5.2.1 Machine-readable information (MRI)
marking. The acquiring activity shall specify the type
of MRI marking to be used and clarify minimum DoD required information
content. Information content requirements not included in standard MRI
protocols (see 4.3)
shall be specified in the contract or order. The acquiring activity will make
sure that the MRI protocol implemented is compatible with established DoD MRI
system(s) identified for materiel management. Data Matrix, ECC 200 per ISO/IEC
16022, is the minimum requirement for MRI.
a. Optimum marking includes Data Matrix, linear symbols, and human-readable
b. Where space is limited, the linear symbol marking may be omitted (see
c. To accommodate severe space limitations, supplemental human readable
information may also be omitted.