Asset and Security Labels in any size or shape

What is the difference between an Asset label and a Security label?
The answer is simple, tamper evidence. A security label or seal, is tamper evident, an asset label does not need to be. You need to ask “Do I need a tamper evident label”? A tamper evident or tamper proof label is usually used to show if a item has opened or tampered with, an example of this would be a PC, where you need to see if someone has opened the case and possibly removed circuits, memory etc. An Asset label is a label for tracking an item, usually used with a barcode and or sequential number with an asset.

I want a label that cannot be removed, what can you offer?
No label is permanent, but labels can be produced which are hard to remove and are tamper evident. Our standard UltraTuff labels use what is classed as a permanent adhesive, it is a very durable and strong adhesive. This results in your labels staying on the item and will not degrade like cheaper alternatives. Alternatively the adhesive can be made from a Ultra Destruct material, which fragments when picked at, this means repeated picking is required to remove the label.

Tamper-evident labels are an important means of stopping removal or any fraudulent activity. A good example of this can be seen on high value items such as electrical goods. A unique serial number can be printed onto a special destructible label stock which will fragment into tiny pieces if removal is attempted. By doing this, it prevents the transfer of the label onto another item. Labels can be positioned over a seal or screw-hole, it is possible to use the label as a means of testing the invalidation of a warranty. It provides evidence of opening by unauthorised persons. An alternative to this is the voiding label which, if removed, will result in the word ‘VOID’ appearing on both the label and product, thereby rendering the label unusable and providing indication of product tampering. The labels can be manufacture in any shape and size and in some electronic device cases the labels have been produced as small as 5mm in diameter.

Where are asset labels regularly used?

A simple answer to this could be almost anywhere! If a business or organisation wishes to identify and protect their most valuable items of equipment or furnishing, then a bar coded asset label is an instant solution.

Public and private businesses

This means that schools and colleges, hospitals, retirement homes, sporting organisations, local councils or government offices can help protect both their equipment and the investment that tax payers have made. Equally, any private business can opt for this protection, whether purely as an internal security option, or where there equipment might be used, or even rented, by their customers.

If that covers a wide range of locations, the next answer to the original question might examine the items which are so protected. These can range from ones likely to come quickly to mind, such as tablets, iPads and laptops, as well as desktop computers, monitors, scanners and printers. Other electrical equipment owners, perhaps where screens, projection devices, digital cameras and the like are used, can also be protected.

Hotels and sports centres 

Less obvious as an immediate answer is more specialised possibilities, such as equipment used in a hotel health centre or sports club. Sadly, it often pays to remember that anything that can be moved also has the potential to be taken!

The type of bar coded label chosen can also vary depending on the circumstances. It may be that water or tamper resistant options are required; for certain environments even chemical resistant material can be used. A range of different sizes can deliver an asset label that is just right for any style of device or piece of equipment.

With a wide range of needs, it pays to take expert advice to ensure you find the best possible asset labels for your specific requirements.

3 reasons your business needs asset tags

Asset tagging or asset labelling as a practice has been around for many, many years, but it is surprising how many businesses still don’t take advantage of the benefits it can bring. As the size of a business increases, the benefits of asset tagging increase as well; however, businesses of any size still have plenty to gain by taking up the practice. Listed here are the top three reasons your business should implement Durable Asset Tags.

1. Cataloguing

Keeping a catalogue of all company assets is a great way of keeping things organised. This can be as simple as labelling each piece of IT hardware, with a unique number, and having a spreadsheet that lists these numbers (alongside any other relevant information). Some businesses go even further and employ detailed asset management systems where they can track everything related to a given asset, such as its purchase price, remaining warranty, geographical location and which employee it is associated with. This can go as specific as monitoring details about the asset such as technical specification. Using durable asset tags ensures the longevity of the identifier, and cuts out the need for constant replacement.

2. Security

A well maintained catalogue of company assets can greatly increase security. This is particularly relevant to IT assets, such as computers or mobile phones, where sensitive company data could be at risk. Being able to pinpoint which asset was involved in a security incident could greatly increase your chances of resolving the situation quickly with as little loss as possible. It can also help you identify which people are involved by being able to quickly see the people associated with that asset.

3. Traceability

As well as security benefits, asset tagging carries all the benefits of being able to trace back through the lifespan of any given asset. When a computer or company car changed hands, what site it was at located at and the cost to the business can all be tracked with a proper asset management system. Not only can this help businesses plan their spend, it can also be used by finance departments to track things like depreciation and even things like ongoing finance agreements.

These are only three of the key reasons that asset tagging is a worthwhile endeavour for any business, however your specific business may benefit in many other ways, depending on its size and number of assets. There really is no reason to not start tagging straight away!

Contact Custom Labels for asset tag requirements in the UK.

 

 

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