CC-Link Partner Association

Vernon Hills, IL 60061


About CC-Link Partner Association

Visit the CC-Link Partner Association (CLPA) web page ( to learn about how the CLPA can open new doors into the rapidly expanding Asian markets with the market leading IIoT Ready automation networks in Asia - CC‑Link & CC-Link IE Field.

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Trade association for the promotion of CC-Link and CC-Link IE compatible products and technology.


500 Corporate Woods Parkway
Vernon Hills, IL 60061
847 478-2647
847 876-6611

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The CC-Link Partner Association (CLPA) is an organization of manufacturers of CC-Link and CC-Link IE compatible products and users of CC-Link and CC-Link IE technology. The CC-Link Partner Association is one of the world’s largest open industrial automation network associations. The CC-Link Partner Association operates globally to oversee, manage and maintain the specifications for the family of industrial open-technology automation networks – CC-Link and CC-Link IE. The CLPA promotes the activities of our members’ as well as the worldwide adoption of CC-Link (CC-Link IE) technology for network communications in industrial and process automation. The CLPA exists to support member companies, to provide technical assistance in developing CC-Link (CC-Link IE) compatible products, to conduct conformance testing, and to promote these compatible products to the marketplace.

The CC-Link family of industrial open-technology automation networks process information, control data, & diagnostics to provide efficient, integrated factory-wide industrial and process automation. These CC-Link networks deliver IIoT Ready high speed, deterministic communication seamlessly linking a wide assortment of automation devices over a single network. This ‘Family of CC-Link Networks’ is ideally suited for machine automation, cell or process control in a wide variety of industries. The CC-Link family includes fieldbus and Safety networks: CC-Link & CC-Link Safety; and the most advanced Industrial Ethernet networks; CC-Link IE Field & Control. These Ethernet-based networks operate at 1Gbit, providing extremely fast and inherently deterministic IIoT Ready communication from the field/sensor/actuator level to the control level of a manufacturing operation.

The CC-Link family of industrial open-technology integrated automation networks include:

      •  IIoT Ready Industrial Ethernet network linking field level devices to controllers, as well as controllers to controllers at an ultra-fast 1Gbit speed. Delivering absolute deterministic communications all without the requirement of switches or detailed knowledge of Ethernet networking. CC-Link IE Field is IEC approved for safety communications and meets or exceeds industry safety network standards and can provide integrated motion control and/or energy management functions all on a single Industrial Ethernet network.
     •  Open-technology fieldbus network with performance up to 10 Mbps providing absolute deterministic behavior and cost effectiveness, flexibility and ease of use
     •  Open-technology fieldbus safety network that is IEC / ISO approved and meets or exceeds industry safety network standards. It provides cost effectiveness, flexibility and ease of use to automation safety networks, all while delivering full compatibility with the CC-Link network.

Why choose CC-Link? Primary reasons include CC-Link and CC-Link IE Field are high-performance, cost effective, flexible, as well as easy to install and use. These networks are globally accepted and CC-Link IE is an industry leader with IIoT Ready Gigabit Ethernet networking. Also; CC-Link is a market leader in Asia, the fastest growing market in the world. There are over 17 million installed nodes & over 1500 CC-Link compatible products on the market. Many American manufacturers are incorporating CC-Link compatibility because of its technological advantages, strength and market leadership in Asia

Are you ready for the IIoT Revolution – CC Link IE is!

Products & Press Releases

John Wozniak, CLPA-Americas

Industrial Ethernet Networks: Are They Ready for Industry 4.0?

May 10, 2019
Understanding the performance capabilities of your industrial network is critical to assessing its ability to handle current and future data sharing needs.
John Wozniak, CLPA-Americas

CC-Link IE TSN: Accelerate Smart Factory With TSN Technology

Feb. 22, 2019
The CC-Link Partner Association has created a new industrial open network specification, CC Link IE TSN, as the next-generation CC-Link IE network.
Promoting their cooperation around OPC UA at the field level are (l-r): Takayuki Tsuzuki, general manager, FA Systems Div., Mitsubishi Electric Corporation; Rainer Brehm, vice president of automation products and systems, Siemens; Paul Brooks, business development manager, IOT, Rockwell; Stefan Hoppe, president & executive director, OPC Foundation.

2019: The Year of the Industrial Network Protocol

Nov. 28, 2018
The OPC Foundation, CC-Link Partner Association and ODVA have all made announcements about major moves planned for 2019, indicating serious movement toward greater device and ...
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Chinese Tire Manufacturer Upgrades to Industrial Ethernet

March 5, 2018
As part of a modernization strategy to increase quality and become more competitive-as well as position the facility as a smart, connected factory-a major Chinese tire manufacturer...
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Do You Need Gigabit Ethernet for IIoT?

Nov. 21, 2017
With its ability to address the bandwidth, cybersecurity and speed/determinism issues related to the Industrial Internet of Things and Industry 4.0, CC-Link IE makes a case for...
Fumihiko Kimura (left), CLPA Chairman, and Karsten Schneider, PI Chairman.

Interoperability and the Industrial Ethernet Rebound

Dec. 20, 2016
A variety of reasons have contributed to the slowing of industrial Ethernet’s growth rate over the past several months, but all signs continue to point toward it becoming the ...
John Wozniak Senior network specialist, CC-Link Partner Association

Intelligent Machine Monitoring Connections

Feb. 17, 2016
A look at how CC-Link IE’s Seamless Message Protocol simplifies integration of Schaeffler’s FAG SmartCheck for potential use within Industrial Internet of Things applications....
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How the Internet of Things is Changing Industry Investment

Jan. 14, 2016
Research by the Industrial Internet Consortium highlights how the Internet of Things is turning the venture capital model upside down when it comes to investing in industry.
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Japan’s Take on the Industrial Internet of Things

Jan. 6, 2016
A first-person account of how the Japanese market is approaching Industry 4.0 and the Internet of Things based on observations from two major automation fairs held recently in...
Source: CLPA

CC-Link IE and Profinet Partner on Industrial Ethernet

Dec. 10, 2015
Increasing use of Ethernet on the plant floor, coupled with growing demands for interoperability, drive this latest industrial partnership.

Articles & News

Mitsubishi Electric’s lineup of MR-J5 servo technologies.

How Servo Drives Help Manufacturers Meet Competitive Digitalization Goals

Nov. 16, 2023
By delivering accurate and precise control over position, speed and torque, servo drives meet exacting industry requirements while embracing the latest innovations to enable the...
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Complex Motion Control with Time-Sensitive Networking

July 25, 2023
As automated systems involving motion control become more complex, Time-Sensitive Networking enables Ethernet to provide deterministic network communications.
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CC-Link IE’s Embrace of TSN and Gigabit Ethernet

June 6, 2023
Learn how the CC-Link IE protocol is designed to boost the performance of industrial networks with the use of gigabit Ethernet and Time-Sensitive Networking.
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CC-Link’s Time-Sensitive Networking Update

April 28, 2023
The CC-Link Partner Association shares news of time-sensitive networking applications being implemented in industry.

Why Industrial Ethernet Protocols Will Remain Relevant

July 28, 2022
While Time-Sensitive Networking technology can deterministically move data from one place to another via Ethernet, it’s the industrial Ethernet protocols that address specific...
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Using Time-Sensitive Networking to Improve Productivity

Dec. 1, 2020
Explaining this new technology’s application in four industry verticals applications, Tom Burke of the CC-Link Partner Organization highlights the variety of ways in which Time...
Supplier News

CC-Link Partner Association Names Thomas J. Burke as Global Strategic Advisor

May 12, 2020
The CC-Link Partner Association names former president and executive director of the OPC Foundation, Thomas J. Burke, as Global Strategic Advisor and will accelerate the construction...
Mitsubishi Electric reintroduces humans into areas of its Kani factory that were totally automated to boost production efficiency.

Can There Be Too Much Automation?

March 5, 2019
Mitsubishi Electric reintroduces humans into areas of its Kani factory that were once totally automated to boost production efficiency.

The CLPA announces the future of open industrial Ethernet

Jan. 18, 2019
CC-Link IE TSN combines industry leading gigabit bandwidth with Time Sensitive Networking in order to deliver open networking solutions for smart factory construction
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Hilscher to Introduce CC-Link IE/Profinet Coupler

Aug. 29, 2017
Connecting devices using the CC-Link IE and Profinet protocols will get easier with the upcoming release of Hilscher’s new NT 151 coupler.

Videos & Resources

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Industrial Ethernet and Time-Sensitive Networking Converge

July 8, 2022
How Time-Sensitive Networking enables Ethernet to merge multiple traffic types on the same network.

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CC-Link automates elephant’s habitat gates at New York Zoo

Feb. 8, 2017
The New York Zoo needed an automated gate system for its elephant habitat that allowed for remote operation.

Secure and Stable Networks for Connected Automation

Sept. 14, 2016
No matter how many things you can get connected, the benefits don’t add up if the network they’re on is flawed.
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Eliminate the Bottleneck

Aug. 7, 2015
When it comes to the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT), data communication is everything. Freeing manufacturing equipment of the communication bottleneck improves the precision...

Information Flow and the Future of Manufacturing

May 15, 2015
Industry 4.0’s success depends on information being able to flow seamlessly around a manufacturing process and beyond.
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CC-Link Partner Association Adds Energy Management Capabilities to CC-Link IE

Feb. 13, 2014
The CC-Link Partner Association (CLPA) announced today that it has added energy management functions to CC-Link IE, the open automation network technology, to create CC Link IE...
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Industrial Networks, PLCs, VFDs and Skydiving

Sept. 11, 2013
SkyVenture’s simulated skydiving operations use CC-Link industrial communication networks along with Mitsubishi programmable logic controllers and variable frequency drives to...
Renee R. Bassett, Deputy Editor, Automation World

Industrial Ethernet Improves Through Combined Effort

May 6, 2013
The rapidly expanding use of Ethernet in industrial settings has had a positive impact on the advancement of network technology.
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Solid Infrastructure Simplifies Network Expansion

Feb. 5, 2013
Fieldbus or Ethernet? Fiber optic cabling? Managed switch? These are a few of the infrastructure decisions that need to be considered.
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CC-Link Partner Association: Distributed Modular I/O for CC-Link

Jan. 4, 2013
This new generation of distributed modular I/O can be used in a cost effective way to replace standard slice I/O and distributed I/O solutions.