November 2008

OMAC NEWS

Developing connect-and-pack demo

The OMAC Packaging Workgroup (OPW) developed a new connect-and-pack demonstration specification for technology providers to build demonstration units to show the benefits of the Connect-and-Pack standards of PackML and PackTags. The hardware and software specifications follow the PackML and PackTag standards, included in the recently approved ISA88 Technical Report, Machine and Unit States: An Implementation Example of ISA88. 

During the PackExpo International Show at McCormick Place in Chicago, six technology providers' demonstration units built to the new specifications. B&R Automation, Elau, GE Fanuc, Rockwell Automation, WAGO, and Wonderware demonstrated how units are interconnected with ease of packaging line integration when using the Connect-and-Pack standards. 

At the upcoming OMAC Symposium, 3-4 December 2008 (www.omac.org/systemevolution), B&R Automation and Wonderware will highlight how they are implementing the Connect-and-Pack standards on their platforms and the benefits they provide to users and machine builders who implement. B&R Automation is showing how they are implemented on their control platform. Wonderware is showing how they are implemented on their supervisory system and how easily the two systems integrate when using the Connect-and-Pack standards.

The OPW Group is also planning to have a Connect-and-Pack tutorial session during the upcoming co-located OMAC/WBF Conferences to be held 4-6 May in Research Triangle Park, N.C.