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OMAC introduces user-specific PackML training

The Organization for Machine Automation and Control (OMAC) is introducing two new user-specific sessions in its annual half-day PackML workshop.

This half day of training focuses on distinct PackML implementation tasks for packaging end users, integrators, and OEMs. It’s to be held May 23 at the Chicago Marriott O’Hare in conjunction with Machine Technology Day and The May 24-25 Automation Conference & Expo.

This year’s workshop, entitled “PackML – practical approaches to implementation, includes separate sessions for OEMs and Packaging End Users/Integrators to allow more intense training and individual attention on key tasks and strategies in typical user applications. The goal is to provide attendees with practical information and solutions for PackML implementation steps they would take in their business.

The Workshop takes place on May 23, 1:00 - 5:00 p.m. at the Chicago Marriott O’Hare as part of Machine Technology Day and in partnership with The Automation Conference 2016, produced by Automation World and Packaging World.

Agenda and speakers include:

PackML Introduction:

Bryan Griffen, OMAC Chairman will present a brief overview of PackML in packaging and non-packaging related automation.

End User and Integrator Workshop:

Geoff Gooding, Senior Packaging Process Specialist, Nestlé, and Todd Ebert, Food & Beverage Industry Manager, RoviSys Automation and Integration Solutions, will lead a hands-on session focused on end user and integrator tasks in implementing PackML. They will demonstrate how information is exchanged in machine/unit integration across a system, PackTag structure, benefits, and approaches for implementing PackML.

OEM Workshop:

Chris Thomas, Director of Controls Technology, Axon, and Tom Dorward, Production Engineering Manager, Mettler-Toledo, will lead a session focused on specific OEM tasks and the Make2Pack approach in implementing PackML. Experts will demonstrate a full implementation of PackML within a machine/unit down to the component level and the benefits of reusable modules.

Presenting PackML within Your Organization/Session Review--

John Kowal Director, Business Development B&R Industrial Automation Corp

Discussion about presenting and managing PackML projects in your organization and a review of the day’s breakout sessions.

Individual PackML workshop sessions run concurrently. Lunch, breakfast, and an evening reception are included with registration. Class size for the Workshop is limited to encourage personalized attention and time for questions and answers. Don’t miss this opportunity to learn more about implementing PackML to increase productivity, integration efficiency, and automation performance.

The full Machine Technology Day program includes presentations on safety, standards, and processes from leading organizations and subject matter experts. The Automation Conference provides opportunities for attendees to learn about and share best practices in automation, manufacturing systems, engineering, software development, machine design, line integration, operations, and performance.

The PackML Workshop is available exclusively for registered attendees of Machine Technology Day. The Automation Conference requires an additional registration fee. OMAC members receive a $100 discount for each event. For full cost information and registration, please visit

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