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OMAC to Demonstrate Automating On-Machine Measurement Using the Digital Thread

OMAC will give a demonstration of on-machine measurement at the Digital Manufacturing and Design Innovation Institute (DMDII) on Goose Island in Chicago, Illinois on May 23, 2017.  The demonstration will show 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. In OMAC’s demonstration, a product model with embedded tolerances will be machined and measured in multiple phases. At the end of each phase, coordinates on the part will be communicated in real time to CMM software. Standardized reports will describe how well the tolerances are being met. Future demonstrations will use the data for closed loop applications.

The demonstration will use 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.

New digital twin software will be used to coordinate the machining and measurement. At the start of the demonstration the twin will be loaded with the product model. During the demonstration, it will virtually machine the product model from the data sent by MTConnect. The twin will transform measurements on the machine into part coordinates that can be evaluated by CMM software. The twin will enable remote visualization in smart phones and browsers, and in future demonstrations it will correct and optimize the machining operations.

OMAC Launches Operational Technology Advisory Forum

Contact: Brent Meyer

For Immediate Release

  OMAC Launches Operational Technology Advisory Forum

(Reston, VA) One of the most significant roadblocks to standards adoption and the Industrial Internet of Things is the gap between information and operational technologies.  OMAC aims to close the gap by launching an Operational Technology (OT) Advisory Forum, which brings together automation end users to collaborate on standards and best practices.

Members of OMAC’s OT Advisory Forum will be part of the collective voice of end users, integrators, OEMs, technology providers and corporate members that champion standards in manufacturing automation. The OT Advisory Forum is open to qualified automation end users at no cost and allows them to collaborate with other manufacturers and participate in many OMAC sponsored activities, such as workshops, best practice sharing, OMAC document reviews, communication, and annual meetings at the member rate. Members of the OT Advisory Forum will also be recognized on OMAC’s website and other promotional activities.

Members of the OT Advisory Forum can transition to full corporate members to access additional benefits, such as voting privileges, updates of ISA TR88.00.02, initiative proposals, technology demonstrations, workgroup and Technical Advisory Board activities and leadership opportunities. To learn more about the differences between corporate membership and the OT Advisory Forum, visit

For more than two decades, OMAC member companies have championed standards in manufacturing automation. For example, OMAC is responsible for the ISA TR88.00.02 (PackML) standard that is driving production and ROI improvements for end users and OEMs worldwide.  Additionally, OMAC has contributed substantially to the MTConnect, STEP NC and OPC UA standards.  OMAC continues to advance automation standards with universal templates for machinery User Requirements Specifications, HMI dashboards and others.

The Path to the Industrial Internet of Things

To reach the full potential of the Industrial Internet of Things from the production floor through operations, manufacturers need to resolve numerous challenges and meet multiple requirements. Manufacturers have the opportunity to drive the discussion and solutions by working together in industry standards organizations such as OMAC.

Some of the pressing issues and questions OMAC and other standard organizations are working to address include:

  • What OT standards are required to meet IT security concerns?
  • How can manufacturers achieve interoperability and connectivity that takes advantage of today’s analytics?
  • How can manufacturers prevent proprietary industrial technologies from holding back effective Industrial Internet deployment?
  • How can manufacturers convince suppliers to adopt standards without incurring unnecessary cost and delay?

“It’s not enough for corporations to adhere to ‘internal’ standards and specifications,” says Dr. Bryan Griffen, OMAC Chairman.  “The Industrial Internet demands true end-to-end interoperability, with a flattened hierarchy between IT and OT systems.”

Join OMAC’s Operational Technology Advisory Forum

There is no cost to join OMAC’s OT Advisory Forum. Details available here.


OMAC and SESAM Hold Conference on Smart Packaging Automation Using PackML & OPC UA

March 15 & 16
Copenhagen, Denmark
Microsoft Development Center
Kanalvej 7, 2800 Kongens Lyngby, Denmark

Conference includes examples and presentations of end user PackML and OPC UA implementations. Automation suppliers will exhibit and discuss PackML and OPC UA tools and solutions for OEMs and End User companies.

Cost: 350 Euro for OMAC and SESAM members; 450 Euro for non-members


For more information, review the conference brochure.