February 2008

OMAC News

Connect and pack education

By Dave Bauman

Making operations more effective is what connect-and-pack guidelines are all about. They simplify customization and integration. That is why the OMAC Packaging Workgroup (OPW) is partnering with Packaging World Magazine to host a hands-on demonstration of the guidelines as part of a half-day educational seminar on packaging automation in conjunction with the Packaging Automation Forum, 19-20 May in Chicago, where attendees will see working demonstrations of the connect-and-pack guidelines.

Seven technology providers will host demonstration units at the seminar and will include interconnected implementing controller, HMI, and MES functionality using the OPW connect-and-pack guidelines. The interconnection of the demonstration units is simplified by using PackTags on OPC over Ethernet. PackTags, which are part of the guidelines, define a common set of data elements or tags typically seeing use in packaging applications. Attendees will be able to see how each technology provider implements the guidelines. They will also show what templates, documentation, training, and other resources are available to users to simplify the implementation of the guidelines on their products.

For more information on the Packaging Automation Forum visit www.packworld.com/paf.