Direct Part Marking (DPM) – The Standard in Weapons Management and Tracking

Posted by Kyle Parker |29 Jun 18 | 0 comments

Direct Part Marking (DPM) – The Standard in Weapons Management and Tracking

Every day, government and police agencies are faced with the daunting task of weapons management. Whether small weapons, which need to be issued to local police officers or larger weapons and ammunition which are to be issued to military troops, government agencies need to know:

  • who has which weapon,
  • where the weapon is located,
  • whether the weapons are due for maintenance, and
  • whether the maintenance has been completed on time.

Direct Part Marking (DPM)

When it comes to tracking weapons — from rifles and handguns to missiles and bombs — there is zero tolerance for mistakes. Errors could delay delivery of a shipment and compromise the safety of troops or result in the delivery of dangerous weapons to the wrong person.

A DPM (Direct Part Marking) solution eliminates the opportunity for error, allowing you to easily identify every item when required, including where it was last scanned and who is currently in possession of the item. Once the firearms are registered on our marking system we can check for duplicates (which doesn’t necessarily mean that the firearm has been cloned – it could have been manufactured as a legal duplicate). This is then noted and dealt with by adding an additional mark which will then identify the firearm as a duplicate.

Governments count on the authenticity of the weaponry they purchase to ensure the quality of their weapons pool. Since the Direct Part Marking (DPM) mark exists for the life of the asset, a quick scan allows agencies to compare the unique identification number embedded in any item against the identifying numbers in either manufacturer or government agency database. As a result, imitation of the product is easily identified and removed. In addition, authentication can be utilized by the private sector as well. For example, weapons manufacturers can enable a simple scan to prove the weapon is authentic and not a replica.

With Direct Part Marking (DPM), government agencies can easily track and manage a weapon from the moment it is received to the moment it is retired, without time-consuming and error-prone manual procedures. A direct part mark is a 2D code that is permanently embedded directly on the surface of an item, and when these marks contain unique serialized data, items that contain DPMs are easy to track and manage. A DPM-enabled scanner captures the data, eliminating pens, paper and data entry – leaving no opportunity for mistaken identification. DPM marks are truly permanent, making these marks almost impossible to remove even when subjected to the toughest day-to-day conditions. When using pinstamping to apply the DPM code, even filing the mark cannot remove it, making this the ideal way to mark weapons.

Other Solutions

Besides DPM marking equipment, we can offer the complete track n trace solution for your weapons including software to monitor the weapons register and track the weapons, as well as firearms management systems. We also offer a weapons tracking solution which aims to improve the manageability of weapons in all spheres of society, including armoury management and weapons control, and reports and alerts, including location tracking using modern technology and telemetry which allows for the prevention of theft as well as recovery of any stolen weapon.

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