Major advances in open industrial communications will greet visitors to the CLPA (CC-Link Partners Association) booth, Hall 6 Number 122, at the SPS/IPC/Drives Fair. These will include a new Field Programmable Gate Array (FPGA) solution and the launch of CC-Link Energy.
There will also be details of the Gateway to China business development program and displays showing how CC-Link is being used in vertical industries such as food and beverage, consumer packaged goods and water.
CC-Link, one of the world's leading open network technologies, which now execeeds 1700 member companies, allows field devices from many different manufacturers to be integrated onto the same control network and to communicate freely. Organisations wanting to make CC-Link compatible products or to use CC-Link as a control solution can join the CLPA, as can relevant researchers and academics. Field Programmable Gate Arrays (FPGA) are integrated circuits that can be configured by users 'in the field', rather than during their manufacture. This allows bespoke and customized solutions to be easily realized. Device manufacturers will be able to use them for short production runs, allowing them to be more flexible in addressing the changing needs of their markets.