Parts ID & Tracking

Topics include current 2D symbology parts identification methods, the common needs of manufacturing and assembly locations and performance capabilities of various marking and scanning technologies. Covering the marking and reading of Data Matrix and/or QR Code symbols marked directly on parts using laser, dot peen and inkjet technologies.

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Outlines the symbologies recommended for automotive part identification and tracking. Recommends the use of the linear symbologies, Code 39 or Code 128, or the 2-D symbologies, Data Matrix or QR Code.


The 2D Direct Parts Marking Guideline is a comprehensive document focused on current 2D symbology parts identification methods, the common needs of manufacturing and assembly locations and performance capabilities of various marking and scanning technologies.


This document summarizes the evolution of the Data Identifier in the automotive industry. It was created to educate the user as to the past and present lessons learned and to assist in moving the global industry forward wisely and expeditiously in the development of next-generation automatic identification efforts.

Program Director: Mr. Lang Ware - AIAG - (248) 358-3570