An Introduction to UID Label
The Unique Item Identifier (UID) label is mandatory, especially if you want your items to be UID compliant. Once correct UID labels are placed on your items you are eligible to apply for the UID Registry. In recent times, UID label is used for all Department of Defense’s (DoD) identification requirements and serialization tracking programs (SNTs). Selecting the right UID label is extremely important for achieving UID compliance. The UID labels, UID tags and UID nameplates you use must be durable under complex conditions and should not wear away.
To manufacture the UID labels, there is a wide range of materials to choose from such as stainless steel, polyester, aluminum or laser marked adhesive backed tape. However, the UID labels or plates have to meet the MIL STD 130 code standards.
All companies requiring UID labels, UID nameplates, and Mil-Std 130M UID compliance can be described in the three core categories below:
Full Resource Medium-to-Large Size Companies – These companies normally have all the available resources to fully implement Mil-Std 130M compliant labels and tags, UID verification and Wide Area Work Flow (WAWF) and UID registering processes. Yet, they still search for a UID partner that can help them in correctly choosing the suitable UID equipment or process for their operation.
Selective Resource Medium-to-Large Size Companies – Even though these companies have abundant resources to implement the critical equipment and processes for complete Mil-Std 130 UID compliance, they choose to partner with a vendor that can provide UID labels and UID nameplates including on-demand and verification reports in a timely fashion.
Limited Resource Small-to-Medium Size Companies – These companies have a Mil-Std 130 requirement but cannot afford to buy thermal transfer printers, CO2 laser etching equipment or UID label verification equipment and qualified staff to cater the UID orders. Thus, they generally look for a reliable UID partner who can offer UID compliance labels, UID nameplates, verification reports and also a process to submit UID information to the WAWF and UID Registry.