Australian custom asset number, bar code label, equipment identification and serial number tags.

Label Guide

Comparison of asset label materials
Material

Anodised Aluminium

Stainless Steel

Mylar Polyester
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Polyprop

Laminated
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Mylar
Polyprop

Cost

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Durability

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Resistance

Solvent

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Corrosion

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Oil

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Use

External

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Frequently Asked Questions

How strong is the adhesive ?

The adhesive used on metal asset labels is Avery HPA 2925 which was specifically developed for heavy duty bonding applications requiring a high shear performance and/or moisture, chemical, UV or temperature resistance, especially onto irregular or embossed substrates.

The adhesive used on flexible mylar and polypropelene asset labels and asset stickers is an aggressive permanent adhesive.

All adhesives gain in strength over time and typically reach close to maximum strength after 72 hours.

Preparing a surface for a self adhesive asset label

Treat all surfaces as dirty or contaminated, even if they are new and look clean. Use a solvent, eg. isopropyl alcohol to wipe clean then use a clean tissue or cloth while surface still wet to wipe dry. Do not touch the back of the label when applying. 99% of adhesive failure is really surface preparation failure. We can supply isopropyl alcohol cleaning swabs which are an economical and easy way to ensure a clean surface.

Can I bend the asset labels around a curve ?

Find a flat surface is best but on metal labels a mild curve can be accommodated with 0.3 and 0.5 mm thick aluminium labels. The label needs to be pre formed to the curve before being applied by gently bending to the shape required. The diameter of a coffee cup is about as tight a curve that should be attempted. Mylar and polypropalene can be applied around curves but does not have the durability of metal. Specialty aluminium is available to conform to curves if required, please ask for details.

How durable are the asset labels ?

Metal labels are specified for use in harsh environments and will generally out last the asset to which they are applied. High temperatures up to 200c, marine environments, extreme sun exposure, industrial use covered in oil and grease and most chemicals are OK.

Abrasion and scuff resistance

Anodised Aluminium - very scratch resistant, the printed image is embedded within the anodic layer which is just slightly softer than glass.

Stainless Steel - very scratch resistant, the printed image is created using a laser to change the molecular structure of the metal.

Mylar and Polyprop - printing is themal transfer onto the surface and can be scratched or rubbed off. Not suitable for high wear environments unless protected by a clear overlaminate at additional cost, contact us for details.

UV Resistance

Metal labels with black print a virtually unaffected by UV and can be confidently used in external environments with high sun exposure for many years. We are confident our labels will out last the asset that they are applied to. The adhesive is protected from UV exposure by the metal and not affected.

Mylar and polypropalene labels are broken down in time by direct UV exposure (sunlight), 5 years external use is a realistic expectation.

Can I get a sample?

Just send us an email with your contact details requesting a sample pack, at no cost or obligation.

How do I pay for these?

Online Asset labels require payment using credit card at time of order placement. If this does not work for you please contact us and we can process offline.

Can I get colour printed labels?

Online Asset Labels is like Henry Ford's Model T, you can have any colour you like, as long as it is black. If you do require other colours contact us and we can process with all the colours of the rainbow through another ordering channel.

Can I include a logo ?

This web site is designed as a basic layout which does not allow a logo to be included within the ordering template. If you want a logo included please contact us, it can be done.

Can I have a different layout ?

This web site is designed with only a basic layout. If you want something different please contact us, it can be done.

Are other size labels available?

This web site is designed with only our most popular 3 sizes which also give the most economical use of metal. If you want something different please contact us, it can be done.

I want something similar but not an asset label

We also manufacture compliance plates which are normally larger than asset labels, large colour signs, adhesive braille signs and more.

How long before I get my labels ?

Normal dispatch is within 10 days, and we do have 3 or 5 day urgency service at additional cost. The choice is yours when you create your label.

How are labels sent ?

Around Brisbane we use Couriers Please and for the rest of Australia Express Post. Normally next day delivery to most metropolitan areas and slightly longer in the far flung outer regions. International delivery is by International Courier Post.If you have a delivery method preference please let us know in the comments section when you enter your address.

Where are labels made ?

We have been making asset labels in our Brisbane factory since 1993. We use state of the art production equipment and have the capacity to handle very large or low volume orders, all with strict quality control. More information about our metal printing processes.

Can I create a shopping basket for multiple products ?

No. This web site does not store or save information and therefore does not have a shopping basket. However it is possible to create and place multiple orders for multiple products, for example if you want to order ID labels, serial number tags and equipment ID stickers, just start over again after each label is created and ordered.

Can I get a repeat of a previous order ?

Your labels will be supplied with a reorder code number and we can continue printing from your last sequential number. We love return customers and any order details are saved in our system for later retrieval. Just contact us.

Can I have information from a database rather than sequential numbers ?

Yes, contact us to create tags using custom information from a database. This online order form only supports sequential or no numbers. Serial numbers tags can be produced using our sequential numbering option.

Which barcode type is best ?

Bar codes are just a font / typestyle that a machine or scanner can read. Both bar code 39 and code 128 can encode all 128 ASCII characters, basically everything on your keyboard both upper & lower case.

Code 128 requires less width than code 39, has thicker lines and spaces which make it easier to print and has a better first time scan read rate percentage. We recommend code 128 as first choice but either can be used.

If you require a different bar code asset label symbology let us know, there are many options available.

If you have any other questions please contact us, give us a call or email us.  We will be happy to discuss your requirments and provide advise to ensure you get the best result. Make use of our extensive experience.

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