A2B Tracking Solutions Reaches 2 Million UID Label Production Milestone

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A2B Tracking has manufactured its 2 millionth label for compliance with IUID (item unique identification) per MIL STD 130. One million of those labels have been produced during 2011.

A2B Tracking has manufactured its 2 millionth label for compliance with IUID (item unique identification) per MIL STD 130. One million of those labels have been produced during 2011. Customers are Department of Defense (DoD) contractors, suppliers and the military. The IUID mandate requires serialized asset management of all military assets valued at over $5000. “By some estimates there are nearly 300 million such assets around the world,” says A2B Production Manager, Beck Bennett. “We have ramped up our manufacturing capacity to meet that challenge.” A2B manufactures labels and plates on polyester, polyacrylic and anodized aluminum, utilizing thermal transfer printing, laser etching and the Metalphoto® process, respectively.

UID On-Demand™ (UOD) is A2B’s commercial UID label and plate manufacturing service for DoD suppliers and contractors who must mark product prior to shipping end items and managing Government Furnished Property (GFP). The customized UID labels and plates are manufactured at the company’s Portsmouth, RI facility and shipped worldwide. In addition, A2B manages the Enterprise Barcode Service (EBS) web portal, which was initiated by the US Air Force under GSA contract. Available to all military depots and custodians of legacy equipment, EBS also enables online ordering and worldwide shipping. Both EBS and UOD orders are fulfilled with full verification and validation documentation to satisfy MIL STD 130 standards.

The latest product developed by A2B for its US Air Force customer is the UID Worksheet, a system of marking for sensitive or in-theatre assets. Bennett cites few problems during eighteen months of label and plate production, although the erratic need for delivery of labels to OCONUS (Outside Continental United States) bases has proven the company’s ability to process high volume, quick turnaround orders.

About A2B Tracking Solutions:

A2B Tracking Solutions Inc. of Portsmouth, RI is the leading provider of turn-key solutions for bar code tracking. Since it was founded in 1994, A2B has lead the bar code industry movement into mobile computing, developing a state-of-the-art mobile tracking system for United Parcel Service (UPS). A2B’s UID Comply!® and UC! Web™ data management software, developed specifically to support MIL STD 130 and MIL STD 129, are widely used within the defense community. Principals of A2B include founders of the bar code industry who have lead innovations in applications for 50 years. To date, A2B has completed more than 3,000 tracking installations around the world.

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