Increasing adoption of CC-Link IE and CC-Link adoption
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.
The CC-Link fieldbus has achieved significant growth every year since its technical specification was transferred from Mitsubishi Electric to the CC-Link Partner Association (CLPA), making it an open technology in 2000. Since that time, it has gathered industry support with products available from over 300 partner companies.
CC-Link fieldbus was joined by CC-Link IE in 2007 - the only open industrial Ethernet technology that offers gigabit performance with full determinism. It can share large amounts of data in real time, which is an increasingly important requirement for Industry 4.0 applications.
CC-Link IE offers protocol variations for motion control, safety, and energy management. It is also tailored to specific use at the field and control levels, but maintains gigabit performance with all versions.
“Our continuing global growth shows that despite beginning in Asia, our networks’ acceptance continues worldwide. The fact that we were able to add over 2,000,000 new installed devices in about a year is further evidence that there is strong demand for our technologies. The industry leading technology of the gigabit CC-Link IE is further reason for our strong growth.” said John Browett, General Manager of CLPA-Europe, which is responsible for the development and promotion of CC-Link IE and CC-Link.>
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