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13/02/2017 – HMS Managing Director Michael Volz talks about working with multiple networks and growth in Asia

"Connectivity for control and communications is becoming more and more important as industrial companies move towards more integrated systems, the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) and Industry 4.0 (I4.0)." More...

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05/01/2017 – Weidmüller develops CC-Link IE connectivity products to drive Industry 4.0

The drive to Industry 4.0 brings challenges in communications and connectivity, and industrial connectivity specialist Weidmüller is helping customers to address these. The company's growing range of products supports all of the key industrial network protocols, including CC-Link IE, the gigabit industrial Ethernet version of the CC-Link fieldbus. More...

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08/12/2016 – CC-Link IE now compatible with 100Mbit Ethernet devices

CLPA has announced an addition to CC-Link IE that will enable device vendors to easily add CC-Link IE compatibility to any product with a 100Mbit Ethernet port. CC-Link IE Field Network Basic (or "Basic Mode") is easily implemented on devices or master controllers by software alone, enabling compatibility to be added to existing products without any hardware modification. This significantly reduces the cost of development and time to market. More...

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01/12/2016 – Launch of CC-Link IE and PROFINET interoperability specification

The CC-Link Partner Association (CLPA) and PROFIBUS & PROFINET International (PI) have delivered on their announcement to allow easy interoperability between CC-Link IE and PROFINET - as the new joint specification is released at SPS/IPC/Drives 2016. More...

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24/11/2016 – CC-Link Partner Association increases openness and accessibility at SPS IPC Drives 2016

SPS IPC Drives 2016 was a particularly busy show for the CC-Link Partner Association (CLPA). The launch of CC-Link IE Field Network Basic and the delivery of the interoperability specification between CC-Link IE and PROFINET has underlined the association's commitment to openness, accessibility and connectivity. More...

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03/11/2016 – CLPA brings further networking openness and accessibility to SPS/IPC/Drives 2016

The CC-Link Partner Association (CLPA) will once again be present at SPS/IPC/Drives 2016, showcasing the organization's commitment to increasing openness and accessibility for CC-Link IE. More...

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24/10/2016 – Phoenix Contact CC-Link IE cables and connectors for future-proof machines and processes

Phoenix Contact is helping customers to future-proof their machines and processes, while opening-up the potential for sales in Asian markets, by offering a comprehensive range of cables and connectors for CC-Link IE. More...

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16/09/2016 – Join us at the ANIPLA industrial Ethernet safety seminar

In automation, there is general agreement that industrial Ethernet is the de-facto physical layer network for the future. It has already gained considerable traction in plant and machinery applications and its popularity is bound to increase. More...

04/08/2016 – CC-Link IE and CC-Link help cable manufacturer get established in Asia

Global cable manufacturing company Helukabel has used CC-Link technologies to help its Asian operations build strong foundations in China and other growing markets in the region. More...

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22/07/2016 – New Balluff I/O blocks enable quicker CC-Link IE network building

The trend for factory automation and machine control solutions to move from classic fieldbus setups to Ethernet based systems is being supported by new CC-Link IE I/O blocks from Balluff. More...

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14/07/2016 – CC-Link IE and CC-Link adoption soars as industrial world becomes ever more connected

Over 2,000,000 CC-Link IE and CC-Link devices were installed in industrial automation applications during 2015, bringing the total number of nodes around the world to almost 17,000,000 by the end of the financial year in March 2016. More...

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07/07/2016 – Lapp Group grows with CC-Link IE & CC-Link

One of the world's foremost control cable manufacturers has identified CC-Link products in its portfolio as being vital to its future development. More...

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22/06/2016 – Developing production machines and automation products for the Asian market

Success in overseas markets often requires vendors to adapt their products or services to suit their target markets. This is particularly evident in automation, where each continent tends to favour specific communications solutions. Here we look at how several European machine builders and device makers have addressed the needs of potential customers in Asia. More...

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08/06/2016 – PROFINET and CC-Link IE cooperation will expand open networks

Open industrial Ethernet is moving up to the next level, with PROFIBUS & PROFINET International (PI) and the CC-Link Partner Association (CLPA) co-operating to develop connectivity between their respective open industrial Ethernet protocols, PROFINET and CC-Link IE. This will mean that plant and machinery with either CC-Link IE or PROFINET connectivity will be able to seamlessly communicate with one another, while individual devices will be able to be connected to either network. More...

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01/06/2016 – Twelve things you need to know about CC-Link networks

Experts on open factory automation networks will already know about CC-Link, however, even if you are in this camp, do you know everything you need to know? More...

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12/05/2016 – Automation fair, SPS Italia, to showcase CC-Link IE and CC-Link open automation network technologies

The CC-Link Partner Association (CLPA) is to exhibit for the first time at the automation exhibition SPS/IPC/Drives Italia (Parma, 24-26 May). This is part of an increase in promotional activity by the CLPA that recognises the importance of Italy in the European and world markets for automation devices and machine building. More...

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06/05/2016 – Reports of fieldbuses’ usage disappearing are premature

Although Industrial Ethernet is the clear future direction of the industrial network market it's also clear that it will be many years before we finally say goodbye to fieldbuses. Michael Volz, General Manager of HMS Industrial Networks GmbH in Germany, says fieldbuses will be popular for many years to come, but that Ethernet will gain ground where it has something extra to offer. More...

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02/05/2016 – OPC Foundation and CC-Link Partner Association (CLPA) Sign Memorandum of Understanding at Hannover Fair

The two standards agree to coordinate communications in Machine to IT systems More...

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22/04/2016 – CC-Link Partner Association (CLPA) Opens Office in Mexico

Responding to demand by Mexican manufacturers for local CC-Link service, training and support, the CC-Link Partner Association (CLPA) announced today that it has opened a branch office in Mexico City. Industrial automation users of CC-Link technology in Mexico had previously traveled to the U.S. for training. This move strengthens CC-Link’s position as a leading global open automation network technology and expands the CLPA’s global reach. CLPA’s other offices are located in the U.S., China, Germany, Japan, Singapore, South Korea, Taiwan, India, Turkey and Thailand. More...

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06/03/2016 – White paper previews future CC-Link IE and PROFINET interoperability

A white paper announcing new possibilities for interoperability between CC-Link IE and PROFINET predicts simpler control network infrastructures that should be of interest to machine builders and end users operating on a global basis. More...

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26/01/2016 – CC-Link IE – the natural choice for Industry 4.0

The CC-Link Partner Association's (CLPA) CC-Link IE is the only industrial Ethernet technology available today that offers gigabit performance. The SPS/IPC/Drives 2015 fair provided a perfect platform to visit the CLPA and find out how it will support the Industry 4.0 needs of the future. More...

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12/01/2016 – CC-Link IE’s Seamless Message Protocol (SLMP) simplifies integration of Schaeffler’s FAG SmartCheck into Industrial Automation

Schaeffler has taken intelligent machine monitoring to a new level with its FAG SmartCheck monitoring system. This detects early signs of potential damage to rotating machines and instantly alerts the operators and/or control system so that appropriate actions can be taken. More...

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10/12/2015 – The CC-Link Partner Association proves it is here to stay as it marks its 15th Anniversary

The SPS/IPC/Drives 2015 fair was a significant milestone for the CC-Link Partner Association (CLPA). November 2015 marks exactly 15 years since the founding of the organization and the birth of the family of CC-Link open automation network technologies. In these 15 years they have gone from dominating the Japanese market to becoming accepted global technologies. More...

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10/12/2015 – CC-Link keeps up with demand for water in Denmark

Consumers generally take their water supply for granted, giving barely a thought to how it is extracted, filtered and delivered. One issue that arises for many distribution networks is the fluctuation in demand, which can be particularly marked when the local population temporarily increases, such as in holiday areas. Another is ensuring the control system works reliably over the wide geographic area of the whole network. More...

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30/11/2015 – CLPA and PI to cooperate for a transparent network infrastructure

Nuremberg, November 25, 2015: The CC-Link Partner Association (CLPA) and PI (PROFIBUS & PROFINET International) are announcing a close collaboration with the objective of promoting and disseminating the use of open industrial networks. As users aspire to be ready for Industry 4.0 or the Industrial Internet of Things based manufacturing systems easy integration of various networks, such as CC-Link IE and PROFINET, is essential for this. More...

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27/10/2015 – Major Asian and European network collaboration announcement to be made at SPS IPC Drives 2015

The collaboration project, which will be officially announced at SPS IPC Drives 2015 has been in discussion for a number of months and is expected to have a profound impact on European companies building machines and automation components designed for sale in Asia. It should also benefit European companies looking to integrate machines and devices from Asia that are built by default with CC-Link IE on-board. More...

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18/08/2015 – Changes in the network security landscape

Until a few years ago network security focused on enterprise systems and relied on firewalls to prevent viruses from arriving electronically. Now there is increasing realisation that the production control systems need to be protected too and that viruses can be uploaded by many means. Industries as diverse as manufacturing, processing, refining, power generation, and food and drink processing are all considering ways to improve the security of their plant and control systems. John Browett of CLPA (CC-Link Partners Association) considers the current position and looks at how to mitigate potential threats. More...

14/07/2015 – CC-Link IE and CC-Link set a new record for global installed base

The global footprint of CC-Link IE and CC-Link, the leading open industrial automation network technologies, has maintained its average double digit annual growth rate, with the total number of devices installed worldwide reaching 14.75 million as of March 2015, compared to 12.6 million in March 2014. More...

10/07/2015 – Leading manufacturers demonstrate how to access Asian markets with CC-LINK IE and CC-LINK

Selling successfully into the Asian market is an important target for many German industrial automation device makers and machine builders; however, a key market requirement is the ability for each component and machine to communicate with local open network standards. The CC-Link Partner Association (CLPA) is holding two seminars to demonstrate how best to gain entry to those markets by using or developing products that are compatible with CC-Link IE and CC-Link, the preferred open automation networks for Asia. More...

23/06/2015 – CC-Link Partner Association Brings on Cisco as Board Member

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21/05/2015 – Global networking specialist HMS acknowledges the importance of CC-Link

In a recent report released by the Swedish networking specialist and CLPA partner HMS Industrial Networks, CC-Link ranks as the fourth most important fieldbus technology worldwide. Further, despite the established trend towards Ethernet based networks, HMS estimates fieldbuses to still account for two thirds of the industrial network market. More...

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29/04/2015 – Building chips for CC-Link IE is good for business at Renesas

In a recent video made with the CC-Link Partner Association (CLPA), Renesas Electronics Corporation demonstrated the importance of CC-Link and CC-Link IE to the future of their industrial automation business. Renesas recently introduced the R-IN32M3 Series Industrial Network Controller. The R-IN32M3 is designed to support multiple protocols including CC-Link and CC-Link IE. It is a building block for creating command and control networks, such as those used for communications and data transfer in industrial automation systems. More...

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30/03/2015 – Don’t develop – adapt! SLMP for CC-Link IE offers rapid way to exploit the fastest growing open industrial Ethernet protocol

The time needed to develop products for CC-Link IE Field networks can be dramatically reduced using the Seamless Message Protocol (SLMP) technology of CC-Link IE, the unique gigabit open industrial Ethernet network. More...

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11/03/2015 – CC-Link IE wins IEC61158/IEC61784 certification

The CC-Link Partner Association (CLPA) announced this development on its stand at the SPS/IPC/Drives fair in Nuremberg, Germany in November 2014. Together, IEC61158 and IEC61784 define the standards relating to fieldbus and industrial Ethernet networks. They provide definitions and specifications for the all aspects of the open automation networks for the industrial environment. More...

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05/03/2015 – Development options for CC-Link and CC-Link IE device makers grow

The CC-Link Partner Association (CLPA), the organisation responsible for the development and promotion of the CC-Link and CC-Link IE family of open automation networks, featured a wide variety of development options for their network technologies at SPS/IPC/Drives 2014. More...

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05/02/2015 – One year on, the CLPA’s Gateway to Asia is still wide open

SPS/IPC/Drives 2014 marked the first anniversary of the CC-Link Partner Association's (CLPA) "Gateway to Asia" (G2A) programme. The CLPA is the organisation responsible for the global development and promotion of the CC-Link and CC-Link IE family of open automation networks. More...

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27/01/2015 – Double link strengthens approach to Asian automation

In a recent video made with the CC-Link Partner Association (CLPA), Balluff explained how their line-up of rugged IP67 CC-Link I/O blocks also provides easy connectivity to the popular point to point wiring system, "IO-Link". IO-Link provides a number of wiring benefits to machine builders and end-users, the main one being only a single cable type is required to connect all devices. More...

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20/01/2015 – The future of open automation networks – gigabit CC-Link IE and Industry 4.0

Since 2013's Hannover fair, the topic of "Industry 4.0" has become of key interest to everyone in the automation community and the customers who depend on them for innovative solutions. In general terms, Industry 4.0 is seen as the next big change in manufacturing, where so called "cyber physical systems" and the Internet of Things will provide significant benefits to increase the capabilities, efficiency and flexibility of manufacturing systems in general. More...

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10/12/2014 – Molex® becomes a CLPA board member

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

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10/11/2014 – CC-Link opens up asian markets for measurement specialist

In a recent video made with the CC-Link Partner Association (CLPA), sensors and measurement specialist HBM Test and Measurement (HBM) has developed a CC-Link gateway module, which allows a single PLC (programmable logic controller) to collect live data from multiple load cells. More...

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06/10/2014 – CC-Link plans major board member announcement at SPS/IPC/Drives fair

CC-Link continues to strengthen its position as a leading global open automation network technology by announcing the appointment of another major global corporation to its board of directors. More...

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04/09/2014 – Skydivers practise indoors with CC-Link industrial network

A new indoor skydiving centre, just opened in Basingstoke, UK, uses cutting-edge CC-Link industrial communications to provide thrill seekers with an exciting, yet safe, aerial experience. More...

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28/08/2014 – CC-Link communications gives Cognex a clear view of Asian opportunities

In a recent video made with the CC-Link Partner Association (CLPA), Cognex, the world's leading machine vision company, explains how it has developed universal plug-and-play communications capabilities. Called Cognex Connect, it allows its technologies to be brought online easily and efficiently. CC-Link, with its predominance throughout the fast-growing Asian market, is a key element of the Connect suite. More...

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11/08/2014 – New CLPA Chair is world renowned production engineer

One of the world's foremost leaders in the advancement of production engineering, Professor Fumihiko Kimura of Hosei University in Japan, has been elected the new Chair of the CC-Link Partner Association (CLPA). More...

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16/07/2014 – CC-Link partner Festo is using nature to inspire automation

In a recent video made in partnership with the CC-Link Partner Association (CLPA), Festo explains how they take inspiration from nature to offer world leading innovations in automation. A specific example of a robot dragonfly that soars and hovers just like the real thing has been inspiring engineers visiting exhibitions around Europe. More...

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01/07/2014 – Conformance testing ensures clear open communications

Open control and automation networks, upon which devices from many vendors can be used, are increasingly preferred throughout most industrial sectors. John Browett, General Manager of the CLPA Europe explains the role and importance of conformance testing. More...

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17/06/2014 – Industrial Ethernet connects systems to improve energy efficiency

The drive to improve energy management has become so urgent that efficient installation and reliable operation have become imperative. Fortunately, there are many well-publicised technologies available to help. Here John Browett, General Manager (Europe) of the CC-Link Partner Association (CLPA) explains how Industrial Ethernet is playing a key role in providing efficient and reliable solutions. More...

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11/06/2014 – Safety networks: The route from zero accidents to zero risk

As global competition continues to increase, how can you meet ever more stringent safety standards and still optimise productivity? As John Browett of CLPA explains, modern safety networks can hold the key. More...

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02/06/2014 – CLPA announces substantial support for CC-Link product developers

The CLPA, the organisation that governs and promotes the use of CC-Link, the leading open automation network in Asia, has announced support to help device and component manufacturers develop products with this 'must have' technology for sales in Asia on-board. More...

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16/05/2014 – CC-Link opens actual Gateway to Asia with new Turkish branch

A new CC-Link Partners Association (CLPA) office has been opened in Turkey to serve a region expected to see sustained industrial growth for the next decade or more. More...

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09/12/2013 – Open industrial networking associations ASI and CLPA forge stronger links

AS-International and the CC-Link Partner Association (CLPA) have announced the formation of a relationship in order to provide a complete open network hierarchy for a wide range of application types. More...

09/12/2013 – CLPA appoints first European member to Managing Board

Balluff has become the first European company to join the Managing Board of the CLPA (CC-Link Partner Association) and will help steer the organisation in its plans for growth and development. More...

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09/12/2013 – CLPA opens gateway to business throughout all of Asia

The CC-Link Partner Association (CLPA) is expanding its Gateway to China programme to embrace all of Asia, including Japan, Korea, Taiwan and India and other growing economies in the region. More...

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09/12/2013 – Getting ready for push into Asia-Pacific

A strong presence in Asia-Pacific looks set to become a defining requirement for success in global industrial automation markets. For this companies need to ensure that they have appropriate technologies to offer and strong partnership links with local businesses in the region. More...

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11/10/2013 – CC-Link seminar explores opportunities for growth in Asia, adds new European board member

The enormous potential of open networks for automation and control systems, including forecasts for technical development, economic growth and geographic coverage, was highlighted at a seminar attended by leading European figures in control engineering and automation. More...

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10/10/2013 – Berners joins the CC-Link Partner Association to help build business bridges to China

One of the newest recruits to the CC-Link Partners Association (CLPA) is Berners Consulting, for whom a key business is helping companies establish businesses in China. Hence its services will directly complement the CLPA's own Gateway to China (G2C) programme. More...

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02/10/2013 – SPS/IPC/Drives 2013 sees CC-Link continue to strengthen its position in Europe with board appointments and new programmes aimed at supporting European business

The CC-Link Partner Association (CLPA) has major developments to unveil at the SPS IPC Drives 2013 Fair, Stand number 6-122, Nuremberg, 26–28 November 2013. More...

26/08/2013 – India’s largest car manufacturer sees significant benefits via use of CC-Link open networks at major production sites

Maruti Suzuki is producing over 1.5 million vehicles annually and achieving consistent market quality leadership with the help of CC-Link open networks, and is planning for more widespread use in their plants in the future. More...

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13/08/2013 – Multiple approvals enhance CC-Link’s global acceptability

CC-Link open network technologies have won a swathe of new industrial standards' certifications relating to Japan, China and the worldwide semiconductor industry. These complement the many approvals and certifications CC-Link has previously secured, both in Asia and around the world. More...

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05/08/2013 – CC-Link membership booms as interest in open networks grows

The CC-Link Partners Association (CLPA) is reporting a boom in membership, with strong growth continuing throughout 2013. More...

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06/03/2013 – SENSORS AND COMMUNICATIONS COMBINE TO IMPROVE HYGIENIC PRODUCTION

With consumers increasingly demanding food that is as fresh as possible while being free from preservatives, hygiene requirements are becoming ever more stringent. This is only possible if the design of all the production systems is geared towards hygiene. Gilbert Schwartmann from HBM and John Browett of the CLPA look at associated developments in hardware and control technology. More...

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15/01/2013 – Indian sub-continent gets local support for CC-Link

The CC-Link Partner Association has opened an office near the Indian capital of New Delhi to serve one of the world's most exciting manufacturing economies. This expands the network of existing offices in the UK, Germany, North America, China, South Korea, Taiwan, Singapore and Japan. More...

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05/12/2012 – CC-Link expands horizons with latest management board appointments

The CC-Link Partner Association (CLPA) is expanding its sphere of activity from a general Factory Automation focus to wider uses of its open automation network technology, while also working to strengthen its position in the Chinese market. More...

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05/12/2012 – CC-Link widens partner product development options, reduces time to market

Product time-to-market for the CC-Link IE Field gigabit open industrial Ethernet standard will now be even shorter than ever before, following the announcement of support for the network by two major semiconductor industry players. Renesas and Altima will both showcase solutions for CC-Link IE Field at the SPS/IPC/Drives 2012 fair in Nuremberg, Germany on the CC-Link Partner Association (CLPA) booth (6-122). More...

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05/12/2012 – CC-Link adds energy management capabilities

Energy management functions have been added to CC-Link, the open automation network technology, to create a combined energy and production management control system. The new CC-Link IE Energy capabilities allow managers to easily monitor energy consumption by individual machines or processes over the same networks they are already using for general control purposes. More...

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05/12/2012 – CC-Link Partner Association (CLPA) shares open automation network solutions for success at the 2012 European Manufacturing Strategies Summit (EMS)

The 8th Annual EMS Summit has been declared a success by the CLPA, a Platinum Sponsor of the conference. The main aims of this year's summit were on improving productivity and cost effectiveness, identifying future proof manufacturing strategies and regaining global competitiveness. CLPA's contribution to these aims was to show how CCLink provides a transparent, open network hierarchy intended to maximize productivity, as well as how the "Gateway to China" (G2C) program opens overseas opportunities. More...

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04/12/2012 – CC-Link highlights vertical industry solutions with key European partners

Innovative communication has taken on a second meaning at the CC-Link Partner Association (CLPA). As well as developing the non-stop open network CC-Link, the CLPA is now undertaking a joint campaign with three well known European partners to highlight CC-Link solutions for key industries. More...

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04/12/2012 – Find out more about CC-Link anytime, anywhere with a virtual booth

Recognising that many people have difficulty finding the time to visit exhibitions and update their industry knowledge, the CC-Link Partners Association (CLPA) has developed a virtual exhibition booth, viewable by following the "Virtual Booth" link on the CLPA home page or directly at www.clpa.eu. More...

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07/11/2012 – Free Gateway to China business kit on 4GB USB stick

If you are an exporter of automation hardware or machines, there's one essential passport to doing business in China and other Far Eastern markets, and that is the CC-Link family of open networks. More...

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25/10/2012 – Energy management and FPGA innovations to be showcased by CC-Link at SPS/IPC/Drives Fair

Major advances in open industrial communications will greet visitors to the CLPA (CC-Link Partners Association) booth, Hall 6 Number 122, at the SPS/IPC/Drives Fair. These will include a new Field Programmable Gate Array (FPGA) solution and the launch of CC-Link Energy. More...

05/10/2012 – CC-Link sponsors major European manufacturing summit

With continuing economic uncertainty across Europe, the issue of competitiveness is weighing even more heavily on the minds of senior management than usual. To address this, the CC-Link Partner Association (CLPA) is a Platinum Sponsor of this year's European Manufacturing Strategies (EMS) Summit. CLPA intends to use the summit to demonstrate the opportunities for enhanced competitiveness that the CC-Link open network technologies can offer. More...

05/10/2012 – CC-Link provides a possible solution to the Euro crisis…

Everyday, the news is full of more bad news about the worsening state of the so-called "Eurozone". Businesses within the EU who depend on the Euro for economic survival have become increasingly pessimistic about trade with their counterparts in the region. The CC-Link Partner Association offers European companies a possible way out of the mess with "out-of-the-box" thinking – the Gateway to China programme. More...

01/10/2012 – Strengthening the CC-Link open network partnership

A newly-published White Paper examines how automation companies can leverage their technical and marketing efforts to more easily build and maintain a presence in their markets - local and global - by joining the CC-Link Partners Association (CLPA). More...

14/09/2012 – CC-Link helps Ford & Mazda stay flexible in China

Over the past few years, the Western automotive industry has seen possibly its largest opportunity, serving what is now the world's largest vehicle market - China. As part of this trend, the Changan Ford Mazda Nanjing Company was established by Ford & Mazda in 2004. The plant is based on the Mazda "Triangle Control" concept and produces multiple models, meaning a high degree of flexibility is required. More...

13/06/2012 – CC-Link Helps To Demystify Industrial Ethernet and Fieldbuses

A new book on industrial communications is being hailed as one of the best and clearest overviews of a sometimes-bafflingly fast moving technology. More...

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13/06/2012 – CC-Link announces white paper exploring strategies for entering the Chinese market

Doors that open to commercial opportunities in China are explored in a new White Paper from the CC-Link Partners Association (CLPA). More...

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23/05/2012 – Starter Kits Make CC-Link Adoption a Simple Step

Engineers considering developing CC-Link Open Network enabled versions of their own products can now use starter kits developed by the CC-Link Partner Association (CLPA), designed to make the process simple. More...

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20/04/2012 – CHANGES IN THE NETWORK SECURITY LANDSCAPE

Security requirements for industrial Ethernet networks are quickly migrating from Enterprise networks to process control and other industrial environments. The recent issues with the Stuxnet malware has given us all a wakeup call, and we need now to take a fresh look at how security is managed within industrial networks. John Browett of CLPA looks at the potential threats to industrial network security, and how to mitigate them. More...

14/02/2012 – CC-Link announces integration of motion control into CC-link IE Field Ethernet based open network

Open networks are an established feature of the modern automation landscape. The benefits they offer in terms of freedom of choice, flexibility, performance and cost savings are widely accepted. In recent years, this acceptance has also spread to the adoption of Ethernet for open network technologies. The CC-Link Partner Association (CLPA) has been at the forefront of these developments, introducing CC-Link IE (Industrial Ethernet) in 2007 and following this with CC-Link IE Field in 2009. These networks offer the highest performance Ethernet based open network currently available, with 1Gbps transmission speeds. Hence whether networking multiple controllers or connecting multiple field devices to a controller, CC-Link IE offers an industry leading Ethernet based solution. More...

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06/12/2011 – Winemaker blends timeless tradition with high tech comms

A Ukrainian winemaker is using CC-Link to help automate and expand the production of its world class wines and spirits. With domestic consumption booming, and export markets opening up, the Shabo vineyard in the Odessa region is combining high technology with the delicate art of fine wine production. More...

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06/12/2011 – CC-Link sees better productivity for flat panel display manufacturers

Production of flat screen liquid crystal displays (LCDs) at one of the largest plants in Asia has steadily ramped up to meet the ever-increasing demand. The process is now highly automated, so data communications are critically important. The choice of a high-speed Ethernet based open network, CC-Link IE, to run the automation comms at the plant could point towards the future for many more automation installations in Asia and Europe More...

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04/12/2011 – CC-Link partner association announces ethernet based safety networking

CC-Link is a family of open network technologies that have a 10 year pedigree of growth in the global market, having now reached an installed base of over 8 million devices. A key part of this family are the CC-Link IE (Industrial Ethernet) variants, being the only open Ethernet based networks that offer gigabit performance. More...

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04/12/2011 – Free video opens gateway to success in China

The CC-Link Partner Association (CLPA) has just released a new "Gateway to China" (G2C) programme video; based on the recent webinar of the same subject, it should be of great interest to any company selling into China or planning to approach the market. More...

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29/11/2011 – CC-Link streamlines energy costs at world leading wind tunnel facility

The CC-Link open fieldbus is managing the vital energy efficiency systems at the heart of a giant wind tunnel on the campus of the prestigious Tongji University in Shanghai, China. The Shanghai Automotive Wind Tunnel Center (SAWTC) as it is known, represents a 490 million yuan (approx. 57 million euros) investment in the future of the Chinese automotive industry and forms part of a larger "constellation" of world class automotive test facilities in the Shanghai area. Together, these facilities are intended to provide the Chinese automotive industry with an R&D base equal to that found anywhere else in the world. More...

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13/11/2011 – Establish a link to China with CC-Link at the SPS/IPC/DRIVES fair and take home an iPad

Establish a link to China with CC-Link at the SPS/IPC/DRIVES fair and take home an iPad More...

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01/11/2011 – CC-Link opens gateway to China for device suppliers at SPS

A gateway for European device suppliers and manufacturers to penetrate China's vast manufacturing base is being promoted by a consortium of leading robot, automation, network and hardware companies. Full information on the new Gateway to China (G2C) programme is available on the CLPA booth 6-136 at SPS/IPC/DRIVES, Europe's leading exhibition for industrial automation, running in Nuremberg from 22 - 24 November 2011. More...

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20/10/2011 – CC-Link Celebrates 10th Anniversary in China

The power of CC-Link to open business opportunities in China was underlined at the event held recently to mark its tenth birthday in the country. Over 150 leading industrialists met in Shanghai to celebrate their successes in using CC-Link throughout China's burgeoning manufacturing sector. More...

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13/10/2011 – In Partnership with Major European Vendors, CC-Link Opens Gateway to China for Device Suppliers

China's ongoing industrial development is set to be one of the main driving forces behind global growth for decades to come; market accessibility is therefore vital to many automation companies' growth prospects. The CC-Link Partner Association (CLPA) has put together the "Gateway to China" (G2C) programme using its strong presence in the region to support and enable greater European participation. More...

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23/08/2011 – Open comms helping secure european manufacturing jobs

Manufacturing plants across Europe are being transformed by the adoption of Open Architecture control systems as the sector's recovery from recession continues. Plant managers and control engineers are choosing to invest in the flexibility that will allow their production capabilities to easily adapt to changing demands over the coming years. More...

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12/08/2011 – FDT group completes integration of CC-Link open networks

The SPS/IPC/DRIVES 2010 fair saw the announcement that the CC-Link Partner Association (CLPA) had signed an agreement with the FDT Group to incorporate the CC-Link family of open networks into the FDT standard by development of a protocol annex. More...

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12/08/2011 – CC-Link strengthens commitment to europe with multi-language web presence

The CC-Link Partner Association (CLPA) has added a full multi-language capability to their European website, www.thenon- stop-open-network.com. More...

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12/08/2011 – Poland prepares its high tech future with CC-Link

The biggest automation and robotics training centre in Poland has just been opened in Łódź. More...

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12/08/2011 – CC-Link passes 1,500 member and 8,500,000 device mark

The CC-Link Partners Association (CLPA) continues to increase its global strength. 2011 has now seen the 1,500th member join. More...

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13/06/2011 – New Industrial Ethernet for intelligent applications

CC-Link IE extends Gigabit Industrial Ethernet to field level devices enabling new types of intelligent integrated manufacturing systems. More...

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07/06/2011 – New manufacturing systems embrace open networks

Across Europe manufacturing is being automated as a way to both compete against imports from ‘low cost’ economies and to ensure consistent output quality. However ‘greenfield’ projects are rare and the vast majority of automation projects are retrofits, upgrades and extensions. Here, John Browett of the CC-Link Partner Association (CLPA), looks at how the upgrade of systems using open networks can provide major cost benefits, while also improving system performance. More...

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01/06/2011 – New CLPA management has rounded world view

The CC-Link Partner Association (CLPA), the organization tasked with the administration and development of the popular CC-Link open network, has announced changes to its European management. Steve Jones has stepped down and John Browett has been designated Acting General Manager. More...

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18/05/2011 – CC-Link brings assured reliability to Ford Mustang production

The ease of installation and commissioning of new production lines at the AutoAlliance car plant in Flat Rock Michigan were early benefits of the adoption of CC-Link networking technology at the heart of the automation system. And more was to come, with this proven, high speed network proving the ultimate in reliability, particularly when compared with other network options. More...

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20/04/2011 – CC-Link Conformance Test Centre opens to serve Europe

A conformance test centre has opened in Düsseldorf, Germany to serve European manufacturers making products compatible with the open CC-Link automation network technology. More...

31/03/2011 – Cognex adds CC-Link network connectivity to In-Sight

Cognex In-Sight® vision systems are unmatched in their ability to inspect, identify and guide parts. These self-contained, industrial grade vision systems combine a library of advanced vision tools with high-speed image acquisition and processing. Configuring and deploying an In-Sight vision system has never been easier now that CC-link has been added to Cognex Connect. More...

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30/01/2011 – CC-Link Test Rig Now Available

A new CLPA-Europe CC-Link test rig has been developed for customers lacking experience with PLC programming and CC-Link networks, which automatically runs all pre-tests required. The test rig is extremely simple to use and contains an HMI and a PLC that are reprogrammed to test connected devices. More...

20/12/2010 – CLPA membership keeps growing

CC-Link continues its rapid expansion as an open network worldwide. Latest figures show that CLPA membership has exceeded fourteen hundred companies with over a thousand CC-Link certified products now available from two hundred different vendors worldwide. More...

09/12/2010 – The world’s most popular fieldbus?

Which fieldbus is the most popular in the world? An engineer in Europe would probably say Profibus. In America the answer would be DeviceNet, but ask the same question in Asia and they will say CC-Link! Developed in Asia, CC-Link is the backbone of the region's industrial automation and according to industrial market researcher IMS’s latest report “The World Market for Industrial Networking - 2009 Edition” they show CC–Link as the network with the largest installed base in Asia. So why should CC-Link be of interest to companies in Europe? More...

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07/12/2010 – Dec 2010: High performance RFID solutions for CC-Link open

Modern production and materials handling applications demand high performance contact free communications. With over twenty years experience in RFID, leading sensor specialist Balluff has introduced CC-Link network connectivity to its range of high performance BIS-M Series devices. More...

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21/11/2010 – CC-Link celebrates its 10th anniversary as an open network

November 2010 represents something of a milestone for CC-Link as the network technology celebrates its 10th anniversary. Over the last decade CC-Link has become a global favourite as a high speed, highly robust open network, with a rapidly growing market share in all regions. Marking this increased presence, and heralding a new identity as “The Non-Stop Open Network™” in recognition of the high availability that CC-Link delivers, CLPA has its largest ever stand at the SPS/IPC/DRIVES Fair, with displays from many of its partner companies, including Weidmüller, HMS Industrial Networks, Hilscher, and Mitsubishi Electric. More...

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17/11/2010 – Nov 2010: FDT Group and CC-Link Announce Cooperation Agreement

The CC-Link Partner Association (CLPA) has signed a cooperation agreement with the FDT Group to promote the use of the FDT as an international standard. Under the agreement, CLPA will support the development of an annex of the protocol to support the CC-Link family of networks including its CC-Link IE Field Gigabit Industrial Ethernet. More...

15/11/2010 – CC-Link; the Non-Stop Open Network™

Of the criteria that may influence the choice of a communications network today factors such as speed, ease of integration, open communications, vendor support, etc. can be taken for granted with most major protocols. The same cannot be said, however, for availability; the ability to keep the network running with the minimum of interruptions under the faults and events typical of real-world manufacturing operations is critical. Maximising availability is critical for anyone looking to boost productivity to world class levels. More...

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02/11/2010 – October 2010 See us at SPS/IPC Drives in November 2010

Located in Hall 6, booth 435, the CLPA presence at the SPS/IPC/Drives fair in Nuremberg, Germany (23-25 November 2010) has been extended to 60 sq M. The increase has been necessary to accommodate the additional partner products on display, and to promote several initiatives in support of its European members. Reflecting its strong growth, feature displays from partners Hilscher, HMS, Mitsubishi Electric and Weidmüller, as well as fifty other CC-Link compatible products from European, American and Asian partners will be on display. More...