How to Choose the Right Identification Plates for Your Needs

Identification PlatesWhen you need to have identification plates made for your business, you will be faced with a mountain of decisions before you can see these delivered to your doorstep. Okay, probably not a mountain of decisions, but a lot of them nevertheless. What materials should you use? What size should your plates be? What should you put on them? What adhesive or mounting method should you opt for? What color should these be in, if any? How many should you have made?

These questions, and probably a few more, will pop up when you are given the task to have these made, and in order for you to not waste any of the funds allocated for these, you need to be systematic in choosing and ordering. If you are unsure of what your needs are specifically, then it might do you well to consult with a manufacturer that can help you determine what best fits your identification plate requirements. The people you consult with, who work for these manufacturers, can help you figure out what you need with some details that you give them, and this will cut out any guessing on your part regarding your needs.

If you already know what you need, but are not sure which of the available identification plate variants is suited to you, then here are some of the more commonly available types you can choose from, what materials these are made out of, what sizes these can come in, and what these usually carry on them:

Barcode and UID Plates – if you do not want your identification plates to be too big, or cumbersome, you might want to go with plates that use barcodes on them. These codes help you squeeze in a lot of valuable information onto these plates without having to use a lot of space for it. All you will need with these will be a barcode reader and a computer for encoding the information needed for these codes. These can be made to be so small as to carry only the barcode on it, or big enough to carry text information like company name, contact details, and such. These can be made using aluminum foil, polyester, stainless steel, bronze, and even vinyl, depending on where these are to be used.

Model and Serial Plates – these are plates that carry, as the name suggests, model and serial information on them. These plates are usually utilized by companies that have many products that need to be differentiated with the help of codes (model and serial number combinations) in order for them to easily determine how many of a model were sold, which serial numbers still have active warranties, and so on. These model and serial tags can come in rather small sizes, depending again on what information is placed on these. If there is a lot of information on such plates and these are not placed into a barcoded form, then these can be as big as a dinner plate. If these are to carry only model and serial information along with the company name, these can be as small as a business card. These can be made using any metal nameplate material or label material, depending on what these are to be exposed to.

Inventory and Asset Tags – these are tags that you use for inventory and tracking needs, and are ideal for companies that have numerous employees as well as inventory that need to be kept track of. These can be made using lightweight materials (paper, aluminum foil, Mylar) and attached to assets and inventory via an adhesive. These can actually carry barcodes on them, if you wish that these carry a lot of information about the item it is attached to, or can carry a blank space where you can write down inventory numbers, date of checking, and so on. These can also carry your company name, contact info, and even your logo, depending on your preference.

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