January 2008

OMAC News

Integration big success

An interactive road-mapping exercise provided OMAC members a chance to input to the organization's strategic direction at the First Annual Integration Symposium in November at Boeing's Future of Flight Center in Everett, Wash.

Boeing's presentation on the 787 Dreamliner Development preceded a tour of the Boeing manufacturing facility, housing the assembly of some of the first Boeing 787s. Afternoon presentations from the machine tool group focused on implementing open standards for manufacturing, CNC-ERP connectivity, and PLM/MES integration.

John Michaloski from NIST talked about OMAC HMI best practices and how the machine tool HMI group's development of a data model enabled the demonstration of CNC to ERP integration using OPC. Rob Aleksa from P&G explained how P&G is leveraging the PackML guidelines to enable and deploy operational performance on their packaging lines. Dan Seger of Rockwell Automation discussed the ISA88 Part 5 committee's development of modular concepts for automation. This effort is developing modular programming concepts to enable faster and more consistent program development on automation systems.

Jerry Yen from General Motors presented the global strategy and scalable architecture based on OMAC principles. Bob Tain from Okuma explained how OMAC played a key role in the development of the Okuma THINC intelligent numerical control systems. In a talk on best practices for manufacturing IT systems, Erik Goode discussed how to factor the differences between factory floor and office IT into the development of manufacturing IT best practices.

Attendees at second-day breakout sessions brainstormed action steps from the previous day's road-mapping session topics to present to the entire group.

The OMAC Board of Directors will review these action items and report out their recommendations at the OMAC User Meeting planned for 7 February in Orlando, Fla. At the end of the event, Okuma agreed to host the OMAC Symposium in 2008 in Charlotte, N.C., at their Partners in THINC facility. For more details on symposium presentations and breakout session summaries, visit www.omac.org.