Friday, September 24, 2010

Being UID Compliant Is Essential In Business?

The Department of Defense has mandated that all contracts, property, property in the possession of contractors, and any deliverable items be marked with a unique serialized identification number. This identification number is required to meet MIL-STD-130 standards and is called UID or unique identification code. The UID is essentially a two-dimensional, matrix bar-code symbol where data is scanned and interpreted into three major parts such as Serial Number, Part Number and CAGE Code (Commercial and Government Entity Code). This unique number is used by the DoD for tracking purposes and to manage all the assets at its disposal.

Just What Are MIL-STD-130 Standards?

MIL-STD-130 lays out the standard wherein all government furnished property must be marked with a machine readable (MRI) 2D matrix bar code. Whatever material is selected for the UID , it must be a permanent label solution. The supplier can choose to use a durable polyester label, aluminum, stainless steel, or laser-marked adhesive-backed tape; however, the bar code must meet printing or marking specifications.

Adhering to MIL-STD-130 Standards Requires Expertise

It is essential that product engineers adhere to the criteria set by the MIL-STD-130 standard. Simply defining the product in accordance with the standard is not enough. The product designers have to take every aspect of their end product into consideration to satisfy the criteria. This process starts with the geographic location of the product, includes size of the product, and so on. Each item should also have a Personal Identification number (PIN) marked with the supplier's name and show the purchase order number and the contract number. This is a very sophisticated and complex process and requires the help of experts in the field.

Id-Integration Is An Expert In Applying MIL-STD-130 Standards.

When dealing with UID standards, it is not only wise but cost effective to hire experts. ID-Integration specilizies in ensuring that your company and all products you sell are in accordance with MIL-STD-130 standards. They also provide UID compliant scanners which make it even easier to insure that the right code is employed and lessens the chance of human error. These scanners provide fast, reliable readings and quickly identify codes which are not in compliance. Helping business be UID compliant is the sole aim of the experts at ID-Integration.

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