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OMAC workgroup at PACK EXPO offers advantages of standards

OMAC workgroup at PACK EXPO offers advantages of standards
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The OMAC (Open Modular Architecture Controls) Booth C-949, located in the Association Pavilion in the Central Hall of PACK EXPO Las Vegas, consists of five different companies showcasing the cost benefits of implementing the OMAC Connect-and-Pack standards on control, HMI, MES and ERP applications.

These standards were incorporated into the ISA 88 Standards in August, 2008 with the approval of the ISA 88 technical report on Machine and U.S. This technical report documented how the OMAC PackML and PackTags followed the ISA 88 standards. A copy of this technical report (ISA-TR88.00.02) is available on the ISA Standards website at www.isa. org/standards.

The five companies participating in the OMAC in-booth demonstrations are B&R Automation, GE Fanuc, Schneider Electric, Wipro and Wonderware. They will be demonstrating how Connect-and-Pack standards are implemented on their systems and the cost benefits both users and machine builders are realizing from use of these
standards.

A number of key users, such as Procter & Gamble and SABMiller are leveraging the Connectand-Pack standards to deliver significant cost benefits. Some of the key benefits being realized by users are improved operational and equipment reliability and optimized operations through an integrated supply chain. The benefits are key to driving down manufacturing costs for users.

OEMs adopted the standards several machine builders have adopted the OMAC Connect-and-Pack standards because of the cost benefits they generate. Key cost benefits
include reduced engineering costs, lower training costs and shorter project cycles.

In addition to the booth, OMAC also will have a Connect-and-Pack seminar on Wednesday, Oct. 7, from 2 to 4 p.m. The seminar is intended to educate and inform the packaging community about how the OMAC Connect-and-Pack standards can deliver cost benefits to both end users and machine builders. More details about the seminar can be obtained at the OMAC Booth C-949. OMAC will also have an OPW user meeting on Tuesday, Oct. 6, from 3 to 5 p.m. in Room N115.

The agenda includes a presentation on the results of the recently conducted packaging automation survey and an update on the ME Definition Team’s effort to specify MES definitions based on PackTags, part of the Connect-and-Pack standards. There is no charge for attending the meeting and it’s open to everyone.

More information about the Connect-and-Pack standards can be found in Booth C-949 or
visit Omak’s workgroup website at www.omac.org/packaging

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