Plan WHAT to Do for UID Compliance

Starting down the road to UID compliance  requires you to answer questions in two broad areas–WHAT do I have to do to comply, and HOW will I proceed with compliance. Let’s start with the WHAT… WHAT do I have to do? Understand the requirements. Understand how they apply to you, your contracts and your parts. Don’t […]

UID System

The DOD’s UID system combines permanent Unique Identification labeling/marking with a universal Registry database to give the Department of Defense a comprehensive view of its vast inventory of assets. Based on international standards, UID was adopted by DOD to improve asset management by monitoring defense related equipment during their lifecycle. Such equipment included operating materials, […]

UID – Too Much is as Bad as Too Little

Not understanding your UID requirements can be painful. Consider a couple of worst case scenarios which we’ve actually seen, and which illustrate the importance of planning – They Did Nothing We know of more than one supplier who had UID requirements on their contract but did nothing to comply with the requirements. They didn’t know […]

Adhering to Military Packing Guidelines

National security is of prime importance. As US citizens rely on the brave men and women of the armed forces, so do they depend on us to provide them with the necessary supplies and equipment. Supplies must be packaged and packed to survive deployment wherever needed. When overnight delivery means being parachuted out of the […]

Understanding UID Compliance

Part markings and container labels make efficient military logistics possible. As suppliers, distributors, and end-users rely on the information they see on every package, it is important that the labels are correct and up-to-date. Now with the DOD mandate on unique identification (UID) system well in place, the process becomes easier and more efficient. Some […]

UID Mandate

The DOD’s Unique Identification (UID) initiative is an effort to apply international standards to the goal of uniquely identifying items in the DOD inventory. Serial numbers have long served that purpose, but fail to provide globally unique identification given that any number of manufacturers can use the same serial number. Simply put, UIDs work by […]

Plan HOW to Proceed with UID Compliance

We previously published an article, “Plan WHAT To Do for UID Compliance,” which discussed the questions related to WHAT you have to do to comply with the UID requirements. Once you understand and have some consensus on WHAT you have to do, you can now turn your attention to planning HOW you will comply. We […]

Ten Key Questions about your UID Plan – A DOD Supplier’s Guide

You’ve probably heard the old adage, “failing to plan is planning to fail.” Nowhere is this truer than it is for supplier compliance. The requirement for U.S. Department of Defense (DOD) suppliers to comply with the UID (Unique Identification) mandate isn’t just the addition of one more contract requirement-it’s more like multiplication. Mil-Pac has put […]

UID Makes "Business as Usual" a Thing of the Past

The requirement for U.S. Department of Defense (DOD) suppliers to comply with the UID (Unique Identification) mandate isn’t just the addition of one more contract requirement – it’s more like multiplication. “The Good Old Days” In the past suppliers could describe their shipment at a CLIN level (such as: “250 Electric Motors”). With the addition […]

What’s in My UID?

There are several numbering schemes that the government will allow you to use as UID data, such as VINs (vehicle identification numbers) and Aircraft Tail Numbers. For the majority of us, we have a choice between “Type 1” and “Type 2” UIDs. Both Type 1 and Type 2 UIDs start with an enterprise identifier (nearly […]