Thursday, December 2, 2010

UID Compliance - Navigating the Waters without Hitting the Rocks

The Defense Federal Acquisition Regulation 252.211-7003 ( DFARS 252.211-7003 ) sets forth the definitions and regulations of Item Identification and Valuation under MIL-STD-130N, the standard method of marking, identifying, and tracking military property owned by the Department of Defense. Under DFARS 252.211-7003 , all IUID (Item Unique Identification) markings, as well as marking placement, must adhere to a complicated set of guidelines. Marking specifications require a mark to be securely attached to an item with the use of metal or plastic identification plates, identification bands, identification tags or identification labels. Alternatively, DFARS 252.211-7003 marks can be applied directly to an object. The Id Integration website has additional information on MIL-STD-130N regulations.

The use of an MRI (Machine Readable Information) marking is preferred to allow as much room as possible for the amount of information to ensure a proper IUID. EID (Enterprise Identifier) numbers, PIN (Part or Identifying) numbers, batch number, and lot numbers are just a few examples of Types of IUID DFARS 252.211-7003compliant information than can be used with an MRI marking. There are also a few exceptions to the MRI marking standards such as COTS (Commercial Off The Shelf) items that are pre-marked with commercial and parts within an assembly or subassembly. DFARS 252.211-7003 specification regulates the quality as well as the content of MRI markings. Linear Bar Codes must adhere to ISO/IEC 15416 unless otherwise specified in the contractor or order. Data Matrix Symbols have several regulations including ISO/IEC 15415, IAM DPM-1-2006, and SAE AS9132.

Id Integration is dedicated to offering products and services designed to effectively and successfully navigate the complicated standards and regulations of DFARS 252.211-7003 . Id Integration offers many kinds of UID scanners such as UID barcode scanners and 2D parts scanners. The “Smart Scanner” is a low-cost, high-value, innovative UID implementation tool offered by Id Integration . In addition to performing the tasks of most standard bar code scanners and standard 2D UID scanners, the “Smart Scanner” from Id Integration also features UID validation error reporting, on-board database look-up, OCR text capability and photo capture. To ensure DFARS 252.211-7003 and MIL-STD 130N IUID compliance, consult the Id Integration experts for information on UID solutions, UID compliance and UID policy.

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