The 2-dimensional barcode, or Data Matrix code, is at the heart of the Item Unique Identification system (IUID) used by the Department of Defense for tracking equipment throughout its life cycle. Contractors supplying equipment to the DoD must be familiar with IUID requirements, or risk losing defense contracts.
For those involved in manufacturing or managing DoD equipment, the handheld barcode scanner is an indispensible device. The scanners are available in a wide variety of models. Those offering features beyond merely reading IUID codes are typically more expensive.
In the quest to save money, some IUID users make a critical mistake, purchasing barcode scanners that aren’t able to conduct IUID validation. IUID codes are read, but with no way to validate that the data meets the DoD’s IUID syntax requirements, users run the risk of passing bad data to their computers. In addition to creating a headache for those using the system, the errors can even result in equipment being rejected by the DoD.
Scanners with cost-saving benefits
More recently, barcode scanners have been developed that offer the best of both worlds, offering IUID verification and advanced data analysis while remaining relatively affordable. Such a high-tech yet low-cost solution is available from ID Integration, Inc. In terms of IUID validation, these devices can detect and report multiple syntax errors and even suggest ways to correct them.
The ID Integration scanner has further benefits. By simply scanning an item’s IUID Data Matrix barcode, its data elements are retrieved, such as vendor ID, part number or serial number, and can be displayed in any combination or order. These features are available right, “out of the box,” without the need for time-consuming software installation or setup. The barcode scanner can transfer IUID data directly to PC applications via USB cable. No additional hardware, software, or drivers are needed. Users can save money by eliminating costly middleware software, while at the same time having a solution for their IUID and validation needs. Internal processes are improved, quality control is increased, and perhaps most importantly, DoD compliance is improved. Return on investment is achieved quickly when purchasing these scanners.
Another desirable feature on a barcode scanner is the ability to read OCR text. And of course a rugged design that can withstand spills, dust, and being dropped to the ground is essential for any handheld scanner, no matter how advanced its features are.
An excellent source for additional information is www.id-integration.com.
About Author :
Mr.Thomas Henderson lives in Hebron, Kentucky. Throughout his career, he’s spend time working on a wide range of applications that include Barcode scanner, MIL-STD-130 compliance, UID labels, UID verification, and much more.
Affordable barcode scanner can tackle IUID verification