OMAC NEWS RELEASE
Contact: Jennifer Infantino
OMAC Demonstrates Packaging Guidelines in Action at PACK EXPO International 2006
Research Triangle Park, NC (10 October 2006) - OMAC Packaging Working Group (OPW) will highlight the business value of implementing their industry automation guidelines on packaging machinery at the upcoming PACK EXPO International being held at McCormick Place in Chicago, Illinois, from 29 October - 2 November 2006. This industry wide event will host more than 2,000 packaging and processing exhibitors from around the globe.
Located at booth C-64 (Grand Concourse), seven operating demonstration units implementing OPW guidelines from 17 diverse hardware and software suppliers will be showcased. Five machine builders (ADCO, Douglas Machine, Markem, Pneumatic Scale, RA Jones) and seventeen technology suppliers (AMK, B&R, Baldor, Baumuller, Beckhoff, Bosch Rexroth, Danfoss, Elau, Lenze, Lust, Parker Hannifin, Rockwell Automation, SEW, Siemens, Wago, Wonderware, Yaskawa) are sponsors of the OPW Booth.
Dave Bauman, OMAC Technical Director said, "OMAC is very pleased with the range of companies participating in the demonstration units in the OPW Booth. They highlight the broad support that the OPW guidelines are receiving in the industry. Machine builders and users can realize immediate cost savings and productivity improvements using these guidelines."
The OMAC Packaging Workgroup will also host a general user meeting during PackExpo on Tuesday, October 31st at 3 PM in Room 103D of the South Building in McCormick Place. Anyone interested in learning more about the business benefits of the OPW guidelines is encouraged to attend.
OMAC Packaging Workgroup seeks to maximize end-user and OEM machine automation choices plus expand and enhance the "connect-and-pack" guidelines to provide easier integration horizontally (process to packaging) and vertically (packaging to ERP systems). Using the guidelines will increase flexibility, facilitate a smaller footprint machine, achieve faster throughput, and reduce costs through greater industry openness and interoperability. This will allow end users to "connect-and-pack" different technology solutions to meet their business needs.
To attain this goal, the five Packaging sub-groups - PackSoft, PackConnect, PackAdvantage, PackML, and PackLearn - work with automation suppliers, OEMs, and trade groups worldwide to encourage support of the "connect-and-pack" guidelines throughout their products and practices, creating a mutually beneficial environment for the guidelines.
For more information on the OMAC Packaging Workgroup, visit www.omac.org/packaging.
About PACK EXPO International
PACK EXPO International started in 1956, and celebrates its 50th Anniversary this year. Their dedication in promoting the latest developments in packaging technology and showcasing exhibitors' state-of-the-art advances in packaging machinery, converting machinery, materials, packages and containers, and components is remarkable. Important industry updates and new product technology will be displayed by the most prominent companies in the industry.
OMAC–The Open Modular Architecture Controls Users’ Group (www.omac.org) is an affiliate organization of ISA- The Instrumentation, Systems and Automation Society- and works to collectively derive common solutions for both technical and non-technical issues in the development, implementation, and commercialization of open, modular architecture control (OMAC) technologies, and to facilitate the accelerated development and convergence of industry and government developed OMAC technology guidelines to one set that satisfies common use requirements. OMAC has about 500 member representatives from end-user companies, OEM's, and technology providers and integrator companies. OMAC currently operates three Work Groups: Packaging Machinery, Manufacturing Infrastructure, and Machine Tool. OMAC is a founding charter member of The Automation Federation (www.automationfederation.org).