Four OEMs Share Their Experiences Implementing PackML in Machine Design and Build. Mettler Toledo, and Axon, ID Technology, and Matrix built by Pro Mach share their stories.
At a recent meeting in Microsoft’s Copenhagen offices, more than 120 controls and automation professionals gathered to seek out ways of better aligning PackML and OPC UA in an OMAC conference called Smart Packaging Automation with PackML & OPC UA.
The goal of the Copenhagen conference was to share information on how the PackML unit/machine Implementation Guidelines from OMAC can reduce time and costs of integration of equipment. Through live implementations and user stories, attendees learned how PackML can be used as a standard interface to facilitate optimal integration between machines and higher-level supervisory control systems on the factory floor.
On July 12, a team led by STEP Tools and OMAC members stretched the digital thread farther than ever before – from design, through manufacture, and into five axis measurement.
The demonstration showed how the digital thread enables more accurate, timely and automated on-machine measurement. The Digital thread connects elements in manufacturing and provides an integrated view throughout the process. The demonstration uses STEP to define a product model, MTConnect to communicate on-machine touch points, and QIF to report metrology results. STEP is supported by nearly every CAD system, and has recently been updated to include tolerances that can be reasoned with by intelligent software. MTConnect is available for nearly every type of machine tool and for this demonstration has been extended to include touch probe results. QIF has been developed by the team responsible for DMIS as a next generation standard for metrology planning and reporting.
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