UID tags provided by ODYSSEY meet the following DoD requirements:
- 2″ x .50″ label
- Thermal transfer, adhesive, pearl white, gloss polyester label
- Encoded in accordance with the provisions of DFARS 252.211-7003 & 252.211-7007
- Each UID Tag is unique and conforms to the requirements of the United States Department of Defense Suppliers’ MIL-STD-130N
- UL/cUL recognized for indoor and outdoor use
- Verification report included
- Construct 1 or 2
- No minimum order quantity
- Call for non-sequential serial number pricing
- Call for special material pricing
- Orders ship next day
What you need to know about MIL-STD-130N and UID labels
The US Department of Defense has specific requirements for how suppliers must label the items they deliver, including information about the item’s unique identification (UID) which will follow the asset throughout its entire lifecycle. The directions set forth in MIL-STD-130N include guidance on:
- Acceptable labeling materials
- Text formatting and syntax rules for identifying marks
- Where markings should be located
- Rules about using the UID unique identifier Data Matrix for machine-readable information
2012 updates to MIL-STD-130N (called “Change 1”) added specifications for how to enable easier automated data capture.
The requirements specified by MIL-STD-130N can be difficult to manage. If suppliers are not able to comply with this and other DoD regulations, they can experience delayed payments, damage to their relationship as a vendor, and potential penalties for lack of compliance and conformity.
With these challenges in mind, it’s best practice to automate the process of managing UID labeling as much as possible. Not only does this increase efficiency, it helps to ensure compliance by reducing errors. Get additional insight into managing MIL-STD-130N UID in this article.
There’s more to DoD commerce than UID labels
Odyssey works with many companies to address the challenges of DoD commerce. In our experience, many firms supply the government with goods and services as only a fraction of their overall business, yet they spend a disproportionate amount of time managing all the additional compliance requirements and detailed processes that come along with fulfilling government contracts.
With all the complexities and potential pitfalls, we’ve seen that a holistic approach to DoD commerce and compliance is the best option. In other words, using one single system to manage the end-to-end process of finding and bidding on contracts, quickly and easily creating compliant UID labels, submitting required information to multiple government databases, invoicing and so on. Taking this approach helps with efficiency but also drastically reduces the risk of errors and non-compliance, especially when compared to attempting to perform all required tasks within the many disparate government systems.
Another reason for a holistic approach goes beyond the technology: working with a company that specializes in this area ensures you have an expert partner to consult with as you get your team up to speed on DoD supplier processes and as new challenges and regulations arise. If you’re interested in learning more about how to drive greater efficiency and ensure 100% compliance with DoD commerce processes, talk to the experts at Odyssey today.