UID Labels for MIL-STD-130
Your product choices include:
Our Metalphoto UID Tag is constructed of an anodized photosensitized aluminum face stock (thicknesses from .008" to .032"). Attachment options include high-performance adhesives or holes for mechanical fasteners.
The Metalphoto Tactical UID Label is designed to mark sensitive items without compromising their intended zero reflection/detection design. This label is available to match desert tan or army green.
Camcode’s Metalphoto CARC Paint UID Label was designed for applications requiring a durable “life-of-the-part” UID label with an application adhesive that will adhere to tough-to-bond surfaces like chemical agent resistant coating (CARC).
Our Premium Polyester Plus Labels are ideal non-metal labeling materials for less demanding applications, certain caustic environments or where more flexibility is desired.
Our Cable UID Label is designed specifically for cable or hose applications requiring a durable linear or UID bar code. The label is constructed of a clear polypropylene (or optional polyester for applications requiring UV resistance) which over-laminates onto itself, encapsulating the image within a layer of clear plastic.
Camcode’s Laser Blanks are precision-fabricated and packaged in convenient quantities for ready use. All our label blanks have either holes or high-strength adhesive for attachment after marking. We have products to support any laser device including all CO2, YAG and fiber optic lasers.
When you need to produce UID Labels and Nameplates in real-time, Camcode’s On-Demand Laser System provides you with everything you need to ensure your labels and nameplates are easy to create and meet the requirements of MIL-STD-130 or STANAG 2290. The all-in-one system includes laser equipment, label design software, UID verification equipment, and laser-markable material.
What do UID labels cost?
A minimum order of UID labels or UID tags can cost as little as $400. Higher-volume orders reduce the per-unit cost – to as low as $0.25 each for an order of several thousand – and exact prices depend on the material construction, size and quantity. Getting an exact quotation is easy; just give us a call or get UID label pricing.
Why do you need UID labels?
UID labels are part of a robust and mandated program for the tracking of U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) designated assets throughout the world.
The DoD has designated strict guidelines for assets that must be tracked with UIDs, and the scope includes all military assets related to government organizations and contractors. It is important for contracts to also maintain compliance with the UID tagging requirements of MIL-STD-130 or they could face penalties, canceled orders, or lost contracts.
Creating a traceable record for each military asset is the central goal of the DoD UID program. As they have outlined in DFARS 211.274-2, items having a unit cost greater than $5,000 must be included. Additional requirements for serially managed items, mission essential assets, and controlled inventory of any value are also designated. Using UID labels that have been fabricated and attached according to these guidelines ensures traceability in the system.
There are specific formatting requirements that must be met for each tag. These include printing a 2D scannable barcode onto an adequate substrate according to proven printing methods. The UID labels must also meet quality standards set by the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) and the Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE).
Suppliers and contractors working with government entities are responsible for providing UID labels that are capable of lasting for the expected lifetime of the item. Using a UID label manufacturer that uses proper marking and printing techniques is a must. In addition, it is important to select an adequate substrate for each tag that will be able to withstand the environmental conditions that the equipment is expected to encounter.
Common use cases for UID labels
Much of the challenge in choosing the right UID label for each application involves matching the substrate with the environmental conditions, required level of adhesion on the surface material, and the intended use of the item.
Hard to Bond Surfaces.
Many types of military-grade equipment utilize a chemical agent resistant coating (CARC) that provides protection for operators. A CARC surface is especially difficult to bond a label to and many companies have turned to Metalphoto CARC Paint UID labels for a solution that can ensure the right level of hold for these applications.
Curved or Uneven Surfaces.
Military equipment comes in all shapes and sizes and there is certainly no standard form factor for many applications. In addition, there are custom-fabricated items that may also meet the UID tagging requirements. One of the best solutions for mounting a UID label on a curved or uneven surface is using a Metalphoto foil UID label. These labels are flexible enough to bend and match the surface contour of the equipment.
It’s no surprise that many military applications require a high level of discretion and many types of equipment are cloaked or camouflaged. In these situations, it is best to utilize a tag that has no reflection and has a surface that can avoid detection. A Metalphoto Tactical UID label can be matched to desert tan or army green and is created to blend right in with the equipment surface.
Military operations in the Middle East and many other locations may face harsh conditions and desert-like terrain. Equipment used there can sometimes be exposed to these environments for long periods of time, and the sand can take a real toll on surfaces, including tags and labels. The Metalphoto SandShield UID label has been designed with extreme abrasion resistance and is often chosen for external tagging of equipment that will be used on terrain with a lot of sand and rock.