Although many government contracted organizations are aware that the IUID and RFID compliance standards are in place, they often have an inadequate understanding of how these regulations affect their business specifically.

There are many misconceptions about MIL STD 129 and MIL STD 130 compliance, one of which is the belief that a barcode is compliant so long as it can be scanned. Many of those within organizations who supply the DoD, from manufacturing to property management, are under this impression.

But, for IUID, military standards for 2D Data Matrix barcodes are not being met simply because the barcode can be scanned by a particular scanner.

Format for MIL STD 130 Barcode Compliance

The makeup of the barcode–the machine readable information required for military asset identification–must be in a very specific format that is compliant with MIL STD 130. This standard explicitly states that the 2D Data Matrix barcode must follow the exact syntax for encoding, and must be readable across various types of scanners.

2d data matrixGenerating 2D barcodes with dynamic part numbers, serial number, and ISO 15434 syntax causes encoding mistakes.This requires validation and verification of every barcode generated.

MIL STD 130 insists that new end item shipments to the DoD must verify at an A or a B grade, but off-the-shelf barcode scanners or imagers will still scan a grade C (or worse). This creates confusion for manufacturing lines who aren’t normally held to these kinds of standards for barcode creation or scanning.

The DCMA puts every shipment through a quality checkpoint before allowing it through to the government. If standards are not met, the shipment’s journey may be delayed. Especially for shipments containing mission-critical goods, these delays can cause serious problems for all parties. To debunk other misconceptions about IUID and RFID compliance, download the free eBook The Most Common Misconceptions About IUID and RFID Compliance.