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UID (Unique Item Identification)

Meet government requirements with our UID program that lasts the lifetime of the item

Unique Identification, or UID, is a required asset identification program set up by the US Defense Department (DoD). Formulation of the globally unique identification number often depends on coding expertise, which Metalcraft has been doing since UID was implemented. Our UID specialists know the DoD guidance and directive, as well as MIL-STD-130 specs, customizing a solution that guarantees verification of the print standards. 

Essentially, the DoD’s unique identifiers become a key component in facilitating overall increased asset visibility across the military supply chain by identifying precisely where an item is at and how it is being used. Metalcraft helps these customers yield a very real return on investment by providing the best UID solution. Now that’s ID Made Better®. 

“We’ve been in the UID business with the Army since 2005, and your company emerged from a dozen competitors, as far and away the best supplier for UID plates.” 
Mark Dennis, Manager 
Case Defense Products 

Digital printing ensures bar code readability as well as crisp, clean company logos while subsurface printing protects the logos, copy and bar code against extreme solvents, caustics, acids and moderate abrasion – ensuring the mark with last the service lifetime of the item being identified.

Metalcraft’s Foil 2D Dot is an ideal identification solution for small parts tracking - specializing in extreme conditions where abrasion and high temperatures may be an issue.

Our Metalphoto® UID photosensitive anodized aluminum nameplates and labels are an ideal solution for many UID applications.

Unique Item Identification (UID) Resources

Taking UID beyond compliance

Many people familiar with the UID mandate from the Department of Defense understand compliance with this mandate is very important. However, what people may not realize is that so much more can be accomplished with this information other than just becoming UID compliant. Unique Item Identification is the foundation for larger policy goals aimed at improving logistical readiness across DoD such as Serialized Item Management (SIM) and Joint Total Asset Visibility (JTAV).

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Durable Barcode Labels - What Does it Mean To You?

Durable - it's a term that is thrown around pretty loosely in our industry, but can mean different things to different people. Does it mean it stands up to high temperatures, chemicals, or abrasion? What about all three?

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Benchtop Fiber Laser - Creating Compliant UID Labels & Tags

One of the key points in the UID mandate is the UII must last the lifetime of the item. This is true regardless of whether you are complying with a pre-printed UID label or are creating the UID labels onsite. Laser engraved UID nameplates are one way users can create their own UID nameplates onsite when quicker turnaround times are needed, but yet you don't want to sacrifice too much durability over pre-printed tags.

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Aluminum Tags

Popular throughout the second half of the twentieth century for both machine tools and architecture, anodized metal can also be used to transpose photographs onto its surface. For over 50 years, the technique has been one of the principal methods by which labels and barcodes are exported onto metal surfaces.

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McNeilus, Metalcraft team up to provide supply chain and IUID tags for customer

Background

Listening to a customer’s needs and developing a mutually beneficial compromise is key to many successful partnerships. Both can be said for Metalcraft’s long-standing partnership with McNeilus Steel. Family owned for over 72 years, McNeilus Steel is a full-line steel distributor and processor dedicated to providing customers with best in material quality, responsive customer service and on-time delivery.

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