The Item Unique Identification codes contained in 2-D Data Matrix symbols on Department of Defense equipment have a noble purpose. The IUID codes allow the DoD to track each piece of equipment it owns throughout its life cycle, improving defense operations — including going into battle. At the same time, the IUID system saves taxpayer money by improving inventory management. Incidents of lost equipment or duplicative ordering are minimized.
But these lofty ideals may not be what Department of Defense contractors are most concerned about when they’re fulfilling a DoD order. More likely, they’re focused on meeting DoD specifications for IUID labeling, to avoid complications and delays in fulfilling a contract.
A rather unassuming piece of equipment, the IUID scanner, can be a big help to contractors who are navigating IUID requirements. Many IUID scanners available today come with advanced functions beyond simply reading an item’s identification number. Especially important among these is the capability for IUID validation. Validation ensures that the IUID label includes the proper information in a correct syntax. Specialized IUID scanners can be used for both of these functions.
An IUID verifier can go so far as to assign a grade to the physical qualities of a data matrix code as part of the verification process. Because the data matrix symbol contains so much information, blurriness or other imperfections can make some of the data unreadable.
IUID scanners and verifiers available from ID Integration, Inc., include some of these advanced features. A wealth of information can be found at www.id-integration.com.
Ultimately, the IUID code for a piece of equipment is entered into the DoD’s IUID registry, so it’s critical that the code not contain any errors. An IUID imager can help DoD contractors manage and execute the necessary audit trail for successful compliance.
Taking responsibility for label quality
For contractors who produce their own IUID labels, ensuring a consistent quality of the labels is likely an obvious step. But even if labels are obtained from an outside source, it’s a good idea to check their quality. It’s much better for problems to be detected, and then corrected, by the contractor, rather than being discovered by the DoD when it receives the equipment.
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 UID scanners, MIL-STD-130 compliance, UID labels, UID imager, and much more.
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