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CC-Link TSN products are up and running within a year

06 February, 2020

Just one year after the CC-Link Partner Association (CLPA) announced its CC-Link IE TSN open networking technology which supports Time-Sensitive Networking, the organisation was demonstrating compatible products from several manufacturers on its stand at the recent SPS show in Germany.

CC-Link IE TSN supports hardware and software implementations for 1Gbit and 100Mbit physical layers, master and slave devices, as well as any combination of these.

CLPA was showing compatible devices from suppliers including Hilscher, HMS, Mesco, Mitsubishi Electric, port, Renesas and Sila. Mitsubishi alone has announced plans to release more than 100 automation products that support the technology, and SPS visitors could see several of these, including inverters, PLCs, servodrives, HMIs and remote I/O modules in action.

The CLPA had a live demonstration in which PLCs were sharing data with each other as well as with servos, I/O blocks and a TCP/IP-based machine vision system from Cognex. The equipment was connected via a Hirschmann TSN network switch and there were also TSN switches on display from Moxa.

The machine vision demo showed how CC-Link IE TSN can handle both time-critical control data and non-time-critical network traffic, while ensuring deterministic communications.

Mitsubishi Electric is releasing more than 100 products that support CC-Link IE TSN, including servodrives

“At our debut at the Hannover Fair earlier this year, we showed our first working demo of CC-Link IE TSN products,” said John Browett, general manager of CLPA Europe. “We are proud to be taking this a step further at SPS by integrating high-performance motion control over TSN and look forward to seeing more and more devices in the near future.

“In only one year from its launch, we have seen a growing interest in our latest technology,” he added. “The increasing number of development solutions available now or planned in the near future clearly shows that the market is responding positively to the possibilities that CC-Link IE TSN offers.”

Although some TSN standards have been completed, work is still continuing on others.

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