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Packaging-related blog and wireless

Efficiency and lower costs are common to two recent separate standards-related developments, one in information integration and the other in recent wireless efforts. Each promises to make manufacturing easier for original equipment manufacturers (OEMs), end users, and system integrators.

New blog augments manufacturing efficiency

A new Internet Weblog (blog) seeks to help manufacturing be more efficient and profitable with comments on the development and implementation of WBF Make2Pack ISA88 Part 5 and related standards efforts. The blog invites readers to “participate with your questions or suggestions to help the standard along, and advice on implementations, on your way to gaining competitive advantage.” Control Engineering, a Reed Business Information publication, is hosting the blog, with links to it from Packaging Digest, and others. The blog: “Standard profits: Make2Pack and ISA88,” also contains links to all the affiliated organizations.

Modular designs, facilitated by a variety of standards organizations, can help OEMs, end users, and system integrators gain efficiency. The growing ISA88 standard, once considered just for batch processing, can help throughout manufacturing, and this effort is one way helping to prove that.

David A. Chappell, Make2Pack chair, and other ISA88 Part 5 committee members, provide intelligence and specific links for this effort, spanning OMAC, WBF, and ISA standards efforts. Viewers are encouraged to: “Augment your profits and be part of the progress as Make2Pack efforts move through ISA88 Part 5. Benefit from a standards effort that streamlines information flow from continuous or batch processes through discrete operations, such as packaging. Related efforts have reduced overall costs by half.”

The Oct. 3 introduction says: “Hi, I'm David Chappell, chair of the Make2Pack ISA88 Part 5 standards development effort (Complete Manufacturing Automation Associates – LLC), and retired Proctor & Gamble section manager for batch technologies. I'm going to blog here, perhaps with comments from other committee members, to help facilitate increased communication, about and completion of, interest in, Make2Pack ISA88 Part 5. Websites related to the effort are provided above. Join us to discuss, comment, participate, and generally help things along, so we can finish the standard and encourage implementation.

Chappell invites participation: “Help us continue to define advantages of 'Make2Pack's S88.05: Continuous control to packaging.' Interest in the standard has been wide ranging and multiple demonstrations have been done and continue. Links to those involved and additional information are available at the blog. Members include end users, technology providers and system integrators, and original equipment manufacturers. In the Oct. 6 posting, Chappell says, in part: “Automation's current chaos of having many different 'local' rules needs to be consolidated, and will, one way or another.” Make2Pack ISA SP88 Part 5 effort helps “remove the current chaos providing the rules and methods to successfully meet automation needs,” he says.

To comment on any blog posting, click on the post's highlighted text at top, then scroll down and use the “Post a Comment” box that appears at the bottom of the window. A link helps readers with an RSS feed, to add the blog to their RSS newsreaders.

Read the blog via www.controleng.com, www.packagingdigest.com, or directly at www.controleng.com/blog/780000478.html.

For related information, also see:

www.isa.org/standards

www.make2pack.com

www.omac.org

www.wbf.org

Wireless: HART standard, ISA100 effort continues, groups collaborate

Flurries of wireless standards developments are going on. Among recent developments: HART and ISA collaboration on the ISA100 wireless standard includes technology sharing, after HART approved its WirelessHART specification. And, organizations for Fieldbus Foundation, Profibus, and HART agreed to form a working group on wireless.

Concerns for users and those implementing wireless networks include industrial ruggedness, appropriateness for particular applications, and interoperability of devices. These are among topics various network organizations and standards efforts are addressing.

For more on each of these developments and on other wireless trends and technologies, search on wireless atop www.controleng.com or www.packagingdigest.com. Also see:

www.hartcomm.org

www.fieldbus.org

www.profibus.com

www.isa.org/standards

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