Our barcoded tags can help track inventory and assets, as well as hold information such as production yield, maintenance records, notes and anything else you want, because it is all on a webpage!

How it works:

  1. You set up a webpage for each asset and send us the URLs.
    • (Example: nationalband.com/tag-1 = the QR Code on Tag 1, which goes on Asset #1)
  2. We turn your URL into a QR code and put it on your tag, along with any other information you may want on it (logos, serial numbers, phone number, etc.).
  3. Scan the QR code with a smart phone and the web page you made will pop up. Once on your webpage you can edit and add any information about the asset as needed.

If you have any questions on how to make this work for your company, just send us an email explaining your process and what you need to info@nationalband.com!

qr coded tag

QR Coded Tag

June is National Safety Month!

Join National Safety Council and thousands of organizations across the country as they work to raise awareness of what it takes to stay #SafeForLife. Observed annually in June, National Safety Month focuses on reducing leading causes of injury and death at work, on the roads and in our homes and communities.

At National Band & Tag we support safety in the workplace and at home with proper identification for multiple industrial applications. Check out a few of our industrial tags below and how their uses helps keep people safe with proper identification.

  • Asset Tags – Used to identify anything of importance to a company, such as equipment, inventory and machinery. Asset Tags can be customized to be as simple or as complex as you need.
  • Elevator Tags – Used to identify monthly elevator inspections.
  • Lead Apron Tags – Used to identify lead aprons and other lead garments in hospitals. Shows which aprons have and have not had their annual inspection.
  • Plumber Tags – Used to identify shut off points in a home, such as the hot water shut off, main water shut off and gas shut off.
  • Valve Tags – Used to identify valve shut off points, pipe contents and flow direction.
  • Well Permit Tags – Used to identify wells, their permit number, and if they are safe, condemned, etc.
  • Wire Rope & Chain Sling Tags – Used to identify wire ropes and chain slings used for lifting and rigging, and what their work load limits are.

Have you seen any of these tags at work, at home, or while out in your community? To learn more about National Safety Month, check out: http://www.nsc.org.

Durable Stainless Steel Identification

stainless steel tags on liquid nitrogen tanksTags that stand up to harsh environments are needed in many industrial applications and whether it be extreme hot or cold, our 304 stainless steel tags can stand up to the task! Below is a picture provided by a customer of our stainless steel tags in their liquid nitrogen tank. They have been very happy with their tags because even when covered in frost, the large, bold, laser etched letters and numbers are still highly visible. This high visibility allows our customers to conduct their research and identify each box in the tank without having to reach in and pull it out.

These tags are one of our most popular tags, style 14, rectangular with rounded corners, 1” x 3” inches. We offer two different thicknesses in this material, .030 and .047. These particular tags also have a 3/16” x 5/16” slot so that they can easily swing around the handle.

What type of environment do you need tags for? We’d be happy to send samples and work with you to find the perfect form of identification for you!

18 Uses for Write-On Tags You May Not Have Thought Of

2702Our Write-On Tags can be used for a variety of applications ranging from heavy machinery to plants and trees to electrical wires. With the ability to be engraved with a pen on the spot makes these tags a perfect candidate for those who know they need to identify their assets, but aren’t sure what they want the tag to say yet. Check out these 18 different ways our current customers are using Write-On Tags!

  1. Labeling equipment
  2. Marking wires and cables
  3. Numbering inventory on a shelf in a warehouse
  4. Identifying valves and pipe contents
  5. Labeling large pieces of machinery
  6. Identifying plant species in nurseries and botanical gardens
  7. Labeling flowers and plants for sale at garden centers
  8. Numbering trees for research purposes
  9. Identifying products for different landscaping projects
  10. Labeling furniture for sale
  11. Labeling pottery with artist’s name
  12. Tool checks
  13. Labeling painting assets
  14. Marking fences and gates to be installed
  15. To number RV refrigerators that are ready to be shipped out
  16. Label large industrial fan parts
  17. Home organization designers
  18. Concrete products for construction jobs

Comment below, how do you use Write-On Tags? Share your pictures!

wrap around write on tag

watering can write on tag

copper write on tag

aluminum write on tag

Boat Hull ID Number (HIN) Tags

CLICK TO ORDER YOUR HIN TAG NOW!

According to the Iowa Department of Natural Resources, “More than 13,000 Iowa boat owners will be receiving a letter soon alerting them that their boat hull identification number (HIN) does not comply with U.S. Coast Guard regulations and they have to verify their HIN with the Iowa Department of Natural Resources (DNR) in order to register their boat.” This mistake is from the old manufacturer issuing incorrect Hull Id Numbers (HIN) to boaters. So now, before a boater’s registration expires on April 30, 2016, they will need to contact the Iowa DNR and verify the HIN.

Boaters with incorrect numbers will be required to acquire new HIN tags for their boat, which is where National Band & Tag comes in! Just fill out our quick and easy HIN Tag Form here: https://nationalband.com/hin-tags/ and enter your new hull ID number (12 alphanumeric digits) as well as if you would like 1 or 2 HIN tags for your boat! Our heavy duty non-corrosive stainless steel tags will be custom stamped with your HIN and will last for years on your boat.

Resources:
http://www.iowadnr.gov/About-DNR/DNR-News-Releases/ArticleID/182/Select-Boat-Owners-Need-to-Verify-Hull-ID-Number-to-Register-Their-Craft

hin tags

 

What Colors of Aluminum Do We Have?

One question that we receive at National Band & Tag often is about our colored aluminum and what shade it is. You’ll see a chart of the colors we offer below, however, keep in mind that different computers and devices show colors differently. This means a blue tag on your smart phone might look a different shade of blue on your desktop computer.

aluminum colors

Dog, Cat, and Industrial Tag Aluminum Colors

Also, when we purchase our material, there is a certain amount of shade variation from one order to another. One batch of red may not be the same shade of red as another. It usually stays within a certain color range, but we cannot guarantee that the red tag your received last year will be the same exact red you get this year.

The most accurate way to see a color is to request free samples of the styles you are interested in. Our free samples come from overruns of current orders so it is coming from our current material stock. Colors can vary by products as well and by what we have in stock. Please contact a sales representative at 859-261-2035 to find out what colors are available or what can be ordered.

Our aluminum colors for dog, cat, and industrial tags include: plain, red, blue, green, orange, yellow, gold, black, white and purple.

Our aluminum colors for wing bands and poultry products include: plain, red, light red, blue, light blue, green, light green, yellow, orange, light orange, pink, light pink, purple, light purple, brown, light brown, tan, black, gray and white.

aluminum colors for poultry bands

Poultry Bands Aluminum Colors

Industrial & Commercial Industries We Serve

We manufacture a variety of tags for multiple purposes, one of those being the industrial and commercial market. There are hundreds of different industries out there, but below are just a few that we cater to. The majority of these industries are required to accurately identify certain objects by law or regulations set up for the safety of the workers. Other industries have realized the time and money that can be saved with proper identification of assets and inventory.

Industries that we serve:industries we serve

  • Automotive
  • Aerospace
  • Appliance manufacturers
  • Athletic Equipment
  • Audio Visual – Media
  • Communication Equipment Manufacturers
  • Computer And Electronic Hardware
  • Construction Equipment
  • Contract Manufacturers
  • Defense
  • Education
  • Electronic Control Systems
  • Electronics
  • Elevator Installers And Manufacturers
  • Energy
  • Equipment Manufacturers
  • Food Processing
  • Furniture Manufacturers
  • Gas Station Equipment Manufacturers
  • Government (Federal, State And Local)
  • Healthcare
  • Industrial & Municipal Plumbing Systems
  • Industrial Appliances
  • Lifting & Rigging
  • Lighting Systems
  • Manufacturing
  • Measurement/Gauging Equipment
  • Medical & Dental
  • Military Vehicles & Equipment
  • Oil & Gas
  • Outdoor Lawn Care Equipment
  • Petrochemical
  • Power Generation
  • Printing & Publishing Equipment
  • Pump Manufacturers
  • Recreation (Including A Wide Range Of Clubs)
  • Recreational & Commercial Vehicles
  • Rigging and Lifting
  • Sanitation Systems
  • Schools
  • Security Systems
  • Tanks And Vessel Manufacturers
  • Telecommunications
  • Transportation
  • Underground Mining Equipment
  • Utilities
  • Valve Manufacturers
  • Warehouse/Distribution Centers
  • Waste Processing Systems
  • Woodworking Machinery Manufacturers

We provide specific tags for certain industries such as chain sling and wire rope tags for the rigging and lifting industry. Also available are general tags such as name plates, asset tags, barcoded tags, anti-pilferage seals, electrical cable markers and more that multiple types of industries use.

What type of tags does your industry call for?

Keep Track of Your Assets – Asset Tags

At National Band & Tag Co. we are always looking for an identification challenge. We pride ourselves on providing unique and innovative identification solutions for many purposes. Where is this going, you ask? Well, we haven’t started tagging rear ends yet, but the following case study is an example of how a customer came to us with a problem and how we provided them with a solution.

barcoded plastic asset tag

Case Study:

A customer in the sporting apparel industry needed a tag to track inventory from their warehouse to their retail stores all across the country. They needed something heavy duty to stand up to harsh conditions, but still flexible, and that could easily be attached or removed. This customer also wanted to go paperless, so they needed a bar code to scan.

The solution that NB&T came up with for this company was to use our Vinyl Snap Off Tags (Style 144V). These tags are made of vinyl, so they are sturdier than a paper label, but are thin and flexible enough that the customer can staple them to wood pallets. They are also laser etched with a linear bar code, so when scanned, it shows how much inventory should be on that wood pallet, along with which retail store location it is being shipped to. The pallet is scanned at the warehouse and then scanned again at the store to make sure no inventory was lost in transit.

These vinyl asset tags come on a continuous roll or in sheets of 10 so that when a pallet is ready to go, you can snap a tag off the roll and attach it to the pallet. Our newest feature for this tag is an 1/8” hole so they can be nailed to a surface instead of stapled. We are in the business of providing solutions for you and your assets!

What kind of asset tracking need do you have?

NEW! Blank Tags Quick Ship

National Band & Tag’s newest service for the industrial marketplace is the Industrial Blank Tag Quick Ship!

This new service allows customers to order sets of 100 blank stainless steel tags, up to 10 sets (1,000 tags) and they will be quickly shipped within two business days! As a manufacturer, we produce all our tags in-house, and it typically takes at least a week to manufacture blank tags. But we listened to our customers and we responded, with a way to get your blank tags faster!

We currently have three different sizes available for the quick ship service: 1” x 3” inches, 1.25” x 3 inches, and 1.5” x 3” inches.

Our .030” stainless steel tags have a type 304 2B finish, which is dull, not attracted to magnets and is non-corrosive.  Tags also come with two 1/8” holes on the right and left side. This is our most popular hole size and is great for making tags easily attachable to pieces of equipment, pallets, shelves, and other assets.

Blank tags allow you to stamp or engrave your own information on-site when you need it, such as serial numbers, dates, inspection checks, inventory counts, and more! Click the link below to be taken to the online order form for the Industrial Blank Tag Quick Ship!

stainless steel rectangular blank tags