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Rugged Barcodes

Rugged barcode labels are used as an extremely durable way of uniquely identifying an item for recording and traceability purposes.

These can include standard linear barcode (code 39, code 128 etc) linking back to a database to access the information or a 2D datamatrix barcode in which all the required information, such as Part Numbers, Serial Numbers, Manufacturers code etc., is provided immediately upon scanning.

There are a number of options for producing durable rugged barcodes on a range of materials suitable for most applications, these include:-

- Anodised aluminium labels with unique barcodes digitally printed, anodised and sealed within the surface of the aluminium, providing a hard wearing, solvent resistant surface. These rugged barcodes can be produced on various thickness of aluminium from 0.3mm to 3mm. Anodised aluminium rugged barcodes are successfully used in a wide range of applications including Military, Instrumentation, Medical and Asset Management.

- Laser marked or etched stainless steel in which the barcode is marked into the surface of the metal to give a very durable finish suitable for harsh environments such as Marine, Oil & Gas applications. The etched stainless steel rugged barcode tags have also been tested for use in very high temperature applications up to 800’C.

- Undersurface digitally printed rugged barcodes onto various plastics such as polycarbonate and acrylic. These provide a durable finish, with the inks printed on the rear and viewed through the clear substrate to provide a long lasting and rugged barcode suitable for identifying aisles and racks in warehouses and Asset Management.

Rugged barcode labels can be specified with either a high quality self-adhesive tape on rear or with holes for a mechanical fixing which can even be fixed with tamper proof screws to ensure that they were extremely difficult to remove after installation.

Call a member of our sales team on +44(0)1845 522184 now to find out more about GSM's rugged barcode solutions or click here to request a quotation.