At our recent “Demystify DoD Labeling Standards” seminar, held just last week in Nashua, NH, we had a chance to talk with people who are involved with government contracts and needed a better understanding of UID or RFID. For them, the seminar was just the thing to help them become more knowledgeable about labeling standards so they could make appropriate recommendations for military-compliant labeling in their business.
Those who came to our seminar had a variety of labeling issues. Some attendees were just implementing RFID in their shipping department and needed specifics about the right way to do the labeling to meet MIL-STD-129 requirements. Another was required to create UID labeling to conform to MIL-STD-130, and had to know what exactly needed marking and how it should be done. Others were trying to figure out how to implement data capture and collection for faster uploads to the UID registry.
All of this information was presented in a relaxed four hour seminar session. John Burke, VP of Winco ID, gave an overview of the military labeling standards and an explanation of the various levels of compliance that Winco ID provides to our customers.
David Holliday, Sales Manager at Winco ID, presented the details of MIL-STD-129 with RFID, and MIL-STD-130 with UID. After a thorough explanation of the standards, David explained how all of that data can be uploaded to the Wide Area Workflow (WAWF) electronically using idWorx! Electronic submission to the WAWF and UID registry makes data submission faster and more accurate.
We were fortunate to have two guest speakers at our seminar – John O’Kelly of Newcastle Systems, and John O’Brien, Director of Business Development at Valmarc. Both of them had information and advice that went beyond compliance labeling.
John O’Kelly spoke about the Newcastle family of carts and accessories. Unlike carts used to tote items from one place to another, the Newcastle carts are designed for the user who wants computing power in any area of their workplace. Various models are available for different needs, and they allow you to have a mobile powered workstation. In fact, our own cart that we bring along to every seminar and trade show, was on display. More information about Newcastle Systems and their products can be found here.
John O’Brien had a riveting presentation about anti-counterfeiting strategies, and the products available to thwart counterfeiting and diversion. Valmarc has developed new technology that allows consumers to use special smart phone apps to verify the authenticity of products they are about to purchase. More information about Valmarc and their work can be found here.
Also on hand were displays of innovative RFID label printers from our partner, Zebra Technologies, which everyone had a chance to test out.
It was gratifying to hear that our seminar helped people gain a better understanding of DoD labeling. One person made the comment that “you try to read (the) MIL-STD-129 and your eyes glaze over and things go fuzzy” but the seminar answered many of his questions. An individual who has been working with government contracts for a while said “Winco ID has been a big help over the years – they take a lot of the guess work out of it”. All appreciated the active feedback and discussion that took place during the seminar, the examples of labels, and the equipment displays.
Look for notification of our next seminar in the near future. If you can’t make it to one of our seminars, then give us a call at (603) 598-1553. We’d be happy to bring our seminar to you, if you are a local business. Or we can provide a webinar, tailored to answer your specific questions. You don’t have to be overwhelmed with compliance labeling issues – we can help.