CC-Link Partner Association (CLPA) announces 22 million devices communicating via CC-Link IE Ethernet and CC-Link Fieldbus networks | Automation.com

CC-Link Partner Association (CLPA) announces 22 million devices communicating via CC-Link IE Ethernet and CC-Link Fieldbus networks

CC-Link Partner Association (CLPA) announces 22 million devices communicating via CC-Link IE Ethernet and CC-Link Fieldbus networks

December 14, 2018 - The number of devices communicating via the open CC-Link IE Ethernet and CC-Link Fieldbus networks passed the 22 million mark in 2017[1]. Having posted an increasing annual growth figure of over 2 million every year for the past four years, the governing body - the CC-Link Partner Association (CLPA) - is predicting that number will comfortably exceed 24 million sometime during 2018.

The number of devices installed annually, equipped with CC-Link fieldbus or more recently the increasingly popular CC-Link IE gigabit Ethernet, has been constantly expanding since the foundation of the CLPA, back in 2000. By 2017 the annual growth rate had reached over 15% adding nearly 3 million nodes when compared to the previous year’s figures.

A feature that has made CC-Link IE and CC-Link industrial automation network technologies so popular is their open status. Users are not limited to one single automation hardware vendor or a small number of control and automation equipment suppliers. Instead, machine and system builders can select components from an ever-expanding pool of CLPA partner companies and be sure that these products are compatible.

The CLPA’s solutions are a de facto standard in Japan and other parts of Asia which helps boost the total figures. However, usage is not limited to this market and adoption is growing here in the Americas as well as Europe. Acceptance has been helped recently by an interoperability specification developed between the CLPA and PROFINET & PROFIBUS International (PI).

An additional development that has benefited CC-Link IE end users is a collaboration between the CLPA and the OPC Foundation (OPCF), which resulted in the development of an OPC UA companion specification for the CLPA’s CSP+ for Machine technology.

About the CC-Link Partner Association (CLPA) 

The CLPA is an international organization founded in 2000 dedicated to the technical development and promotion of the CC-Link family of open automation networksCurrently the CLPA has over 3,400 member companies worldwide, with more than 1,800 certified products.



[1] Years quoted are financial years, running from April to March.

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