New User-Specific PackML Implementation Training

For Immediate Release

Brent Meyer

OMAC Introduces New User-Specific PackML Implementation Training for Annual Workshop

  • PackML Workshop, May 23, Chicago Marriott O’Hare, in conjunction with Machine Technology Day and The Automation Conference May 24-25
  • Half-day training session focuses on distinct PackML implementation tasks for packaging end-users, integrators, and OEMs

Reston, VA. – The Organization for Machine Automation and Control (OMAC) is introducing two new user-specific sessions in its annual half-day PackML workshop. This year’s workshop, entitled PackML – Practical Approaches to Implementation includes separate sessions for OEMs and Packaging End Users/Integrators to allow more intense training and individual attention on key tasks and strategies in typical user applications. The goal is to provide attendees with practical information and solutions for PackML implementation steps they would take in their business.

The Workshop takes place on May 23, 1:00 – 5:00 p.m. at the Chicago Marriott O’Hare as part of Machine Technology Day and in partnership with The Automation Conference 2016, produced by Automation World and Packaging World. The Automation Conference follows Machine Technology Day and the PackML Workshop on May 24-25 at the same location.

Agenda and speakers include:

PackML Introduction:
Bryan Griffen, OMAC Chairman
will present a brief overview of PackML in packaging and non-packaging related automation.

End User and Integrator Workshop:
Geoff Gooding, Senior Packaging Process Specialist, Nestlé and Todd Ebert, Food & Beverage Industry Manager, RoviSys Automation and Integration Solutions
will lead a hands-on session focused on end user and integrator tasks in implementing PackML. They will demonstrate how information is exchanged in machine/unit integration across a system, PackTag structure, benefits, and approaches for implementing PackML.

OEM Workshop:
Chris Thomas, Director of Controls Technology, Axon and Tom Dorward, Production Engineering Manager, Mettler-Toledo
will lead a hands-on session focused on specific OEM tasks and the Make2Pack approach in implementing PackML. Experts will demonstrate a full implementation of PackML within a machine/unit down to the component level and the benefits of reusable modules.

Presenting PackML within Your Organization/Session Review/
John Kowal Director, Business Development B&R Industrial Automation Corp
Discussion about presenting and managing PackML projects in your organization and a review of the day’s breakout sessions.

Individual PackML workshop sessions run concurrently. Lunch, breakfast, and an evening reception are included with registration. Class size for the Workshop is limited to encourage personalized attention and time for questions and answers. Don’t miss this opportunity to learn more about implementing PackML to increase productivity, integration efficiency, and automation performance.

The full Machine Technology Day program includes presentations on safety, standards, and processes from leading organizations and subject matter experts. The Automation Conference provides opportunities for attendees to learn about and share best practices in automation, manufacturing systems, engineering, software development, machine design, line integration, operations, and performance.

The PackML Workshop is available exclusively for registered attendees of Machine Technology Day. The Automation Conference requires an additional registration fee. OMAC members receive a $100 discount for each event. For full cost information and registration, please visit

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