Some time ago I put together a set of label templates to help contractors comply with MIL-STD-129 and the RFID mandate.
Over the last couple of years, there have been several revisions – usually because someone pointed out a problem or because we found a better way to do things. I’ve just finished the latest version – 3.0.1 which is the most useful, bug free version so far (at least in my totally biased opinion!)
So if you ship products to the Department of Defense and have to comply with MIL-STD-129, the Winco templates are a good way to get started. They are completely free, just let me know if you want a set. Version 3.0.1 contains the following label formats:
- Exterior Label
- Exterior Label RFID
- Unit Label
- Unit Label RFID
- MSL Generic Label
- MSL Generic Label RFID
- MSL Unit Move Label
- MSL Unit Move Label RFID
Also a MIL-STD-130 UID label template is included.
The data for the labels is populated from a spreadsheet which is also included. Please keep it as a .xls file – BarTender doesn’t seem to be happy with .xlsx spreadsheets.
We always support the current version of BarTender (10.0 at the moment) so you’ll need to have that to use the templates. If you have an older version, we’d be very happy to provide you with an upgrade (hey, we have to make a living, right?) Don’t use BarTender? Well, you should – it is the best program for this kind of labeling and the only one we have made templates for.
The labels were originally designed for Datamax printers, but they are being used with other brands such as Zebra and Intermec as well. Just switch to the printer you want to use in BarTender. You’ll obviously need to use an RFID enabled printer model and blank RFID labels for the RFID versions of the labels.
Also, because we don’t charge for the label set, they are provided “as is” with no support. Want help? No problem, we can set up a 2 hour WebEx training session for $425.00.
You are welcome to use the labels and edit them as much as you wish. The only thing I’d ask is that should you find any mistakes or see a better way for any of the features, let me know so I can incorporate in the next version.
Hey, if you need to comply with MIL-STD-129R, we’ve updated the labels for the new standard as well: MIL-STD-129R Label Templates
A lot of Defense contractors are using our set of MIL-STD-129 labels to get their shipments properly labeled and out the door with no fuss. If you want to join them, just give me a call at 603-598-1553.