Different Features of Model and Serial Plates

BY Rowena Taylor

Model and Serial Plates

You can find these attached to a number of different products and items, and these plates serve as identifiers for such items, carrying on them information that is useful to either the owner of the item or to the manufacturer. We are talking about model and serial plates, and as wide and diverse as the types of items these are found on, the types of information that you will find on these are rather similar to one another.

Model and serial plates are made for many reasons, most of which have something to do with tracking, inventory and troubleshooting. Since majority of manufacturing companies have extensive catalogs of products that they produce and sell to consumers, the need to have a rather unified form of tracking and inventory keeping method was needed. This is where these plates come in.

These can be found made using a number of rather durable materials that include aluminum, stainless steel, and brass, among others. For those who do not need these heavy-duty plates for their items, the materials they opt to use include aluminum foil and polyester, and these are made in label form. These materials are still rather durable, just not as heavy-duty as metal nameplates.

What you can commonly see on model and serial plates include the following:

Company name and logo – these often tell buyers and owners of these items who made the product, what brand the item belongs to, or which company. This is often added to these plates or labels for branding as well as identification purposes. The company name and logo, or brand of the item can often be found on the top part of your label or nameplate, and is sometimes the most prominent feature of these identification plates.

Company address or contact information – the contact information that you will find on these tags are often located under the company name or logo, or at the very bottom part of the plate or label. This information is needed by buyers and sellers of these items because of the possibility that they might need to get in touch with the manufacturer for any reason. Contact information on these tags can include any or all of the following: address of the manufacturer or their service center, contact numbers, email address, and website. Addresses can be full addresses or general location such as city and state. Contact numbers can be service hotlines or toll-free phone numbers.

Serial Number and Model Information – of course, what would model and serial plates as well as labels be without these? These are usually found in different fields, with model information usually coming first before the serial number, although some companies prefer to put the serial number before the model information on these plates. Sometimes, model numbers are pre-printed on these tags, and other times these are stamped on together with the serial number. Serial numbers are stamped individually since these need to be unique for each item due to the fact that these are the alphanumeric codes needed for tracking and inventory purposes. These two are easy to distinguish from one another since each field is labeled as such.

Date of Manufacture – not all model and serial plates have this on them, although a lot of them do since this particular field helps determine when an item was made, which then helps with warranty issues and when recalls need to be made. The ‘date of manufacture” on these tags is also stamped on site, and is stamped after each batch of products is made.

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