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Long range
wireless ePaper
/ Factory Signage

Ubiik’s smart signage and asset tracking solutions provide a low maintenance display system improving the efficiency of your business. Whether you are a semiconductor fabrication facility in need of electronic runcards or a retail store in need of electronic shelf labels, Ubiik’s system provides ultra-low power IoT ePaper displays with long range wireless capabilities and a cloud management system. Eliminate the wasted time managing assets by paper and replace it all with a fully automated data management architecture. 

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Supporting Automation in
Semiconductor Fabs

The Problem

There are significant costs, if paper-based work instructions are incorrect or need to change. These errors or changes require corrective actions to reprint and redistribute updated instructions. Paper instructions can also contaminate cleanroom environments. Some of our semiconductor customers need paperless solutions to display MES work instructions on wafer boxes. Existing solutions use Electronic Shelf Labelling (ESL) products for this purpose. These ESL products are designed for retail use in brick-and-mortar stores. They are not designed with the communication infrastructure in mind to support mobile and roaming devices. 

Our Solution

To improve efficiency and reduce errors, our semiconductor customers work with Ubiik to replace paper with large size ePaper displays. These displays connect wirelessly via Weightless™ LPWAN. Our Weightless™ base stations provide coverage over the whole production area with very few actual hotspots. These can then connect to the fab MES via the cloud. Our ePaper is optimized for display visibility and power savings. The roaming capabilities also allow for flexible use by increasing mobility across rooms, floors,
and buildings.

Elements of Solution

ePaper Display

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Electronic paper (ePaper) displays are devices that mimic the appearance of ordinary ink on paper. Unlike conventional backlit flat panel displays that emit light, electronic paper displays reflect light
like paper and can be viewed from almost any viewing angle. Ubiik provides battery-operated ePaper displays with wireless connectivity utilizing
a long range wireless protocol called Weightless™.
You can now deploy hundreds or thousands of displays across a factory or shop floor and across buildings and centrally manage them all.

Indoor Base Station

A base station acts as an intermediate data aggregator for the ePaper displays on the shopfloor. The base stations reduce complexity
at the communication module end to achieve an excellent cost to performance ratio. Relatively few base stations can be deployed to support a large number of displays. 

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Backend & Cloud Management Services

Base stations interconnect with a backhaul Ethernet network. Ubiik’s solution of using a single base station aggregating data from thousands of field devices offsets cost here significantly. A backhaul system provides secure, AES128 encrypted communication and interconnect to a Head End System (HES) that provides a series of portable and scalable microservices to provide reliable processing and packaging of up-to-date and timely information for customers to manage their displays. The backend allows a factory’s Manufacturing Execution System (MES) or a retail outlet’s inventory management tools to interface with the core ePaper display network.
An interface and API service at the backend,
for example, Highspeed SECS/GEM Message Service, or HSMS facilitates this.

Can we automate manufacturing with wireless ePaper?

Long range ePaper with over 1km update range

Let us know your needs

We are always here to help deliver the best solution for your projects. You are welcome to contact us to further discuss your needs.

/ What kind of assets do you need to manage and how do you
  manage them currently?

/ How often do you need to change existing paper displays or instructions
  for employees or customers?

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