Thursday, April 15, 2010

Get a High Quality UID Imager That Is MIL-STD-130 Compliant

There are certain criteria that have been set by the MIL-STD-130 for marking of all UID compliant items. This Unique Item Identification or UID is utilized by Department of Defense for ease in tracking of items. As per the MIL-STD-130 standard, for items to qualify for the unique identification and be read by the UID Imager, they need to have an acquisition value of more than 5000 dollars, controlled inventory, serially managed items or mission essential.

The MIL-STD-130 spec also requires the items to have labels or markings made with the two dimensional data matrix barcode that can only be read by an UID Imager. Data included in the barcode includes the item’s part number, CAGE code and serial number among others. According to the MIL-STD-130 data specifications, the data elements entered in the matrix barcode can only be decoded using the UID Imager. This data imager is an electronic device that interprets the barcode printed on an item. In terms of technology, the imager device is designed using decoder circuitry, which makes an analysis of the barcode’s data image and then transmits the decoded data to the UID Imager output port.

The popularity of the UID Imager has increased tremendously especially with the widespread use of the two-dimensional item bar code symbols. Although there are various methods that can be used to connect the device, one method that is widespread is using personal computers. The personal computer or PC and normal computer keyboard are mostly used to make connections with the UID Imager. The device can be attached to a keyboard wedge that is attached to the computer via the keyboard port. However, with the emergence of USB ports the device can be easily connected to the computer via a software wedge instead of the usual keyboard wedge. However, compared to former models, it is not mandatory for the new UID Imager to use special software for it to work. This is because of the use of the Universal Serial Bus or USB port.

Although the above description might seem complicated, more information can be received from imager experts at ID-Integration.

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