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.

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

 

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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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Steps for Designing Custom Tree Tags for Labeling Trees

Labeling trees can be beneficial to any arboretum, botanical garden, park or tree trail so that visitors can be educated on the type of tree they are looking at. Tags can be customized to relay any information you need, and designing your tree tag can sometimes be overwhelming.

arboretum tags

Use the following steps below to start designing your tree tag:

Step 1. Tag Size & Material: All the examples above are the standard arboretum tag Style 14, 3” x 5” inches, UV Stable Black Aluminum. If you would like a different style or material for your tree tags, browse through our website to view other examples.

Step 2. Hole Size & Layout: The standard hole size is an 1/8” inch, either at the top/bottom, or left/right side of the tag. Different hole sizes and layouts are available depending on how you plan to attach your tag to the tree. No holes are available if you plan to attach the tag to a stake. (Nails and stakes can be purchased at local hardware stores or forestry supply stores).

Step 3. Text: Decide on what text and fonts you would like on your tag (all TrueType fonts are available).

***If you need help finding out the correct taxonomy of a tree, many of our customers have recommended using: https://www.itis.gov***

Step 4. Logo (Optional): All logos will need to be sent to us in a black and white line art format.

Step 5. QR Code (Optional): We will make the QR Code for you, all we need is the URL of the website you want your QR Code to go to. (Read more on using QR Codes for educational walking trails here.)

Download this PDF of a 3” x 5” blank arboretum tag to practice your design!

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

What bands and tags do you sell the most?

At NB&T we offer hundreds of bands and tags to choose from, all in a multitude of shapes, sizes, colors, and materials. We sell tags to various industries, including, but not limited to: poultry, cattle, lab animal research, companion animals, wildlife conservation and industrial applications.

With so many different tags to choose from, we took a poll amongst our customer service representatives and asked, “What bands and tags do you sell the most?”

(These numbers are not a true representation of our sales overall, but show what our customer service reps get the most phone calls about).

tag pie chart

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!

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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****

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 Coded Tags

QR (Quick Response) Coded tags have a variety of uses in multiple industries! A QR Code is a barcode that can be scanned by an app on your smart phone that leads to a website.

Here are a few examples of how QR Coded tags are being used by current customers:

landmark tag with qr code

Landmarks: These tags are mounted outside of a landmark and allows visitors to scan the QR Code, which then leads them to a website with more information and videos about that specific landmark.

walking trail tag with qr code

Walking Trails: These tags are usually nailed to wooden posts along a trail in a park or nature preserve. By scanning the code with your phone you are led to a website with more information on the different species of wildlife and plants in the area.

tree trail tag with qr code

Tree Tags: QR Coded tags on trees can be used on nature trails to inform visitors about that specific species of tree. They can also be used by researchers and tree farmers to collect fruit/nut yield for the year from that tree, as well as for recording age, health, and other valuable information.

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circle tags

Promotional Use: Tags can be given away with a QR Code that leads to your company’s website. This is a great way to remind potential customers of your company and drive them back to your website.

To achieve the best QR Code on your NB&T tag we recommend shortening your URL to increase readability. Try using bitly or tinyurl to shorten your URLs. Ex: https://nationalband.com/custom-laser-etched-tags/ is 50 characters long but http://bit.ly/1f77EEC is only 21 characters long and both lead to the same web page. By cutting the length of the URL by over half, the quality of the laser etched code will be best for long lasting readability. Another way is to buy a shorter URL and then re-direct it to the correct page on your website.

How do you use your QR Coded Tags? Share with us below!

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?

Nameplate Tags In Use

IMG_3062One of our customers, Yellow Springs High School, has a very interesting use for custom laser etched nameplate tags. They sent us the story as well as a photo to show us how they use our product!

Case Study:

“Mr. John Day and Mr. Shawn Jackson, history instructors at Yellow Springs High School, and students taking U.S. History participated in a class project to create a Yellow Springs Historical Trail commemorating people and events from the town’s past. Students researched local history under the theme of “War & Peace” and studied the impacts Yellow Springs had on American History. Topics ranged from Martin Luther King Jr.’s Commencement Speech at Antioch College in 1968 to Marion Ross, an Antioch College student turned Union soldier who won the Congressional Medal of Honor (posthumously) for his participation in a raid to steal a Confederate train.” – See more at: http://www.yellow-springs.k12.oh.us/protected/ArticleView.aspx?iid=6YGIPY2&dasi=4GIBY#sthash.1fFPC0s6.dpuf

Along the trail, students as well as the general public can use their smartphones to learn. They simply come to a trail marker, scan the QR code, and instantly have information at their fingertips. It is a current, relevant, interactive way of learning.

This is just one brilliant example of what our customers use our nameplate tags for. There are others that you can read here.

We love hearing how our tags are in use! How do you use yours?