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MIL-STD-129 labels, UID labels, RFID and DoD / GSA compliance services

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Compliance Label ServicesHow to Buy a UID Label

1. Pick the right material for your conditions

MIL-STD-130 requires the UID label to last for the life of the asset it identifies. So, the UID label must withstand all conditions to which the asset is exposed. Including: temperature, abrasion, acids, bases, oils, salt spray, impact, etc. EXPEDITER™ offers a complete range of UID materials. Some are 'Peel and Stick'. Others are fastened with screws or rivets. Call 617-314-7700 for guidance.

  Compliance Label ServicesMetal UID Labels Compliance Label ServicesPolymeric UID Labels
Material Titanium Stainless Steel Photo Anodized Aluminum tesa™ Secure® Polyimide Polyester
Performance Ultra Heavy Duty Extra Heavy Duty Heavy Duty Moderate-Heavy Duty Light-Moderate Duty Light Duty
Marking Method CerMark™ CerMark™ Photographic Laser etch Thermal Transfer print Thermal Transfer print
Distinguishing feature Light-weight strength Corrosion resistance Broad performance & value Flexibility & chemical resistance High temperature resistance Low cost
Exterior exposure > 20 years > 20 years > 20 years > 4 years 1 year < 2 years
High temperature 775º F 750º F 750º F 400º F 575º F 300º F
Conforms to curves No No .003", .005", .008", .012" Yes Yes Yes
'Peel & Stick' No No .003", .005", .008", .012", .020" Yes Yes Yes
Mechanical Fasteners Yes Yes .020", .032", .064" No No No
Resistance to:
Abrasion Ultra Extreme Excellent Very Good Good Good
Acids & Bases Ultra Extreme Excellent Very Good Good Good
Oils, Fuels, Solvents Ultra Extreme Excellent Very Good Good Good
Salt spray Ultra Extreme Excellent Very Good Good Good
Direct impact Yes Yes Yes No Limited Limited

For Photo Anodized Aluminum, pick thickness and fastening method

EXPEDITER™ Photo Anodized Aluminum UID labels are available in many thicknesses: 003", .005", .008", .012", .020", .032" and .064".

  • .003" and .005" are flexible foils which conform to some curvature. They are fastened with 'peel & stick' pressure sensitive adhesive.
  • .012" can adhere to a very slight curvature and is fastened with pressure sensitive adhesive.
  • .020" is rigid. It can be fastened with screws and rivets requiring holes or pressure sensitive adhesive.
  • .032" and .064" are inflexible and are fastened with screws and rivets requiring holes.

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2. Pick the Data

  • How do you Serialize?

    Compliance Label ServicesSerialize within the Part Number: For example: Part Number ZZ45 has Serial Numbers 001, 002, 003, 004. And Part Number WW56 also has Serial Numbers 001, 002, 003, 004. This is serializing within the Part Number. Use DoD Construct #2; your 2D Data Matrix barcode must include CAGE, Part Number and Serial Number. Your Human Readable Information should also include CAGE, Part Number and Serial Number.

    Serialize within your company: For example: Serial Number ZZ45001 is made at 7:00 am and the next part, made at 7:01 am, is ZZ45002. No other part of any type shares these Serial Numbers. This is serializing within the company. Use DoD Construct #1; your 2D Data Matrix barcode must include CAGE and Serial Number. Your Human Readable Information should also include CAGE and Serial Number.

  • Pick the Encoding Format

    Compliance Label ServicesThese codes inform the machine reading the barcode which data, CAGE, PN or SN, to expect.

    • Data Identifier (DI) - Format 06 ISO/IEC 15434, we find this format the most widely used.
    • Text Element Identifier (TEI) - Specified in ATA Spec 2000, TEI is also called Format 12
    • Application Identifier (AI) - Format 05 ISO/IEC 15434. We find this format rarely used.
  • Specify additional Data

    Company name, DoD contract, linear barcodes, logo or other data can be included . The Data Matrix barcode can also encode additional data although MIL-STD-130 does not require any. For the Data Matrix barcode, MIL-STD-130 permits only upper case letters, numbers 0-9 ,symbols "/" and "-". No spaces or other special characters are permitted.

Compliance Label Services3. Pick the Size

UID label size is determined by the amount of Data you want and the font size of the text. Be sure the label size you pick fits the part. EXPEDITER™ UID labels come in standard and custom sizes. Standard sizes for EXPEDITER™ UID labels are:

Polyester 3" x 1", 1.75" x 0.75", 1.5" x 0.5"
tesa® 3" x 2", 3" x 1.5", 3" x 1", 2" x 2", 2" round
Polyimide 2" x 0.5", 1.5" x 0.25", 1" x 0.25", 0.75" x 0.375"
Photo Anodized 3" x 2", 3" x 1", 2" x 0.75", 1.5" x 0.5"
Stainless Steel 4" x 2", 3" x 1", 5.065" x 1.83" 'hang tag' shape

4. Pick the Shape

EXPEDITER™ UID labels are usually rectangular, but may be customized to fit your part. Corners are radius or square. Radius corners avoid the concentration of peel forces. For UID labels that are mechanically fastened, the number and diameter of holes must be specified.

5. Call 617-314-7700 at anytime during this process

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