The Importance of Flat Tags in the Embossing Process
The embossing process is fairly straightforward, as modern-day embossing machines streamline the process to the point of simplicity. By supplying blank metal tags to an auto-feed embossing machine, the machine will clearly and prominently mark the tags and stack them in a finished area.
Once the process finishes, you now have a durable, reliable form of metal identification. However, the tags need to be flat, have a suitable thickness and consist of the right materials for the embossing process to complete correctly. Anything but a well-made flat tag will likely produce all sorts of defects within the process. In the best-case scenario, the machine will simply spit out non-flat tags or a flat tag of poor-quality construction in a ruined state. However, it’s often the case that your expensive embossing machine itself can suffer damage from using substandard tags.
While in-house embossing eliminates many risks and inefficiencies of ordering tags from a third-party producer, this is the one major concern it brings to the table. You need to ensure the quality of your flat metal tags or you won’t be able to enjoy the benefits of embossing your own flat metal tags.
The Marking Process
Embossing machines are a widely popular alternative to working with a third party thanks to the advantages they bring to the table. Without such machines, it typically wouldn’t be practical for an organization to mark its own tags, even with the benefits.
However, these machines facilitate rapid production of embossed metal tags with minimal labor input and expertise from the user. In particular, they typically use an auto-feed loading mechanism that streamlines the use process and dramatically increases output. All the user needs to do once the machine has the necessary settings is load the blank tags into a hopper, at which point the machine automatically pulls the tags in to run the process. It marks each tag one at a time, and you can use the machine to emboss sequential or variable identification information on successive tags.
The tag the machine uses needs to be flat and blank or else you run the risk of deformed tags and damage to the machine. A deformed tag might go undiscovered for a while, which will disrupt production when that tag becomes necessary to use. However, that’s the best-case scenario.
A tag that deforms or jams in the machine due to not being flat or having the wrong dimensions can bend, twist and break inside the machine, which can cause a variety of issues. With a suitable tag though, the process should consistently complete without issue. After the machine completes the embossing process, it feeds the finished tags out in a controlled, steady fashion. This keeps them in the correct order, preventing confusion and helping keep operations smooth and efficient.
How Quality Flat Tags Make a Difference
The way an embossing machine operates is straightforward, reliable and consistent. Far and away, the most significant point of failure is the user’s choice of metal tags. Choosing high-quality flat metal tags is the single most important way to ensure your tag-marking processes will remain efficient and reliable.
Streamline Production and Preserve Materials
Inconsistent or weak tags will, at best, throw off the rhythm of production and jam your machine. With flat tags of the right material and design, these occurrences will be rare or nonexistent, keeping production smooth and efficient. Furthermore, tags that jam or cause problems will typically experience deformation to the point of being unusable. Making the right choice with high-quality tags ensures you get your money’s worth by preventing material waste.
Besides production, you also have your embossing machine to consider. It needs to press the tags to produce the marking you’re looking for, and a tag that’s too thick or too weak can cause problems. Straining the equipment or breaking off and falling into the machinery can cause a variety of issues. A temporary jam is likely, but it’s also possible for these sorts of accidents to outright break your embossing machine and necessitate repairs or replacement.