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

New Dog & Cat Tag Packaging

For the upcoming Rabies Tag and Pet License Tag Season, we are happy to present our newest packing option for dog and cat tags, Barcoded Strip-Pak! Strip-Pak is a plastic bag that holds 1 tag and 1 attachment. Bags are perforated on a continuous strip. Strip-Pak’s two new options are (1) Strip-Pak with a barcode and number on the bag (Style 5561X) and (2) Strip-Pak with barcode, logo, text and number on the bag (Style 5562X). Barcoded bags are helpful when you want to scan what number tags are given out into your system, or when assigning tag numbers to a specific person.

Style 5561X

 

 

 

Style 5562X

For more information on how Barcoded Strip-Pak bags can be integrated into your rabies or licensing system, email us at tags@nationalband.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.

Fasteners for Different Types of Tags

Being able to properly attach your tag is just as important as the tag itself, which is why NB&T has a selection of fasteners to choose from to meet your application’s needs.

Fasteners For:

Dog & Cat Tags:
Fasteners for hanging the tag from the collar or fastening the tag directly to the collar.

  • S-Hooks
  • O-Rings
  • Pop Rivets

Industrial Tags:
Fasteners for hanging or adhering plate tags to objects. (Different size holes available for other fasteners such as nails, screws, and pop rivets).

  • Custom Length Wires
    • Stainless steel or galvanized steel
    • Anywhere between 3” – 19” inches
  • Black UV Cable Ties
    • 1/8” long, 3/16” wide
  • Adhesive Backing
    • Tag heights of ½”, ¾”, or 1 ½”
    • 500 tag minimum

 

adhesive backed tag

Wire Rope Tags & Chain Sling Tags:
Connectors for putting into the sleeve inside the eye and swaging it, or stainless-steel O-Rings.

  • Connectors
  • Stainless Steel Rings

wire rope tag link

Promotional Uses:
Multiples types and sizes of ball chains and O-Rings available to create key-chains.

  • Ball chains
  • O-Rings

Plant Tags:
Copper wires are recommended for plant and tree applications.

  • Copper Wire Bundle – 9” inches long

How To: Use a QR Code for Educational Walking Trails

Are you looking to use QR (Quick Response) Codes to create an educational walking trail in your museum, arboretum, botanical garden, school, or park? QR Codes are a great way to provide more information about an item by sending people to a website. NB&T is here to help guide you through the process of getting your website into a QR code and onto a tag.

barcode scan

Follow these easy steps to complete your educational walking trail and get people scanning your QR Coded tags!

Prep your QR Code Information:

  1. Determine what you want to have a QR Code on (plants, statues, trees, posts, memorial sites, exhibits etc.)
  2. Create and design a separate web page for everything you want to have a QR Code on. (Ask your webmaster for assistance with steps #2 and #3 if needed).

Example:
Tree 1 – QR Code goes to www.tree1.com
Tree 2 – QR Code goes to www.tree2.com

3. Optional – For best scanning of a QR Code, use redirects for extremely long URLs.

Design Your Tag:

  1. Browse through our website to determine the tag style, size, material, and hole size you want.
  2. Sketch up a mockup, or layout of how you want your tag to look, along with any other information you want, such as company name, logo, item name, year, etc.
  3. Send info from #4 and #5, along with quantity of tags you need to tags@nationalband.com for a free price quote.
  4. Once ready to order – send your complete tag info to us using our Data Transfer Instructions. It is important to send us your info correctly so none of your tags are off. We will turn your web page URL into a QR Code!

Setting up Your Walking Trail:

  1. Set up all your tags in a visible place where people can easily scan them.
  2. Encourage people to use their smart phones to scan the tag for more information on the item they are looking at.
  3. Maintenance – you can change the info on your web pages as much as you need. As long as the URL doesn’t change, you won’t need to replace your QR Coded tag.
Send us pictures of your completed walking trail!

Example: NC Coastal Reserve

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  1. Determined they had 22 places throughout the walking trail on the reserve that needed a QR Code.
  2. Created their 22 web pages that in this case, held audio files.
  3. This customer used tinyurl.com for their redirects.
  4. They chose a style 14 tag, 3” x 4” inches, in UV stable black aluminum material, with an 1/8” inch hole on the top and bottom of the tag.
  5. They decided they wanted for their tag layout the QR Code first, then “Audio Trail Interpretation Station” the URL, and their company name smaller at the bottom.
  6. Sent the info to us for a quote.
  7. Sent their data transfer Excel sheet to us using the correct format.tiny url pic
  8. Used screws to hang their tags into posts along the trail.
  9. Promoted scanning their new tags through social media.

nature trail social media posts

Paint-Filled Tags

Want your tags to stand out?

White and black paint fill is available to help stamped characters and logos stand out to be highly visible and easy to read!

Dog and cat tags and industrial tags will be an additional $.15 each (per side). All other tags (wing bands, leg bands, mouse ear tags, etc.) are $.06 each (per side).

All of our paint fill is done by hand so we ask for an additional 1-3 weeks on your order, depending on the quantity and size of your tags to be paint filled.

White paint fill is recommended for: red, green, blue, purple and black colored aluminum tags.

Black paint fill is recommended for: gold, yellow, orange, white and plain colored aluminum, stainless steel and brass tags.

Check out the comparison below of tags with and without paint fill!

paint fill black

Black Aluminum with White Paint Fill

paint fill blue

Blue Aluminum with White Paint Fill

paint fill brass

Brass with Black Paint Fill

paint fill gold

Gold Aluminum with Black Paint Fill

paint fill green

Green Aluminum with White Paint Fill

paint fill orange

Orange Aluminum with Black Paint Fill

paint fill plain alum

Plain Aluminum with Black Paint Fill

paint fill purple

Purple Aluminum with White Paint FIll

paint fill red

Red Aluminum with White Paint Fill

paint fill stainless

Stainless Steel with Black Paint Fill

paint fill turquoise

Turquoise Aluminum with White and Black Paint Fill

paint fill white

White Aluminum with Black Paint Fill

paint fill yellow

Yellow Aluminum with Black Paint Fill

QR Code Inventory Management

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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

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

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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?

11 Uses For Plastic Spirals That You May Not Have Thought Of!

Plastic Spirals are one of NB&T’s most versatile products! With 11 different sizes and 11 different colors to choose from, these tiny spirals are made of strong, resilient, colored plastic. There are hundreds of uses for this product, but below are some ways our customers use them.

  1. spiral bandsBird leg bands
  2. Booklet rings
  3. Wire markers
  4. Display sign hangers
  5. Art and craft supplies
  6. Tree and plant identification
  7. Mark different assets for different departments
  8. Mark inventory based on production date
  9. Identify equipment inspections by year
  10. Hang name tags on mailboxes
  11. Hold together loose sheet music

These Plastic Spirals can color code almost anything you can think of. Just wrap the spiral around the object and you have a visual marker!

sign hangers

Sign Hangers

book binding spirals

Book Binding Spirals

A Look Back at 2015

happy 2015!National Band & Tag Company has had a wonderful 2015! We have introduced new products throughout the year as well as new features for our existing products and more. Check out the links below to see what you might have missed!

New Products

  • Split Ring Chain Sling – Joining our chain sling tag line up, this tag is made of galvanized steel and has a split in the ring that can be welded shut.
  • Plumber Tags – Now available laser etched with boxes that can be written in with a sharpie.
  • Size 14 Bandettes – Our largest sized plastic bandette with a 7/8th inch diameter.
  • Wire Bundles – Customized to the length you need between 3” to 20” inches. Available in 304 stainless steel or galvanized steel.
  • Black UV Cable Ties – These cable ties will stand up to UV exposure, are 18 inches long and come in a 50lb bag.
  • 3/16th hand stamps – Our largest sized hand stamp for letters and numbers so that you can stamp tags yourself.

New Product Features

  • The letter Ñ ñ stamp is now available to be stamped on any band or tag.
  • Laser etched corners and borders can be added to almost any tag to give it a more decorative look.
  • Laser etched inverted logos are a new creative way to show off your company’s logo.
  • Yellow backing on the Write-On Tag (Style 2702) has been removed, the cardboard backing is biodegradable.
  • Zip 892-3 Wing Band, the 1,000 band minimum has been lowered to a 100 band minimum.

New Services

Are there any new products, features or services you would like to see from National Band & Tag in 2016? Just let us know in the comment section below or call us at 859-261-2035!

 

We’d also like to wish you a very Merry Christmas, and many blessings in the New Year!

Tagging Techniques – Using Welding Techniques for Fastening Tags

tack welded tag

Tack Welded Tag

We pride ourselves in being a solutions provider at National Band & Tag, and like to share case studies of our tags in use.

Case Study:

An automotive manufacturer uses our stainless tags by spot welding them to their inventory control racks.   The dark etched 2D Data Matrix bar code survives a great deal of abuse when traveling through their work in process.  This technique enables automatic tracking of every batch of parts in this manufacturing facility.    

Our tags can be made in heavy duty stainless steel (.031″ 430 Stainless Steel, .030″ 304 Stainless Steel, .047″ 304 Stainless Steel) which are ideal for welding.

For more information on our bar coded stainless steel tags, click here. For other tag fastening techniques, click here.

If you use our tags, let us know how we’ve helped provide a solution for you!