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What is MIL-STD-130N UID & What Does It Mean for You?

Posted by James Lusk on Tue, Aug 14, 2018 @ 17:08 PM

Military equipment markings must follow MIL-STD-130N UID rules

MIL-STD-130N is a set of directions for how to mark items purchased by the US Department of Defense, including instructions on acceptable materials, text formatting and syntax rules for identifying marks, where markings should be located, and so on. The requirements include rules about using the UID unique identifier data matrix for machine-readable information.

The most recent updates to MIL-STD-130N, referred to as “Change 1,” took place in 2012 and established the UID requirement to allow for easier automation data capture via machines. The unique identifier follows an asset throughout its entire lifecycle for easier tracking. Read this article to learn more about the history of UID.

What does MIL-STD-130N UID mean for you?

The asset marking requirements set forth in MIL-STD-130N can be complex and difficult to manage. And failing to comply with this and other DoD supplier regulations can result in delayed payments, damage to your relationship as a vendor, and even non-compliance penalties.

With these challenges in mind, it’s vitally Important to automate the process of managing UID markings as much as possible, resulting in greater efficiency as well as better compliance due to reduced errors.

3 tips for managing MIL-STD-130N UID

1. Reduce errors when creating new UID MIL-STD-130N labels.

The key to reducing errors is limiting the opportunity for them to occur – in other words, by decreasing the amount of manual data entry required to create the labels. Odyssey offers a user-friendly UID Module that allows you to create or import UID information that the system then validates, ensuring each UID is truly unique and compliant with DoD requirements. From there, it’s easy to associate end-level UID, as well as parent UID and any children, to individual transactions within the iRAPT Console. Instead of manually entering this information and introducing the opportunity for errors along every step, you’re ensuring compliant markings.

2. Automate submission to the UID Registry.

Using a platform like Odyssey’s allows you to automate submitting UIDs to the Registry, saving valuable time while meeting DoD requirements.

3. Speed up payment with iRAPT integration.

Odyssey provides a direct, DoD-approved integration into iRAPT that allows you to quickly push UID data into the iRAPT system for payment. The sooner this information is logged in iRAPT, the better your chances of getting invoices paid quickly.

With an integrated UID software module to manage UID compliance more efficiently and accurately, as well as MIL-STD-130N compliant labels, Odyssey has the solutions you need to streamline processes and improve cash flow from your government contracts.


See how Odyssey has helped companies like Perkins Technical Services manage MIL-STD-130N UID marks and other DoD requirements with a comprehensive solution.

Topics: MIL 130 N