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Broad attendance at motion control meeting (sidebar)

Desparately seeking standards

More than 100 people representing nine major packaging end-users, 19 machinery builders and 28 controls suppliers attended the meeting at the October Pack Expo Las Vegas show.

The meeting was organized and sponsored by the Indramat Div. of Mannesmann Rexroth (Hoffman Estates, IL), ARC Advisory Group (Dedham, MA) and Packaging World magazine.

The meeting was moderated by Dennis Daniels, director of sales & marketing of ARC Advisory Group. Daniels coordinates the OMAC Users Group (Open Modular Architecture Controls). OMAC is a multi-industry controls users group.

End-user panelists:

Robert Aleksa

Corporate controls section head

Procter & Gamble

Donald R. Boyle

Senior director, process control systems


Keith S. Campbell

Director, automation & integration

Hershey Foods

Robert Kelley

Manager, electrical & control

General Mills

Raymond J. Zimmermann

Director, corporate engineering

Anheuser-Busch Cos.

Other end-user attendees:

Fluor Daniel Inc.

Kraft Foods

Ralston Purina Co.


Machinery builder attendees:

ABB Flexible Automation, Inc.


Alvey Systems, Inc.

Angelus Sanitary Can Machine Co.

Robert Bosch Corp., Packaging Machinery Div.

Bradman-Lake, Inc.

Fallas Automation, Inc.


R.A. Jones

Kisters Kayat, Inc.

Klockner Packaging Machinery


Packworld USA

R.A. Pearson Co.

Sasib Food & Beverage Machinery

SIG Pack Inc.


Triangle Package Machinery Co.

Controls supplier attendees:

Alpha Getribebau GmbH

API Motion

Beckoff Automation LLC


Compumotor Div., Parker Hannifin Corp.

CTC Div., Parker Hannifin Corp.

Cybertol Engineering

ELAU, Inc.

Electro Cam Corp.

Emerson Motion Control

Klinkel Packaging Consultant

Indramat Div., Mannesmann Rexroth

Lion Precision

Minarik Automation & Control

Motion Engineering

Nexen Group Inc.

Object Factory


Pacific Scientific

Rexroth Mecman Div., Mannesmann Rexroth

Rockwell Automation

Siemens Energy & Automation, Inc.

Think & Do Software

Vickers, Inc.


Xycom Automation

Yaskawa Electric America, Inc.

Zarpac, Inc.

Other attendees:

Alimentos Procesados magazine


Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute

Anyone wishing to keep informed of future meetings on motion control standardization in packaging can e-mail [email protected] or join OMAC directly at


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