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High-performance refrigerant technology integrated with cloud computing technology
Temperature-control traceability service start

July 22, 2011

Toppan Forms Co., Ltd.
NEC Corporation

Toppan Forms Co., Ltd. (Toppan Forms)(Shu Sakurai, President and CEO; Headquarters, Minato-ku, Tokyo) and NEC Corporation (NEC) (Endo Nobuhiro, President, Operating Officer, and Representative Director; Headquarters, Minato-ku, Tokyo) start a temperature-control traceability service today. This service uses MechaCool (Note 1), a high-performance refrigerant, and is provided as a value-added SaaS service (Note 2).
Industries such as the medical, pharmaceutical, food industries handle items that must be kept cold or frozen. They have conventionally used dry ice to do so in most cases.

Instead of dry ice or its equivalents, Toppan Forms has been using MechaCool, a high-performance environmentally friendly refrigerant, thus improving heat-insulation and transport quality.
NEC has provided SaaS cloud computing service using RFID tags with temperature, humidity, and impact sensors, called Physical Distribution Quality Traceability for SaaS. This service has enabled temperature during refrigeration and transport to be visualized, contributing to supply chain quality control.
In the past, they use thermoscopes to measure temperature at fixed locations that are in a truck or warehouse. This practice is not enough, however, to trace temperature transitions from shipment through delivery without discontinuation. With safety and security awareness growing in recent years, users are starting to realize that they must know temperature transition during refrigeration and transport.

Toppan Forms has high-performance refrigerant technology and NEC provides SaaS cloud computing service for temperature control. Cooperating would enable temperature to be visualized during refrigeration and transport. It is thus now possible to manage temperature-history information integrated with the control of low temperature from shipment to delivery.

Toppan Forms targets ¥2 billion in the next three years. This temperature-control traceability service has several major features:

  • •It is based on MechaCool, a reusable high-performance refrigerant, and RFID tags with temperature sensors integrated so that appropriate temperature is maintained during transport of medical specimens or investigational drugs in a high-performance heat-insulation container with a special inner container and three different temperature levels – room-temperature, cool, or frozen – for chilled-food home delivery services with a high-performance heat-insulation container. Temperature can thus be visualized during transport processes.
  • •This is an SaaS cloud computing service (Note 3) that enables access, over the Internet, of data recorded on temperature, humidity, and impact at physical distribution. Data can be stored, viewed, collected, analyzed, and/or compiled at any time. Uniform traceability data control on transport and storage is possible for multiple business bases.
  • •With a FeliCa (Note 4) communication sensor, RFID (Note 5) technology can be used to visualize physical distribution processes involving aviation transport.
  • •A PaSoRi (Note 4) portable terminal or Osaifu-Keitai (Note 6) mobile payment portable terminal can be used to check quality at local sites.

According to ISO15189, the international standard for clinical trials, and ISO22000, the international standard for food distribution, quality control is required in transport and storage processes to prevent food-related accidents due to poor hygiene control or quality problems due to abnormal temperatures. As home-delivery services increase, means are needed to manage warehouses during power failures, for example. Such trends raise the need for temperature control traceability. Toppan Forms and NEC are quickly to responding to these needs and are also pursuing the distribution of safe, secure, eco-friendly solutions.

  • 1) MechaCool is a registered trademark of Toppan Forms Co., Ltd.
  • 2) SaaS is the acronym for Software as a Service, which means making necessary functions available over a network.
  • 3) In this context, this indicates a Web-based service enabling users to access, in an Internet environment, recorded data on temperature, humidity, and impact at physical distribution and to store, view, collect, analyze, and/or compile them anytime. This service can be introduced faster and at lower cost than if users constructing such systems on their own.
  • 4) FeliCa and PaSoRi are registered trademarks of Sony Corporation.
    FeliCa is contactless IC card technology developed by Sony Corporation.
  • 5) WATCH LOGGER, a sensor tag manufactured by Fujita Electric Works, Ltd., is used as the RFID tag with a sensor for this solution.
    WATCH LOGGER is a registered trademark of Fujita Electric Works, Ltd.
  • 6) Osaifu-Keitai is a registerd trademark of NTT DoCoMo, Inc.
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