Tuesday, December 29, 2009

How to match up with UID Labels

Unique identification (UID) labels allow the Department of Defense (DoD) to tell one object apart from another and to track objects throughout the organization.

This includes anything that will be submitted to the DoD for UID label compliance.

While there is not a specification for UID label materials, labels or decals must meet the performance requirements of MIL STD 130. MIL STD 130 is a standard for linear bar codes and data matrix labels. A recent update to MIL STD 130 runs through the essentials of marking military property.

For example, one mandate states the UID labels need to be read by either machines or humans. Another point out a few essential pieces of information must be listed on the UID label.

The recommended minimum size for text of UID labels to be readable by humans must be no less than 0.2 centimeters/0.08 inches and 5.76 points. UID letters should have a regular, often geometrical shape and a simple, modern font style or a sans-serif font.

There is a wide range of materials to choose from to manufacture the UID labels, such as stainless steel, polyester, aluminum or laser marked adhesive backed tape. And when viable, the marking must be positioned where it will be able to be seen and noticeable during usual, standard procedures.

The marking can be made by any means that is permanent of the life of the item, will not adversely affect the item and which will not be damaged during normal use or cleaning.

UID labels will make item tracking in DoD business systems easy and will provide reliable and accurate data for management, financial and accountability purposes, according to the DoD.

Still, the subject of UID labels is complicated and additional information is available from the experts at ID-Integration, (www.ID-Integration.com).

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