ID-Integration - UID Marking & Product Identification
UID Registry - What is It?
posted on 11/03/2010 11:46 PM
If you manufacture products for the USA Department of Defense, otherwise known as the DOD, then you are required to meet certain requirements set forth by MIL STD 130N. This standard was put into place on December 17, 2007 as a way to standardize the labels for easier reading by a label reader. The part of this standard that dictates identification labels is dfars 252.211-7003. This document requires manufacturers to be UID compliant.UID stands for Unique Identifier and is used to identify the product. This article aims to give you a short overview of what UID compliance is, as well as give you a valuable resource to understand how you can meet these requirements.
UID is used to distinguish all items from one another. The specifications for dfars 252.211-7003 specify that certain things must be used by certain containers.
The first thing that the container must have is a 2D data matrix that includes data elements that are able to be read by a certain machine. These elements include the serial number, the lot or batch number, the part number, and the enterprise identifier, which is a uniquely assigned code that has been given to a vendor or manufacturer.UID readers can help with the process of reading these labels immensely. It can be very difficult to find a reader that is easy to use. In fact, without a reader, the process or reading these labels can be almost impossible.
The next thing that must be included is a stiff plastic or metal ID plate, identification label, identification tag, or identification band that is securely attached to the item, and must contain the ID of that item. In addition, the label must be placed in an area that is easily visible during normal operation.
In addition, the label must be able to withstand normal usage during the entire life of the item.
As you can see, there is a lot to understand when talking about UID compliance. Having a good reader can make your life so much easier. The experts at ID Integration know what it takes. Contact them at their website at http://www.id-integration.com.
posted on 11/03/2010 11:39 PM
If you are a manufacturer that has a manufacturing contract with the United States of America Department of Defense, sometimes simply referred to as the DOD, then you must meet requirements of a standard known as MIL-STD-130 . MIL-STD-130 was put into effect on December 17, 2007 and dictates the standards used for labels on DOD products. The section of this standard that specifically dictates what type of labels are to be applied to DOD products is dfars 252.211-7003. This specification requires manufacturers with Department of Defense contracts to follow a system known as UID . UID stands for Unique Identifier, and is a specific identification number given to products that are used by the DOD. Since this is a requirement, it is absolutely imperative that any company with a DOD contract understands how to be UID compliant. This can sometimes be a difficult thing to understand. This article aims to inform manufacturers of the different things they must do in order to be UID compliant, as well as comply with mil-std-130 .
MIL-STD-130 dictates to usage of a system to distinguish any unique item from any other unique item. The UID standard, which is a part of MIL-STD-130 has a few things that must be done perfectly in order to ensure compliance.
The main thing that must be done is to ensure that the container used by the manufacturer has a 2D data matrix that s readable by a UID reader. MIL-STD-130 also dictates that you must include a serial number, vendor or manufacturer ID, or a lot or batch number. MIL-STD-130 also dictates that the UID must be visible at all times on the surface of the item. In addition, the UID must be able to withstand any conditions that the item is used in under normal use. This standard basically means that the label should not wear off.
Being sure that you are able to read UIDs is one of the most important things you can do as a manufacturer with a DOD contract. Make sure that you use UID readers that can handle all different types of UID labels. Look to the experts at id-integration.com for all of the UID reader information you may need.
posted on 06/17/2010 06:10 AM
posted on 06/17/2010 06:09 AM
posted on 01/27/2010 10:59 PM
The term UID registry is used by the Department of Defense (DoD) and those that work with the department of defense. The UID registry is a way of indentifying and classifying items used by the DoD. In simple terms it can be defined as a way of identifying and controlling parts and assets used by the military. The UID registry allows the military to have better control of those assets and is better able to perform any necessary audits.
The UID registry regulations stipulate that items sold to the Department of Defense have to be marked with a 2 dimensional number that is non erasable. These markings are made to be machine readable. The reason, so that human error is reduced.
Through the use of the UID registry the acquisition of products is done much more efficiently, and the inventory control has also been improved. This makes it much easier for the DoD to make payment to providers at the specified time. Currently it is required that any defense providers be in compliance with the UID registry.
This registry was first introduced by the Defense department in 2004, and now it is this registry that keeps all the information about the DoD assets, future assets, and past. The UID registry keeps all the data and helps the Defense department keep track of items that are arriving, are depleted, and need to be replaced. This new system allows personnel to easily track an item across the nation and even in other countries. All records can be easily accessed even when a product is no longer in use. The UID registry keeps data such as manufacturer, acquisition date, and even repair information.
Providers must submit information to the UID registry, so that it can easily be managed by Defense personnel. It is important that this submission process begin early on and that all data entered be correct. The registry will require information like, part number, serial number, enterprise code, among other information.
As with most military acquisition processes, there is a certain way the data must be submitted and contractors must follow procedures to be accepted.
The data needs to be converted to XML format before being accepted into the UID Registry, however, all external files need to be modified to the UID registry requirements before being changed over to XML format.
There are specific formats available from the UID registry personnel which go over the process for contractors. Following this process the data is submitted for UID testing and for approval in the UID registry.
The approval process can be seen at the UID registry website, and if all information has been submitted according to the DoD requirements then it should be approved.
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