Application Of Data Matrix Identification Symbols To Aerospace Parts Using Direct Part Marking Methods/Techniques (Supersedes NASA-HDBK-6003B)

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This handbook provides detailed guidance for using permanent direct part marking (DPM) methods and techniques to apply Data Matrix identification symbols safely to products. This handbook addresses symbol structure only as it relates to marking and reading limitations. Technical specifications related to the Data Matrix symbol are found in Automated Identification Manufacturers (AIM) International Incorporated technical specification, International Symbology Specification – Data Matrix. Overall program/project requirements on the use of the Data Matrix symbol, including symbol criteria, marking method selection, surface preparation, and protective coating locations, and readability standards are contained in NASA-STD-6002, Applying Data Matrix Identification Symbols on Aerospace Parts.