Continuing to strengthen CC-Link’s position as a leading global open automation network technology, the CC-Link Partner Association (CLPA) announced that Molex, a global manufacturer of automation and industrial products, joined the association as a board member. The board of directors is responsible for the management and strategy of the CLPA.
CC-Link is a high-speed, high-performance family of open automation network technologies that enable devices from numerous manufacturers to communicate, resulting in a fast, deterministic control system. CC-Link is managed by the CLPA, an organization comprised of manufacturers and users of CC-Link technology, academics and other interested parties.
Established in 1938, Molex operates 45 manufacturing locations in 17 countries and already makes many CC-Link-compatible products including I/O blocks, remote I/O and network interface cards. The company sells its products to device manufacturers, assembly line builders and system integrators, providing robotics and automation solutions to end users in the automotive and other high-volume manufacturing industries.
Damien Leterrier, Molex director, industrial communication, says that alliance with the CLPA continues the company’s policy of productive collaboration. “We serve a fast moving market and reacting quickly to customer demand is important,” said Leterrier. “This requires that we be involved in the development of important technologies such as communication protocols, especially market leading ones such as CC-Link.”
He went on to say that, “Ultimately, improved machine and device level communication means production operations are far less likely to break down. Big data is made possible and our vision of managing automation – for example, to react quickly to demands, to enable more on-device memory and processing power, and to increase the speed and robustness of communication, is helped by the speed CC-Link IE brings.”
CC-Link was originally developed by Mitsubishi Electric, a global leader in automation and motion control technologies, and turned over to the CLPA, an independent third party.
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