Press Release

NSK and TOPPAN Edge Joint Development of Maintenance Management System for Industrial Machinery Using Temperature Sensing RFID Tags

  • Jointly developing temperature sensing RFID tags for industrial machinery maintenance; aim to reduce maintenance workload
  • Reader device can scan all tags in an area at once; no need to individually scan each tag
  • Developing maintenance management system to manage and analyze the acquired data


NSK Ltd. and TOPPAN Edge Inc. have started joint development of a maintenance management system for industrial machinery and equipment using temperature sensing RFID1 tags. The new product will be exhibited at the “iRex 2023 International Robot Exhibition” to be held at Tokyo Big Sight from November 29 to December 2, 2023, and at the “IPF Japan 2023 International Plastics Fair” to be held at Makuhari Messe from November 28 to December 2, 2023.

System Overview

This system consists of (1) a temperature sensing RFID tag equipped that can be attached to industrial machinery and equipment, (2) an RFID reader compatible with the tag, and (3) a system that can manage and analyze the acquired data.

Attach temperature sensing RFID tags near the bearings or linear motion products to be maintained, and scan with RFID reader as needed while the machinery is operating to obtain the tag's ID and current temperature. Multiple tags in an area can be scanned at once, making the system easy and efficient to use.

By combining NSK's expertise in industrial machinery and equipment with TOPPAN Edge's RFID tag design technology, we aim to realize a new maintenance management system for industrial machinery and equipment, improve work efficiency by visualizing the inspection/maintenance history of industrial machinery and equipment, and increase the efficiency of preventive maintenance by making it possible to check maintenance history and temperature trends on site. We will also aim to improve the efficiency of preventive maintenance by making it possible to check maintenance history and temperature trends on-site.

System Configuration
System Configuration

Development Background

In recent years, there has been a growing need for predictive maintenance, in which sensors are permanently installed to monitor the condition of machinery and equipment to prevent problems before they occur. Periodic inspections and preventive maintenance have conventionally been performed manually at production sites to prevent problems with machinery and equipment, and these tasks require a great deal of resources.

NSK and TOPPAN Edge aim to streamline maintenance inspection and analysis operations and contribute to reducing maintenance workload and further improving safety.


1. No battery, temperature sensing RFID tag compatible with metal surfaces2

The newly developed RFID tag can be read even when subjected to radio interference from metal surfaces of industrial machinery and equipment3.

Temperature sensing utilizes a passive design4, in which power is supplied wirelessly from the reader. The RFID tag requires no battery therefore there is no need to manage or change batteries.

In addition, the unique antenna design and optimized board configuration make the reader compact so it can be attached anywhere.

2. Automatic recording of inspection and maintenance history

The maintenance management system enables quick and easy maintenance record keeping. Data acquired by the RFID reader can be registered and enable customers to track inspection and maintenance history, temperature trends of each machine, ID or product number, the date of start of operation, as well as other data.


NSK and TOPPAN Edge aim to conduct pilot tests in various real machinery in fiscal 2024.

About NSK

NSK began its journey manufacturing the first bearings in Japan in 1916, and has since developed into a global organization researching, designing, and manufacturing Motion & Control™ solutions essential for mobility and industrial applications. NSK is the top supplier of bearings in Japan and is the third largest supplier in the world by market share.

Our responsive products and technologies enhance automotive performance and industrial productivity while reducing energy consumption to unprecedented low levels. In the early 1960s, we set our sights outside Japan and have established over 200 business locations in 30 countries alongside a vast network of joint ventures and partnerships in all corners of the world.

About TOPPAN Edge

TOPPAN Edge, a group company of Toppan Holdings Inc. is working to solve corporate and social issues through the development of various businesses with “information” at the core, such as advanced solutions and payment services that support DX and “Hybrid-BPO®” that fuses digital and operational capabilities.

TOPPAN Edge has been developing and manufacturing RFID solutions for the past 20 years and has realized various use cases. The company is leading customers to revolutionize their business processes and create more secure and comfortable communication in society under its vision of “transforming business and connecting to society”.


  • 1 RFID: Radio frequency identification. Technology to read and write data contactlessly using radio waves.
  • 2 Capable of measuring the temperature of the surface that the tag comes in contact with. No temperature logging function.
  • 3 Depending on the surrounding radio environment and usage environment.
  • 4 A method in which tags that do not have a power supply use radio power from a reader/writer to communicate responses.
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  • * The information in this news release is current as of the date of the announcement and is subject to change without notice.