Standards for ID Tag Number Placement

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The following are some general guides for the placement of ID tag numbers. In no way should these guides be followed if placement will reduce the visibility of the tags or hinder the operation or maintenance of equipment.

  1. For general pieces of equipment such as computers, copiers and lab equipment, place the tag on the right side of the cabinet in the top front corner. The tag should be placed on a smooth surface and not cover an assembly seam or maintenance panel. Let the front of the equipment be the side of the cabinet that is first seen when a person would normally walk up to the piece of equipment.
  2. For vehicles, the tag should be placed on the door post of the drivers side of the vehicle.
  3. For pieces of equipment that are permanently installed in a housing or other enclosure, place the tag on the outside of the housing. In general, tag placement should follow #1 above. If there are more than one piece of equipment in the same housing, all tags should be located in the same area of the housing. A cabinet or equipment frame should not be considered a housing unless the cabinet or equipment frame requires tools other than a key or panel wrench to open. Individual components in a housing should only be labeled if the equipment was not purchased as a system of component parts. If the equipment was purchased as a system of component parts, then the one tag for the system should be placed on the equipment housing as directed by #1 above.

Please note, the above guidelines should not be followed if, in doing so, the visibility of the tags or the operation or maintenance of the equipment will be interfered with. If the visibility of the tag becomes a problem, the tag should be placed in a location that is easily visible by anyone who walks up to the piece of equipment. When in doubt, place it on the front. Cabinet seams, access panels or equipment serial number tags should not be covered by the inventory tag.

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