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Hitachi Achieves Paperless Operations with E Ink’s eNotes

Hitachi, Ltd. has successfully implemented paperless operations at its Omika Works manufacturing facility, utilizing the innovative ePaper technology from E Ink, the global leader in ePaper solutions. This collaboration leverages E Ink’s advanced eNotes technology to enhance workflow efficiency and quality management, marking a pivotal development in industrial digital transformation.

E Ink’s ePaper Technology Powers Hitachi’s Digital Shift

E Ink, recognized globally for its pioneering ePaper solutions, has provided its eNotes technology, developed by subsidiary Linfiny Japan Inc., to integrate seamlessly with Hitachi’s Internet of Things (IoT) platform. Tatsuya Hiroki, Senior Director of the Quality Assurance Division at Hitachi Omika Works, noted the critical role of ePaper in transitioning away from traditional paper-based systems. “The use of ePaper, which is durable, low-energy, and closely mimics the feel of paper, has facilitated a smooth transition to digital processes without disrupting existing workflows,” Hiroki stated. This technology not only supports paperless operations but also improves the accuracy and efficiency of quality control processes.

Digital Transformation at Omika Works

In 2023, Hitachi invested in substantial IT infrastructure improvements at Omika Works, including new internal networks and server capabilities, to support the broad adoption of eNotes across its operations. This enhancement allows for the digital capture of all workflow information, enabling real-time tracking of progress and quality, as well as facilitating knowledge transfer from seasoned workers to new staff. Enhanced security measures such as data encryption, device locking, and remote reset options ensure that the system adheres to the highest standards of compliance and data integrity.

Sustainability and Energy Efficiency Goals

E Ink is committed to achieving substantial environmental goals, including sourcing 100% of its energy from renewable sources by 2030 and reaching net-zero carbon emissions by 2040. As of 2023, the company has already achieved 35% renewable energy use across its operations. “Our ePaper technology, which does not require power to maintain a display after content is shown, offers excellent visibility and minimal power use, aligning with traditional paper,” said Naoki Sumita, President of E Ink Japan Inc.

About E Ink

Based on technology from MIT’s Media Lab, E Ink Holdings Inc. (8069.TWO) is the leading global provider of electrophoretic displays, utilized in a wide array of applications including eReaders, retail, and transportation. E Ink’s products help businesses achieve their sustainability goals with displays that reduce energy consumption and carbon emissions. The company’s commitment to environmental sustainability is evident in its participation in the Climate Pledge and the Science Based Targets initiative (SBTi).

For more information about E Ink visit www.eink.com.

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