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Asian motion control network increases North American membership

August 10, 2011
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Mechatrolink, an industrial network optimized for motion control consisting of 900 supplier members, has signed on 50 American suppliers.


The Mechatrolink Members Association (MMA) announced that its membership has reached the 900-member plateau, including 50 suppliers in North America. The MMA is a group of Mechatrolink product developers and users who promote the use of Mechatrolink, an Asian industrial network optimized for motion control.

The MMA is an independent non-profit organization that makes Mechatrolink specifications and operating parameters available to all. The organization also works to ensure that products labeled as MMA-compatible meet the relevant specifications. MMA is continually improving network performance and actively recruiting new members.

Mechatrolink connects devices such as servo motors, servo amps and I/O to each other and to motion controllers such as PLCs, PACs (programmable automation controllers) and motion controllers. Mechatrolink is available in both RS-485 and Ethernet versions, operates at speeds up to 100 Mbps and can support up to 62 simultaneous devices. 

North American members include Cleveland Motion Controls, National Instruments, Manufacturing Data Systems, Phoenix Contact, Red Lion Controls, Texas Instruments, Turck, Yaskawa and many others.

Over the last 20 years since Mechatrolink was established, more than 2 million Mechatrolink devices have been shipped, and more than 300 different products have been certified to Mechatrolink specifications. Device profiles for motion nodes have been clearly defined and proved effective over two decades of development and use.

For more information, visit the Mechatrolink web site.

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