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Molex becomes a CC-Link Partner Association board member

09 December 2014

Molex has been appointed as a board member of the CC-Link Partner Association (CLPA) the worldwide body that develops and promotes the CC-Link and CC-Link IE open automation networks.

Damien Leterrier, director of Industrial Communication for Molex and appointed board member of the CLPA, explained that partnership with the CLPA is a continuation of the Molex policy of productive collaboration. He said: “Collaboration is essential for Molex as a high technology company that develops products based on customer demand. We serve a fast moving market and reacting quickly to customer demand is important. This is hard to do when working in isolation, so to stay ahead of the curve in terms of technology we have to anticipate the questions and challenges our customers will present.

“To do this Molex has to be involved in the development of important technologies such as communication protocols, especially market leading ones such as CC-Link.”

Leterrier further explained that true collaboration is a two-way process, with knowledge and experiences being shared back and forth. “Because CC-Link is open source, this is something Molex can play a part in and contribute towards the general good, as well as helping us to achieve our own commercial objectives.”

Molex invests around 5% of its net revenue into research and development (R&D) and has R&D centres around the globe, all connected by an integrated IT structure and using common processes and tools for maximum efficiency.

 “This structure is parallel to the control networks themselves, mirroring the development direction of automation systems towards more localised processing and intelligence with higher speed, higher data rate communications,” said Leterrier. “As control moves closer and closer to the sensor or the machine, it uses a common infrastructure to make communication more efficient.”

Leterrier feels that compatibility of communications is a key requisite in all automation markets. Put simply, he believes that the more options Molex supplies, the easier its products are for customers to buy and integrate. Speed to market and making sure the latest technology is always available is also part of the Molex philosophy. 

“When we develop products, the increase in technology we put into a simple device is growing exponentially. This means we have to bring simplicity back to a device to make it just as easy for customers to use. Ultimately, improved machine and device level communication means production operations are far less likely to break down. Big data is made possible and our vision of managing automation – to react quickly to demands, to enable more on-device memory and processing power, and to increase the speed and robustness of communication, for example, is helped by the speed CC-Link IE brings.”

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