RFID companies, including system integrators, help defense suppliers navigate the complex landscape of military standards, DOD initiatives and contract requirements. They help suppliers meet the often substantial compliance burden that comes with RFID labeling, data management and WAWF reporting.
The companies of the RFID industry fall roughly into several categories.
RFID printer manufacturers and their dealers
Developers of label printing, RFID data management and reporting software
Automated RFID data collection systems dealers
System integrators, which combine all of the above
The Uniform Commercial Code and relevant state common laws govern the contract of any two private or commercial firms that enter into an agreement. As long as the contract does not violate laws and public policies, both parties can make contractual agreements as they wish.
Different rules and requirements apply, however, when it comes to doing business with the federal government, especially with the Department of Defense (DoD).
Here are some of the unique aspects of doing business with the DoD you ...
Mil-Std-129 Revision R represents some major changes to the bar code label formats currently in use by defense contractors. The DOD’s transition to life cycle management of serialized items with item unique identification (IUID/UID) has driven many of these changes from Mil-Std-129P, Change 4, which Revision R has superseded.
There is an upside for defense contractors. Revision R eliminates the myriad linear bar codes that crowded labels under the previous MS-129P. The linear barcodes for NSN, CAGE, CLIN, contract, ...
Understanding the Military Shipment Label (MSL) will help ensure that shipments are received accurately so that the contractor can get paid. The purpose of the MSL, as specified by Mil-Std-129R is to identify shipments to the DOD in a unique and immediately recognizable way.
While it may accompany small parcel labels, such as those for UPS or FedEx, it includes important address and contract information not found on commercial shipping labels. The MSL label is designed to ...
From improving accuracy and tracking abilities, to decreasing payment delays, Wide Area Work Flow (WAWF) provides many advantages to both the US Department of Defense (DOD) and the Defense Supplier. But with those advantages came process changes and challenges to the supplier. Namely, the burden of entering shipment data for acceptance shifted from the Government to the supplier, and with IUID and RFID, the amount of data has grown exponentially. Using the WAWF web application to submit your Receiving Reports ...
The most common military labels used by defense contractors are the container labels that are specified by Mil-Std-129R. Container label formats vary depending on the packaging level of the container, as defined by the military standard:
Unit Container/Pack – The first tie, wrap, or container applied to a single item, or a quantity thereof, or to a group of items of a single stock number, preserved or unpreserved, which constitutes a complete or identifiable package.
WAWF is happy to let you send in your RFID data later, just click the Pack Later option. But don’t forget to send that data because WAWF is watching. If you fail to submit your RFID data to WAWF you will begin to receive “reminder” emails every day until you either submit the RFID data or tell WAWF that you aren’t going to submit the RFID data (and ...