MIL STD 130 outlines data compliance standards for todayâ€™s UID identification processes. UID label marking, data coding, and the overall application process follows all charted protocols as laid down by the U.S. Department of Defense.
MIL STD 130 is regulated and affiliated with the Department of Defense (DoD). This department has recently mandated that all government and military assets must contain UID marks in order to ensure the safety, security, and product visibility necessary.
Product identification can be achieved with permanent nameplates, labels, or tags as well as by directly marking a part or product on the production line. These nameplates can be affixed on the surface or fastened securely onto the product. Tags are used on items that have minimal space for identification name plating. However, identification tags should be fastened in a way as not to interfere with an itemâ€™s performance. Materials and fastening provisions must conform to MIL STD 130 standards; including MIL-DTL-15024, MIL-DTL-19834, or GG-P-455. Unique identification codes can also be directly engraved on the product surface. MIL STD 130 specification prohibits the use of materials that can affect the quality or performance of a product when in use.
UID goals help to ensure increased product visibility. As such, these unique identification markings should be located on a visible area of a product. Identification labels and tags must undergo MIL STD 130 approved environmental and durability tests as well. The DoD requires these tags and labels to outlast a productâ€™s complete life span. These tests ensure whether a productâ€™s labels and tags will be able to withstand chemical processes and environmental weathering. The process of direct marking must also overcome these stringent durability specifications as outlined by MIL STD 130 standards. It is not necessary to subject the entire part to such tests. Instead the particular space containing UID marks is subjected to test conditions. For direct unique identification marking, a product or item may need to go through additional tests for compliance.
MIL STD 130 recommends UID labels and tags to include HRI and MRI data. Human Readable Data (HRI) should include the recommended size and length. For instance, standard character height of human readable data may be .2 cm, 0.08 niches or 5.76 points. MRI or Machine Readable Data must meet IUID criteria as mandated by DFARS.
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