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UID Labels for MIL-STD-130

UID Labels are a means of identification where extreme durability and compliance with MIL STD 130 are required. These labels need to meet the highest expectations and be formatted correctly to work with pre-established scanning and inventory equipment. Required by the Armed Forces, DoD, and other government agencies, IUID Labels are comprised of data both in human and machine-readable formats. These labels need to withstand the harshest environments and last for many years after application. Inland Products is proud to meet these requirements and supply some of the most prominent organizations in the world with the highest quality MIL STD 130 IUID labels available.

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For 2020, the Department of Defense (DoD) is set to spend over $750 billion for national security. As you can imagine, a big part of that budget is allocated toward acquiring new items; most likely, weapons, their parts, or other vital hardware.

Because of that, suppliers of the DoD must adhere and be compliant with government requirements, or risk having your equipment either denied, returned to you, or unpaid by the government. So to ensure everything goes smoothly, there are UID labels you can utilize as a DoD supplier.

Want to learn more? Then keep reading. In this article, we'll discuss UID labels for MIL-STD-130 standard items.

What Is MIL-STD-130?

First off, let's define what MIL-STD-130 is.

As you can guess from the letters, "MIL-STD" stands for "military standard." This is what sets the regulations for how items need to be identified when sold to the DoD. As of the time of writing, the most current version of the standard is MIL-STD-130N, which was published on November 16, 2012.

MIL-STD-130 requires that items sent to the DoD must be clearly marked and readable by both humans and machines; this means you need to have a 2D data matrix barcode.


What Is UID?

You'll often see UID written as IUID; IUID is the more specific term for UID, so there's been a shift in the industry toward using IUID instead of UID.

"UID" stands for "unique identification," which can refer to a number of things. On the other hand, "IUID" stands for "item unique identification," which means a specific item. Another term you might run into is UII, which stands for "unique item identifier."

While UID and IUID are the actual marking label or tag (such as the code on an item), UII isn't a physical thing. Instead, it's the information that's stored within the UID or IUID.

The end result of having such a system is that there are no duplicates of individual items. Considering that anything the DoD handles is probably very important, it's vital that all their records are as accurate as possible. The UID and IUID codes ensure there's both accuracy and reliability of the information that's passed on.

Because it's so reliable, the government uses the UID system to carefully track important information, such as where their equipment is, what they're valued, what condition they're in, and how much they have. This allows them to better streamline their programs.

Requirements for UID Labels for MIL-STD-130

Now that you know what MIL-STD-130 and UID (IUID) are, the next things you need to know are the specific requirements for the labels. That way, you can ensure all your items are compliant with the government's requirements.

Below are a few important things you need to know for your UID labels.

General Requirements

Not everything needs to be labeled with a UID code. For example, if the government is purchasing something under $5,000 from you, then that won't need a UID label. However, considering most acquisitions are large ones, you'll probably have to label most, if not all, of your items.

Other products and equipment that must be labeled with UID codes include controlled inventory, mission-essential assets, and serially managed items. So even if the equipment the DoD's purchased is under $5,000, you'll still have to put a UID label on it if it falls into any of the other categories.

Marking Requirements

Methods you can use to mark the UID codes include abrasive blasting, laser engraving, acid etching, metal stamping, photo anodizing, dot peening, and rotary engraving. The method you choose will depend on what the item will be used for and what environment it'll be in.

When marking the equipment, it has to be in the most visible location possible. It should withstand regular operations and cleaning.

Barcode Requirements

Before a UID barcode is usable, it must pass some rigorous requirements. For example, it must receive a grade of B or better on a verification process.

Plus, it has to be permanent. This means the UID label needs to stay intact during environmental tests and cleaning procedures. Not only that, but it has to remain affixed to the equipment or product it's labeling.

How Can Inland Products Help?

We at Inland Products have over 25 years of experience in manufacturing identification products. We have full in-house tool room capabilities, as well as tool and die makers always at hand. This means we have the capacity to handle any custom projects.

We can help you create labels that meet the highest expectations, and you can trust us to format them correctly to work with any type of scanning or inventory equipment. Our labels will not only withstand the most extreme conditions, but will also retain clear readability for many years after the initial application.

We've supplied some top global organizations with our MIL-STD-130 UID labels. If we can help them meet government standards, then we can help you too.


Use UID Labels on Your Products for Compliance

Considering if you're a DoD supplier, using UID labels is not optional. You're required by the MIL-STD-130 to have them on all your items so both humans and machines can clearly identify what you're shipping over to the government.

Make sure you're always compliant by affixing durable UID labels to your products. For example, the ones from Inland Products are made to withstand the harshest of conditions and to stay intact for years to come, so you can have peace of mind knowing you'll never be non-compliant.

Are you ready to order robust UID labels for MIL-STD-130 compliance? Then fill out an order with us now.

Questions & Answers on UID and IUID

Q - What Does UID Stand For?

AUnique IDentification

Q - What Does IUID Stand For?

A - Item Unique IDentification

Q - What Is The Difference Between The Two?

A - UID is a general term that can refer to many things. IUID refers to a personal property item often owned by the Department Of Defence or DOD.

Q - Why Does The DOD Use IUID?

A- 1) Improves inventory management and strategic purchasing. 

     2) Enables clean audit/valuation 

     3) Enables speedy and precise automatic data capture 

     4) Enables capability-based operational readiness 

     5) Lowers life cycle management costs 

     6) Enables reliable accountability and visibility 

QWhen Is An IUID Label Required

A - All solicitations, contracts or delivery orders for tangible items delivered to the Government will require item unique identification or a DoD recognized unique identification equivalent, if: 

• All delivered items for which the Government's unit acquisition cost is $5,000 or more 

• Items for which the Government's unit acquisition cost is less than $5,000, when identified by the requiring activity as serially managed, mission essential, or controlled inventory 

• Items for which the Government's unit acquisition cost is less than $5,000 when the requiring activity determines that permanent identification is required 

• Regardless of value-- Any DoD serially managed subassembly, component, or part embedded within a delivered item; and The parent item (as defined in 252.211-7003(a)) that contains the embedded subassembly, component, or part. 

For a full explanation of IUID visit this DOD webpage IUID The Basics

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