October 2008


Planning for PackExpo

Making packaging operations more effective by simplifying customization and integration enables world-class packaging operations. By implementing these standards, packaging companies and their partners gain a competitive advantage as they leverage an integrated supply chain to optimize operations.

The OMAC Packaging Workgroup (OPW) will showcase the benefits of packaging line integration at PackExpo International 2008. The booth will include demonstrations from six companies highlighting ease of integrating packaging line functions (control, HMI, MES) when using the connect-and-pack standards. Check us out at Booth C-65 at the Grand Concourse in McCormick Place in Chicago, Ill., 9-13 November 2008.

B&R Automation, Elau, GE Fanuc, Rockwell Automation, WAGO, and Wonderware will show how each HMI and MES function can communicate with every controller function using the PackTags specification, which is part of the OPW connect-and-pack standards. All PackTags communication will occur over Ethernet using OPC. Some of the functions implemented in this integrated demonstration include controlling the machine states and modes, tracking production and reliability (including OEE), and alarm monitoring.

Rob Aleksa, corporate engineering section head at Procter & Gamble, will show how connect-and-pack plays a key role in achieving operational performance on packaging lines. Representatives of the packaging group will host a roundtable discussion on the challenges of implementing a world-class packaging operation. Users will briefly discuss challenges and open the floor for attendee questions.

Find more information on the demonstrations and technical sessions at www.omac.org/packexpo2008.