New CLPA management has rounded world view
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.
The CLPA provides support for developers and users of CC-Link, one of the world’s leading open network technologies. It has an installed base of approx. eight million nodes, and support and testing facilities serving Europe, the Americas and Asia.
Ten years ago, the idea of devices from almost any manufacturer communicating freely on the same cable within an automation system was little more than a pipedream, although the enabling technology was emerging. Since then two or three solutions, including CC-Link, have developed leadership positions and open networks have become the preferred solution for nearly all industrial systems.
CC-Link was originally developed in Japan in the 1990s, so it is little wonder that it is dominant throughout Asia. As the technology has developed, it has also become well established in Europe and America, where end user adoption, test facilities and university level support have all helped its popularity grow.
“To coincide with our 10th Anniversary, we have recently rebranded CC-Link as the “Non-Stop Open Network”, says Browett. “We feel that this name neatly summarises the key productivity benefits CC-Link offers even in the face of adverse operating conditions. Routine industrial problems such as noise, cable damage and power failures are all taken in stride, meaning production continues where some other technologies might fail”, he continues. “Finally, with home markets quieter due to the recent economic problems, CC-Link’s dominance in Asia has lead to increasing opportunities for European OEMs and device makers seeking to expand their business.”
Browett is a veteran of the automation industry with an international career spanning almost twenty years. This took an unconventional start with a move to Japan, spending several years there being involved with the beginning of key industry firsts such as the introduction of the so called “compact” and “micro” PLCs. This lead him to the industrial heartland of the USA where he took on the challenges of managing wide ranging, complex automation product lines across the Americas. A subsequent move back to Europe lead to further experience tackling the issues involved in delivering key marketing messages to the widely varied markets, cultures and languages of the EMEA region.
“I saw the birth of open networks and was there when they took their first steps into industrial usage. It was obvious that this was a technology that was going to change the face of industrial automation; single cable configurations quickly replaced massive looms of wiring that took significant time and cost to install, then caused further disruption when maintenance and reconfiguration was required. Looking at say a major car plant, it was clear productivity gains could be astronomical.”
“Automation is a global discipline, with three key territories; Asia, America and Europe. An automation technology that leads the market in one, will inevitably transfer to the other two,” says Browett. “This is clearly happening with CC-Link, and it is really exciting to be part of it. I am looking forward to building on the foundation Steve Jones created and further developing the partner and installed base of CC-Link in Europe.”
Browett takes over from retiring General Manager Steve Jones who ran the CLPA for four years after a career at the cutting edge of automation and industrial communications. Prior to this post Jones was a senior manager with Mitsubishi Electric, most recently responsible for developing and implementing Europe-wide strategy.
“Steve really galvanised the CLPA during his tenure,” says Browett. “His years of experience and tremendous personal dynamism meant it was almost inevitable that membership would grow and become more pro-active, whilst simultaneously he put in place a range of resources from fully equipped testing centres to improved literature and communications. He did tremendous work in developing CC-Link from its regional dominance in Asia to an established position the European market. His ground work will pay dividends for many years to come.”
About the CLPA
The CC-Link Partner Association (CLPA) is an international organisation with over 1,500 member companies worldwide. The partners’ common objective is promotion and technical development of the family of CC-Link open network technologies. Over 1,100 certified products are now available from over 240 manufacturers. CC-Link is the leading industrial fieldbus in Asia and is becoming increasingly popular in Europe and the Americas. The European headquarters is in Germany, with offices throughout the continent.
DMA Europa Ltd : Bob Dobson
Tel: +44 (0)1798 861677 Fax: +44 (0)1299 403092
CLPA Europe : John Browett
Tel: +44-(0)776 833 8708 Fax: +49 (0)2102 532 9740