CC-Link Surpasses 6.5 Million Nodes

Recent research shows that the CC-Link open fieldbus network is now the predominant network in Asia, CC-Link Partner Association reports.

The CC-Link Partner Association (www.cclinkamerica.org) announced on Aug. 25 that the Control and Communication Link (CC-Link) open fieldbus network has exceeded 6.5 million nodes worldwide.

In addition, the Association said that new research from IMS Research (www.imsresearch.com), based in Wellingborough, England, finds that CC-Link is the predominant open network in Asia. The Association cited the IMS report: “The World Market for Industrial Networking—2009 Edition”

“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.”

Growth stimulation

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, said Lukasik, 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
•    Determinism
•    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, according to the CC-Link Partner Association. The global CC-Link Partner Association manages the certification process and the introduction of new technology such as CC-Link IE, which the Association said is the world’s first gigabit industrial Ethernet controller network.

CC-Link Partner Association
www.cclinkamerica.org

IMS Research
www.imsresearch.com

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