C-C Link Ethernet technology has reached a global installed base of almost 9 million nodes, more than 1,200 products from over 270 manufacturers and over 1,900 partner companies.
CC-Link IE is also claimed to be the only open gigabit Ethernet technology available in the automation sector, linking both controller and field devices throughout a plant. It can encompass everything from enterprise IT connectivity to simple digital I/O on the shopfloor.
The open network architecture was originated by Mitsubishi Electric over 12 years ago in Japan. Since then, it has established itself as the leading fieldbus in the Asian market, , with about 20% of the region's market share. South Korea, China and Taiwan and other countries neighbour to Japan, have also adopted C-C Link and based national standards around it.
CC-Link is also becoming more widely accepted in Europe and North America, partly because integrating the technology into their products can also help companies in these regions to enter into Asian markets.
“The Gateway to China programme is gaining momentum, with the number of partners increasing from 14 to 22 over the last year,” said Browett. “The programme was started in 2011, with the aim of making it easier for European companies to increase their business in China by using CC-Link as an enabling technology ...
“Over the last year the CLPA has teamed up with key European partners such as Balluff, Datalogic, HBM, Festo and Bihl+Wiedemann to show the solutions they can offer to industries such as automotive, water, food and beverage and consumer packaged goods.”