Many businesses and other entities have begun to use serial plates to track the many different pieces of equipment that they own. These metal plates are either screwed to a piece of equipment or held in place with an adhesive. These plates hold very important information pertaining to the overall use, ownership and functionality of an object. A metal plate with this type of data can also be used to determine when an item needs to be upgraded, repaired or replaced. This article will talk about the different aspects of serial plates that allows a company to track their equipment inventory.
The best example of serial plates to use is when a company buys new computers for its employees. Let’s say that a firm purchase ten to fifteen of these computers. They will often get serial plates for the devices that hold the serial number and other critical information. Sometimes, the serial plate will have a bar code on it, too. The numbers on a serial plate will be used to track an item as a company uses it over the years. The number on the serial plate will often correspond with an entry in a database. For example, if the company needs to know what machines need an upgrade, they can query the database. The query will reveal to the information officer what machines need upgraded and who the machine is checked out to. This process saves time and energy when it comes to tracking equipment resources within a firm.
Serial plates also help insure the different computers or other equipment within a firm. Imagine the following situation. A company fires an employee. The day that employee gets terminated, all of their company issued machinery disappears completely. An insurance firm can use the serial number to process a report on the stolen equipment. If the equipment that is missing matches the employee’s records, then that can be used to hopefully recover the stolen equipment.
Another important aspect of serial plates involves models with slight differences. Consider that a company purchases several different video cameras or other type of electronic device. The models are largely similar to one another, but there are small differences that make each machine slightly different. Certain parts or model numbers can also be recorded on the serial plate. This allows a company to find a similar model in a relatively short amount of time without purchasing incorrect parts.
Serial plates are very inexpensive. They are often just a piece of metal that has room for numbers to be entered on it. An engraving tool is often used to enter important sets of data, such as serial numbers, dates and other information. The engraving specialist then either screws the engraving plate to the piece of equipment or secures it in place with glue. Due to the inexpensive nature of these plates, cost should never be an issue when deciding to get them or not. This is very important to think about when purchasing large volumes of equipment for your business.
To conclude, serial plates are not just a metal tab that records numbers. These devices are vital for tracking equipment within a company and making sure that nothing is missing. Moreover, serial plates help insurance companies monitor the items under a particular insurance policy. Also, these tags make it very easy to do maintenance on the right piece of equipment with the right parts. Metal plates are secure and not very easy for potential thieves to get rid of or scratch off easily. Serial plates are used in different industries, including transportation, electronics, education and other related areas.