In March 2012, the Standardisation Administration of China (SAC) presented the specification of the Powerlink communication profile as the national standard GB/T 27960-2011. This makes Powerlink the only industrial Ethernet protocol to comply with the highest authorised standardisation level for communication technologies in China.
As a Chinese-recommended industrial standard, GB/T must meet several requirements. It must be fully open technology, widely used and standard technology in the world and not subject to any country or company. Powerlink's Open Source strategy contributed substantially to the required acceptance by local component manufacturers. There also needs to be a test and certification institution in China, which opened in 2011. Of the more than 80 member companies in various industries of the Ethernet Powerlink Association China, more than 15 already supply products with a Powerlink interface, and 30 more are under development.
Stefan Schönegger, Managing Director of the EPSG, points out an important aspect of this standardisation: "This turns Powerlink into an unique selling point and success factor in China for export-oriented manufacturers of production machinery and components. It shows that due to the path of pervasive openness we have been following, in many countries Powerlink is the only technology that can fulfil expectations". Schönegger is also convinced that this decision will have ground-breaking effects on the Chinese plant construction industry as well.
To find out more about the Powerlink communication profile, visit the website at www.ethernet-POWERLINK.org.