Tuesday, May 11, 2010

Mil-Std-129 - ID-Integration the company for Barcode Identification Systems

Identifying equipment and supplies for storage and shipment is essential for those companies with military contracts. Mil-Std-129 is the standard necessary to define those requirements to insure that all markings are readily identifiable with a code that is unique and uniform for asset management.
The definition of the Department of Defense Unique Identification program is:

The tangible data set that is unique and unmistakable that ensures integrity and quality throughout the life of an asset while supporting multi-faceted business applications and users.
Implementing the Unique Identification (UID) policy in support of the Department of Defense (DoD) mission and interpretation of Mil-Std-129 can be overwhelming.

Barcode Identification Systems selection:
The requirements of Mil-Std-129 make the decision for which company creates this system very important. Having an education system in place to inform customers and keep them updated on policy changes is essential. ID-Integration is the company that will guide a business through the regulatory environment, the policy, implementation, business rules, and changes while implementing Mil-Std-129.

Regulatory Environment
Complying with the Chief Financial Officers Act of 1990 started the ongoing solution for addressing the problems facing Federal programs involving inventory and operation readiness. Federal agencies were challenged to provide useful, reliable and timely inventory data and the Unique Identification Program was the solution.

To keep up with the needs of management systems the Federal Financial Management Improvement Act of 1996 was passed. The purpose was to accentuate a management style that would align performance with the organizational goals which would reduce costs and encourage responsibility while improving financial management. Mil-Std-129 was a vehicle to help achieve these goals. The Mil-Std-129 defines how and when to use these Unique Identifications.

The Policy
Total asset visibility is a program designed to improve the ability of Logisticians and managers to obtain information of the location, quantity, condition, and movement of assets through logistic programs. Mil-Std-129 defines how equipment and supplies are labeled for a seamless flow and complete visibility. Visibility of the Military's existing assets is critical to track material, maintain accurate records and provide timely information to those who have a need.

During the operations of Desert Shield and Desert Storm asset identification became problematic. Because of a lack for visibility of the contents, thousands of containers had to be opened manually inventoried and resealed, then reinserted into the system. This was a huge undertaking and considerable time was lost in the effort.
Since then the requirements of Mil-Std-129 has enabled existing assets to be more visible making a dramatic impact on Military logistics.

Details of Mil-std-129 and Mil-Std-130 requirements are complicated. Experts at ID-Integration have many experts in this field. Education information and product information for UID Scanners/UID Imagers are available at ID-Integration helping to make it easier to deal with military standard compliant labels.
Contact information is at http://www.id-integration.com.

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