AS-i and CC-Link forge stronger links

13 December 2013

AS-International and the CC-Link Partner Association (CLPA) have announced that the two associations are to work more closely together to provide a complete open network hierarchy for a wide range of application types.

AS-International is responsible for the promotion and development of the AS-Interface (AS-i) sensor level network. Its distinctive flat yellow cable is used to connect simpler digital I/O devices such as sensors and actuators due to its simple ‘clip-on’ connection method. AS-International estimates that AS-Interface currently has an installed base of over 25 million devices globally and support from 350 manufacturers. With a total of 1,700 AS-i devices, it has become the de facto sensor level network.

The CLPA is responsible for the CC-Link IE open gigabit industrial Ethernet technology and the CC-Link open fieldbus. 

Discussing the agreement, John Browett, general manager of the CLPA, said: "AS-i and CC-Link are very complementary technologies. AS-i provides a well proven, effective solution at the bottom end of the network hierarchy and also has an excellent safety solution with AS-i Safety at Work. CC-Link neatly fits on top of this with a transparent architecture that provides seamless communication from devices on a machine all the way to enterprise level systems such as MES and ERP. Some of our key mutual partners such as Bihl+Wiedemann and Pepperl+Fuchs are already providing solutions to allow seamless interoperation between the two networks."

Rolf Becker, managing director of AS-International, continued: "We are looking forward to strengthening the relationship between our two organisations. We have already conducted some joint promotional activities in Europe and are planning further activities in Asia, such as joint seminars for the automotive industry in China, as well as fairs in Japan like the SCF Fair. We also hope to see further support for the cooperation from our member companies via a continually expanding product selection for both network technologies."

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