2. About CLPA
  3. History

About CLPA


  • 2018

    November 2018
    Specifications released for CC-Link IE TSN

    April 2018
    Obtained legal entity
  • 2016

    August 2016
    A new network mode in the CC-Link IE Ethernet-based integrated network, "CC-Link IE Field Network Basic" has newly joined the lineup.
    March 2016
    Thai branch opens
    February 2016
    Mexican branch opens
  • 2015

    May 2015
    Cisco Systems joins the CLPA Board of Directors
    Technological enhancement of the industrial IoT field

  • 2014

    October 2014
    Molex joins the CLPA Board of Directors
    Global giant in products related to industrial networks joins

    August 2014
    CC-Link IE acquires “IEC61158/IEC61784” international standard certification
    April 2014
    Fumihiko Kimura appointed as new Chairman
    Japan's leading expert in production system engineering and CAD / CAM

    March 2014
    Turkish branch opens
    Dissemination activities take place in Turkey's rapidly growing manufacturing industry.

  • 2013

    October 2013
    CLPA membership exceeds 2,000 companies Number of members doubles in 5 years
    October 2013
    Balluff joins the CLPA Board of Directors
    Further globalization of the CLPA Board with the first European member.

  • 2012

    October 2012
    Specifications released for energy management communication function, enabling sophisticated energy monitoring.
    October 2012
    Indian branch opens
    Responding to the development of manufacturing industry in India.

    October 2012
    Shanghai Electric Ryoden Technology joins the CLPA Board of Directors
    Strengthens the incorporation of Chinese market needs.

  • 2011

    April 2011
    Specifications released for CC-Link IE Field Safety Communication Function
    Support for safety-related communication over Ethernet.
  • 2010

    November 2010
    CLPA's 10th anniversary.

    November 2010
    Announcement of the concepts of “CC-Link IE Field Network Safety Communication Function” and “CC-Link IE Field Network Motion Function”.
    August 2010
    CLPA membership exceeds 1,400 companies (Breakdown: 533 domestic companies / 875 foreign companies)
    April 2010
    3M joins the CLPA Board of Directors
    Global giant in the cable/connector field joins

    March 2010
    Topped 7 million units for the total shipment of CC-Link compatible products.
  • 2009

    November 2009
    Release of specifications for“CC-Link IE Field Network” and “SLMP (Seamless Message Protocol)”.
    Release of part 2 of the gigabit integrated network “CC-Link IE”. With the appearance of CC-Link IE Field, conventional serial based fieldbus networks move into the Ethernet domain.

    May 2009
    Taiwan standard “CNS 15252X6068” acquired. Acceptance in Taiwan, where industry is making rapid technical strides, is gathering speed.
    April 2009
    Cognex joins the CLPA Board of Directors
    Marks the beginning of globalization of the Board.

  • 2008

    December 2008
    China National Standards “GB/T” acquired - the highest Chinese national standard relating to networks.
    March 2008
    National standard “KSB ISO15745-5” acquired in South Korea, supported by its rapidly developing presence in the LCD display panel industry.
    March 2008
    CLPA membership exceeds 1,000 companies. Overseas partners make up approx. 60% of the total, with 436 domestic companies and 580 foreign companies.
    January 2008
    Release of specifications for “CC-Link IE Controller Network”.
    The unique gigabit backbone “CC-Link IE Controller Network”, supporting high bandwidth controller to controller communication, is released as part 1 of the integrated network “CC-Link IE”.

  • 2007

    December 2007
    “IEC61158/IEC61784” international standard certification acquired.
    November 2007
    Announcement of the concept of the integrated network “CC-Link IE”.
    Announcement of a unique gigabit Ethernet-based network which, while retaining all the openness/high-speed/high reliability features of CC-Link, can also achieve seamless integration of information from information systems up to the field level. This marks the opening of a new era in industrial networks.

    October 2007
    CC-Link IE Controller specification announced.
    Beginning of the promotion of Ethernet-based CC-Link networks.
  • 2006

    December 2006
    5th anniversary commemoration held in rapidly developing Shanghai by “CLPC China”, responsible for wider acceptance of CC-Link in China.

    November 2006
    Specifications for “CC-Link Safety” released.
    CC-Link Safety adds communication error detection functions to standard CC-Link specifications, resulting in a SIL 3 certified fieldbus. This opens the realm of safety applications to CLPA partners.

    June 2006
    First presence at the “Embedded Systems Expo & Conference (ESEC)”. CLPA has exhibited here ever since.
    April 2006
    “ISO15745-5” international standard certification acquired. Further establishes CC-Link's position as a global standard.
  • 2005

    December 2005
    China National Standards “GB/Z” acquired.
    China is a major market for CC-Link. The “Great Leap Forward” began here with acquisition of these standards.

    November 2005
    CLPA's 5th anniversary.
    CLPA achieves all the goals set at its establishment: “700 companies, 700 models and 3 million devices by its 5th anniversary”. 5th anniversary celebration events held with users and partners.

  • 2004

    March 2004
    Topped 2 million units for the total shipment of CC-Link compatible products.
  • 2003

    December 2003
    Announcement of the concept of the “CC-link Safety”safety network - a new global trend.

    July 2003
    CLPA membership exceeds 500 companies. The majority of CLPA's membership is now from companies outside Japan.
  • 2002

    November 2002
    Announcement of CC-Link Ver. 2.0.
    “CC-Link Ver. 2.0” appeared, offering up to 8 times greater data capacity, supporting devices which handle large volumes of data. This was in response to the needs of applications requiring large-capacity deterministic data communication, typified by in-situ monitoring of the semiconductor manufacturing process.

    April 2002
    Announcement of CC-Link/LT.
    Launch of the sensor level “CC-Link/LT” network, which expands the cable-saving capabilities of CC-Link to the interior of machinery & equipment. Offers all aspects of the performance unique to CC-Link, such as openness, high speed, and high reliability.

    March 2002
    Topped 1 million units for the total shipment of CC-Link compatible products.
  • 2001

    November 2001
    First exhibit at Japan's leading automation fair, the System Control Fair (SCF). CLPA has exhibited at SCF ever since.

    July 2001
    Conformance tests started.
    With the collaboration of the Kanagawa Industrial Technology Research Institute, Japan's first conformance tests are carried out. Conformance tests also carried out in China, South Korea, and North America.

    May 2001
    SEMI standards acquired.
    Acquired the SEMI_E54.12 international standard of SEMI (Semiconductor Equipment and Material International), responsible for the creation, revision, and publication of various standards relating to semiconductor manufacturing equipment. CC-Link became the world standard open field network in the semiconductor/FPD industries.

    April 2001
    6 CLPA overseas bases successfully established.
    North America, Europe, Asia... Bases set up for the dissemination of CC-Link in various major manufacturing areas around the world. Exhibiting at major exhibitions in each region actively increases awareness of CC-Link.
  • 2000

    December 2000
    Exhibited at “SEMICON-Japan” - an exhibition of the world's top semiconductor manufacturing technology.
    November 2000
    Establishment of the CC-Link Partner Association (CLPA).
    The CC-Link Partner Association (CLPA) was established by the 6 Foundation Partner companies as a third-party organization to advance the global acceptance of CC-Link.

    June 2000
    Mitsubishi Electric Corporation releases specifications for “CC-Link”.
    First step towards a fully open network.
  • 1996

    November 1996
    Mitsubishi Electric Corporation develops “CC-Link”.
    First introduced to the market as a semi-open network.