What exactly are asset labels?

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In any business, it’s so easy to get into the habit of using the internal language or jargon, and then assume that everyone else outside of that world knows what you are talking about. Such a term is ‘asset labels’ and here we will look at what this term actually means and how they are used.

An asset label helps to clearly identify the ownership of specific pieces of equipment and other physical assets that a company or organisation possesses. They can be attached to a wide range of items, from the latest tablets and laptops to key pieces of office or other equipment or furniture, or to keep track of tools used in specific tasks or locations.

Why are asset labels so useful?

Apart from the simple identification mentioned previously, they also use barcodes to enable an effective track to be maintained of the whereabouts and use of such equipment. The information about such assets can then be kept on a database register ready for inspection or simply to check where any particular item might be in use. This means that inventory control and management is a simpler exercise than it otherwise would be. This can be of key importance where legislation might require such information to be both current and available for inspection, say in educational establishments. In certain cases, asset labelling can also help flag up when regular maintenance or service work should be undertaken.

What types of asset labels are available?

Depending on the items being so marked and the places they are used, the possibilities range from standard everyday labels using barcodes for identification to those, such as aluminium foil labels, which can survive in harsher workplaces or strenuous use. Another popular use is in attaching ‘void marking’ labels, either as a warranty seal or for security purposes.

Whatever your needs, most organisations will accept that it pays to make the best use of asset labels to protect their infrastructure or equipment. So, one final question: how could they best work for you?

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