CC-Link welcomes its 1,500th member

19 July 2011

The CC-Link Partners Association (CLPA) has just seen its 1,500th member join, while the worldwide installed base now exceeds 8.5 million devices.

“This is just one of several milestones we have passed in recent months,” said European acting general manager John Browett. “We have just had the 10th anniversary of our founding, and we now have over 1,100 certified products available from over 240 different manufacturers.”

Browett continued, “In the past, when companies were specifying networks, CC-Link was not always their first choice. However, I think it is safe to say that this time has passed. The fact that CLPA has now passed the 1,500 member milestone shows that we are now firmly established on the shortlist of networks companies are building their systems with.”

While CC-Link originated as an Asian market technology, the geographical breakdown of the current 1,500 members shows that it has become well established as a global standard, with membership in the US and Europe, as well as Asian nations such as China, Korea and Taiwan. Although the technology originated in Japan, today Japanese members account for only about a third of the total membership.

Support for Europe has been a key CLPA priority, driven by the demand from European companies eager to expand their businesses both in Asia and at home. CLPA has looked to meet these demands in a number of ways. First, a European conformance test centre was opened near Düsseldorf, Germany. A new training centre was opened in Lodz, Poland, in association with key partners Mitsubishi Electric and Festo. Finally, a new multi-language website was recently unveiled meaning that all key European markets can obtain CC-Link materials in their native languages, further improving the penetration of the technology.

CC-Link is available in several different variants, including the world’s only gigabit Ethernet open network. All retain the key features of high reliability, availability and serviceability . Indeed in 2010 the network was re-launched as “The Non-Stop Open Network”, an attempt to capture how the technical benefits translate into business benefits of sustained productivity even under adverse conditions.

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