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1Gbit/s industrial Ethernet technology to be demonstrated ahead of launch

01 September 2009

A sneak preview of the new CC-Link IE 1Gbps Field Level Industrial Ethernet will be given to delegates at a seminar in Frankfurt, Germany on 20 October, several weeks ahead of the official launch. The technology has already been identified as a gate-opener for machine builders and other engineering companies wanting to trade in the Asian markets, where it dominates. CC-Link is a non-proprietary communications network for automation, data collection and information generation. As such many component manufacturers make compatible products, so systems can be built by mixing best-in-class technologies from multiple sources.

CC-Link was developed in Japan and quickly spread to neighbouring economies such as China, Taiwan, Korea and Singapore. Most control equipment manufacturers in the region have been making CC-Link compatible products for 10 years or more. It is the region’s first choice for systems integration and automation projects, is taught in schools, colleges and universities and has assumed the position of the de facto industry standard. CC-Link is available in several formats, including Standard, Light and Safety.

At the seminar considerable discussion time will be given to implementing CC-Link, both from the developers theoretically point of view and from real world experiences by people who have already used the technology.

It is being hosted by the CC-Link Partners Association (CLPA), the non-partisan organisation that promotes CC-Link and its development around the world, whose European General Manager, Steve Jones (pictured), says:

“It is perfectly feasible to implement CC-Link into your products or systems using our freely-available documentation. If you choose this route, the CLPA is available to provide you with telephone and email support.

“But, as with all development activities, the better your understanding of the process and alternatives the faster and more effective your implementation will be. The seminar will provide a superb introduction to CC-Link and its capabilities.”

Jones has arranged that several companies who have already been through this process will be on hand to share their experiences at the seminar, including sensors maker Balluff, HMS, systems integrators from the University of Warsaw and automation giants Mitsubishi Electric. 

“There are several ways of implementing CC-Link into your company’s products,” he says. One way is at PCB level using the CC-Link ASIC, another is to use a commercially available embedded communication module. But whichever you choose, the seminar will answering practical questions as well as giving a theoretical foundation.”

The timing of the seminar coincides with the beginning of the fight back from recession in Europe. With many European companies looking further afield to – for instance – China where growth levels never dropped below 5 percent and are already climbing again.

“Control engineering is completely global these days,” says Jones. “What is learned and done in one country is completely applicable in others. CC-Link has proven this in the way it has blossomed from its founding country, and we are now seeing the closing of the circle with European companies taking back to its homeland.”


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