Asset labels (also called asset tags) are used as vital component of an asset tracking solution. Combined with asset tracking software and a fixed or mobile barcode reader, asset labels help uniquely identify a specific piece of equipment. With that unique identification comes the ability to track location, users of the equipment, and maintenance and valuation.
Lockwood Worldwide offers a convenient and comprehensive service to help you choose your custom asset labels and tags. Lockwood will guide you through all of the necessary steps, including selecting the right asset tag material, selecting the best asset tag barcode, adding your personalized text and choosing a number range and order quantity for your asset labels
Lockwood offers pre-printed labels. These labels are sold in serial number groups to suit your level of growth, and are offered in a variety of sizes and styles.
The right material and adhesive is crucial for an asset tag or asset label application. Often, asset tags are designed to be tamper-evident or non-removable to increase the security value of the tag. Environmental conditions faced by the label may require special consideration when choosing a label. Contact Lockwood to learn more about the special asset label materials.
Which is right for me? RFID or barcode?
RFID is an emerging technology tool for automatic asset data collection. RFID compliments barcode technology, it does not replace barcodes. RFID is not a new technology, it was developed during WWII as an IFF (Identify Friend or Foe) tool for aircrafts. The diversity of RFID tags and the rapid decrease in the price of tags and equipment has made RFID technology a practical solution for tracking assets in a wide variety of industries.
RFID has several components:
- RFID Tag- There are 3 primary components to a RFID tag:
(1) The RFID chip for storing data. (2) The antenna to transmit data. (3) The label to attach the tag to an object.
- RFID Reader which activates/deactivates the antenna and controls the read/write process.
- Local software and hardware infrastructure. This is where the tag data is first processed. Often, RFID middleware is used at this location.
- Enterprise Integration. This is where the tag data is ultimately stored and possible further processing occurs
There are 4 Primary RFID Frequencies; Low Frequency (LF), High Frequency (HF), Ultra High Frequency (UHF) and Microwave. The most commonly used Frequency in RFID is UHF, at about 900MHz. Different countries are allotted use of specific bands of the UHF range. In the USA the frequency is 915MHz.
Similar to barcode labels, the selection of the RFID tag is critical to the success of an asset tracking system. Lockwood will guide you through the selection process. There are many variables involved with deciding which RFID tag is the best option given your application, the asset to which it will be applied and the physical environment. Lockwood's experience in selecting and applying RFID tags to a wide variety of assets will save you from making a costly incorrect choice. Let Lockwood help you choose the right tag.
The choice depends on your application, however bar coding and RFID can work together forming a SMART tag that can contain barcode, RFID and human readable information. There are mobile scanners like the Motorola MC9090G that will read both RFID and barcode tags. This allows organizations to migrate to RFID at their own pace.
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