Custom Barcoded Utility Meters & Pole Tags
Utility technicians worldwide depend on barcode pole tags, meter tags, and meter badges to identify field assets and endure the harshest natural and industrial environments. Ultra-durable anodized aluminum labels, tags, and badges with sub-surface images provide decades of service indoors, outdoors, underground, and in and around abusive elements. Choose from utility pole tags and markers, utility asset labels, or utility meter tags and badges below for the application that best suits your needs.
Efficient Pole Tag Identification
- Proper maintenance of utility poles and meters adds years of safe, reliable service life to your pole plant, thereby reducing unnecessary or premature replacement costs. All custom pole tags, meter tags, and meter badges are designed to facilitate the inspection and maintenance process, with human-readable text, accurate and reliable barcode data, and logos to mark pole ownership.
- Meter badges manufactured by Express have been used for decades to track rework and refurbish history, improve meter tractability, reduce meter to electrical resistivity tomography (ERT) calibration time, and improve meter inventory control and traceability.
- Trust Express and its 30+ years of utility industry experience—you will never label your utility meters or poles again.
All utility pole tags, meter tags, and meter badges are manufactured from photosensitive aluminum, which allows Express to image the barcode, human readable text, and images beneath the aluminum surface—guaranteeing decades of resistance to the toughest environments, including:
- Prolonged exposure to UV radiation
- Caustic solvents & chemicals
- Repeated abrasion
- Extreme temperatures
- Multiple freeze-thaw cycles
- Moisture & salt spray
Seamless Barcode Integration
- Custom barcode pole tags, meter tags, and meter badges enable reliable data collection during utility field inspection, service, and repair. Barcode technology also reduces maintenance costs and eliminates human errors associated with manual data collection. All Express pole tags, meter tags, and meter badges are custom manufactured to include human-readable text, logos, and any barcode symbology, including Code 39, Code 128, QR Code, and DataMatrix for seamless integration into your asset management system.
Common Pole Tag Applications
- Geographic Information System (GIS) Mapping - barcode pole tags and markers help utility companies capture, store, and analyze spatial or geographic field data.
- Comprehensive Utility Tracking - barcode technology is the most efficient means for utility companies to efficiently track all field assets, including poles, transformers, meters, and equipment.
- Inspection, Maintenance & Repair - utility companies gain complete transparency as to which field assets require inspection, maintenance, or repair after all field assets have been tagged and an asset management system is fully-implemented.
Utility Inspection & Repair Resources
- Understanding the Grid - this is a helpful infographic published by the U.S. Department of Energy which explains how energy travels from the source to the electrical outlets in homes and offices.
- NACE International and IEEE Joint Standard Practice for Below-Grade Inspection and Assessment of Corrosion on Steel Transmission, Distribution, and Substation Structures - this NACE/IEEE joint standard provides requirements to (1) help electric utilities identify structures that may be at a high risk for below-grade corrosion; (2) excavate and inspect the selected structures; (3) categorize the condition of structures based on corrosion degradation; (4) prioritize structures requiring additional inspection based on those findings; and (5) help identify next steps as required. The standard is limited to the inspection and assessment of steel transmission towers, poles, and substation structures, to include galvanized, self-weathering, and painted mild steel structures, as well as other similar structures.
- NACE International and IEEE Joint Standard Practice for Below-Grade Corrosion Control of Transmission, Distribution, and Substation Structures by Coating Repair Systems - this NACE/IEEE joint standard provides general coating repair guidelines for in-service carbon steel and galvanized steel electric transmission structures coated with polyurethanes, moisture cure urethane (MCU), coal tar, epoxy, coal tar epoxy, and cold-applied tape systems including petrolatum and polyethylene.
- NACE International and IEEE Joint Standard Practice for Atmospheric (Above Grade) Corrosion Control of Existing Electric Transmission, Distribution, and Substation Structures by Coating Systems - this standard was prepared to assist personnel responsible for maintenance painting of above-grade electrical support structures for electric utilities and large industrial facilities. The standard provides procedures to (1) assess structures for atmospheric corrosion; (2) assess the level of risk to the structure in terms of corrosion attack and degradation to the existing coating system; (3) make informed decisions based on those findings as to whether coating repair is needed, and if so, to what extent; and (4) apply repair coatings to the structure if applicable. This standard applies to the repair of above-grade atmospheric coatings and serves as a resource for preparing specifications to achieve the successful coating of utility structures.
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