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The Most Common Asset Tags

At System ID, we sell a lot of asset tags in every size, shape, color, and material. And trust us—it can be hard for customers to determine which asset tag (asset label) is best for their applications. That’s why manufacturers like Zebra, Datamax-O’Neil, and Honeywell Intermec produce a wide array of barcode labels in several types of different materials. This vast selection enables companies to efficiently track nearly every type of fixed asset, from office equipment and furniture to heavy equipment and manufacturing parts.

To help you select the right labeling solution, here is a list of the most common asset tags and their preferred applications by material type. You may choose standard in-stock sizes, which we can preprint with colors, text, and graphics such as your company logo and address.  Or, you can opt for a completely customized label or tag in any shape or size. There are literally hundreds of materials, adhesives, and treatments available to fit any application. So, if you need something specific, give us a call.

Metalized matte silver polyester, 2 mil

Purpose: To track business assets

Environment: Harsh indoor environments

metalized matte silver polyester

Metalized matte silver polyester labels work well in harsh conditions and offer an affordable option to anodized metal tags.

Benefits:

  • More affordable than metal tags
  • Resistant to heat, tearing, abrasion, and stretch
  • Heat-resistance up to 303°F
  • Flexible (similar to that of aluminum foil tags)
  • UL-recognized with specific color foils
  • Optional harsh environment laminate offers better value than anodized metal tags

Applications:

  • Industrial applications where labels may be subjected to physical stress or heat
  • Office furniture, including desks, cabinets, and chairs
  • Office equipment, such as phones, laptops, computers, and monitors

Important: Because this tag is metalized, it will conduct electricity; therefore, do not use it on the backs of printed circuit boards with electrical contacts.

Note: This tag does not include theft-deterrent features.

Adhesive:

  • Permanent
  • One of the best for Low Surface Energy (LSE) plastics

Surfaces:

  • Smooth, flat
  • Doesn’t conform to uneven or curved surfaces

Options:

  • In-stock
  • Custom

Gloss white polyester, 2 mil

Purpose: To track business assets and personal property

Environment: Indoors and outdoors

gloss white polyester labels

Gloss white polyester labels are the most affordable asset tag and are perfect for tracking office equipment and furniture.

Benefits:

  • Most affordable asset tag
  • Resistant to heat, tearing, abrasion, and stretch
  • Heat-resistance up to 303°F
  • UL-recognized with specific color foils
  • Optional premium harsh environment laminate expands label use

Note: This tag does not include theft-deterrent features.

Applications:

  • Office furniture, including desks, cabinets, and chairs
  • Office equipment, such as phones, laptops, computers, and monitors

Adhesive:

  • Permanent
  • One of the best for Low Surface Energy (LSE) plastics

Surfaces:

  • Smooth, flat
  • Doesn’t conform to uneven or curved surfaces

Options:

  • In-stock
  • Custom

Security silver VOID polyester, 2 mil

Purpose: To track and prevent the theft of business assets

Environment: Indoors and outdoors

void security polyester label

The affordable security silver VOID polyester tags prevent theft by displaying the word “void” if the label is removed.

Benefits:

  • Most affordable theft-deterrent, tamper-proof asset tag
  • Prevents theft and fraud
  • Durable
  • Affordable alternative for destructible reflective vinyl asset tags
  • Optional laminates do not impact security

Applications:

  • Office equipment that requires tamper-resistant protection, such as computers, monitors, laptops, routers, and servers

Adhesive:

  • Permanent
  • Unique adhesive; the word “Void” appears on the applied surface and material if removed

Note: Once removed, this label cannot be reapplied.

Surfaces:

  • Smooth, flat
  • Doesn’t conform to uneven or curved surfaces

Options:

  • In-stock
  • Custom

Destructible reflective white vinyl, 7 mil

Purpose: To track and prevent the theft of business assets

Environment: Indoors and outdoors

Destructible vinyl white

Desstructible reflective white vinyl tags tear apart when attempting to remove them, thereby preventing fraud.

Benefits:

  • Best solution for preventing fraud; label tears apart when attempting to remove it
  • Extremely durable
  • Very opaque
  • Outdoor rating of seven years
  • Optional laminates negate durability
  • An affordable option to 8 mil anodized metal asset tags

Applications:

  • Office equipment that requires tamper-resistant protection, such as computers, monitors, laptops, routers, and servers

Adhesive:

  • Permanent

Note: Once removed, this label cannot be reapplied.

Surfaces:

  • Corrugated or moderately irregular surfaces

Options:

  • In-stock
  • Custom

LexSaver plus, 10 mil, white

Purpose: To track and prevent the theft of industrial business assets

Environment: Indoors and outdoors

LexSaver plus

Resistant to abrasion and tears in industrial environments, LexSaver plus asset tags are one of the best for low surface energy (LSE) plastics and oily metals.

Benefits:

  • Resistant to heat, tearing, abrasion, and stretch
  • Ultra-durable
  • Has UV-resistant polypropylene protective coating with embossed velvet finish
  • Outdoor rating of seven years

Applications:

  • Industrial items that are subject to physical stress, such as power boxes, construction equipment, power tools, lawn equipment, and ladders

Adhesive:

  • Permanent
  • One of the best for Low Surface Energy (LSE) plastics and oily metals

Surfaces:

  • Smooth, flat
  • Doesn’t conform to uneven surfaces

Options:

  • In-stock
  • Custom

Anodized aluminum foil

Purpose: To track business assets

Environment: Harsh outdoor environments

Anodized aluminum foil

Anodized aluminum foil asset tags conform to most surfaces and are one of the most durable tags around, making them ideal for extended outdoor use.

Benefits:

  • Most durable asset tag (foil barcode label) for extended outdoor use
  • Resistant to chemicals, solvents, abrasion, and high temperatures
  • Flexible; conforms to most surfaces
  • UL-recognized with specific color foils
  • Various thicknesses available
  • Comes with or without adhesives and/or holes

Applications:

  • Industrial items that are subject to physical stress, such as freight cars, containers, farm equipment, tools, forklifts, gym equipment, vending machines, air conditioners, machinery, road signs, and motorcycles

Adhesive:

  • Optional

Surfaces:

  • Conforms to most surfaces, including curved ones

Note: The thicker the aluminum, the less label conformance and flexibility.

Options:

  • In-stock
  • Custom

Want to learn more?

See “Best Barcode Labels for Manufacturing,” or refer to the System ID Barcode Printing Guide.

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Nicole Holcomb

Product Manager at System ID
Nicole Holcomb literally grew up around labels and printing. Putting that lifetime of knowledge to good use, Nicole helps customers solve the labeling needs of virtually any application in her role as Product Manager for Labels & Supplies at System ID. This creative problem solver unleashes her artistic side by creating customized clipboards and frames for her small craft business (while also daydreaming about being British, an obsession she’s had since her youth!).

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