Tuesday, January 13, 2009

DoD MIL Specs and a Brief Analysis of MIL-STD-129 Standard

Unique Identification of Items, or UID, introduced by the Department of Defense (DoD) acts as a common key for data-sharing and communication between suppliers and customers by improving the tracking efficiency method of items in a serialized way. UID is a 2-D data matrix symbol with data scanned and translated into CAGE Code, Serial Number, and Part Number. Of these, CAGE codes play a significant role in the government contracts especially when registering in the UID registry.

What is CAGE Code?

CAGE Code or Commercial and Government Entity Code is a five-character ID number to identify the government contractors. Apart from the Department of Defense, these CAGE codes are used in DoT (Department of Transportation), NASA, and several other federal government agencies.

Those who want to apply for a CAGE code for their items needs to obtain a DUNS (Data Universal Numbering System) number before applying for DoD's Central Contractor Registration. The Federal government adds all contractors who achieve CAGE Codes in its distinguished panel.

Benefits of CAGE Codes:

  • Chance to be added on the distinguished panel contractors of the Federal government list
  • Help contractors submit for government bids and proposals
  • Sign up for buyer-vendor matching services and spot potential buyers for itemized Products

CAGE codes are mandatory for all items that are to be submitted to the Government. After ensuring the proper coding, the next phase is to ensure proper packaging of the items so that they can endure extreme conditions. For packaging extensively shipment items, Tesa tapes have been highly recommended. Items packaged properly with Tesa tapes ensure their safety and durability during storage and transit. These Tesa Tapes offer high shear, age resistance even on difficult surfaces. Moreover they are easy to handle, robust and sturdy. Packaging with Tesa tapes are considered the suitable options for consistent opening envelopes and cardboard boxes. There are different types of Tesa tapes available.

Categories of Tesa tapes:

Tesa Fastening Tapes

This type of Tesa tapes is reliable as well as cost-effective for temporary fastening, splicing, platemounting and permanent bonding.

Tesa Auxiliary Tapes

This type of Tesa tapes are used for a full spectrum of applications. Polyethylene/cloth based Duct tapes and Specialty Tapes which include transparent cellophane tapes, paper bandoliering tapes.

Tesa Masking Tapes

This type of Tesa tapes are extensively used in transportation, metal finishing and furniture manufacturing industries. There are General Purpose tapes, Fine Line and Temperature-Resistant Tapes available for superior cornering and high-temperature applications.

Tesa Packaging Tapes

For better surface protection, palletizing and sealing, a variety of Tesa Packaging tapes are used. They are TPP Tapes, Carton Sealing Tapes, Tear Tapes and Filament Tapes.

Important facts about Tesa tapes

  • The Tesa tapes are safe to use. The adhesive material doesn’t contain any harmful acid which can be injurious for the health.
  • There is no organic solvents remain in the Tesa tapes
  • The tapes are free of heavy metals, asbestos and formaldehyde.
  • The tapes are endurable even in extreme temperature and hence are safer to use.

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