They may seem simple enough – on the surface, they’re just gummed squares of paper that you’ve probably seen on all your tech equipment at work, or on the side of a computer when you’re using the internet at a local library. Security and voiding labels, however, are part of the best and most up-to-date business plans. No small company should go without them – doing so could cause a great deal of hassle.
There’s a surprising amount of technology behind a voiding label or an asset label – more than most would realise. Designed to keep tabs on the location of items and make it easier to keep on top of office technology, asset labels can be scanned to access information required. Voiding labels offer an easy, cost-effective way of preventing tampering to expensive technological equipment.
There are other uses for asset labels too. Stuart Jailler of Seareach Ltd. has this top tip for all businesses thinking about getting some for their most prized pieces of kit:
“For a low cost, thousands of pieces of a corporations’ electronic equipment can be marked with an asset identification label and tracked in inventory software. From loaning equipment between departments, through to the effective control of company assets, this is an essential part of business housekeeping that is often overlooked.”
I’m sticking with you.
The adhesive on an asset label or voiding label has been specially formulated with the right cocktail of chemicals to make glue that is less than compliant when it comes to coming unstuck.
The glue on these labels thus creates an incredibly strong bond between the label itself and any surface it comes into contact with – after 24 hours, the process is entirely complete and that label is most certainly not coming off.
Because the equipment they are attached to is meant to be used for a long length of time, asset labels and voiding labels are cleaning product and scratch-resistant, thanks to a covering sheet of thin but durable plastic. This top sheet also slows any fading due to UV exposure.
Big things in little packages.
Voiding labels come in many shapes and forms. The most used within the business sector is the easy-to-peel, tamper-proof version. Designed with a two-layer adhesive, voiding labels show that tampering has taken place by revealed an under layer, clearly displaying ‘VOID’.
This is something us old-time Xbox 360 fans are all too used to. Back when the Xbox 360 first launched it had an overheating problem, something which could be fixed pretty easily but it required us to dismantle the console which involved removing a rather ugly looking sticker which left sticky silver “VOID”s behind – not that the Xbox One will have that problem as it regulates and prevents the console itself from overheating.
Another form of voiding label is being used increasingly in the food and medical industry – giving an easy way to check if food or medicine has been spoiled after having being stored incorrectly, heat-sensitive voiding labels can add another level of safety to the distribution of food and medical products.
When subjected to certain temperatures, the bar code on heat-sensitive labels becomes unreadable.
When a scan is attempted – usually with a smartphone or some other handy device – the item is proven to be unworthy for sale.
Then there are the barcode labels which are made to be subjected to incredibly high temperatures. Made with a stainless steel base, these are the kind of labels that are more of a specialised technology. In any case, it’s surprising how much there can be in a little label.