On a video released by the CC-Link Partner Association (CLPA), Michael Volz, Managing Director of HMS's German operations, says: "Connectivity for control and communications is becoming more and more important as industrial companies move towards more integrated systems, the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) and Industry 4.0 (I4.0)."
Control engineers have a vast number of Industrial Ethernet and fieldbus options available; this has led to a requirement for communications interfaces to link the different technologies. HMS Industrial Networks specialises in making such interfaces, either for embedding within automation devices or as gateways.
Volz explains: "Our Anybus range of gateways allows devices such as robots, sensors and controllers to be connected to different industrial networks - whether fieldbus or Ethernet. This assists with the increasing trend to integrate systems to improve overall efficiency and productivity."
HMS is an active member of the CLPA, which supports both fieldbus and industrial Ethernet technologies. The CLPA's fieldbus technology, CC-Link, is well established around the world, and is particularly strong in Asia. Its Ethernet product, CC-Link IE (industrial Ethernet), is the only open industrial Ethernet technology that provides gigabit speeds and hence the highest levels of productivity.
Volz says: "HMS works with the CLPA in a number of different ways, particularly in Europe and Japan, but also elsewhere in the world. Our growth in the Asian market has been particularly strong, thanks to the relationship."
The two organisations have often collaborated on promotional events such as seminars and presentations. HMS has also made a significant development investment by offering a range of CC-Link IE and CC-Link products.
Volz states: "Connectivity is now the key feature that every device needs to ensure the productivity of the manufacturing systems they are part of. In short we are helping customers move towards the IIoT and I4.0. Our positive and active relationship with the CLPA helps us to understand the requirements of control engineers, particularly those working in discrete manufacture."
To find out more, take a look at the CLPA video.