Under the direction of the NASA George C. Marshall Space Flight Center, Huntsville, Alabama, the development and commercialization of an advanced Automated Part Identification (API) system is being undertaken by the Rockwell Aerospace Division. The new API system is based on a variable sized, machine-readable, matrix symbol that can be applied directly onto most metallic and nonmetallic materials using safe, permanent marking methods. Its checkerboard-like structure is the most space efficient of all symbologies. This high data- density symbology can be applied to products of different material sizes and geometries using application-dependent, computer-driven marking devices. The high fidelity markings produced by these devices can then be captured using a camera linked to a IBM-compatible microcomputer. Application of Compressed Symbology technology will reduce costs and improve quality, productivity, and processes in a wide variety of federal and commercial applications.