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CLPA pleased with SPS show after successful collaborations

CLPA pleased with SPS show after successful collaborations
The CC-Link Partner Association (CLPA) described the recent SPS Drives show as a great success this year, as the level of interest from visitors was a high testament to the increasing global acceptance of CC-Link IE and CC-Link. Double-digit growth year on year for the last decade has seen the installed base of CC-Link IE and CC-Link devices approach the 20 million mark, and the number of partner companies has now passed 3,000, making CLPA one of the largest open network associations worldwide.
12th December 2017

SPS technologies underline CLPA’s commitment

SPS technologies underline CLPA’s commitment
Underlining its position as a leading open network organisation, the CC-Link Partner Association (CLPA) will be on Stand 431, Hall 2 at SPS/IPC/Drives 2017, with introductions to various developments that will further cement CC-Link IE’s position as an open network technology company. 
20th October 2017

Is Gigabit Industrial Ethernet key to achieving Industry 4.0?

Is Gigabit Industrial Ethernet key to achieving Industry 4.0?
Even though there may still be debates on what Industry 4.0 actually means, you cannot deny that greater interconnectivity of devices and increased network capability will be the key drivers behind achieving the goals it sets out. John Browett, CLPA Europe General Manager, here outlines the network requirements that will enable Industry 4.0.
13th September 2017


Addressing security for open industrial automation networks

Addressing security for open industrial automation networks
A working group on industrial Ethernet security has been established by the CC-Link Partner Association (CLPA), with the aim of providing a guideline document for users looking to build secure networks around the open gigabit Ethernet CC-Link IE technologies. In particular, the document will cover strategies for users adopting the CLPA’s Seamless Message Protocol (SLMP) and CC-Link IE Field Basic where general IP communication is used for both cyclic and transient communications.
16th August 2017

CC-Link IE acquires further Chinese national standards

CC-Link IE acquires further Chinese national standards
Further strengthening its position in the Asian market, the CC-Link Partner Association (CLPA) has announced an additional GB/T Chinese national standard. GB/T 33537.1 ∼.3-2017 is related to industrial communications networks and establishes CC-Link IE as a recommended standard in the Chinese market. This means that companies adopting the use of CC-Link IE in their machines and systems could gain a significant competitive advantage in this vital market.
12th July 2017

Is CC-Link IE the missing link in Industry 4.0?

Is CC-Link IE the missing link in Industry 4.0?
A lot of the promise on Industry 4.0 is based upon seamless interconnectivity between production machines, enterprise systems and sources of data in the wider world. The Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) is a key foundation of that interconnectivity, providing low cost, easily integrated sensors, actuators and systems.
19th June 2017

Manufacturing leaders get an insight into open gigabit Ethernet

Manufacturing leaders get an insight into open gigabit Ethernet
The ARC Industry Europe Forum 2017 in Sitges, Spain, which took place in May, annually attracts a large audience of top level management from a spectrum of European manufacturing companies.
8th June 2017

Integrated factory automation networks will be key to Industry 4.0

It has become clear that the plant communications network will be the key enabler, as interest grows in the concepts of Industry 4.0. It relies upon the integration and optimisation of communications between field devices, production control systems, enterprise level IT systems and beyond.
12th May 2017

Increased openness and accessibility brought to SPS Italia 2017

Increased openness and accessibility brought to SPS Italia 2017
  Opening its doors in Parma from 23rd to 25th May 2017 is the SPS Italia event, which is now in its seventh year running, and is expected to improve once again on the number of visitors looking to meet with leading automation experts and suppliers.
8th May 2017

Implementing Ethernet at the field device level

Implementing Ethernet at the field device level
Offering a way of providing high speed Ethernet to the factory floor, CC-Link IE also brings Gigabit Ethernet to the field device level and allows seamless movement of data through one or more network levels. Industry 4.0, has spawned an industrial variant of the IoT, the Industrial IoT (IIoT), which offers real-time performance: many production systems have to deal with mission-critical data that require tight coordination of sensing and actuation to safely and efficiently perform closed loop control.
26th April 2017

Transparency with help revolutionise global machine interoperability

Transparency with help revolutionise global machine interoperability
As we watch Industry 4.0 and the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) grow, there are plenty of automation industry developments to excite machine builders and networking experts. Of particular note is the cooperation between the CC-Link Partner Association (CLPA) and PROFINET & PROFIBUS International (PI).This has produced an interoperability specification that is opening new pathways and possibilities for machine integration growth worldwide.
10th April 2017

Adding compatibility to 100Mbit Ethernet devices

An addition to CC-Link IE, enabling device vendors to easily add CC-Link IE compatibility to any product with a 100Mbit Ethernet port, has been announced by CLPA. 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. 
12th December 2016

Industrial world becomes even more connected

Industrial world becomes even more connected
Total number of nodes around the world brought to almost 17m by the end of the financial year in March 2016, due to over two million CC-Link IE and CC-Link devices being installed in industrial automation applications during 2015.
13th July 2016

CC-Link keeps up with demand for water in Denmark

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. 
7th January 2016

CLPA & PI co-operate for transparent network infrastructure

CLPA & PI co-operate for transparent network infrastructure
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.
3rd December 2015

Major Asian and European network collaboration

Major Asian and European network collaboration
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.
4th November 2015

CC-Link opens up Asian markets for measurement specialist

In a recent video made with the CC-Link Partner Association, sensors and measurement specialist HBM Test and Measurement has developed a CC-Link gateway module, which allows a single PLC to collect live data from multiple load cells. 
6th November 2014

CC-Link plans major board member announcement at SPS/IPC/Drives fair

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.
3rd October 2014

Skydivers practise indoors with CC-Link industrial network

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.
18th September 2014

Professor Fumihiko Kimura elected as CLPA Chair

Professor Fumihiko Kimura elected as CLPA Chair
A new Chair of the CC-Link Partner Association (CLPA) has been elected, with Professor Fumihiko Kimura of Hosei University in Japan announced to take on the role. CC-Link is a global industrial open network standard used to provide communications around automated systems such as factories, machinery and high-tech buildings. Originally developed by Mitsubishi Electric, it was made an open technology in 2000 and is now supported by over 280 different companies. 
12th August 2014


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