Category: Conferences & EXPOs

Automation Standard Leader OMAC Features Efforts to Advance Industrial Internet of Things at PACK EXPO Las Vegas

Contact: Brent Meyer
859.391.0130
brentmeyer@fuse.net
For Immediate Release

Automation Standard Leader OMAC Features Efforts to Advance
Industrial Internet of Things at PACK EXPO Las Vegas

  • Visit OMAC at PACK EXPO Las Vegas, September 25-27, booth C-1241
  • Learn about improving productivity with ISA-TR88.00.02, also known as PackML
  • Get the latest on the PackML/OPCUA companion specification

Reston, VA – The Organization for Machine Automation and Control (OMAC) will be showcasing automation standard initiatives at PACK EXPO Las Vegas (September 25-27; Las Vegas Convention Center) that are helping to advance the Industrial Internet of Things and improve packaging efficiency. OMAC will be located in booth C-1241.

Featured OMAC Initiatives include the ISA-TR88.00.02 automation standard commonly known as PackML and the PackML/OPC UA companion specification which is helping to advance communication protocols among devices and machines. OMAC, OPC Foundation, and PLCopen, co-located in the Association Partner Pavilion, are working together to help advance communications protocols necessary for the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) to succeed. The three organizations are at the forefront of developing and promoting common standards to improve manufacturing efficiency, but until now have been working in parallel on different aspects of automation standardization.

Interoperability between devices and machines that use different protocols is a significant challenge in realizing the full potential offered by the Industrial Internet of Things. By collaborating on companion specifications to existing standards and protocols, OMAC is working to help advance the quality and efficiency of data sharing and communication at the machine and production line and up through the enterprise.

One of OMAC’s major initiatives has been the promotion of ISA-TR88/PackML. Manufacturers and machine builders worldwide have implemented PackML on various control platforms to increase speed to production, ease packaging line integration and improve reliability. The second generation is currently available. While PackML defines machine modes, states and tag naming conventions, it does not specify a communications protocol. The OPC Foundation’s Unified Architecture (OPC UA) is an industrial interoperability framework. It delivers information modeling with integrated security, access rights, and all communication layers to provide plug and play machine-to-machine (M2M) communication inside factories. It is scalable across the plant floor and from sensor to IT enterprise and cloud scenarios.

To take their efforts to the next level, OMAC and the OPC Foundation have developed a companion specification for ISA-TR88/PackML and OPC UA.

“A standard communication protocol, used consistently across the industry, is vital for realizing the full benefits of automation standards such as ISA-TR88, which then can be a valuable data source for smart factories and the IIoT,” says Dr. Bryan Griffen, OMAC Chairman and Nestlé Group Engineering Manager. “A companion specification between ISA TR88 and OPC UA fills this need. The opportunities to transform manufacturing as hardware and software solutions are integrated through consistently applied, standardized protocols are extraordinary. We’re pleased to be a part of those efforts worldwide.”

OMAC will present on the PACK EXPO Las Vegas Innovation Stage (C-1041) on Tuesday, September 26 at noon. The presentation is entitled: PackML and the Internet of Things — A Practical Approach to Line Productivity Through Standardized Machine-to-Machine Communication and will include speakers from end-user Church and Dwight, OEM Mettler-Toledo, and OMAC.

OMAC also will be participating in PACK EXPO’s Amazing Packaging Race, an educational competition for university students, which requires them to visit exhibitor booths and solve packaging problems.

OMAC members will be available at PACK EXPO Las Vegas to discuss development of the PackML/OPC UA Companion Spec and productivity enhancements from implementing PackML, Pack Tags, and PackSpec guidelines.
Registration, which includes access to both PACK EXPO Las Vegas and Healthcare Packaging EXPO, is $30 until Sept. 1, where after the price increases to $100. For more information and to register online, visit www.packexpolasvegas.com.

About OMAC
The Organization for Machine Automation and Control (OMAC) helps manufacturers and suppliers work together to identify new and innovative ways to increase the effectiveness of their production operations. OMAC brings together leading End-User Manufacturers, OEM Machine Builders, System Integrators, Technology Providers, and Non-Profit / Government Agency organizations to address issues that confront global manufacturing today. OMAC’s two working groups, Packaging and Manufacturing, lead the way in producing industry consensus guidelines that help manufacturers reduce their delivery times, be more efficient with available resources, and increase profitability.  More information is available at www.omac.org.

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Dr. Bryan Griffen Discusses Upcoming PackML Workshop

Monday, May 22, Chicago Marriott O’Hare

  • Half-day training includes PackML coding and programming workshops with Rockwell and Siemens experts
  • Additional sessions on implementing PackML and OPC UA Companion Specification

OMAC’s PackML Workshop takes place on May 22, 1:00 – 5:00 p.m. at the Chicago Marriott O’Hare in partnership with the Automation Conference 2017, produced by Automation World and PMMI Media Group. The Automation Conference follows the PackML Workshop on May 23-24 at the same location.

To register, visit https://www.theautomationconference.com.

Listen to interview with Dr. Griffen.

Learn to Code and Install PackML at OMAC’s Annual PackML Workshop

For Immediate Release

Contact:
Brent Meyer
859.391.0130
brentmeyer@fuse.net

Learn to Code and Install PackML at OMAC’s Annual PackML Workshop
Monday, May 22, Chicago Marriott O’Hare

  • Half-day training includes PackML programming workshops with Rockwell and Siemens experts
  • Additional sessions on advancing the Industrial Internet and implementing PackML
  • Workshop offered conjunction with the Automation Conference, May 23-24

Reston, VA. – PackML Workshop 2017, presented by the Organization for Machine Automation and Control (OMAC) is offering hands-on PackML/ISA TR88.00.02 programming and installation sessions with experts from Rockwell and Siemens. Each programming workshop will include multiple workstations for participants to learn how to code and install PackML. The goal is to provide attendees with practical experience by simulating a programming and installation environment.

The Workshop takes place on May 22, 1:00 – 5:00 p.m. at the Chicago Marriott O’Hare in partnership with the Automation Conference 2017, produced by Automation World and PMMI Media Group. The Automation Conference follows the PackML Workshop on May 23-24 at the same location.

PackML Workshop participants also will learn more about how PackML and OPC UA are advancing the Industrial Internet. Dennis Brandl, BRL Consulting will present OMAC and OPC UA – Providing a Pathway to the Industrial Internet of Things. A general session on building the business case for PackML will also be offered.

A reception for all OMAC members and Workshop participants will follow at 5:00 pm in the same location. OMAC will hold its General Meeting for all members and interested workshop participants on May 22, prior to the Workshop.

PackML Workshop attendees must also register the Automation Conference. OMAC members save $100 on registration for the PackML Workshop and $100 on registration for the Automation Conference.

For more information and to register: visit https://www.theautomationconference.com.

OMAC Meetings and Workshop Schedule
8:00 – 10:00 am
OMAC Board Meeting

10:00 am -12:00 pm
OMAC General Meeting
Open to all OMAC members and Workshop Participants
Workshop Schedule

1:00 – 2:00 pm
OMAC and OPC UA – Providing a Pathway to the Industrial Internet of Things
Presenter: Dennis Brandl, BRL Consulting

2:00 – 4:30 pm
Hands-on PackML Programming and Installation
Presenters: Multiple workstations led by Rockwell Automation Team

Hands-on PackML Programming and Installation
Presenters: Multiple Workstations led by Siemens Team

Business Case and Technical Path for implementing PackML/ISA TR88.00.02
Presenter: TBD

Programming and business case sessions run concurrently.
4:30-5:00 pm
Workshop Wrap-Up and Q&A
Presenter: Dr. Bryan Griffen, OMAC Chairman

5:00 pm
Networking reception for OMAC
Members and Workshop Participants

About OMAC
The Organization for Machine Automation and Control (OMAC) helps manufacturers and suppliers work together to identify new and innovative ways to increase the effectiveness of their production operations. OMAC brings together leading End-User Manufacturers, OEM Machine Builders, System Integrators, Technology Providers, and Non-Profit / Government Agency organizations to address issues that confront global manufacturing today. OMAC’s two working groups, Packaging and Manufacturing, lead the way in producing industry consensus guidelines that help manufacturers reduce their delivery times, be more efficient with available resources, and increase profitability. More information is available at www.omac.org.

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