All About MIL SPEC 130 & MIL-STD-130 Specs

MIL SPEC 130, or MIL-STD-130, refer to a set of standards vigorously followed by the Defense Department in regard to the proper methods and requirements for tracking, identifying, and organization of military property in their possession.   These specifications include everything that is issued, stored, stocked, bought, or produced; for or by this department.

The MIL SPEC 130, or MIL-STD-130, standard is also comprised of a number of other non-governmental and governmental specifications, handbooks, and publications that are used as the primary guidelines for determining and imposing the minimum needs and wants of government when designing specific contracts.

In a case where conflict arises between the MIL SPEC 130, or MIL-STD-130, and any other reference document that is cited within, the MIL SPEC 130, or  MIL-STD-130, will take precedence.

Products already containing UID numbers may be excluded from MIL SPEC 130, or MIL-STD-130, requirements. These items include special products, which already possess unique identification numbers – such as the VIN numbers on vehicles or serial numbers on cell phones.

In relation to most of the items, controlled by the Defense Department, there are a number of MIL SPEC 130, MIL-STD-130, specifications, which should be met with the proper identification methods. To this end, all marking must be applied on stiff plastic or metal identification plates, identification bands, identification tags, or even identification labels that are fastened securely to. The MIL SPEC 130, or MIL-STD-130, marking can also be applied directly on a product’s surface through various means.  Modern marking methods include automated technologies such as industrial inkjet printers, laser marking systems, programmable indenting, and etching, among others.

Where possible, the identification marks will be placed in the most visible location. This marking must be permanent, and remain legible for the entire lifetime of a product. It is important to ensure that the MIL SPEC 130, MIL-STD-130, compliant identification marks will withstand harsh industrial conditions.  Often this involves resistance to typical weathering as well as UV light resistance to prevent fading marks; and any other processes the product must endure; including chemical baths, oil/grease/solvent contamination, or any other procedure, which may alter the surface of the mark itself.

There are times, where fully compliant MIL SPEC 130, or MIL-STD-130, markings are not possible. This may be due to the space allotted for marking area or perhaps the durability of the marking method used.  When evaluating durability compliance, the minimum requirement is that UID information remains legible through the product’s or part’s specified maintenance cycle. If an item lacks space for identification, then only the most essential information is required in some special circumstances.