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Another view of the machine controls

 
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PackML World Tour promotes business process improvements through industry standard

PackML World Tour initiative is led by a group of packaging machine builders that are volunteering to present the business benefits of PackML to consumer packaged goods companies (CPGs).
PACKML-COMPLIANT. P&G engineers Jason DeBruler (left) and Dan Amundson.
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P&G puts PackML through its Pace

With help from an engineering consultancy service, P&G’s corporate engineers re-programmed a Pace bottle unscrambler so that it would be compliant with the ISA-TR88.00.02 PackML Standard.
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Industry watch

 
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Six packaging automation trends to watch in 2010

I know the year is already a little long in the tooth for New Year’s predictions; most people get those out of the way much earlier than January 15.
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Cost benefits of Connect-and-Pack

 
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New data on controls in packaging

Exclusive survey on controls and integration practices followed by builders and buyers of packaging machinery shows that interconnectivity is on the rise.
Alcan Packaging, a business unit of Rio Tinto Alcan, launched its global Sustainability Moments™ campaign to coincide with
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Industry watch

 
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PackML is ready for prime time

FROM PACK EXPO 2008: P&G’s Rob Aleksa updated attendees on PackML and his company’s experience.
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OMAC Packaging Workgroup to showcase the benefits of packaging line integration

The OMAC Packaging Workgroup (OPW) will showcase the “Benefits of Packaging Line Integration” in their booth at Pack Expo International 2008.
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Industry Watch

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OMAC Packaging workgroup rebuttal

Editor’s note: When our resident packaging automation blogger Keith Campbell (www.ontheedgeblog.com) posted some comments on OMAC and its mission, it prompted the OMAC Packaging Workgroup Executive Committee to send in a rebuttal of sorts. On this and the adjacent page, we bring you the blog and the rebuttal.
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OMAC should maintain a simple focus on packaging

Editor’s note: When our resident packaging automation blogger Keith Campbell (www.ontheedgeblog.com) posted some comments on OMAC and its mission, it prompted the OMAC Packaging Workgroup Executive Committee to send in a rebuttal of sorts. On this and the adjacent page, we bring you the blog and the rebuttal.
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News from Pearson Packaging Systems

Two announcements from Pearson: The company is now offering the PackML machinery language platform as standard across much of their core product line; and Sean Spees has been hired as Regional Sales Manager, South East US.
The Packaging Line Performance workshop is an intensive, hands-on 2-day experience.
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OEE workshop message: just get started!

The first Packaging Line Performance workshop, co-sponsored by ELAU, Schneider Electric and Hartness International, and led by Paul Zepf, the respected OEE expert, yielded hands-on, practical lessons.
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Ode to OMAC

Pearson Packaging Systems, a leading maker of secondary packaging systems including case erecting and case packing machines, appears to be among the packaging machinery builders that have recognized the benefits of OMAC-based standards and is looking for every opportunity to implement them.
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In defense of PackML

A recent edition of this newsletter was based on comments by Joel Casper of engineering and integration specialist Can Lines Engineering.
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Breaching Boundaries

The folks pushing OMAC and OPC-UA are ready to shift the focus of packaging automation from devices to data.
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Healthy prognosis for healthcare packaging

Pharmaceutical firms seek packaging line improvements to cut costs, biologics present packaging challenges, and medical device growth is driven by aging baby boomers.
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ELAU implements Weihenstephan Standard

Vertical integration with PacDrive
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Switches, Spreadsheets and Network Security

Greater networking of packaging lines and other factory floor systems brings with it greater concerns about security.
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Networking in the Real World

The packaging industry is heading toward greater networking, but there are some potential pitfalls and roadblocks along the way.
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A Unilever perspective on controls integration

A recent lunch with David Atherton, engineering director personal care liquids at Unilever, produced a number of insights into the packaging machinery controls integration and automation space. To wit:
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OMAC demo at Pack Expo Las Vegas

OMAC technical director Dave Bauman says that a full booth of demo sponsors is scheduled for Pack Expo Las Vegas.
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The OPW rallying cry

OMAC Packaging Workgroup Chairman Rick Van Dyke and Bill Henderson,
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An OMAC update

PackML Version 3.0 is out, and a full complement of demo sponsors are prepared to educate and enlighten visitors to the OMAC booth at Pack Expo Las Vegas.
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OMAC demo at Pack Expo Las Vegas

OMAC technical director Dave Bauman says that a full booth of demo sponsors is scheduled for Pack Expo Las Vegas. The sponsors and the functions they will demonstrate are as follows:
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Masterfoods' thoughts on machine modularity

Controls integration and automation supplier Elau recently engaged a pair of Masterfoods GmbH engineers in a conversation about modularity and its role in the packaging scene. Here's a portion of what Stefan Aumann and Stefan Kohl had to say. Aumann is senior segment engineer in the European sector, while Kohl handles planning and operation of packaging systems in the Multifoods plant at Verden an der aller, Germany. Masterfoods, of course, is owner of such popular brands as Mars, Dove, and Uncle Ben's.
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Make2Pack turns a corner

With the January 2007 creation of ISAWorking Draft 88.00.05, Make2Pack has turned a corner, says Dave Chappell, the group's chair. He uses a farming analogy to make his point.
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Moving to more modular programming

IEC Standard 61131-3 is aimed at bringing standardization—based on modular reusable components—to programming. Will it change how packaging machines are designed?
Packed house at PAF 2007
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Packed house at PAF 2007

Opening with a vision of the future from General Mills and closing with a detailed look at plant-floor data acquisition as it's practiced at Tropicana Products, the May 23 Packaging Automation Forum played to a packed house at Chicago's Marriott O'Hare.
Packaging Automation magazine has a new website archiving all issues and articles: www.packagingautomation.net.
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Packaging Automation magazine gets its own website

The popular online magazine gets its own searchable archive site, helping packaging machinery specifiers and builders research innovative, modular machinery and automation trends in the packaging industry
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OMAC demos shine at Pack Expo

A highlight of Pack Expo International 2006, held recently at Chicago's McCormick Place, was the OMAC booth in the Concourse area between the North and South Halls. On display in a series of demos was controller-to-controller synchronization - over SERCOS, over EtherCAT, over Ethernet Powerlink, or over Profinet - that could bring a number of benefits to end users, but none greater than this: a reduction in floor space consumed by buffer zones or accumulation systems.
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Top floor/shop floor: a temporal disconnect

Even though the May 24 Packaging Automation Forum sponsored by Packaging World and Automation World took place nearly three months ago, I continue to find important nuggets of insight as I review the Powerpoint presentations made at the forum. Take, for example, the illustration shown here, which comes from Procter & Gamble's Dave Chappell's presentation on Make2Pack. It's a powerful reminder of how the very meaning of time itself changes radically as we move from one level of a Consumer Packaged Goods company to another.
Stefan Aumann, Masterfoods
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Masterfoods Europe searches for modular packaging machinery

The concept of modular packaging machine design has multiple benefits, not the least of which is flexibility to respond to market requirements. This fact is increasingly influencing investment decisions.
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Make2Pack Demonstrates Interoperability

The Make2Pack committee, also known as the ISA SP-88 Part 5 committee, demonstrated the benefits of adopting a standard approach to machine and control design for packaging machines at the Procter & Gamble Co. Central Engineering Technology Labs in Cincinnati on December 7.
World premier at PACK EXPO: once again, ELAU changes the way machines are designed by distributing motion around the machine wit
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Learn latest packaging automation trends at PACK EXPO

To help you plan your PACK EXPO 2006 show experience, here's an overview of packaging machinery automation-related show events and online resources from ELAU, the only automation supplier that specializes exclusively in packaging.
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Analyzing OEM trends

European builders of packaging machinery are often more successful than their counterparts in North America when it comes to pushing through with the controls architecture they prefer instead of allowing their end-user customers to specify which controls components will go on a piece of packaging equipment.
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Controls poster and glossary

Packaging World's controls poster in PDF form as well as a glossary of controls terms used in packaging, written from a packaging perspective.
END-OF-LINE OVERWRAPPER. The servo motor and the 1.2 GB Pentium M-based controller shown below are used across Sentry's new line
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Sentry wrapping machines leverage ELAU automation technology

A new family of end-of-line packaging equipment leverages PackML for a common look and feel across all machines in the family.
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Make2Pack under ISA banner

“We are officially off and running as the Make2Pack SP88 Part 5 Modular Concepts for Automated Control Systems committee.”
END-OF-LINE OVERWRAPPER. The servo motor and the 1.2 GB Pentium M-based controller shown below are used across Sentry's new line
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Taking advantage of PackML

A new family of end-of-line packaging equipment leverages PackML for a common look and feel across all machines in the family.
At left in front row, Hershey speakers Joe Wagner and Wade Latz .
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Turning the tide in packaging automation

Our fourth and final Packaging Automation Forum report looks at the automation challenges still faced by packagers and how PAF participants are driving new technologies and standards to achieve their companies’ growth and profit objectives.
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Automation Federation established

The Instrumentation, Systems and Automation Society (ISA) has announced that its Executive Board has approved the establishment of The Automation Federation as an umbrella organization under which associations and societies engaged in manufacturing and process automation activities can work more effectively to fulfill their missions.
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People

William Henderson, Automation and Motion Div., Siemens Energy & Automation, Inc., was elected to the executive board of the Open Modular Architecture Controls (OMAC) Packaging Workgroup.
Some OEMs have already overcome internal standards by offering packagers an automation solution with significant performance adv
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Packagers give OEMs more say in controls

Trend away from rigid control specifications gives OEMs freedom to work with the best control platform for their design, fosters innovation and cost savings.
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SABMiller has implemented the PackML standard on six packaging machines in the Newlands Brewery line, including this robotic pal
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A toast to standards

By implementing an open standard known as PackML in its Newlands Brewery in South Africa, SABMiller gains increased insight into how machines are operating. That leads to better diagnostics and, potentially, improved preventive maintenance.
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Coors seeks OEMs who 'get it'

In a recent conversation with Doug Gray, engineering project manager at Coors, on the subject of automation technology, a number of issues and concerns about packaging machinery automation and integration surfaced.
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PackML and PackTags in use at SABMiller

SABMiller in its Newlands Brewery near Cape Town, South Africa, is among the early adapters of PackML, an OMAC standard that defines machine states.
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OMAC seeks more OEM involvement

“We need to more effectively communicate the value of servo technology and standards-based initiatives to the packaging machinery OEMs.”
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Benefits statement from Make2Pack

Make2Pack--a joint working group of the World Batch Forum, the OMAC Packaging Workgroup, and the ISA SP88 committee--recently composed a “Statement-of-Standards-Benefits” document that is intended to clarify the key benefits to be gained in the manufacturing space should certain standards be accepted and applied across both processing and packaging applications.
Make2Pack speakers at PACK EXPO Las Vegas, left to right: ELAU's John Kowal, Fred Putnam of MARKEM, Douglas Machine's Joe Faust,
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Maxed out on packaging productivity?

P&G, Douglas Machine, MARKEM and ELAU joint Conference presentation at PELV documents benefits of Make2Pack modularity in packaging machine design, deployment.
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IMA Model BFB CP18 side-loading case packer
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The road to Las Vegas: PFM does M2P, IMA intros BFB CP18, ARC on ELAU

This week’s PACK EXPO Preview explains an alphabet soup of acronyms: PFM announces a Make2Pack machine, IMA intros side-loading case packer, ARC automation analyst reviews ELAU acquisition
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The charter (sidebar)

Sponsored by the World Batch Forum and the OMAC Packaging Workgroup, the Make2Pack initiative has the following charter: “The Make2Pack project will develop conceptual models and terminology for industrial automation that can be consistently applied to the total manufacturing process.
(Clockwise from left) Packaging World editor Pat Reynolds listens as P&G's Skip Holmes, Dave Chappell, and Rob Aleksa describe t
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Make2Pack's powerful friend in Cincinnati

Make2Pack, which aims to tightly integrate processing and packaging from a controls and automation standpoint, gets P&G’s strong backing.
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Building flexibility into a machine's DNA

A key goal of the Make2Pack initiative—a joint effort by the World Batch Forum and the OMAC Packaging Workgroup aimed at better integrating the processing and packaging functions in manufacturing—is to get people to approach packaging machinery programming in terms of modular code or function blocks that can be reused and reimplemented.
Breakout session, working on action items at Make2Pack meeting
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Germany hosts largest ever Make2Pack working session

Diverse range of participants demonstrates European interest in contributing to the upcoming standard, from CPG leaders to OEMs to technology providers to associations
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Hershey's view from interpack

A highlight of interpack 2005 in Dusseldorf, Germany, was a presentation by Susan Sinclair, VP of operations engineering at The Hershey Company.
The PFM Scirocco's hygienic design, fast hermetic sealing performance and control system based on OMAC Packaging Guidelines make
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PFM's new pharma-configured flow packer

PFM introduces a pharmaceutical flow packing with robotic infeed and vision capabilities
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Promises, Promises, What's in it for me?

To many process engineers, packaging equipment can look like something from another planet. Often the controls part of a machine can be rudimentary in their view, and troubleshooting machines from many suppliers can be a headache to figure out.
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Arla Foods' Quest for "B2M" Integration

Arla Foods, the Danish dairy giant with annual sales of US$7 billion and global production facilities, is integrating high-level business information with its plant-floor information systems. The end result is impressive.
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Largest ever Make2Pack working session

Hard on the heels of interpack in Dusseldorf, Germany, 21 members of the Make2Pack group held a European working meeting on 28-29 April, at member company ELAU’s headquarters in Marktheidenfeld, outside Frankfurt am Main.
The next Make2Pack meeting will be held in Marktheidenfeld, Germany immediately following the close of the Interpack show, April
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Make2Pack European meeting attracts Interpack attendees

28-29 April meeting is convenient for Interpack visitors to attend. M2P member company ELAU will host meeting near Frankfurt, Germany.
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Pouch, sachet, stick pack and other popular packaging processes are covered in the Flexible Packaging Conference paper "What a F
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What a package designer should know about packaging machinery

At the Flexible Packaging Conference 2005, ELAU’s John Kowal helps packagers coordinate great package designs with the right machinery to run the packages efficiently.
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Promises, Promises, What's In It for Me?

Emerging standards and improved data connectivity hold the promise of helping manufacturers tie their plant and business processes into one neat package.
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OMAC and ISA to merge

On January 17, the Board of Directors of OMAC (Open Modular Architecture Controls) Users Group announced that it had started detailed planning activities that will lead to a merger with ISA (The Instrumentation, Systems, and Automation Society).
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Packaging machines 'go Mod' -- groundbreaking ARC report

Raise the value of packaging machinery by using modular software development practices
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OMAC and ISA to merge

On January 17, the OMAC Board of Directors announced that it has started detailed planning activities which will lead to a merger with ISA (The Instrumentation, Systems, and Automation Society).
The OMAC Packaging Workgroup has developed Guidelines based on international standards being adopted by packaging machinery buil
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Packagers to benefit from ISA--OMAC merger

ELAU, with ties to ISA and OMAC, already sees a convergence in the Make2Pack initiative, integrating best of breed automation solutions across the supply chain.
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'Innovation is indispensable'

Securing the role of low-cost provider can fuel growth for a while, but manufacturers today are better off relying on innovation as their path to sustained growth.
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End users speak out on workforce preparedness

An exclusive survey of packaging machinery end users suggests that there’s plenty of room for improvement where training and education efforts are concerned.
ELAU, becoming recognized as the world's trend setter in packaging automation, has clear reasons for supporting the Make2Pack in
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Don't miss "Make2Pack"

Why ELAU supports a new standards effort to streamline the supply chain by integrating manufacturing with packaging.
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Next Make2Pack meeting in January

A total of 17 people from 13 different companies attended a Make2Pack workgroup phone conference November 30.
At first glance, the IEC 61131-3 programming language standard makes today's control platforms appear very similar. But be sure
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Packaging automation standards: what's under the hood?

Standardization makes machine controls look the same – and that’s a good thing. But look under the hood and you’ll see important differences.
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Make2Pack gains momentum at Brussels meeting

A library of “control entities” recognized widely across processing and packaging functions may be among the outcomes of ongoing work being done jointly by the World Batch Forum, the OMAC Packaging Workgroup, and ISA SP-88.
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Interoperability on display

The OMAC Packaging Workgroup took advantage of Pack Expo International 2004 to demonstrate in action the interoperability that the OMAC Packaging Workgroup and its Connect-and-Pack™ vision is all about.
Capmatic's new servo piston fillers are fast -- up to 150 bpm - and flexible - handling a wide range of containers without chang
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Capmatic servo filler is flexible, precise

New piston filler uses ELAU’s PacDrive for fast fills accurate to +/- 0.2%, regardless of bottle geometry.
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Training tomorrow's technicians

Here’s what three technical colleges are doing to help prepare both incoming students and current workers for the next generation of packaging machinery.
IWK's new 600 bpm BP Series blister machines complement a full line of primary and secondary packaging machinery.
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IWK launches blister machines

IWKA PacSystems offers the first of a new series of IWK blister packing machines, the advanced BP Series, which are automated with ELAU’s PacDrive automation system.
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SERCOS interoperability demo at Pack Expo

The SERCOS interface trade associations will exhibit a Pack Profile interoperability demo at Pack Expo International 2004, November 7 to 11 at Chicago’s McCormick Place.
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Passing data horizontally from processing to packaging

Treating processing and packaging as disjointed tasks hurts efficiency and retards speed to market. New views of controls and integration could bring the two closer together.
Pneumatic Scale becomes the first U.S. company to introduce a servo-driven bottle capper, utilizing a unique ELAU servo technolo
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North America 'discovers' ELAU

Progressive OEMs and packagers exploit PacDrive automation technology in machines to debut at PACK EXPO 2004
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Make2Pack update

On August 17-19, at Pfizer’s offices in Peapack, NJ, the World Batch Forum-sponsored joint working group that is focusing on developing a standard to address automation techniques and approaches useable across all of manufacturing held its first meeting.
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Partnership Breaks Manufacturing Barriers (sidebar)

Recently OMAC Users Group announced that it would like to work with the World Batch Forum committee on the S88 standard in order to achieve greater interoperability between batch processing systems and packaging systems.
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Drive Integration with Standards

As companies find many reasons to integrate data from process manufacturing and packaging with each other and with the rest of the company’s business applications, engineers are turning to standards and models from the Instrumentation, Systems and Automation Society (ISA), OMAC Packaging Workgroup and the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) for help.
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OMAC/WBF update

Ongoing efforts to harmonize the standards being developed by the OMAC Packaging Workgroup and the World Batch Forum took a significant step forward at an August 17-18 meeting at Pfizer’s Peapack, NJ, facility.
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SERCOS improves interoperability with Pack Profile

The SERCOS organizations, one in North America and one in Europe, have announced the development of a Pack Profile in response to a request by the OMAC Packaging Workgroup.
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A center for excellence

Dr. Ken Ryan is director of the Center for Automation and Motion Control at Alexandria Technical College, Alexandria, MN. He’s also the chairman of OMAC Packaging Workgroup’s PackLearn group. Here he talks about establishing a center for excellence in packaging automation technology.
Sentry Equipment's new family of case, tray and shrink wrapping machinery is extremely modular. Shown here are integrated tray f
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Sentry: first with all OMAC Guidelines

Sentry’s new family of tray, pad, case packing and film overwrapping machines is the first designed in the US around the OMAC Packaging Guidelines
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WBF and OMAC are bringing standards to a line near you

A drug maker’s ability to qualify new equipment could be significantly reduced if committee work now being carried out by the World Batch Forum and the OMAC Packaging Workgroup comes to fruition.
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'Standardize!' say survey respondents (sidebar)

Standardization made easy
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Training in mechatronics--you can make it happen

Drop what you’re doing and write a letter now if you have any interest in seeing training and education in mechatronics strengthened.
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SABMiller puts PackML to work

PackML standards are alive and well in a new line at SABMiller. So said Willie Lotz of SABMiller at the May 19 working session held by the World Batch Forum and the OMAC Packaging Workgroup.
The star of IWKA PacSystem's June 16-17 open house, IWK's new 600 bpm BP Series blister machines complement a full line of prima
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IWK launches blister machines

At its June 16-17 open house, IWK PacSystems will demonstrate the first of a new series of IWK blister packing machines, the advanced BP Series, which are automated with ELAU’s PacDrive automation system.
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OMAC luncheon meeting

At the conclusion of the Packaging Machinery Manufacturers Institute’s PackOps Conference on June 30, all attendees and members of the packaging community are invited to a complimentary buffet luncheon at the Westin O’Hare hosted by the OMAC Packaging Workgroup (OPW).
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CPG companies: Bridging processing and packaging

“This is a moment where silos are being broken down, where those who make and those who package are talking together. It’s a great first step.”
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CPG companies: Bridging processing and packaging

“This is a moment where silos are being broken down, where those who make and those who package are talking together. It’s a great first step.”
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OMAC loses funding for executive director position

Keith Campbell is no longer the executive director of the OMAC Packaging Workgroup as the Louisiana Center for Manufacturing Science has found itself unable to continue funding his position.
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OMAC/WBF working session

Two leading manufacturing industry organizations—World Batch Forum and Open Modular Architecture Controls Users Group—will hold their first working session May 19 as part of their effort to coordinate their development of manufacturing standards for machine and batch control.
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PackSoft and PLCopen to cooperate

Gerd Hoppe, chair of the OMAC Packaging Workgroup’s PackSoft Team, says that PLCopen has agreed to permit the PackSoft team to build on results already achieved by PLCopen.
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The business benefits of OMAC guidelines (sidebar)

OMAC Packaging Workgroup
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The business benefits of OMAC guidelines

Top control and information systems honcho at P&G sings the praises of OMAC guidelines.
Every ink-jet production code (upper right corner) made on T&A's salad bags represents one bag made, and that information is cap
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Spreading visibility across the supply chain

Whether they package salads, beer, or car polish, manufacturers are seeking ways to give all stakeholders a better view of the supply chain.
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OMAC and WBF announce cooperation

Continuous, batch, and discrete manufacturing processes may soon share standardized models and naming conventions thanks to a January 28 announcement at the ARC Forum in Orlando, FL.
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Machine builder case study: Gen3 vs Gen2 machinery

Norden Pac, a maker of tube-filling and cartoning equipment, recently delivered its first Gen3 servo-driven tube-filling machine to a customer.
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OMAC releases PackTags 2.0 for comment

In late December, the OMAC Packaging Workgroup released the PackTags 2.0 specification for public comment at http://www.packml.org.
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More Plug-and-Pack at Pack Expo Las Vegas

Machine builders and packagers buy into the Plug-and-Pack vision of "best practices" automation guidelines for maximum business benefit.
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Defining skill standards for packaging technicians

Packaging machine users and builders need technical people with a mix of both mechanical and software skills. Trouble is, no one to date has defined what that skill set should be.
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Rockwell introduces

Rockwell Automation’s Power Programming is a new application development tool that is said to permit packaging machine builders to easily build efficiencies into their design process.
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Packaging in the U.K. and beyond (Part 6)

Plug-and-Pack™ update (Part 6 of a 6-part series)
PACK EXPO Las Vegas visitors learned that SIG will use ELAU's new PacDrive™ SCL-055 integral servo motor/drive on its next
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PACK EXPO automation highlights: Flexibility and efficiency top the list

Packaging automation highlights included major product announcements and a powerful case study at the Conference at PACK EXPO.
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The Conference at Pack Expo Las Vegas 2003

A comprehensive three-day seminar organized into concurrent sessions each day, this conference is packed with information about the world of packaging.
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Elau donates technology

Elau, Inc. has donated more than $16ꯠ of its automation systems to the Center for Automation and Motion Control.
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OMAC news from ISA

The integration between process and packaging automation in food, beverage, pharmaceutical, and personal care product manufacturing is on the rise.
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Basics of servos

A primer on servos in modern packaging equipment.
Attracting talent: the view from Allmersbach
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A culture of packaging innovation

Harro Höfliger integrates production and packaging in modular Gen3 machinery.
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Siemens PLC (left) is connected to a Rockwell Allen-Bradley PLC (top, center). Both are programmed with the OMAC PackML state mo
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Interoperability demo: Profound implications for packaging machinery buyers

A Siemens PLC exchanges packaging data with a Rockwell Allen-Bradley PLC via a simulated packaging-line network.
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OMAC to show Plug-and-Pack demo machine

Comprehensive, multi-vendor technology demonstrator scheduled for PACK EXPO 2004 completion
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OMAC Plug-and-Pack Workgroup teams with ISA Food & Pharma Division at Process Control Conference

For the first time, the Instrument Society of America will host an OMAC Plug-and-Pack Workgroup conference track at this year’s ISA Process Control Conference in Valley Forge, Pennsylvania, June 5-6, 2003.
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Integrating processing and packaging

The integration between process and packaging automation in food, beverage, pharmaceutical and personal care manufacturing is on the rise.
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ISA conference now FREE!

Sold-out OMAC pavilion allows ISA to offer free admission to June technical conference for all.
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Unlocking plant-floor packaging data at Unilever

Accurate, timely information on which to make business decisions is already on the packaging floor, according to Unilever's Andrew McDonald, global automation and control manager.
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Unlocking plant-floor packaging data at Unilever

Accurate, timely information on which to make business decisions is already on the packaging floor, according to Unilever’s Andrew McDonald (left), global automation and control manager.
The PacDrive PackML development tool, available at <a href=\"http://www.elau.com/packml\">www.elau.com/packml</a>
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Best practices: implementing the PackML™ state model in Sequential Function Chart

While developing guidelines for interoperability, OMAC members recognized the fundamental benefit of a common state model and naming conventions for machine states.
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A software library of off-the-shelf, IEC conforming 'function blocks' simplifies packaging automation.  Shown here is ELAU's sof
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The best thing...since packaged bread

If you look at recent developments in packaging machinery automation, a lot has changed for the better. And it’s primarily been thanks to software advances.
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Bob Martell, Pharmacia
I'm recognizing that most of this stuff has nothing to do with servos. It has to do with the machine desi
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Q&A: Reducing controls headaches

We recently interviewed Bob Martell, an automation engineer based in Pharmacia Corp.’s main Kalamazoo, MI, facility, to find out how Plug-and-Pack™ guidelines from the OMAC (Open Modular Architecture Controls) Packaging Workgroup are saving Pharmacia and its machinery suppliers time and money.
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Interphex 2003: pharma shifts to Gen3 packaging

A technology shift is underway among pharmaceutical manufacturers and contract packagers.
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Jim Ramsey, Hershey Foods, chairman of the OMAC Packaging Workgroup
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Plug-and-Pack guidelines now include PackTags

At a recent meeting of the group behind the Plug-and-Pack™ guidelines, building blocks were created to pave the way for a standardized way of getting production and performance data to and from machines on a packaging line.
L to R: Pharmacia's Robert Martell, Elau's Patrik Hug, Norden Pac's Jonas Ewing, and Markem's Fred Putnam.
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Plug-and-pack a reality

A new crop of Plug-and-Pack™ packaging machines promises to simplify integration and facilitate line optimization.
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Plug-and-pack a reality (sidebar)

Advances in network, software standards
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PackML implementations at Pack Expo

Following is a brief round-up of PackML implementations Packaging World editors learned about at Pack Expo:
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Seeking comment on Plug-and-Pack proposals

The users group behind the Plug-and-Pack™ guidelines to packaging machinery automation is seeking public comment on three new proposals:
The chart shows the direct correlation between business drivers and packaging machine requirements that have been defined by Uni
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Envisioning agile packaging

Unilever envisions new packaging machinery that treats change as business as usual by focusing on a ‘holonic’ approach.
Giuseppe Motta of Abbott Laboratories Italia used this cartoon analogy to illustrate the complicated validation process faced by
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What do pharmaceutical packagers want?

Representatives from Abbott Laboratories and Pharmacia seek simplicity in packaging machinery to help cut cost and time associated with the validation process.
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Conference at Pack Expo features 50-plus speakers

Produced by the Packaging Machinery Manufacturers Institute, the Conference at Pack Expo runs from Monday, November 4 through Wednesday, November 6. Here’s the line-up. For session abstracts, go to http://pei2002.packexpo.com.
LMC Intl. (Elmhurst, IL) appointed John Molinaro to the position of regional sales manager.
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People

TricorBraun (St. Louis, MO) hired Mark Polivka as the vp of supply chain management.
Erwin Fertig, Chairman of the Board of ELAU AG greets attendees at the packaging conference held in Italy, hosted by ELAU AG and
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Italian symposium envisions the future of packaging machinery

“The world is changing; therefore, packaging and machinery need to change with it.”
Fig. 1: 	Comparison between mechanical and electronic vertical shafts in a filling machine.
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Open and global control architecture for packaging technology of the future

Increasing packaging machine flexibility and performance through the use of servo technology, PC-based control and open and global control architectures. A white paper from Bosch Packaging.
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Plug-and-Pack3; machinery meeting at Pack Expo

Learn about advances made in Plug-and-Pack™ machinery. Such equipment uses standard operator interface screens, machine states, programming languages, and networks. The benefit: fast, flexible changeover and the ability to be plugged into a packaging line anywhere in the world.
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OMAC packaging workgroup names executive director

The OMAC (Open Modular Architecture Controls) Users Group Advisory Board has announced the appointment of an executive director to support the activities of the Packaging Workgroup.
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Money talks

OMAC-sanctioned financial comparison of third-generation servo-driven cartoner with older, all-mechanical version proves the “cheaper, better, faster” mantra.
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Money talks (sidebar)

Reviewed by OMAC
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PackML and 'Plug and Pack' explained

If each packaging machine speaks an agreed-upon vocabulary that's specific to packaging, the following benefits are possible.
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Q&amp;A: Desperately seeking 'plug-and-pack'

An interview with Andrew McDonald, global automation and control manager for Unilever, maker of food and personal care brands such as Dove®, Suave®, Vaseline®, Lipton®, Skippy® and SlimFast®. McDonald is also the chief architect of an industry-wide “state model,” a term used to describe whether a packaging machine is running, down, on standby, etc.
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OMAC gains in Europe

OMAC (Open Modular Architecture Controls) Packaging Workgroup, which is trying to simplify the development, installation, and operation of packaging equipment, reported significant progress at its April meeting at interpack 2002 in Germany.
Rexam makes beverage cans (left) from huge coils of aluminum (above). The aluminum order is automatically processed for payment
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The packaging supply chain--what's next?

A new collaborative mentality fortified by the latest IT tools is reshaping the packaging supply chain.
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Hershey speaks out

Hershey Foods engineers speak candidly about standardization, globalization, obsolescence, modularity, and harmonizing end user and machine builder standards.
OMAC Packaging Workgroup executive committee: Sitting, L to R--Steve Ford, M&M Mars; Rob Aleksa, P&G; Keith Campbell, Hershey Fo
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OMAC readies pilot tests

A flurry of activity was announced this February at the OMAC Packaging Workgroup meeting in Orlando, FL, including at least two pilot tests on real packaging equipment.
OMAC's proposed model for standardizing how packaging equipment shifts into different states.
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OMAC standardizes machine states

The PackML “state model,” if widely adopted, promises to optimize line performance and reduce line integration costs through standardization.
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OMAC standardizes machine states (sidebar)

Simulate machine states on your PC
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OMAC at interpack 2002

The interpack trade show will be the site of the OMAC Packaging Workgroup’s next meeting, to be held April 24 from 2 to 5 p.m. in Room 27, second floor of the Congress Center Düsseldorf South (CCD.Sud) in Düsseldorf, Germany.
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PLCopen releases motion specification

PLCopen, a vendor- and product-independent association supporting standardized approaches to machine control, has released a motion-control specification that it hopes will take hold in the packaging community.
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Wake up and smell the standards!

Attention packaging machine buyers. Take this quick quiz: Are you fed up with trying to maintain increasingly computerized packaging equipment, networks, and plants?
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Wake up and smell the standards! (sidebar)

OMAC’s accomplishments
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Networking survey validates OMAC's mission

After we published our packaging line networking survey of machinery suppliers (see PW, Oct. 2001 or packworld.com/ go/oemnetsurvey), we received the following letter from John Kowal of marketing services firm Grant Jacoby.
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OMAC posts packaging guidelines

The OMAC Motion for Packaging working group carried out its scheduled meeting at Pack Expo Las Vegas on September 11, with more than 70 people attending.
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OMAC releases position papers, solicits feedback

After 15 months of studying how best to remedy the complexity that results from proliferation of packaging machine controls, the OMAC Motion for Packaging Initiative working group has issued a series of position papers documenting its recommendations. See them at http://omac.packworld.com.
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OMAC Meeting at Pack Expo

The OMAC Motion for Packaging working group will meet at Pack Expo Las Vegas. The group’s subcommittees are expected to issue initial position statements declaring packaging-specific open architecture requirements for motion control programming languages, commmunications networks and machine states.
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Showtime in Vegas once again

Pack Expo Las Vegas, now in its fourth edition, runs Sept. 10-12 at the Sands Expo and Convention Center. The Packaging Solutions Conference 2001 and co-located IEFP add to the excitement.
Attendees included converters, packagers, converting machinery builders, packaging machinery builders and controls suppliers.
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OMAC picks up speed

P&G, Hershey, M&M Mars indicate that OMAC involvement has already helped their bottom lines. Also, new PackML group formed to tackle naming convention guidelines for machine states.
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OMAC picks up speed (sidebar)

The converting connection
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Converting technologies into solutions

CMM’s 13th biennial exposition in April plans to offer answers for converting and package printing industries, through what it calls its most comprehensive educational program ever.
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Converting technologies into solutions (sidebar)

OMAC at CMM
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OMAC: Standardize packaging machine 'states'

Should packagers define an industry standard for the various states of a packaging machine? That and other weighty questions were debated at the most recent OMAC meeting in late February in Orlando, FL.
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Will motion controllers replace PLCs?

As motion control technology becomes increasingly important in packaging machinery, many believe that it will annex the territory occupied by PLCs.
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Will motion controllers replace PLCs? (sidebar)

Methodology
Keith Campbell, Hershey Foods
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OMAC meeting: more than motion control

End users and machine builders alike are beginning to see OMAC (Open Modular Architecture Controls) as a way to standardize on several packaging machine control technologies beyond just motion.
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OMAC reports progress at Pack Expo

More than 100 people attended the most recent OMAC (Open Modular Architecture Controls) meeting in Chicago during Pack Expo Intl. 2000. The meeting’s purpose: to report progress since the group’s first official meeting in March 2000, also in Chicago.
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Solutions 2000: world's largest packaging conference

PACK EXPO International 2000 is not only the biggest U.S. packaging show, but this year it also boasts what it calls “the world’s largest conference:” Solutions 2000, planned for Monday through Wednesday, Nov. 6-8.
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OMAC Group to meet at Pack Expo

The OMAC Motion for Packaging Working Group will meet at Pack Expo Intl. 2000 in Chicago on Nov. 8 from 1 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. For details, phone the Packaging Machinery Manufacturers Institute at 703/243-8555.
Two end-user executive committee members are Daniel J. Amundson, technology leader, corporate engineering technologies at Procte
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Progress on standards

On a gray day in mid-March, engineers from eight packaging end users, 21 machinery builders and 12 controls suppliers filed into a conference room in a downtown Chicago skyscraper.
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Progress on standards (sidebar)

OMAC Structure
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OMAC meeting date set for Pack Expo Intl. 2000

The OMAC Motion for Packaging Working Group will meet at Pack Expo Intl. 2000 in Chicago for November 8, 2000 from 1:00 - 3:00 p.m.
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Packaging OMAC group rolls up sleeves

The OMAC Motion for Packaging Working Group met in Chicago in March to hammer out an official mission and articulate four key goals for the group. The OMAC (Open Modular Architecture Controls) working group consists of end-users, packaging machinery builders and controls suppliers seeking to increase commonality and simplification among today’s complex motion controls in packaging machinery.
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PCs offer strengths in other areas

The following letter was received in response to a two-part series by David Newcorn, Special Projects Editor, on PC vs PLC controls, published in September and December 1999 (see packworld.com/go/pcctrl).
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Packaging controls standards group formed

The movement toward standardizing motion controls for packaging machinery took a small but critical step forward in early February. An official working group for standardizing on motion controls in packaging machinery was created at the recent Open Modular Architecture Controls (OMAC) end user meeting held in Orlando, FL.
Keith Campbell (left), director of automation and integration for Hershey Foods, led the meeting.
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OMAC group tackles packaging motion standards

OMAC (Open Modular Architecture Controls) Motion for Packaging Working Group hammers out a specific mission and four key areas to simplify motion controls for packaging machinery. Areas include: defining business benefits of open controls; standardize on programming languages; standardize on network protocols; foster education in motion control technologies in tech schools and colleges.
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Who attended

More than 70 people representing at least 40 companies attended the recent OMAC Packaging Motion for Packaging Working Group meeting in March in Chicago.
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Communicating: Still a challenge in 21st-century technologies

We may have successfully overcome some of the minor inconveniences caused by the calendar rollover into 2000, but many of us still struggle with the many ways technology lets us communicate with each other.
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Broad attendance at motion control meeting (sidebar)

Desparately seeking standards
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Desperately seeking standards

Head engineers from Anheuser-Busch, General Mills, Hershey Foods, Nabiscoand Procter & Gamble begin a dialogue with machinery and controls suppliers on motion control standards for packaging. Part one.
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End-users seek motion standards

Part two of our report covering a ground-breaking meeting last October where engineers from Anheuser-Busch, General Mills, Hershey Foods, Nabisco and Procter & Gamble spoke out about their packaging controls needs.
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Packagers clamor for control standards

The proliferation of incompatible motion control technologies on packaging machinery is straining the engineering resources at large consumer products manufacturers.
Standardized motion controllers can reduce costly training and engineering time for packaging end-users and machine builders.
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Forging a control standard for packaging

Packaging faces a digital crossroads, with an opportunity ahead for packagers, if they seize it. At the February 1999 OMAC Users Group meeting, several packaging end-users indicated an interest in standardizing motion controls for packaging.