Three reasons why asset labels can benefit your business

Correctly used by attaching asset labels to equipment and couple these with barcode labels coupled with asset management software, will enable a detailed record to be kept of company equipment and office accessories, for example tags or labels attached to laptops and other valuable office equipment together with business equipment.

The first reason for asset tagging is it will deter thieves it is known that that stolen goods can be recovered at a much faster rate if you use asset labels. Another good reason is that it enables the items to be retrieved more easily as these labels help consumers as well as company employees locate items from where they are stored whenever they are required. This of course means that company times is not wasted by trying to locate the items when needed.

Finally and very importantly it provides proof of ownership, insurance companies are very keen to have all types of equipment visibly marked and asset labels are a good way to do this, often it can be a requirement before insurance cover is provided.

If you believe that asset labels will benefit your company, talk to us and we will guide you through the options including the best material to suit both the conditions it is used in and the type of equipment being tagged.

The necessity of durable labels

Putting a label onto a product is there for a definite purpose, it informs a person what is in the container, so it is pointless if it is going to fall off when faced with certain conditions such as varying temperatures or water for example.

A bottle of shampoo is very likely to be in contact with water and food may well be stored in a freezer for example, these products will have to have label which will withstand these conditions, stay firmly attached to the item and be readable.

Thankfully at Data Label we have a long experience and we can supply labels which will withstand all manner of harsh conditions, still maintaining their distinctive appearance. Now there is no value in taking a sledge hammer to crack a nut, so we will always provide a label that is guaranteed to be adequate for the job and nothing more.

Data Label has an enormous amount of different synthetic label materials available, and we can help you in matching the right material for your requirements, the right adhesive and if necessary protection by over varnish or lacquer. Contact us with your particular requirement and we will be happy to help, email our technical advisors at sales@datalabel.co.uk or call 01293 551520.

Read the label

Particularly important where chemicals are concerned, it is not just scientists that use chemicals; most people use them daily, either in work or at home. Cleaning products such as bleach and oven sprays are chemical and so are paints, inks, glues and oils.

Most of the chemicals you might use at work or at home are not dangerous if you use them properly, but information should be printed on the label not saying what the product is, but advising what to do if something goes wrong, for example accidental spillage. However some chemicals need more careful handling than others. It is here that labels can help identify the more hazardous chemicals, tell you what the dangers are, and how to avoid them. So what should appear on a chemical label? We imagine that most people are aware of the symbols that warn of hazards and appear on most, if not all, chemical labels, these illustrate potential dangers.

Chemicals

These symbols help us to know that the chemicals we are using might be explosive, oxidising, highly or extremely flammable, (very) toxic, harmful, irritant, corrosive, or dangerous for the environment. One or more might appear on a single chemical.

If you are considering a label for a chemical product, we will be happy to discuss the Health and Safety Executive requirements.

Eye Catching Labels

We have the capability of producing labels of any size that you wish and we can match a custom label with any printed information, including corporate logos and product brands, in full colour print and Pantone colour matching available printed using HP Indigo digital print technology with specialty topcoats and finishes.

Here at Data Label we have a huge range of cutters well over 5,000 that we feel sure will suit your requirements. Whether you want shapes which are square, circular and oval and we are sure that one of these will meet your requirement, if not we can for a small charge order an exact size. Naturally by using the latest digital manufacturing technologies, Data Label will produce custom labels that are sure to meet even the most demanding of labelling requirements.

We can supply a label from a full range of materials including papers and synthetics, formulated for thermal transfer, direct thermal, laser or inkjet printing. Adhesive are an important part of any label and if we know what environment the label is likely to be used in, the way that it is transported and stored, we can offer an adhesive which will ensure that the label remains firmly adhered to the product.

Data label manufacturing has all the capabilities to produce designs and innovative custom labels for a wide variety of applications, so contact us and we will be happy to advise you of the best and most cost effective label, together with samples and a quotation completely without any obligation.

Asset tags that will survive all conditions

Naturally you will want all your expensive equipment to have asset tags on them, this way all your modern high-tech electrical equipment and valuable machinery can be enabled for you to track them constantly as well as render them ‘thief-proof’.

No longer is it necessary to maintain huge log files for all the equipment you own, you can simply have all the information labelled with a barcode. Whenever required, the information can be scanned using a scanner but naturally the labels will have to be intact and readable by the scanner.

For heavy industrial equipment we would suggest that you use a tough metallic labels which can survive harsh conditions such as exposure to corrosive chemicals and intense heat. The information is securely sealed within, because it is sealed within aluminium and protective anodising keeping it functioning for years against harsh conditions such as heat, cold and physical damage.

For equipment that is used outside, or exposed to moisture, we would recommend that steel labels are used. These are anti-corrosive and can withstand harsh weather. Steel labels should also be always used in the food and catering industry where metal corrosion can spell disaster as a food contaminant. Heat does not present a problem either as they can be super-fused onto a stainless steel surface surviving temperatures of up to a thousand degrees.

We have a solution for asset tags no matter what the conditions are that it is likely to encounter, call us and we will be happy to discuss with you the asset tag that is right for you.

Talk to us if you are considering QR Codes on labels

There are many ways in which a QR code can help to promote your business, they can be used to direct the customer to your website, inform about the product and how to use it, cooking times as an example for a food product for instance, or about the company or product service advice are just a few of the many things a QR code can be helpful.

We can add a QR code to your label and we will be happy to talk to you if you are considering using QR codes as a marketing strategy as there are some important things that you should be aware of before you order pre-printed QR code labels. The most important thing, just like a barcode, it has to be readable, but particularly by a customer’s smartphone. It is the little black squares, which make up the image which has to be scanned, and precise printing and a clear image ensure that this is possible.

QR codes are designed to make life easier and to provide customers with a quick method of accessing information about your company or product. There are numerous ways in which you can use your QR codes and we will be happy to help. Simply let us know your idea and we can put it on a custom label, just for you, contact us for a free quote on QR code friendly labels.

Making inventory management easy using asset tags

With the use of the correct asset tags, inventory management can be made very easy, businesses and commercial establishments, particularly the retail sector, use asset tags as a matter of routine because in these sectors many items often need to be tracked closely.

With the ever changing needs of business today, it is not uncommon to find that companies have stock or equipment that is constantly shifted from one warehouse to another, regularly sent out for repairs and sometimes given out on loan. This could cause a problem because due to the amount of movement, items could be lost or go missing for long periods. For this reason, companies invest in security measures and asset tags are an effective way of maintaining stock levels and tracking equipment.

Another important benefit of using asset tags is that stock levels can be monitored with barcodes and magnets to keep track of stock levels in their stores. This method also not only reduces theft, but importantly helps prevent price tag switching. We have been at the forefront of technology with asset tags and are constantly abreast of the increasing number of newer asset labels which are being developed.

If t=you consider that asset tags and labels could benefit your business, call or email us and we will be pleased to discuss the options that are available.

A few reasons why barcode and asset labels benefit from over-lamination

If a barcode label or an asset tag or label becomes damaged through exposure to adverse conditions, they become un-readable by the scanner and no longer serve the purpose for which they were intended. In such cases the label would have to be replaced, wasting company employees’ valuable time and costing the company money.

We can supply labels and tags which are designed to withstand the rigours of exposure to adverse conditions, but a cheaper and cost effective way could be to over-laminate the label before it is despatched. Over laminating a label can help to protect it from exposure to the elements, chemicals and extreme heat and cold temperatures. The process is straightforward and simply involves coating the label with a clear film of polyester material.

The over-lamination process with protect the barcode label or asset tag from the weather, ultra violet rays, dirt and grease, marks and fingerprints can be easily wiped off the label, and also protect it from many chemicals. When protected the label will always remain legible, intact, and readable by the scanner, the information on the label is protected and will not be able to be scratched off.

For further information about over-lamination or protecting labels from adverse conditions, contact us and we will be happy to discuss the many options that we can offer.

Barcodes their uses, durability and printing

The type of material and printing of a barcode will depend upon a number of factors and is largely dependent upon where the item that the barcode is used for is stored, how it is likely to be used and the method of transportation. Examples would be a durable barcodes that can resist corrosion, heat, cold, UV light and solvents. They might be listed as warehouse barcode labels, industrial use barcode labels and polyester barcode labels. Of course the durability of the barcode label is not restricted to the kind of material it is printed on. For example, thermally printed labels are scratch-resistant and more durable than some ordinary labels; we have different types of high quality labels that are now available to suit different needs.

There are many benefits to using a barcode; these can offer a simple way of distinguishing your items amongst others, asset tracking for example. As you will know, each barcode label has black and white bars, which uniquely identify items; this ensures that barcode labels are economical and less prone to errors compared to manual asset tracking methods, streamlining the entire asset tracking process with ease.

When it has been decided which material should be used for the barcode a number of options are available. For instance unlike in previous times, today we can customise barcode labels with the name and logo of your company; you can even choose the colour and size of the barcode labels.

So with the multitude of uses for the barcode and the number of options regarding the material, adhesive and printing, if you contact us we will be happy to discuss your company’s particular requirements concerning a choice of barcode, provide a quotation and supply samples.

Use barcode labels for high quality data management

We have all become familiar with barcode labels on products that we see every day at supermarkets and in other kinds of retail outlets, but they have many more uses than just telling the checkout operator the price of the goods. Naturally this method has completely replaced the traditional method of having to manually price each item. A barcode comprises of a continuous series of black stripes and white spaces of different widths. This barcode is usually printed onto products to uniquely identify them.

To read the many symbols that are included in this coding of stripes, they have to be read with a scanner and a computer loaded with the appropriate software. It is not only pricing of course, but the barcoding on the labels can be used in different applications for quick billing, precise calculations

The barcode label can be personalised to suit your business, you can add your company name, logo or any other information on these labels. The material upon which the code is printed is important and the type will depend on the environmental conditions which the product will be stored, displayed and transported. Traditionally barcodes were printed on paper, but today a wide variety of material is available and if necessary, we can over laminate the label for extra protection.

Regardless of the material used, barcode labels will increase accuracy and efficiency within your workplace, they are designed to save on valuable company employees’ time and increase the overall efficiency of the business.

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