OMAC is the Organization for Machine Automation and Control. Its Packaging Workgroup could be just what you need to increase the productivity of your packaging initiatives.
It’s a non-profit, representing packagers, packaging machine builders and automation technology providers. By joining OMAC, you will benefit from over a decade of volunteerism that has resulted in useful international standards, such as PackML. You can learn more at www.omac.org.
OMAC Packaging Workgroup has compiled existing standards and developed the PackML standard to replace outmoded control specifications with functional specifications. These include standards for networks, programming, machine states and modes, and data acquisition.
The resulting commonality allows packaging machine builders to match their design innovations with the optimum control system.
That means no more costly substitution of control systems, no performance degradation, no delivery delays, and no downstream complications for OEM service and support.
The Packaging Machinery Manufacturers Institute (PMMI) has announced its active support of OMAC, a good sign that OMAC makes sense for the packaging community. PMMI is providing staff support to implement OMAC initiatives that include an ongoing PACK EXPO presence and participation in many PMMI events. Learn more about PMMI at www.pmmi.org.
So, is OMAC right for you? Absolutely. Membership is based on company size, and all membership dues go toward very basic operating costs and initiatives such as workshops to educate technical personnel.
What would you like to see OMAC address? A single, unified standard for machine safety networks? A clearinghouse for international wiring standards? Standards for operator panel symbology? Best practices for using video and animation on the HMI to simplify operator training and first echelon maintenance tasks?
If you become part of OMAC, you can help make vital initiatives like these become reality.
It’s up to you! Is OMAC right for you, your business objectives, and your packaging community? Automation Solutions thinks so.