What is UID and IUID?
When it comes to the US Government, traceability is of utmost importance.
This is doubly true with the US Military and Department of Defense. In short, these are some of the most diligently structured organizations in the world. They have an extremely low tolerance for mistakes. As a result of this diligence, these organizations are often highly effective and efficient.
One process which leads them to such a great track record is their implementation of the UID system.
What is UID/IUID?
UID (or IUID) is a system in place to enable the traceability of assets used by the Department of Defense. The idea is to create a truly unique identification code for each asset, which separates it from any other in the world. As a result, there are no duplicates or repeats. Every individual item gets its own code. As long as the correct procedures are followed, it ensures accuracy and reliability of information.
The DoD uses the UID system to track information such as asset value, location, quantity, and condition. This also allows decision-makers to track changes, monitor programs, and clean up any inefficiencies or issues that may arise.
UID vs. IUID vs. UII: What’s the Difference?
It can be difficult to make sense of all the acronyms involved with UID. The term UID is used in several ways. It most commonly refers to the marking label or tag on the asset. This is also referred to as UID Code, UID Label, or UID Tag.
It is trending toward being replaced by the term IUID, which is better at conveying the focus on item specific identification.
The IUID tags utilize a 2D barcode which is scanned. UII is the information which is embedded within the barcode. When the code is scanned, this information is accessible in specialized tracking software.
UID – Unique Identification
IUID – Item Unique Identification
UII – Unique Item Identifier
Department of Defense (DoD) Regulations
If you’re thinking UID codes are an optional choice, you’d be mistaken. UID labeling is required by the Department of Defense. This not only includes internal government organizations, but also contractors. Generally, if you have a government contract to produce equipment for the military, you better make sure it is labeled correctly to IUID specifications. (These guidelines are spelled out in MIL-STD-130)
Accordingly, if your organization does not follow the guidelines, it is possible your order will be denied, returned, or even unpaid. (Not news you want to find out about your government contract.)
- The acquisition cost for that unit is greater than $5,000
- Serially Managed Items
- Mission Essential Assets
- Controlled Inventory
UID and IUID systems serve an important role for the DOD. They ensure full accountability, and also make tracking important assets a bit more manageable. This allows for greater efficiency and use of resources, as well as maintains safety and prevents errors. Make sure your government contracted equipment and products are up to standard.
At Metal Marker, we create high-quality UID and IUID labels, tags, and nameplates. Our custom ID solutions are perfect for government applications.
Our knowledgeable customer service representatives are waiting to help you find the perfect solution tailored to your needs. They are also ready to answer any questions you may have and get you started on your identification solution.