Control Engineering Europe supplements CC-Link

by The CC-Link Team on 17 July 2014

Control Engineering Europe supplement

Have you seen the latest Control Engineering Europe supplement? If not, you’re missing out on the magazine’s views on CC-Link technology, an introduction to the CC-Link Partner Association (CLPA) and the chance to open a gateway to success in Asia. But don’t panic – if you’ve missed out you can still find all the content online in page turning format by clicking here.

By John Browett

June’s CC-Link Partner Association (CLPA) Control Engineering Europe supplement brims with invaluable information for companies reaching into the Asian manufacturing market.

The supplement’s authoritative content outlines the CLPA’s major aims: to promote the business benefits of CC-Link technology and to describe the Gateway to Asia (G2A) programme, designed to support European businesses selling automation solutions to Asia.

Asia is the world’s largest automation market with about 50% of all global automation spending taking place there. Although this is undoubtedly enticing, it can also be intimidating to some European companies. In the supplement, Lutz Berners, president of Berners Consulting, shares his cultural and professional insights from his extensive time spent in China and sheds light on the ways in which CLPA can actively aid companies in the Asian market.

In addition, the supplement sees the magazine’s editor, Suzanne Gill, speak to members of the CLPA’s G2A partnership programme. Together they examine the benefits and explain how other companies can profit from joining the likes of Balluff, Hilscher, Mettler-Toledo, Renesas, HMS, Bihl+Wiedemann, Weidmüller, Festo and Pepperl+Fuchs in becoming a G2A partner.

In the concluding pages of the supplement, Gill reports on the increasing demand for CC-Link enabled systems and the reasons behind the rise in take up. For instance, flat panel LCD televisions and monitors are one of the strongest growing consumer products in recent years and production at one of Asia’s largest LCD plants is now highly automated with CC-Link IE. Using this as a case study, Gill explores the network’s flexibility, reliability and world-leading performance as more Asian end-users in the manufacturing sector turn to automated production process. She also explores how Ford & Mazda’s joint venture plant in China depends on CC-Link to deliver the necessary levels of flexibility and reliability.

With a print circulation of 17,946 as well as a digital subscribership of 2,479, Control Engineering Europe has a total circulation of 20,425, comprising a varied readership made up of all areas of the manufacturing industry across Europe. Recognised as the region’s pan-European authority, the publication’s near 30 year success is founded on the highest editorial values.

To keep up to date with all of Europe’s control, instrumentation and automation engineering developments, you can subscribe for free to Control Engineering Europe here.

CC-Link enables devices from numerous manufacturers to communicate, resulting in a fast, deterministic control system. It is managed by the CLPA, which represents manufacturers and users, academics and other interested parties.

John Browett is the European general manager of the CLPA. If you want to discuss Gateway to Asia, you can contact him on +49 (0) 2102 486 1750 or by e-mail using

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