CLPA reports boom in membership
Published: 19 August 2013 - Rachael Morling
The CC-Link Partners Association (CLPA) is seeing strong growth, with total membership now approaching 2000. In addition, the network’s installed base is close to 10 million devices.
CC-Link features over 1,200 products from more than 260 manufacturers, meaning that there is a wide choice of devices for all applications. It is a globally established open network technology, which offers seamless architecture that reaches from enterprise IT connectivity to simple digital I/O on the shop floor. It can support equipment from many different manufacturers within a single system, consequently letting control systems’ integrators choose best-in-class products rather than confining them to one manufacturer.
John Browett, General Manager says: “Our membership has always been on an upward trajectory since our founding in 2000. This year however we have seen membership accelerate; 2013 started well and there is every sign that growth will be sustained into the future. We could see that 2013 was going to be big when we had the largest number of visitors ever to our booth at the SPS/IPC/Drives fair at the end of 2012 –an increase of almost 150% over 2011.”
Browett notes that his new members represent two types of company: those wanting to develop CC-Link compatible products and those wishing to use CC-Link within their control systems.