OMAC guidelines ease design, programming, integration

OMAC demonstrates an automation object, part of the ISA88 Part 5 discussion, for higher efficiencies and more flexibility after easier system integration. Standards simplify customization and integration, extending the usefulness of OMAC PackML guidelines. See more photos of the Pack Expo 2008 OMAC demonstration.

12/02/2008



Integrating hardware and software from multiple vendors was easy when OMAC Connect-and-Pack guidelines are used, says Nick Santucci, Wonderware.


Wago, Wonderware, B&R Industrial Automation, Elau (Schneider Electric), Rockwell Automation, and GE Fanuc hardware and software were interconnected at the OMAC Pack Expo 2008 demonstration.


Standards simplify customization and integration, OMAC says, and the ISA88 Part 5 draft standard under construction uses an automation object, extending the usefulness of OMAC PackML guidelines.

Chicago – OMAC guidelines, such as PackML , are developed to make it easier to design, program, integrate and troubleshoot automation software. They are also designed to ease comparisons across plants, lines, and machines with standard naming conventions and data structures, according to Nick Santucci, solution architect for Wonderware. He helped integrate the OMAC display at Pack Expo International 2008 . See photo gallery of the related demonstration, at right and
“I didn’t need to ask one question to integrate software and hardware from Wonderware, B&R Industrial Automation, Wago, Elau, Rockwell Automation, and GE Fanuc. All use the same tag names and state names,” said Santucci.
Without having to figure out I/O lists from each vendor, an end-user, system integrator, or machine builder has more time to make a technology application more productive, Santucci noted.
However, just because guidelines and standards are available, doesn’t necessarily mean they’re included with new machinery. Users must require that the standards be included with new machinery.
“Requests for proposals must require standards,” Santucci advised. “End-users are all over this. Now we have to get all the machine builders on board.” Those involved with the OMAC organization will have an opportunity to advocate for greater use of these standards and the higher efficiencies they bring at a joint WBF and OMAC conference May 4-6, 2009, .
OMAC, using ARC Advisory Group
World class operations incorporating OMAC Connect-and-Pack standards have 80-90% OEE using lines that run many products with highly automated and flexible lines, the organization says.
Learn more about the packaging line system integration, demonstrated .
A Control Engineering

blog

.”
Learn what else Control Engineering says about OEE .
Mark T. Hoske , editor in chief
Control Engineering News Desk
Register here .





No comments
The Top Plant program honors outstanding manufacturing facilities in North America. View the 2015 Top Plant.
The Product of the Year program recognizes products newly released in the manufacturing industries.
The Engineering Leaders Under 40 program identifies and gives recognition to young engineers who...
Your leaks start here: Take a disciplined approach with your hydraulic system; U.S. presence at Hannover Messe a rousing success
Hannover Messe 2016: Taking hold of the future - Partner Country status spotlights U.S. manufacturing; Honoring manufacturing excellence: The 2015 Product of the Year Winners
Inside IIoT: How technology, strategy can improve your operation; Dry media or web scrubber?; Six steps to design a PM program
Getting to the bottom of subsea repairs: Older pipelines need more attention, and operators need a repair strategy; OTC preview; Offshore production difficult - and crucial
Digital oilfields: Integrated HMI/SCADA systems enable smarter data acquisition; Real-world impact of simulation; Electric actuator technology prospers in production fields
Special report: U.S. natural gas; LNG transport technologies evolve to meet market demand; Understanding new methane regulations; Predictive maintenance for gas pipeline compressors
Warehouse winter comfort: The HTHV solution; Cooling with natural gas; Plastics industry booming
Managing automation upgrades, retrofits; Making technical, business sense; Ensuring network cyber security
Designing generator systems; Using online commissioning tools; Selective coordination best practices

Annual Salary Survey

Before the calendar turned, 2016 already had the makings of a pivotal year for manufacturing, and for the world.

There were the big events for the year, including the United States as Partner Country at Hannover Messe in April and the 2016 International Manufacturing Technology Show in Chicago in September. There's also the matter of the U.S. presidential elections in November, which promise to shape policy in manufacturing for years to come.

But the year started with global economic turmoil, as a slowdown in Chinese manufacturing triggered a worldwide stock hiccup that sent values plummeting. The continued plunge in world oil prices has resulted in a slowdown in exploration and, by extension, the manufacture of exploration equipment.

Read more: 2015 Salary Survey

Maintenance and reliability tips and best practices from the maintenance and reliability coaches at Allied Reliability Group.
The One Voice for Manufacturing blog reports on federal public policy issues impacting the manufacturing sector. One Voice is a joint effort by the National Tooling and Machining...
The Society for Maintenance and Reliability Professionals an organization devoted...
Join this ongoing discussion of machine guarding topics, including solutions assessments, regulatory compliance, gap analysis...
IMS Research, recently acquired by IHS Inc., is a leading independent supplier of market research and consultancy to the global electronics industry.
Maintenance is not optional in manufacturing. It’s a profit center, driving productivity and uptime while reducing overall repair costs.
The Lachance on CMMS blog is about current maintenance topics. Blogger Paul Lachance is president and chief technology officer for Smartware Group.
This article collection contains several articles on the vital role that compressed air plays in manufacturing plants.
This article collection contains several articles on the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) and how it is transforming manufacturing.
This article collection contains several articles on strategic maintenance and understanding all the parts of your plant.
click me