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CC-Link becomes the predominant open fieldbus network in Asia

27 August 2009

The CC-Link Partner Association has announced that the Control and Communication Link (CC-Link) open fieldbus network has exceeded 6.5 million nodes worldwide and that new research finds that CC-Link is the predominant open network in Asia.

“The unmistakable conclusion of the new research is that device manufacturers, machine builders, system integrators, and multi-nationals that wish to do business in Asia should be formulating a CC-Link compatibility strategy if they have not already done so,” said Charles Lukasik, director of the CC-Link Partner Association. “Having CC-Link product and system expertise will demonstrate seriousness about exporting to or manufacturing in the Asia Pacific region.”

Lukasik said that the performance features of CC-Link have stimulated strong growth of this open networking solution not only in Asia, but also in the Americas and Europe. Key features include:

High noise immunity compared to other networks
Simple installation, configuration, and commissioning
High network availability with floating standby master capability
Hot swap of stations
Fast transfer speeds for large amounts of data
Widespread support from hundreds of automation equipment suppliers

Hundreds of automation equipment manufacturers have gone through the comprehensive process of certifying more than 1,000 products for CC-Link compatibility. The global CC-Link Partner Association manages the certification process and the introduction of new technology such as CC-Link IE, the world’s first gigabit industrial Ethernet controller network. The Partner Association also helps answer questions organizations have about the CC-Link open network.

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