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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.

David Chappell, Make2Pack Chair and Technology Section Manager for Procter & Gamble, remarked that “this was our biggest, most diverse attendance yet, demonstrating keen interest from Ireland to Switzerland in what will become part of Europe’s IEC 61512 in addition to ISA S88 Part 5.”

Chappell stated that Make2Pack supported his company’s business objectives and urged attendees to get on board, saying “there’s leading edge technology and there’s bleeding edge, but those who ignore the trends are destined to encounter the blunt edge of technology. For our part, we remain on target for completion of our draft report at the end of this year.”

Together, the Make2Pack joint working group is coordinating implementation of ISA’s SP88 and SP95 standards with OMAC’s SP88-derived PackML™ state model and related Guidelines across continuous, batch, and discrete processes. Their specific intent is to develop ISA/ANSI standard S88 Part 5 and a corresponding IEC standard.

At the recent working session, after a review of how S88 architecture overlays packaging processes, Chappell introduced Dr. Tobias Voigt of the Technical University of Munich. He presented how the Weihenstephan standard had integrated PackML for the bottling industry.

Splitting into work groups, the participants tackled definitions of a simple servo device, procedural vs. coordination vs. basic control, the applicability of the ISC 12.1 standard for defining tag names and state definition use, definitions of unit and cell states, and definitions of function names for equipment phases.

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