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The Ins and Outs of Asset Labels

Asset labels are an important part of warehouses. They help you keep track of the items in your warehouse including physical assets, equipment, tools, racks, and machines. Most tags feature a serial number and barcode which can be read by a handheld scanner. Labels usually have an adhesive back and are made from aluminum, foil, laminated paper, or vinyl. These types of materials are durable and help keep labels readable for a long period of time. The better the label, the easier it is for you to take inventory, track assets, and identify items. There are a wide variety of asset labels for you to choose form. Here is a list of the different types of asset labels and their benefits.

Foil Labels. Foil labels are ideal for both indoor and outdoor asset tracking and will adhere to most anything. If you are looking into investing in foil asset labels, choose labels which are resistant to abrasion and chemicals and can withstand harsh environments. They may cost more up front, but better labels will save you money and time in the long run.

Aluminum Labels. Aluminum labels can withstand the harshest of conditions. As they have a strong bond to anything they are applied, aluminum labels are ideal for machinery and tools which will see a lot of wear and tear.

Polyester Labels. Polyester labels are not the most resistant material, but they do last up to two years. These labels can be used on items which are replaced often and do not warrant a high-quality label.

Tamper-Evident Labels. Tamper-evident labels help protect your assets from unauthorized transfers or someone tampering with your assets. When these labels are removed from an item, the word “void” is left on the surface of the asset. This makes it clear that the label has been removed from an item and cannot be used on another item. These types of labels adhere to most anything and are resistant to most any foreign substance.

Destructible Vinyl Labels. Destructible vinyl labels are another type of label which inhibit unauthorized asset transfer. When these labels are peeled off of an asset, they break apart into many pieces—rendering them useless.

Removable Labels. Removable Labels are useful for assets which only need to be tagged for a short amount of time. These labels can be removed cleanly and easily. Generally removable labels are used for disposable items such as drums of chemicals, shipping containers, or shelves.