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.

MFG DAY 2019

This Friday, October 4th is MFG Day (Manufacturing Day)! This day helps show the reality of modern manufacturing careers and connect the future workforce with manufacturing jobs.

National Band & Tag supports MFG Day as a manufacturer and family-owned business. One of our values is planning success for generations to come. This means encouraging future generations to want to work in manufacturing so that NB&T can continue forever. Some people may not fully understand the benefits of manufacturing companies, or still, consider them to be boring assembly lines, but that isn’t necessarily true anymore. In Thomas Net’s blog, “7 Reasons It’s Great to Work in Manufacturing“, they list the top 3 reasons as contributing to the economy, being on the cutting edge of technology, and exciting sectors of work.

mfg day manufacturing day

Manufacturing stats in Kentucky

Did you know, there are 2,400+ manufacturing facilities in Kentucky? Kentucky, where National Band & Tag is located, has 4,500+ manufacturing-related facilities, over 250,000 Kentuckians work in a manufacturing facility, and $29.2 billion of Kentucky made products were exported last year (Think Kentucky Cabinet for Economic development June 2019 Report). NB&T is proud to be a Kentucky manufacturer for over 117 years. NB&T is currently hiring for positions in the factory, stop by our location to apply.

Join the MFG Day conversation on social media with #MFGDay19

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.

It’s time to order your 2020 Rabies Tags

The 2020 style of the year rabies tag is the Red Heart.

As we get ready to enter our Rabies Tag season (September – December), our busiest time of the year, we urge all our veterinarian customers to order as early as possible for a quicker turnaround time. The NASPHV recommended tag style of the year is #198 Red Heart.

Why purchase from National Band & Tag?
  • Quick turnaround times
  • Low-cost leader
  • Manufactured in America
  • Multiple shapes and sizes available to fit both cats and dogs
  • Your information, custom stamped to meet your rabies vaccination needs
  • Both 1-year and 3-year rabies tags are available
Here are a few tips to help with your 2020 Red Heart order:
  1. Order enough tags. If you are on the fence about how many tags to order, we always recommend over-ordering. To re-order more tags, it will cost more time and money than if you order 100 more tags than normal the first time. If there are extra tags at the end of the year, you can recycle aluminum tags.
  2. Special orders take more time. If you are ordering something other than stamped tags with standard packing, additional time will be added on to produce your order. This can really affect customers who want to order paint-filled tags that are flat packed in November and December.
  3. Don’t forget to pay for your order. All orders must be paid for before the tags will be produced. (Unless you have an open account). Just call in with your quote number and credit card to pay, mail a check, or pay online.
  4. Review your acknowledgment. After your sales representative has entered your order they will send you an acknowledgment (receipt), please review it to make sure the stamping, quantity, style, color, etc. is correct. Your estimated shipping date will also be on your acknowledgment.

If you have any questions or want to check the status of your order, give us a call at 859-261-6000.

Identification Solutions for the Radiology and Medical Imaging Industry

In 2013, National Band & Tag was approached by the radiology industry to come up with a permanent solution for identifying lead aprons. We came up with Lead Apron ID Tags, shown below, and have had positive feedback from our customers and the industry ever since the beginning.

See what some of our current customers are saying about our plastic Apron Tags (Style 2351AT)

Upcoming Trade Shows:

AHRA in Denver, CO from July 21-24, 2019 Booth #424
The Association for Medical Imaging Management is the professional organization representing management at all levels of hospital imaging departments, freestanding imaging centers, and group practices.

RSNA in Chicago, IL from December 1-6, 2019 Booth #1454
The Radiological Society of North America (RSNA) is a non-profit organization with over 54,000 members from 136 countries around the world. RSNA promotes excellence in patient care and health care delivery through education, research and technologic innovation.

Saltwater and Marina Environment Stainless Steel Tags

Stainless steel tags are recommended wherever corrosion is a serious problem, such as salt-water environments, marinas, boat docks, etc. 316 stainless steel, also known as marine grade, is probably the most common grade of stainless steel used in marine applications. It has more molybdenum than other austenitic stainless steels which helps it to resist pitting and other corrosive effects of salt water.

National Band & Tag can laser etch 316 stainless steel tags which will stand up in this environment. The engraving will hold up just as long as the tags will.

Contact us today for a free quote or samples to test out.

Happy 4th of July, from our family, to yours

Tomorrow is 4th of July, Independence Day for the United States! Did you know, most all our products are Made in America, including most of the products that we resell. National Band & Tag has been a manufacturer in Kentucky since 1902, and our Mission and Values show how proud we are to be a family owned manufacturer in the USA.

MISSION

We are a U.S. manufacturer providing unique and innovative identification solutions for many purposes. Since 1902, we’ve been building our business to SOAR™:
•Sequential numbering and custom design for accurate identification
•On-time and upfront delivery expectations
•Agile and solution-centered customer service
•Reinvention in-house, to save you time and money

VALUES

We are a responsive and resourceful family manufacturer, earning trust as we faithfully continue our legacy of:
•Planning success for generations to come
•Delivering accuracy with every order
•Operating with honesty and integrity
•Adapting our products across multiple categories to provide the best solution

dont tread on me flag

american flag tag

National Band & Tag will be closed for the 4th of July weekend on Thursday, July 4th and Friday, July 5th, 2019 . Business will resume Monday, July 8th, 2019.

Laser Etching, Laser Marking, Stamping, Embossing and Ink Jet

National Band & Tag offers a variety of solutions for creating a custom tag that meets your identification needs and environment. Different engraving and marking options on different materials can make the difference in how long a tag will last in specific environments. 

Laser Etching: Available on metal tags only. Material is physically etched with the laser beam into the surface of the material, deep enough that you can feel it with your finger nail. On anodized and colored aluminum, the metal with change color from the base color to white, thus providing a high contrast character. Laser etching on heavy duty materials such as stainless steel and UV stable aluminum is great for harsh environments such as extreme heat or cold, chemicals, frequently cleaned and outdoors. Laser etching is an additional charge, call for quote.

laser etched tag

laser etched tags

Laser Marking: Available on plastic tags only. The characters are marked onto the surface of the material using an oxidation process which results is a bold contrasting character. The characters are dark gray, almost black in color. Laser marking is also referred to as laser coloration or laser dark marking. Plastic tags are great for indoor use or outdoor use in less harsh environments. Laser marking is an additional charge, call for quote.

laser marked plastic tags

laser marked tags

Stamping: Available on metal tags only. Stamping (also known as pressing) is the process the letters/numberings being pressed into the material. Stamped tags can be paint filled with black or white paint (shown below) to create a contrasting look. Stamped tags are very durable on all materials and can be used in many different environments. Stamping price varies by product, but are the most cost efficient. See website for details.

stamped tags

stamped tags

Embossing: Available on limited styles of metal tags only. Embossing is when the letters and numbering is raised above the metal tag or band. Embossed tags are durable yet flexible. Since the letters are raised up, there is no chance of the print getting worn off.  Embossing is available on some light gauge tags and some styles of leg bands for poultry. Embossing prices vary by product, see website for details.

embossed tags

embossed tags

Fusion Marked: Available on wing bands. This process creates a highly contrasting mark with dark bold characters on the surface of the tag. See website for pricing.

fusion wing bands

fusion wing bands

Pool Pass ID Tags for Municipalities, Apartment Complexes, and Local Pools

Memorial Day is coming up, are you getting ready to open your community pool? Use these pool pass tags to guarantee everyone who is splashing around in your pool is supposed to be there!

Not sure where to get started with designing your pool pass tags? Try answering these few questions to get started:

  • Will you need to color coordinate? Different colors for each year will making spotting old passes easy. If you charge different prices based on age or family packages, you might want a different color tag for children and adults.
  • Will you need your tags numbered? Tags can be sequentially numbered, so you can assign a specific number for every swimmer at your pool.
  • Will you need any attachments? Split ring attachments can turn your pool pass into a keychain that can hang on swim bags.

With over 160+ tag shapes and 11 different aluminum colors, the customization options are limitless. Click here to view all our tag shapes and get started creating your custom pool pass tags.

pool pass keychain

Can I see some Pet ID?

It’s National Pet ID Week (April 16 – 23)! As a manufacturer of dog and cat rabies tags and license tags, we are proud promoters of National Pet ID Week! This week is used to make sure every pet’s identification tags and microchips are up to date.

bone tag pet id week

Some pet owners say their dog doesn’t wear an ID tag because their dog is always on a leash. Or, that their cat is an indoor cat, so they don’t even put a collar on them. A pet can always get lost, and an ID tag needs to be in place in case your pet makes an escape. Leashes can break, doors get left open, and natural disasters can happen. It’s better to be prepared when it comes to getting your pet returned to you, and something as simple as an ID tag is an easy solution to get behind. In ASPCA research, owners who’d lost a pet were asked if they ever thought they’d lose a pet in the way they did, and the majority said no, they never imagined that would happen to them.

If your pet does wear their ID tags, take a moment to make sure that information is still legible and up to date.  Worn and damaged tags, or tags with incorrect contact information won’t help when someone is trying to contact you to return your pet.

Celebrate Pet ID Week with us by sharing your pictures below of your pet wearing their ID tags!

What’s your favorite tag?

At NB&T we have over 160+ dog and cat style tag shapes to choose from, as well as multiple other products. So, we asked some of our family members and employees,
“What is your favorite tag style and why?”


Brad (VP of Production): Style 1242 – “My favorite tags are our conservation products from small leg bands all the way to the large and not to forget lock-on and rivet bands.  I have always been an outdoors person and enjoy hunting and fishing with conservation being a passion.  My work in designing tooling and machines to make these bands is something I am very proud of.  Working with the biologist and banders throughout the years is very rewarding, especially in an area that I am very passionate about.”
bird bands

rivet bands

lock on bands


Sean (VP of Logistics, Secretary): Style 5 – “The car shaped tag is my favorite because I like to race cars.”
car tag


Lan (VP of Safety & Quality Assurance): Style 2351AT & 85V – “The Apron Tags with the year discs are my favorite because I like how you can color code them by department and year. It makes inspecting and managing your aprons easy.”
year disc

 


Yesi (Bilingual Customer Service Representative): Style 892 – “The 892 wing bands in fusion blue with the fusion marking are my favorite because it is extremely popular amongst sporting customers which is a part of my culture and a great way to remember my late grandfather.”
wing tag


Tammie (Customer Service Representative): Style 505 – “My favorite tags are the Scrapie Tags for sheep and goats because I am always taking orders for them.”
goat tag


Mark (Laser Department): Style 14ARBOR and 3602 – “If you’re talking metal tags, then the Arboretum Tags are my favorite.  I typically get to work more with graphics on these which I really enjoy doing. Especially when I can do different effects, fills to shade the colors, and different shades of gray.

I also enjoy working with the Asset Labels since I can do just about everything we do with the metal tags, but I can make these any shape the customer wants.  Squares are the most common, but we have done several other shapes such as stars, butterflies, crosses, etc.”
arboretum tag

asset labels


Erin (Customer Service Representative): Style 163/363 – “My favorite tags are the star shaped tags. I love helping customers bring their ideas to life with custom designs and the star looks great in every color of aluminum. The stars also have a variety of uses. They can be used as a promotional item for companies or make your pets look like a superstar.”
star tag

star shaped tag


Carolyn (Customer Service Representative): Style 2702 – “My favorite tag is the style 2702, Write-On Tags because they can be used on multiple items from plants to machinery.  They are easy to write on using any pointed object and the machine that makes these tags is super cool.”
write-on tag


Cassie (Accounts Receivable): Style 516 – “Because it reminds me of the Ludlow High School Panthers!”
panther paw tag

Environmental Management Tags

Did you know, National Band & Tag can assist environmental agencies, consulting firms, and other environmental services? Current environmental customers of ours are usually working to help protect the environment by helping companies and municipalities meet National Environmental Protection Act (NEPA) requirements.

Some of the solutions our customers offer are permitting for projects with impact on wetlands, solutions for infrastructure of urban water planning, storm water solutions to address issues of a single outfall or throughout an entire watershed, environmental assessments, testing of air, drinking water, waste water, and more.

Tree Tags – Environmental customers use tree tags to label trees that are for stormwater, should not be cut down, or to ID ownership. An urban forest management plan gives public works agencies detailed information, recommendations, and resources needed to effectively and proactively manage public trees. Urban forest management may use tree tags like the picture below to ID public trees.

Style 115 – Plain Aluminum

Well Permit Tags – Environmental customers may offer permitting services and help municipalities with permits such as well permit tags. When groundwater wells, inject wells, drilled wells, and other types of wells aren’t properly managed or permitted, local groundwater can be affected.

Style 14 – UV Stable Black Aluminum

Contact us today for your free quote on tags for environmental uses.

Wild Things – Tagging Sea Turtles

On the popular Travel Channel TV show, Wild Things with Dominic Monaghan, the episode, “Paradise in Palau” (Published April 24, 2016), featured Dominic diving into the ocean to help the Palau Conservation Society Sea Turtle Division capture and tag a sea turtle. We were very excited to see that they used National Band & Tag’s Inconel sea turtle tag to I.D. the turtle on tv!

Learn more about tagging sea turtles and other conservation agencies that have used our sea turtle tags (Style 681IC).

Valve Tags & Pipe Markers

Valve tags provide crucial information to your operations and maintenance staff about your piping and valve systems, ensuring their safety and the safe operation of your facility. In addition, valve tags are used to label pipes and valves to meet federal regulations and inspection requirements. We manufacture custom valve tags in a wide range of materials and sizes, so that your valves and pipes will be properly tagged with long-lasting identification.

Brass Valve Tags
Brass tags are rust and corrosion resistant and can be used for high heat, high wear applications. They are durable and provide clear identification for your pipes and valves. They can be stamped or laser etched.

Stainless Steel Valve Tags
Used for applications exposed to corrosive elements and high temperatures, stainless steel tags are durable and reliable tags. In addition, they are easy to clean and can be sanitized repeatedly, making them ideal for environments that use lots of chemicals. They can be stamped or laser etched.

Quick Ship Valve Tags
National Band & Tag offers a variety of valve tags, but some sizes and materials are kept in stock to get you fast with easy ordering through Amazon!

Custom laser etched valve tags can have numbering, words, or both.

Stamped valve tags are available in number sets 1-1000.

Rigging Gear Inspection Problems

In Wire Rope Exchange’s November/December 2018 issue, the article, “The 6 Most Common Problems Found During A Rigging Gear Inspection” by Mike Close talks about multiple ways that rigging inspections can shut down or delay production time for companies. The problems range from broken hardware, damaged slings, to broken wires, but the #1 most common problem with rigging equipment is missing or illegible identification tags. OSHA requires tags to show manufacturer information, work load limits (WLL), and the lifting capacities for different sling hitches and angels. For other certain types of rigging, even more tag requirements may be needed.

Once a tag is illegible or removed, the sling is no longer able to be used and must be removed from service. National Band & Tag provides heavy duty aluminum and stainless-steel tags for both wire ropes and chain slings. Our tags are stamped into the material, so they stand up longer in the grease, dirt, and abusive environment than non-metal tags.

If you are a wire rope or chain sling manufacturer receiving too many complaints about your company’s tags falling off or becoming illegible, give us a call for a free quote on custom stamped wire rope tags and chain sling tags.

Banded for Life

Valentine’s Day is tomorrow, and we are celebrating with some different species of birds that not only mate for life, but that researchers and conservationist have banded with NB&T bird bands for life.

Bald Eagles are monogamous birds that generally mate for life unless a pair is unable to produce eggs, and if one partner dies, the remaining partner will seek out a new mate. During courtship, these raptors have various flight displays including a fantastic cartwheeling fall where the pair locks talons in midair.

Barn Owls are solitary creatures until they find and pair off with a mate. They mate for life and become very emotionally attached to their partner. Barn Owls can often be seen cuddling with their partner and babies in their nest.

Geese are very loyal birds who will mate for life and are very protective of their partners and offspring. When a goose’s mate dies, that bird will mourn in seclusion. Some geese spend the rest of their lives as widows or widowers, refusing to mate again.

Laysan Albatrosses return to the colony three years after fledging, but do not mate for the first time until seven or eight years old. During these four or five years, they form bonds with a mate that they will keep for life.

Ravens mate for life and live in pairs in a fixed territory. When their children reach adolescence, they leave home and join other adolescences. These flocks of young birds live and eat together until they mate and pair-off.

Sandhill Cranes mate for life and when they form a pair, the bond can last for years, until one of the cranes dies. After a mate passes away, the surviving crane will seek out a new mate.

Swans mate for life, although “divorce” sometimes occurs, particularly following nesting failure, and if a mate dies, the remaining swan will take up with another.

Learn about more birds who mate for life here.

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:

Most Popular Pet License Tag by Shape

Did you know, National Band & Tag is located in Northern Kentucky, just across the river from Cincinnati, Ohio? We have been in Newport, Kentucky for over 116 years. To celebrate our great state of Kentucky, and all 7 states that border Kentucky, we found the most popular shaped pet license tag in each state for last year.

Check out all the tags shapes below:

KY- 270    IL- 165    TN – 137  IN – 173    VA – 365   MO – 516    WV – 166   OH – 161

A Look Back at 2018

2018 has been a busy year here at National Band & Tag! We’ve been working hard all year on growing our business, creating new products, R&D, and most importantly, providing our customers with identification solutions.

Check out some of our new products, services, and company updates from 2018 that you may have missed.

New Products & Services:

  • Laser etched HIN Tags are now available for a quicker turn-around time compared to stamped HIN tags. Both are on stainless steel and are guaranteed for life.
  • New Colors – Yellow, Purple, and Teal. Limited sizes only. Old material is still available until we run out.
  • New Aluminum Cable Tie – Style 1636. Dimensions are 1″ Body Width, 2″ Body Length, 3 5/8″ Tongue Length, 5 5/8″ Over-All Length, 3/4″ – 1 1/2″ Diameter Adjustment.
  • New laser etching abilities – we purchased a new laser this year which allows us to do so much more design work and shading on tags. If you have a complicated design you want on a tag, contact us for a quote.
  • New Springs, Nails, and Stakes for arboretum tags are available now to fasten your tag onto a tree, or on a stake in front of the tree.
  • New Barcoded Strip-Pak for dog and cat tags. One option is for barcode and number, and the other option is for barcode, number, text and logo. Strip-Pak is a plastic bag with 1 attachment and 1 tag.

 

Company Updates:

  • National Band & Tag Celebrated our 116th Anniversary on August 15, 2018.
  • We had our 2-year Anniversary acquiring Hasco Tag Company. Some customers who only bought from Hasco every few years are still finding out that we acquired them in 2016. If you are a previous Hasco customer with any questions, please contact us.

 

See what’s coming up in 2019:

  • NAGA – North American Gamebird Association Annual Educational Conference and Convention. January 14-16 at The DeSoto Hotel in Savannah, Georgia.
  • DistribuTECH Conference & Exhibition– Booth # 12532, February 5-7 at the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center in New Orleans, Louisiana.
  • NWTF – National Wild Turkey Federation Convention and Sport Show, Booth #1428, February 13-17 at the Gaylord Opryland Resort and Convention Center in Nashville, Tennessee.

 

Happy Holidays from National Band & Tag!
We look forward to serving your identification needs in 2019.

National Band & Tag will be closed December 24th & 25th for Christmas, and December 31st and January 1st for New Year’s.

2018 Rabies Tag Quick Ship

Are you a veterinarian running low on your 2018 rabies tag stock? It’s almost the end of the year, and if you need just a few more 2018 orange oval rabies tags to get you through December, try our generic 2018 rabies tags! These tags are in stock and ship out in 2 business days, instead of waiting 3+ weeks for your custom stamped rabies tags.

Orange Oval, Rabies Tag Quick Ship – Style # R228-2018

  • 2018 recommended style of the year, orange oval style # 228
  • Sold in sets of 100
  • Ships in 2 business days
  • 4-digit serial number with letter “B” prefix
  • Serial numbers will be in order, example 1001-1100, but number sets are random, you may get for example 3401-3500.

 

If you have any questions about our Rabies Tag Quick Ship, please call us at 859-261-6000, or to place an order, fill out the online order form.