General 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.

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.

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.

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. Other printed colours will fade if exposed to UV. 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.

Material Selection
  • 0.3 mm thick
  • 0.5 mm thick, the most economical aluminium
  • 1.0 mm thick

Suitable for both indoor and outdoor use, harsh environments or subject to handling, wear and tear. The label will resist scratching, abrasion and is unaffected by oil, grease, most chemicals or UV exposure, it is virtually indestructible with the print embedded into the anodic layer. These labels will outlive the assets they are attached to.

An aggressively strong Avery HPA2925 adhesive is used to stick to practically all surfaces and / or 2 holes for rivet or screw attachment can be used to affix the label. A slight curve can be accommodated when no flat surface is available by pre bending the label to shape, for this application 0.3mm aluminium is advised.

Applications: Office, workshop, industrial, marine, external exposure.

  • 0.7 mm thick
  • 1.2 mm thick

Stainless Steel 316 No.4 finish is the toughest label / tag for the toughest environments. Often used if chemicals that would affect aluminium are present or in underground mines, food processing facilities and specialty applications. The printing is permanently laser engraved into the metal.

Applications: Workshop, industrial, underground mines, food processing, exposure to high alkaline or acidic environments.

Both matt silver mylar and matt white polypropylene are tough waterproof flexible materials with an aggressive permanent adhesive suitable for indoor or sheltered outdoor use on both flat and curved surfaces. The standard label is suitable for items not subjected to constant handling, wear and tear, solvents, oil and grease.

Applications: Office, warehouse

Over laminating adds durability by protecting the printing on the label. The printed image is sandwiched beneath a clear layer of mylar and the print will not wear, rub or wash off. Mild solvent, oil and grease resistant.

Applications: Laptops, iPads, mobile phones, power tools.

Purchasing

Online Asset labels require payment using credit card at time of order placement. Transactions are securely handled and encoded by Stripe our payment gateway. If this does not work for you please contact us and we can process offline.

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.

Labels are safely packaged and dispatched by our daily courier collections. A tracking number will be supplied to you after the collection has been made. If you require special arrangements please leave a note in your order.

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.

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.

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.

Barcodes Explained

A barcode is an optical, machine-readable representation of data. A barcode’s symbology refers to the encoding of information into the barcode image. Traditional one-dimensional (1D), linear barcodes represent data by varying the width and spacing of parallel lines. Two-dimensional (2D) barcodes use rectangles, dots, hexagons and other geometric patterns, called matrix codes, that can contain a great deal more information than a typical 1D barcode. They can also suffer partial damage and still be read.

We recommend code 128 as first choice for a 1D code, especially when printing into metal.

Code 128

The Code 128 character set was introduced in 1981 to solve the problem of representing both alphabetic and numeric characters without sacrificing barcode density.

Code 128 gives you the ability to encode all 128 ASCII characters, everything on your keyboard with both upper and lower case. Code 128 requires less width than code 39, has thicker lines and spaces which makes it easier to print with resultant better first time read rate percentage.

Code 39

The Code 39 symbology was developed early to meet the need for a fully alphanumeric barcode for use with data-entry systems. It was probably the most widely used alphanumeric barcode and has been accepted as a standard code by many organisations.

While we can print code 39, due to how close the bars are to each other and wider width of the code we prefer code 128 when printing into metal.

Interleaved 2 of 5, Plessey, Codabar, EAN-UCC and other symbologies

There is a wide range of alternative barcode symbologies that are used for specific business applications. As these alternative symbologies are not commonly used for asset labeling they are not included on our online site but can be supplied, if you require one of these symbologies please contact us.

We recommend datamatrix as first choice for a 2D code due to the higher data density / error checking in preference to QR Codes.

Datamatrix

This has become one the most common 2D barcodes.  It is square or rectangular in shape and can encode huge amounts of information, over 2000 characters, in a very small space. Error correction allows a code with up to 30% damage to still read properly.

QR Code

Designed by Denso in Japan, QR (Quick Response) Code is a 2 dimensional general-purpose matrix suitable for smaller labels. QR can use long strings of alphanumeric data, often text or a URL. The codes are made of small squares in black and white patterns. Error correction allows a code with up to 30% damage to still read properly. This barcode was designed for fast scanning of information and efficiently encodes Kanji characters.

Aztec Code, PDF417 and other symbologies

There is a wide range of alternative 2D symbologies that are used for specific business applications. As these alternative symbologies are not commonly used for asset labeling they are not included on our online site but can be supplied, if you require one of these symbologies please contact us.

No but our barcodes will work with all major scanner brands. If you are looking for a scanner we recommend units by Honeywell and Zebra
Please email us sales@onlineassetlabels.com.au with more information about your requirements.