CC-LINK STARTER KITS
06 November 2012
Engineers considering developing CC-Link Open Network enabled versions of their own products can now use starter kits developed by the CC-Link Partner Association..
CLPA), which are designed to make the process simple.
Open networks allow field devices made by many different manufac - turers to communicate freely within an automation network. One of the leading protocols in this field, CCLink, has over 250 companies making thousands of enabled devices. The global installed base is almost nine million devices and in Asia, it is considered a de-facto standard in many industries including automotive and flat panel displays.
"CC-Link enabled products are proving a valuable asset for western companies building a presence in Asia’s booming manufacturing economies,” observes CLPA’s acting general manager John Browett. "To help new companies get on board and keep this momentum going, the CLPA has produced a range of starter kits that make developing devices for the network as easy as possible.
"We figure that if you are trying to get your head around Chinese culture and business practice, import and export requirements, finance and cash flow, you don’t also want the headache of also having to learn all about a new communication protocol that is essential for access into this market. The starter kits mean engineers are free to concentrate on their core competence of designing their field devices – we take care of the protocols