Metal Foil Asset Tags: Versatility and Durability for Modern Enterprise Asset Tracking
By Angela Sanders Monday, November 04, 2013, 11:40 PM EST
Metal foil asset tags are constructed of a unique, specially designed material called Metalphoto®. It’s a special type of anodized aluminum that offers durability well beyond that of a typical bar code label for use in harsh applications. Unlike rigid asset tags, metal foil labels provide a flexible solution that can be applied to assets that don’t have the smooth, flat surfaces that a rigid label would require. Metal foil asset tags bridge the gap by providing an asset-labeling alternative that’s both flexible and durable for a wide variety of applications.
Metal Foil Asset Tags for Textured and Contoured Surfaces
If your assets have textured or contoured surfaces, yet you still require a label that can withstand cleaning solutions, abrasion, and even typical wear-and-tear, metal foil asset tags are an ideal solution. With the flexibility to mold to a contoured surface, metal foil asset tags use a high-performance, pressure sensitive adhesive to create a secure bond that won’t break down and cause the label to detach from the surface.
Not only are metal foil asset tags appropriate for contoured surfaces, but they bond securely to textured surfaces as well. They’re also widely used for high surface-energy plastics and metals – making these asset tags a valuable alternative in applications where standard labels just don’t fit the bill. In fact, metal foil asset tags by Camcode have made it possible for enterprises to track and monitor a variety of assets that would have otherwise remained un-labeled, leading to inaccurate data collection, reporting, documentation hassles and other problems.
Why Metal Foil?
Even the safest environments can sometimes have mishaps that leave assets exposed to chemicals or caustics. With a standard paper-based asset tracking label, one such instance could break down the label, causing it to deteriorate and lose readability or even weaken the adhesive seal so the label may fall off entirely.
In today’s unpredictable world, it’s safer to go for more durability even if you think it’s not needed. But metal foil asset tags offer such impressive durability that they can be safely used in manufacturing settings in which assets are regularly exposed to extreme hot or cold temperatures. They can also withstand repeated exposure to caustics, abrasion, solvents, and other conditions.
The issue with potentially weak labels is that if they do become unreadable or fall off, it can cause tracking and scheduling inaccuracies. As most business owners know, such mishaps can quickly lead to disgruntled customers and clients. But that’s not the only issue – the asset tags will also have to be replaced if you choose to re-implement a tracking solution after such a loss. That’s a costly expense that’s not necessary if you make a wiser upfront investment in durable metal foil asset tags.
Metal foil asset tags are used in such industries as manufacturing, education, healthcare and even in government applications. Government agencies are among the most complex, having widespread assets and tracking needs combined with stringent guidelines and policies that must be followed precisely.
Even the companies and organizations regulated by government agencies must abide by strict regulations to ensure continued certification and to maintain contracts in many cases. And that means consistency in labeling is not just necessary, but choosing the right asset tag solution can set you ahead of the pack in terms of earning those valuable contracts. Why? With a streamlined and solid asset tracking system in place, your company will be more efficient, more precise, and more on-target than your competition that continues to rely on manual documentation or sub-standard asset tracking systems that create more of a mess than they’re meant to solve.
Metal foil asset tags are a good choice for tracking assets in many settings due to their ideal combination of versatility and durability. Making a single investment in a solution that will last beyond the life of your assets is an economically-sound decision for today’s competitive enterprises.