Packaging Workgroup

The objective of the OMAC Packaging Workgroup (OPW) is to maximize the business value of packaging machinery by improving automation guidelines and standards. This will lead to improved flexibility, improved capability, and reduced system integration costs.

OMAC-packaging-logoTo attain this goal, we work with automation suppliers, OEMs, and trade groups worldwide to encourage their support of the OMAC Packaging Guidelines throughout their products and practices, creating a mutually beneficial environment for the guidelines.

The OMAC Packaging Guidelines make packaging operations more effective by simplifying customization and integration, which enables world class packaging operations. When implemented, packaging companies and their partners gain a competitive advantage as they leverage an integrated supply chain to optimize operations.

PackML/PackTags Technical Report Approved
The ISA88 Committee has approved a new ISA88 Technical Report on Machine and Unit States. This technical report incorporates the OMAC Packaging Workgroup’s PackML and PackTags documents with the industry standard ISA88 terminology.


OMAC PackML logo

The new OMAC PackML logo and sticker artwork, released in October 2014, are now available for download. Please use the links below to obtain the file of your choice.

  OMAC PackML Logo (PDF)
  OMAC PackML Logo (PNG)
  OMAC PackML Logo (JPG)

 OPW Executive Committee

The OMAC Packaging Workgroup (OPW) Executive Committee oversees the direction of the OPW and its sub-groups and approves all of the recommendations that come out of the OPW sub-groups. The OPW Executive Committee is made up of 3 users, 2 technology providers, and 2 machine builders. Members are expected to represent their industry group (user, technology provider, or machine builder) in providing input and direction to the committee. OPW Executive Committee positions are for two year term.

OMAC Packaging Workgroup (OPW) Chair
 Uwe Keiter

Podcasts: Implementing ISA-TR88 (PackML)

Featured speakers from the most recent PackML Workshop at The Automation Conference took a few minutes with Jack Aguero from OMAC and Aguero Associates to briefly share a few of their insights on implementing PackML. For the podcast, Jack asked each speaker to highlight some challenges, benefits, and advice for organizations beginning or considering implementing PackML.

During the Workshop speakers focused in depth on benefits and challenges of implementing PackML from either an integrator and end user’s perspective or from a machine builder’s perspective. Featured speakers included:

Tom Dorward, METTLER TOLEDO Product Manager for Food-Checkweighing, Transport & Logistics, and Communications.
Tom drives consistent PackML implementation and compliance to the ISA TR88.00.02 standard for METTLER TOLEDO’s Product Inspection Division. To listen to Tom’s podcast, click here.

Chris Thomas, Axon – powered by Pro Mach, Director of Controls Technology.
Chris drives implementation of ISA TR88 (PackML) in Axon machinery and controls design. To listen to Chris’s podcast, click here.

Todd Ebert, RoviSys Food & Beverage Industry Manager.
Todd’s has helped RoviSys customers standardize on ISA TR88 (PackML)TR88 and take advantage of real-time and historical data to help drive decision making. To listen to Todd’s podcast, click here.

Geoff Gooding, Nestlé Senior Packaging Process Specialist.
Geoff has been heavily involved in PackML for three years, driving implementation with a number of OEM’s aligning PackML with Nestlé reporting and management. To listen to Geoff’s podcast, click here.

ISA Approves Next Generation ANSI/ISA-TR88.00.02-2015 with PackML

December 2, 2015

The International Society of Automation (ISA) has approved a new, simplified version of the ISA TR88 standard, commonly called PackML. … Read more

OMAC Members Share Solutions for Implementing ISA-TR 88, PackML

October 7, 2015

Ten members of the Organization for Machine Automation and Control (OMAC) shared solutions and best practices for implementing ISA-TR 88, … Read more

Product Inspection, OMAC and PackML

November 18, 2014

METTLER TOLEDO is a member of the Organization for Machine Automation and Control (OMAC) and has been an active participant … Read more