Asset tags have extensive practical applications that can benefit businesses in a number of ways. Used primarily by businesses for identifying items through the use of company logos, barcodes and serial numbers, asset tags are essential for performing a company audit. At the same time, they can also be used to maintain safety logs for electrical appliance testing, and for organising an office or business move. Asset tags’ main strengths also come through their difficult to remove materials, and through their ability to store information via barcodes. Taken together, asset tags help to reduce errors, improve security, and enable better tracking and inventory management within a business. These strengths are developed below:
1 – A Company Audit
Company audits involve the checking of stock levels, profit margins, and the health and safety levels of a business. Asset tags can contribute to the clear identification of stock, and the logging of a complete inventory. By being attached to important items like computers, asset tags can identify company ownership, and can be used to record the holdings of different departments. Information stored on barcodes on tags can similarly be used to check the length of time that an asset has been on site for, and whether it still meets health and safety regulations.
2 – An Electrical Appliance Test
Another practical use of asset tags is to mark electrical appliances for testing. Portable Appliance Testing, or PAT, involves the routine checking of electrical appliances that are attached to a main power grid through a cable. Checks are made to see if the fuse and the wiring is secure, and that there aren’t any non visible faults with voltage. Asset tags help this process by being attached to electrical appliances, and by containing rewritable labels that can include records of maintenance and future maintenance dates. Having these tags in place means that health and safety regulations can be met for electrical fittings within a workspace.
3 – An Office Move
Asset tags are particularly valuable for big office moves. By identifying an item as company property, and by linking it to a particular department, asset tags can lower the chance of items becoming mixed up as part of a move. Moreover, asset tags help to track items as they pass from one location to another. Barcode scanning can be used here to ensure that items are properly recorded at their new destination, meaning that it is possible to identify when something might have gone missing during transit, rather than from its original source.
These practical uses make asset tags an essential part of maintaining consistency for the day to day routines of a workplace. Asset tags are inexpensive, but provide rapid identification and tracking capabilities that can save time and money. Visual identification and scannable barcodes make for straightforward inventory management, and help to deter thieves and enhance security. Asset tags also tend to be highly durable for long moves, and particularly when made from vinyl or aluminium materials, which can stand up to moisture and scratching while being transported.