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The CC-Link Partner Association (CLPA), which is responsible for the development and promotion of the CC-Link and CC-Link IE series of open automation networks, presented a variety of development options for its network technologies at SPS/IPC/Drives 2014.


CC-Link and CC-Link IE are popular in Asia, and many European companies have taken an interest in the technology. In particular, more than 20 well-known European device makers are participating in the CLPA’s Gateway to Asia (G2A) programme, which assists such companies in marketing their CC-Link and CC-Link IE compatible products in Asia.

However, before these kinds of activities can begin, these companies need to have a good choice of industry-standard development options with which to develop their products.

The CLPA has now built up a range of partner companies that provide familiar and cost-effective routes to CC-Link- and CC-Link IE-compatible products.

Since the CLPA has teamed up with specialists including Hilscher, HMS and Renesas, many companies that use their technology in their products already are half way towards having a CC-Link or CC-Link IE product too. This is because these companies offer flexible multi-network platforms that support a variety of protocols, including CC-Link and CC-Link IE. Therefore, supporting these networks could be as simple as a firmware change on an existing product. This would then allow a manufacturer to exploit the potential of up to 20 per cent increased market share in Asia.

Partner information

  • The CLPA recently run an extensive campaign in the German market with its partners Hilscher, HMS and Renesas.
    • This highlighted the netX platform from Hilscher, the Anybus solution from HMS and the R-IN32 industrial Ethernet communications processor from Renesas.
  • The company is also working with additional industry specialists to bring more options for device development to the market.
    • Other possibilities include an FPGA solution based on Altera Cyclone IV devices combined with an IP core from Altima.
    • Tokyo Electron Device is preparing CC-Link IE support with its Inrevium line-up of devices, based on industry-standard Zynq-7000 technology from Xilinx technology.

CC-Link Partner Association (CLPA)

The CLPA is the organisation of manufacturers of CC-Link compatible products and users of CC-Link technology. The CLPA oversees and manages the CC-Link specifications, provides technical support and conformance testing and promotes the worldwide adoption of the CC-Link open automation network technologies. The CLPA was formed in November 2000. Global adoption of CC-Link is demonstrated by the following:

  • Over 12 million CC-Link devices have been installed
  • There are more than 2,100 members of the CC-Link Partner Association
  • There are more than 1,300 certified CC-Link products available from over 280 manufacturers

CC-Link is acknowledged by third party research to be the leading choice for open automation networks in Asia. By adding CC-Link to their portfolio, companies will be able to access up to 20% of the Asian market not accessible to Western technologies. To assist companies with this, the CLPA offers the “Gateway to Asia” (G2A) programme, G2A provides development and marketing assistance to companies who join the CLPA and develop CC-Link products.

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