Packaging line system integration, demonstrated
OMAC Packaging Workgroup expects to demonstrate benefits of packaging line integration at Pack Expo International 2008.
Chicago, IL – System integration will be demonstrated live, during the week of Nov. 9, here. Members of OMAC Packaging Workgroup (OPW) " at Pack Expo International 2008 as OMAC Connect-and-Pack standards.
OMAC Packaging Workgroup Booth Demonstration : Benefits of Packaging Line Integration
Why is this integration important? Connect-and-Pack standards make packaging operations more effective by simplifying customization and integration, which enables world class packaging operations.
When implemented, packaging companies and their partners gain a competitive advantage as they leverage an integrated supply chain to optimize operations. OMAC Connect-and-Pack standards of PackML and PackTags were recently approved as part of the ISA88 standards. (See:
Participating companies are B&R Automation, Elau, GE Fanuc, Rockwell Automation, Wago, and Wonderware. HMI and MES functions will be able to communicate with every controller function in the demonstrations using the PackTags specification—part of the OPW Connect-and-Pack standards.
All of the PackTags communication will be done over Ethernet using OPC.
Some functions implemented in this integrated demonstration include controlling the machine states and modes, tracking production and reliability (including OEE), and alarm monitoring.
ISA88 Technical Report on Machine and Unit States documenting how PackML and PackTags follow the ISA88 standard is available from .
OMAC, the Organization for Machine Automation and Control, is the global organization for automation and manufacturing professionals that is dedicated to supporting the machine automation and operational needs of manufacturing.
OMAC has about 500 members from end-user companies, OEM's, and technology providers and integrator companies. It operates three Working Groups: Packaging Machinery, Manufacturing Infrastructure, and Machine Tool.
OMAC is a charter member of the Automation Federation in Research Triangle Park, NC.
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