When should Engraved Tags be used?
In addition to the commonly used situations engraved tags can be used in a number of areas where conventional labelling systems may not be appropriate such as:
- If the surface area isn’t suitable for good or strong adhesion with labels.
- If the Surface area is too small and cannot accommodate the label size.
- If the area is congested which could cause an obstructed view of the label.
- If Labels need to be frequently changed or are in cycles or rotations.
- If the Surface area has a temperature that exceeds 160°F which will interfere with the adhesiveness of most labels.
Often pipes or pipe valves don’t have sufficient surface area for adequate labelling. A valve tag can be used to display all the necessary identification information or safety data and then can be easily attached to the area.
Engraved Tags – What Information Should Be Included on Valve Tags?
The information to be included on Valve Tags is completely dependent on the use of the valve, its situation. There are no hard and fast rules or formal industry standards. The key how ever is to develop the most logical system for your own use. Tags give a convenient way of labelling but space will still be limited so the use of abbreviations is common place. A system of colour coding can also be employed to match standard pipeline identification colours.
Some suggestions for valve tag information are:
• Pipe Contents i.e. compressed air, oil water
• Valve Identifier – often a system using numbers and letters for easy identification
• Serial Number (we can supply sequential numbered discs)
• Valve Function
• Normal Position of the Valve, indicating open and closed positions etc.
• Type of Valve Actuator