Thursday, August 26, 2010

How to Understand MIL-STD-130 without Losing Your Mind?

If you are new to military standards your first question is likely to be: what is section 252.211-7003 talking about? And more to the point; what is a MIL-STD?

Do not worry you are not the first, and will not be the last person that is initially startled by these requirements.

Section 252.211-7003 requires items in a DOD (Department of Defense) project to follow specific item identification and valuation requirements. More specifically they must follow MIL-STD-130 guidelines.These guidelines are designed to ensure the Department of Defense can control the cost, compatibility, and consistency of all their items. Initially guidelines like those described in 252.211-7003 were restricted to military projects, but now they are used regularly by non defense organizations.

MIL-STD 130N is a set of requirements and standards that regulate the marking, identifying, and tracking of military property. Although as mentioned above other organizations are also using this set of standards.The purpose is to provide a set of minimum requirements for the design of a particular project. These regulations only apply to items that do not already carry a unique identification marking, as in the case of cars and cell phones.

These regulations are rather complex and are very specific about the type and format that is used. To illustrate, here are a few of the standards set by MIL-STD 130N.

All items under regulation 252.211-7003 must be marked directly on the surface or with an attached identification plate, band, tag, or label. The marking on the item must be easily visible during its handling or use. The tag or identification must be designed to last throughout the lifetime of the item, and withstand the effect of the elements and regular wear and tear. In the case that this is not feasible, due to lack of space then the basic information should be included.

252.211-7003 specifies that the basic information should include the Enterprise Identifier (EID), which identifies the organization that supplies or builds the item; the PIN, or part or identifying number; and the batch number of the article. In cases where even the basic information included in the IUID will not fit the specifications can be included in the packaging.

As you have probably noticed the standards required by 252.211-7003 are by no means simple to follow. That is why, if your organization needs to follow these strict regulations, you should contact experts like that will able to ensure you are complying with all relevant standards.

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