Simplify RFID, UID, WAWF and Mil-Std-129R Labeling for DOD

Mil-Pac Technology’s industry-leading software for defense contractors makes shipping and invoicing quick and easy.

Defense contractors face many challenges in meeting DOD supply chain requirements for military standard labeling, Wide Area Workflow (WAWF), Unique Identification (UID) and Radio Frequency Identification (RFID). Mil-Pac simplifies these challenges by eliminating redundant data-entry, optimizing process flow and recycling existing data. Mil-Pac has been the industry leader in simplifying and streamlining supply chain compliance since 1982.

MIL-Comply is Mil-Pac’s fourth generation defense supply chain software for WAWF, UID, DOD RFID, Mil-Std-129 labeling and Mil-Std-2073 packaging. MIL-Comply is great for solving specific problems such as Mil-Std labeling, or as an integrated solution for submission of data to Wide Area Workflow (WAWF). Multiple users may share the data to perform the same tasks in parallel or collaborate by performing specific roles.

MIL-Comply software offers solutions to the following challenges in defense supply chain contracting:

Complying with Mil-Std-129R requires both understanding the requirements  and applying them efficiently. MIL-Comply/Labeling does this first by boiling the military standard down into a collection of compliant label formats to remove the guess work. Then an intuitive user interface simplifies data entry, eliminating redundant input. Integrated address and parts databases speed the process. Visit our full site for more information about the Mil-Std-129R requirements.

Comply/Labeling solves the challenges created by Mil-Std-129 Revision R’s 2D bar code symbols (PDF417) now included on both unit and exterior containers. The bar coded Serial Number List, required for containers with more than five items, is generated automatically. MIL-Comply takes the guesswork out of constructing these complicated PDF417 data structures.

Shipments created in Comply/Shipper for WAWF submission include about ninety-five percent of the data required for labeling. Just add the rest (transportation priority, preservation date, shelf life, etc) and you are done. Shipment data that is managed by your business systems may be imported instead of being entered manually.

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RFID labeling itself is not that difficult, provided you have an RFID-enabled printer. It helps to have good software to manage the process and to collect the data as it is printed because printing is the easy part. Entering the RFID data into WAWF is the challenge, particularly if you have pallets and/or UIDs. Each UID shipped has to be encoded on the container labels AND submitted to WAWF, associated with the RFID of its container. And the RFIDs of containers on pallets must be associated with that of the pallet. It’s a lot of really long numbers that have to exactly right.

Comply/Labeling automatically organizes RFID data as you print labels.  UID data is collected and associated with Cases (exterior containers) and Case tags with pallets tags.  Submitting to WAWF is reduced to a couple of mouse clicks.

Comply/RFID Manager allows you to review and adjust the data that is collected automatically during labeling. The shipment configuration can be printed, reviewed and adjusted offline, then submitted to WAWF electronically with a few clicks. This is much easier and less worrisome than trying to do it on the WAWF website all the while hoping your connection stays alive. Comply/RFID Manager also works with pre-encoded tags.

UIDs are a great thing for the military, but a real burden to defense contractors. Besides the actual part marking, each UII (Unique Item Identifier) appears up to six times in defense shipment data:

  • Unit Container Label in-the-clear (serial number component)
  • Unit Container PDF417 (2D) symbol encoding
  • Exterior Container Label (serial number in-the-clear)
  • Exterior Container PDF417 (2D) symbol encoding
  • WAWF Receiving Report line item section
  • WAWF RFID container contents

With MIL-Comply UID automation, each UII is entered only once, and using methods that are simple and ensure accuracy. This is true even with Embedded UIDs, which may be imported along with End-Items via cut-and-paste, CSV or M12 file.

MIL-Comply speeds and simplifies UID submission to WAWF.

Comply/Labeling prints Mil-Std-129 container labels with 2D PDF417 symbols compliant with Revision R.  It correlates RFID and UID data for WAWF submission.  It also prints simple Mil-Std-130 part mark labels.

Comply/RFID Manager allows you to reorganize RFID and UID data and submit to WAWF, whether with a Receiving Report or later as a Pack Update.

Comply/Shipper submits your UID data, including embedded items to WAWF.

Comply/UID Manager lets you submit embedded UIDs directly to the UID Registry.

Eliminate the pain of entering data into WAWF/iRAPT by creating shipments offline, allowing you to print, share, collaborate prior to submission. Copy and paste lists of UIDs, including embedded UID items. Generate invoices directly from DLA DIBBS electronic purchase orders. Import data from your business systems, including UIDs to ensure accuracy of your WAWF Receiving Reports and Invoices, including Fast Pay (with Receiving Report), Cost Vouchers and Progress Payments.

Automate Mil-Std-129 labeling by preparing shipments for WAWF in Comply/Shipper. Ninety percent of the data for labeling is on the Receiving Report, so not only are you almost done, but the data is guaranteed to match.   You can also start by labeling your shipment,  then automatically create a WAWF Receiving Report and Invoice.  RFID data collected by Comply/Labeling may be uploaded with Receiving Reports or as a Pack Update follow-up.

Use MIL-Comply to organize all of this data offline, print load configuration reports for review, then submit to WAWF with just a few mouse clicks.

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Speed the process of looking up Mil-Std 2073 packaging codes. Print packaging worksheets for easy reference. Packaging codes from contracts may be entered into MIL-Comply during label generation or when creating a shipment to be sent to WAWF. Packaging codes are standardized by DOD for each NSN, so once they have been entered for an NSN you need only confirm that they are the same for your specific contract.

DLA DIBBS electronic (EDI) purchase orders generally include Mil-Std-2073 packaging requirements. Comply/Shipper stores the packaging codes as it converts EDI POs into WAWF invoices.   Comply/Pack2073 can then automatically break down the codes to generate a packaging worksheet for the shipment.

Electronic DLA purchase orders (EDI-850) eliminate practically all data entry required for labeling and WAWF invoicing DIBBS orders. All of the data required for the shipment invoice may be taken directly from the electronic purchase order. You simply need to add an invoice number (or have Comply/Shipper automatically generate one).

DLA electronic purchase order data may also be used to drive labeling, helping to ensure absolute accuracy while reducing the time to process the order. Mil-Std-2073 packaging codes are often included in the purchase order. Those can be used by Comply/Pack to generate a packaging breakdown worksheet to guide packaging.