CC-Link, a Mitsubishi Electric Automation-sponsored fieldbus that became an open standard in 2000, has a strong position in Asia and is aggressively promoting itself in the North American market. It has just announced that vision system specialist Cognex Corp., a Boston-based supplier, has joined the Board of Director Companies of the CLPA (CC-Link Partner Association) replacing Molex, which will remain a regular member.

CLPA-Americas Director Chuck Lukasik says, “We are delighted to have Cognex on our board of directors. It broadens our technology base and brings skills associated with developing worldwide markets for innovative products. Because its vision systems are so widely used, it will help us introduce CC-Link technology to whole new industries.”

The CLPA is the organization of manufacturers formed in 2000 to oversee and develop the underlying CC-Link technology and to promote its integration into automation products. CLPA also promotes the worldwide adoption of CC-Link technology for network communications in automation. Cognex joins Digital Electronics Corp., IDEC Corp., Mitsubishi Electric Corp. and NEC Corp. on the board of directors.

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