Driving Toward a Common Machine Language and Best Practices
Keywords: Organization for Machine Automation and Control, OMAC, PackML, Machine Safety.
OMAC, the Organization for Machine Automation and Control, held its annual face-to-face meeting at ARC Advisory Group's World Industry Forum in Orlando, Florida on February 13 and 14, 2013. This included two main sessions providing updates on the activities of the machine tool and packaging working groups, a meeting to reactivate the technical advisory board lead by Dan Amundson of Procter & Gamble, and a board of directors meeting. It was evident from these meetings, and the election of Bryan Griffen of Nestlé as chairman of the board of directors, that OMAC has established itself as a global, user-led force for the advancement of machine standards. Of particular interest to consumer goods manufacturing companies were the extensive activities of the packaging working group and its committees.
The Role of the OMAC Packaging Working Group
Bryan Griffen, Chairman of the OMAC Packaging Working Group (OPW), provided a general update on the goals, structure, and activities of this very active working group. He stated that the goal of the group is to support end user and OEM machine automation choices and flexibility through greater industry openness and interoperability to enhance manufacturing competitiveness. The group is doing this by developing tools and methods to optimize packaging equipment control and safety. The group's focus is on implementing international standards, horizontal line integration, and links to vertical MES and ERP systems. He highlighted the role of each committee within the working group.
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