UID or the Unique Item Identifier labeling was introduced by the Department of Defense (DoD), as a way of submitting UID data of items to the UID registry. The UID registry acts as a storehouse for information about items belonging to DoD and the item’s UID data. The submission of data using UID imager to the registry enhances data maintenance and enables personnel at DoD to easily monitor the items. Currently, the UID label is applied to all Department of Defense identification requirements and for SNT’s or serialization tracking programs. It is important to select the correct UID imager so as to achieve UID compliance.
For any UID imager to become UID compliant, it has to pass the MIL-STD-130 standard. This standard allows the marking or printing of this UID symbol with the same methods that are used in the production of nameplates or labels. This UID is engraved on items in form of 2D data matrix barcode symbol that is imprinted in a square grid. The markings on the item can be either affixed or engraved using nameplates or labels. To guarantee longevity, the markings affixed must be permanent for the entire duration of the item.
In order to identify or decode the engravings on the nameplate or label, an UID imager is used. These UID imagers make it easier for users to understand the coding. While the UID is being derived from the data elements, the imager identifies each data element on the label and decodes the Unique Item identifier. The UID Imager uses the latest Automated Identification Technology in decoding and encoding the code and is able to read data included in the UID labels. Such data may include item number, marking method, part number and the agency code among others. In order for the data to be read using the UID Imager, the labels need to be made using either the construct #1 or construct #2. Data elements written in formats other than the above might not be read correctly by the imager.
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