Celebrating 20 years of innovation in open network technology

24 November 2020

The CC-Link Partner Association (CLPA), is celebrating its 20th anniversary. In this time the association has continued to provide open network solutions that leverage the latest, most promising technologies, such as Time-Sensitive Networking (TSN).

Since its foundation, the CLPA has actively contributed to advancing manufacturing, such as supporting the current focus on Industry 4.0. This has resulted in the development and application of open networking technologies that help manufacturers leverage the power of data. 

In particular, the CLPA has supported the creation of well-integrated platforms that link together all the different domains of manufacturing. These are an essential element of smart, connected factories that are ready for Industry 4.0. This is why the last decades have seen key advances in network technologies, which evolved from fieldbuses to industrial Ethernet and is now seeing the adoption of TSN.

Remaining at the forefront of these developments, the CLPA has provided solutions that address the changes in the industry. The organisation’s very first technology, CC-Link open fieldbus, quickly became a de facto networking standard in Japan and then in the entire Asian market as well as globally.

The organisation launched a world’s first – CC-Link IE, open industrial Ethernet with 1 Gbit/sec bandwidth for industrial automation applications. When the solution was released in 2007, only 10 to 100 Mbit systems were common. 

The next 20 years
The CLPA continues to look forward and provide solutions that will address current and future needs. Having recognised the benefits of TSN technology and its potential in supporting the factories of the future, the organisation recently released CC-Link IE TSN to bring open gigabit Ethernet to the next level by leveraging key TSN capabilities. 

John Browett, general manager at CLPA Europe, said: “We are delighted to celebrate our 20th anniversary and reach this milestone. The success and continuous growth we have experienced over the years clearly demonstrates the acceptance of our family of open networks in a broad range of industries. As an established industry player, we offer a strong, proven and future-oriented open networking technologies. We look forward to innovating further within the sector to continue delivering solutions that will lead the industry for the next 20 years and beyond.”

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