The Big Tech Behind Little Labels

They may not seem to be much behind asset and void labels, but looks can be deceiving. They may be small, but there are a lot of applications to such a little label. It’s no wonder that companies use them extensively. While their primary function is to track expensive software and equipment, voiding labels provide some security by deterring tampering. It’s amazing how much hassle can be avoided by simply applying a label.

Keeping up

In an office environment, it’s not unusual for hi-tech gear to be issued to all employees. Trying to keep tabs on multiple versions of the same laptop can be a bit difficult if there isn’t some way of tracing and identifying each one.

With an asset label, equipped with a bar code, there’s no difficultly in scanning and tracing items and finding out exactly who they belong to. This is certainly peace of mind for anyone who works with something expensive.

The standard form of asset label, showing a bar code, hologram and company name, isn’t easily damaged. They are made to resist scratches, cleaning products, and general wear. They’re also waterproof – so there’s no worry of not being able to make them out when something needs identifying.

Stuart Jailler from Seareach comments: "With the amount of information able to be accessed and held on current day devices, knowledge that there has been a physical breach of security should form a critical part of a businesses’ IT plan"

Voiding labels

Voiding labels tend to be made from anodised aluminium. Anodising is achieved by the application of electricity to produce a thicker natural oxide layer onto metal. It’s something used to increase the resistance to corrosion and wear on metals which require some additional hardiness.

Because of this, it goes without saying that a void label is going to take some beating.

Void labels are made with a special two-layer adhesive. When stuck to a surface, the especially strong adhesive makes removing the actual label itself very difficult. Instead, the top layer is removed, revealing ‘VOID’ clearly. And trying to stick the top layer back on won’t work, either.

Anodised aluminium labels are temperature resistant – up to about 140 degrees C, and down to about -50 degrees C. They’ll probably last longer than whatever it is you have them stuck to.

Turning up the heat

One relatively new innovation in labelling is temperature sensitivity, which can tell you when food is spoiled.

During transit, food needs to be kept at a certain temperature to stay edible. Temperature-sensitive labels react when it’s too hot or two cold by releasing a chemical across the barcode. Lines of the barcode are blanked out, rendering the code unreadable by a scanner.

While this kind of thing is perfect for the food industry, there’s no reason why it couldn’t be used to protect technological equipment that is damaged by temperature changes.

Given the cost of replacing lost or damaged items, it’s well worth investing in asset labels, even if you have any minor quibbles about what they do.