Maximise your investment: Extend the lifespan of Papercast e-paper signage

Papercast’s solar and battery-powered e-paper displays are built to last, even in the harshest of conditions. As some of our earlier e-paper displays approach their 7 year anniversary, we dip into the archives to demonstrate the resilience and lifespan of our products.

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From salty coastal areas to dry arid deserts, humid heat to freezing winters, these examples are just a few of thousands that continue to operate and stand up to the challenges.

How do we do it?

Papercast has successfully deployed thousands of displays over a number of years with a negligible display failure rate. The value of Papercast’s solar and battery powered e-paper displays lies not only in their functionality but also in their resilience. How? We are committed to maximising the durability and sustainability of Papercast products, and couple this with a proactive approach to maintenance.

1. Inherent longevity

E Ink is the sole manufacturer of e-paper technology globally. It states that the technology will operate for at least 40 million content updates. Given an extreme scenario of 2,000 updates per day, that equates to 20,000 days (over 54 years).

The Mean Time to Failure (MTTF) is dependent on temperature and humidity. Taking the average temperature and humidity in London, the MTTF is estimated to be 12 years.

2. Maximising the durability by design

With a reputation for operating in diverse environmental conditions, our displays have a certified external temperature range of -20°C to +70°C / -4°F to +158°F. Engineered to IP67 standards, the ruggedized enclosure can withstand sandstorms, snowstorms, 100% humidity… pretty much everything that nature can throw at it.

While the technology inherently ensures peace of mind and optimal performance, constant exposure to such conditions can take its toll on the displays.

3. Experience and high quality components

Papercast specialises exclusively in the production of low-power e-paper displays and has spent years building a highly skilled team of experts with the sole focus of optimising the performance of this technology from a quality and environmental perspective.

The ultra-low power design results in no thermal stress during the e-paper display operation and Papercast uses quality and proven components from major suppliers within their products to ensure greater longevity.

4. Proactive approach to maintenance

Papercast displays have a modular design which enables them to be easily repaired. For example, if a display enclosure’s glass gets vandalised or damaged, then the front of the display can be repaired quickly and inexpensively by using a Front Sub-Assembly spare part.

Papercast also offers Maintenance Kits that are tailored to each display model, with replacement components and comprehensive documentation included, to help ensure a longer lifespan of its displays.

“At Papercast, we’re not just about developing and deploying cutting-edge technology; we’re committed to ensuring that our technology continues to deliver value over the long term,” says Robert Bicket, CEO of Papercast.

For further information on the longevity of Papercast’s e-paper displays and how to extend their lifespan, please contact us.

Posted June 14, 2024 By