UID Labels and Nameplates

UID Labels and Nameplates

Why Technigraphics?
  • We have expertise with UID labels and UID nameplates, so you can count on us to help you comply with the Mil-Std-130N requirements.
  • We don't "turn our nose up" at short runs. While we're happy to produce your large volume needs, we gladly will handle an order for one piece!
  • We offer a variety of rugged and durable material options: Metalphoto, Metalphoto foil, Tesa Secure TM, & polyester
  • We offer a variety of imaging options: photographic, digital offset, thermal transfer, and laser etching.
  • We provide you with an electronic .pdf proof of your label design and data information so you can review and approve everything before we start production. Then we send a Certificate of Conformance and Validation and Verification Reports (upon request) with the shipment of the labels.
  • Contact us now for a UID label quotation or sample requests, or for any additional information you need.

2D Datamatrix UID Labels Compliant to Mil-Std-130

Our UID labels, UID nameplates, 2D barcode labels and aluminum barcode labels are durable, rugged and long-lasting. They are validated and verified to an ANSI grade of B or better on our advanced validation and verification scanning equipment.

UID Labels

Looking for someone to help you with your UID labels, UID nameplates and UID tags that comply with Mil-Std-130? Technigraphics can help you with a variety of solutions to keep you in compliance with the DoD Unique Product Identification requirements. By using 2D bar codes and optional linear bar codes we can identify the manufacturer, part number, and serial number of unique items.

What is UID?

UID (Unique Identification) is a system developed by the Department of the Defense (DoD) which establishes a globally unique "part identifier" containing data elements used to track items throughout their life cycle. Items may be classified into the categories of equipment, repairables , material, and consumables.

What is IUID?

IUID (Item Unique Identification) is a system of establishing unique item identifiers within the Department of Defense by assigning a machine-readable character string or number to a discrete item, which serves to distinguish it from other like and unlike items.

What's the difference between UID and UII?

UID refers to the government program of uniquely identifying items. The UII (Unique Item Identifier) refers to the specific unique identifier for an item. This is a concatenated value that is derived from a data set of one or more data elements.

What is a Unique Item Unique Identification Mark?

2D Data Matrix

2D Data MatrixThe Unique Item Identifier (UII) identifies an item with a set of data that is globally unique and unambiguous. The symbology used for the mark on an item is a 2-dimensional (2D) Data Matrix symbol (also called a 2D bar code) with Error Correction Code 200. The UII is encoded into a Data Matrix symbol with a software package.

Data Matrix symbols have a checkerboard appearance, with each uniformly spaced square shaped cell corresponding to a data bit. They are constructed of a mosaic of light and dark elements that must all be read before any characters can be recognized. Matrix symbols are encoded with a binary code requiring an imager to read them. A Data Matrix can store from 1 to about 2,000 characters. The symbol is square or rectangular and can range up to 14 inches per side.

The 2D bar code can be marked directly on the item surface or by affixing a label or data plate to the item, as long as it remains permanent through the life and not damaged or destroyed in use.

Some of the benefits of using 2D bar codes with Data Matrix Technology versus a standard barcode are as follows:

  • Can contain 100 times the data as the same space in a barcode;
  • Can be read omni-directionally;
  • Can be damaged but still return accurate data;
  • Can be scaled up or down to fit within available marking space.

An imager is used to retrieve the UII data elements from the item, which can then be assembled into a concatenated UII and transmitted to a database. Data Matrices cannot be read using an ordinary linear barcode laser scanner.

The Data Matrix will contain data represented in a uniquely identified code assigned to an individual item. The code will either contain the necessary data elements to construct the concatenated UII or will contain a DoD-approved IUID Equivalent.

What if I only need a few (or even just one) UID label?

Not a problem! Technigraphics is equipped to handle both short run UID labels as well as high-volume UID label and 2D bar code label projects.

Is "validating and verifying" the same as "scanning" the 2D bar code label?

Definitely not! Simply scanning or reading the 2D barcode label does not comply with the conditions of Mil-Std-130N. Those conditions specify how the data is formatted, what the minimum marking requirements are, and what the quality of the datamatrix Machine-Readable Information (MRI) code must be. Technigraphics has invested in state-of-the-art equipment that provides certification (which can be emailed or sent with the shipment of parts) that the UID label is validated (the formatting is correct), and also verified (that the datamatrix 2D barcode quality is correct).

Click here to see a typical Technigraphics Validation and Verification Report.

What is Mil-Std-130N?

This standard provides the item marking criteria for development of specific marking requirements and methods for identification of items of military property produced, stocked, stored, and issued by or for the Department of Defense. This standard addresses criteria and data content for both free text and MRI applications of item identification marking.

MIL-STD-130N continues to provide evolving clarification, increased insight and guidance regarding implementation of MRI for item identification marking and automatic data capture.

Click here to download the entire Mil-Std-130N Specification.

What are my Material Choices?

  • Metalphoto Anodized Aluminum Foil: in thicknesses of .003" to .005"
    • our most popular UID label material
    • typically used with adhesive backing
    • also meets the requirements of Mil-DTL-15024F
    • provides high contrast and excellent resolution
    • combines the ruggedness of a thick aluminum nameplate, but with the flexibility and conformability of a label
    • outdoor exposure up to 20 years
    • withstands harsh environments, chemicals, abrasion, solvents, and high temperatures (-40F to +450F service temperature range with adhesive)
    • fractures if removed from its bonding surface, providing a tamper-evident feature
  • Metalphoto Anodized Aluminum: in thicknesses of .008", .012", .020", .032", and .063"
    • Also meets the requirements of Mil-DTL-15024F
    • thicker gauges improve impact resistance and allows for mounting holes for mechanical attachment
    • used with adhesive backing or with mechanical fasteners
    • provides high contrast and excellent resolution
    • outdoor exposure up to 20 years
    • withstands harsh environments, chemicals, abrasion, solvents, and high temperatures (-40F - +450F service temperature range with adhesive, , -40F to +650F without adhesive)

            Click here for detailed Metalphoto durability, resistance and performance specifications.

  • Tesa Secure TM:
    • as robust as metal plates, yet with the flexible handling associated with labels
    • laser-engraveable material offering superb durability in harsh conditions and can be laser cut to any shape or size during the marking process.
    • tamper evident design prevents the label from being removed in one piece once it is applied.
  • Polyester:
    • thin and flexible, available in thicknesses of .002" thru .008", used with adhesive backing
    • ideal for caustic environments.
    • graphics are either subsurface printed or protected by an overlaminate
    • less expensive and less durable than Metalphoto and tesa Secure TM.

Where can I get more information?

In addition to Mil-Std-130, there are a number of helpful resources that provide further insights to the application of this specification to UID labels, Tesa UID labels, and polyester UID labels:

Contact us now for a UID label quotation or sample requests, or for any additional information you need.


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