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Toppan’s RFID Tag with Electronic Paper Display Drives Digital Transformation in Manufacturing


Near cross® D 2.9 features battery-free display and facilitates product traceability, labor-saving, and paperless operations


Tokyo – August 25, 2020 – Toppan Printing (Toppan) (TSE:7911), a global leader in communication, security, packaging, décor materials, and electronics solutions, has today launched sales1 of Near cross® D 2.9, an RFID tag with a battery-free display that can enhance traceability, enable labor-saving, and drive paperless processes in manufacturing, distribution, and retail.

Near cross® D 2.9 uses HF band communication compliant with the widely-used ISO/IEC 15693 standard and is therefore compatible with existing reader/writers and RFID systems. The information on the screen can be changed in approximately three seconds, and the E Ink electronic paper display can be refreshed more than 100,000 times using just the power for wireless RFID communication, with no power required to maintain the information displayed. The absence of a battery eliminates the need for charging, replacement, or other maintenance and enables Near cross® D 2.9 to drive greater efficiency for product management by streamlining such processes as relabeling and instructions for logistics.

The electronic paper display needs no backlight and provides excellent visibility in ambient light conditions, therefore raising accuracy when scanning barcodes and QR codes2 with cameras or infrared light. Near cross® D 2.9 also makes it possible to display information in multiple languages to optimize communication among diverse workforces without the need to print or affix additional logistics labels or instructions.

“Near cross® D 2.9 rationalizes processes in manufacturing and other settings and helps to address such issues as the decline in Japan’s working population and the need to enhance environmental performance by saving resources and energy,” said Toru Yoshino, general manager of Device Development in Toppan’s Security Business Center. “It can be adopted on a standalone basis, but can also be combined with NAVINECT, Toppan’s end-to-end service for driving digital transformation in manufacturing, to leverage diverse data and achieve greater productivity, efficiency, and quality.”


1. Sales of Near cross® D 2.9 will be handled by Chronos Company, a division of Marubun Corporation.
2. QR Code is a registered trademark of Denso Wave Incorporated.

About E Ink

E Ink is the originator, pioneer and commercial leader in ePaper technology. The company delivers its advanced display products to the world’s most influential brands and manufacturers, enabling them to install extremely durable, low power displays in previously impossible or unimaginable applications and environments.

For more information, visit www.eink.com.

About Marubun Corporation and Chronos Company

Marubun Corporation is a Tokyo-based trading company providing, domestically and internationally, cutting-edge electronics products such as semiconductors and electronic application equipment. Since establishment, Marubun Corporation has focused on industry and the R&D field based on electronics technology and provided the best products, information, and service to create a competitive advantage and enhance customer satisfaction.

For more information, visit https://www.marubun.co.jp/en/index.html.

Chronos is a division company of Marubun Corporation that was launched in April 2016. It handles a wide variety of products, such as domestic and foreign semiconductors, sensors, memory, and connectors.
For more information, visit https://www.marubun.co.jp/en/chronos/index.html.

For inquiries regarding Near cross® D 2.9: [email protected]

About Toppan

Toppan is a leading global provider of integrated solutions in the fields of printing, communications, security, packaging, décor materials, and electronics. Serving customers in every sector of business and industry, Toppan’s global team of more than 50,000 employees offers optimal solutions enabled by industry-leading expertise and technologies to address the diverse challenges that businesses and society face in today’s rapidly changing market.

For more information, visit https://www.toppan.com/en/ or follow Toppan on LinkedIn https://www.linkedin.com/company/toppan-printing/.

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