Packaging Workgroup

The objective of the OMAC Packaging Workgroup (OPW) is to maximize the business value of packaging machinery by improving automation guidelines and standards. This will lead to improved flexibility, improved capability, and reduced system integration costs.

To attain this goal, we work with automation suppliers, OEMs, and trade groups worldwide to encourage their support of the OMAC Packaging Guidelines throughout their products and practices, creating a mutually beneficial environment for the guidelines.

The OMAC Packaging Guidelines make packaging operations more effective by simplifying customization and integration, which enables world class packaging operations. When implemented, packaging companies and their partners gain a competitive advantage as they leverage an integrated supply chain to optimize operations.

PackML/PackTags Technical Report Approved
The ISA88 Committee has approved a new ISA88 Technical Report on Machine and Unit States. This technical report incorporates the OMAC Packaging Workgroup’s PackML and PackTags documents with the industry standard ISA88 terminology.

OPW Related Documents:


The new OMAC PackML logo and sticker artwork, released in October 2014, are now available for download. Please use the links below to obtain the file of your choice.

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OPW Executive Committee

The OMAC Packaging Workgroup (OPW) Executive Committee oversees the direction of the OPW and its sub-groups and approves all of the recommendations that come out of the OPW sub-groups. The OPW Executive Committee is made up of 3 users, 2 technology providers, and 2 machine builders. Members are expected to represent their industry group (user, technology provider, or machine builder) in providing input and direction to the committee. OPW Executive Committee positions are for two year term.

Uwe Keiter - OMAC Packaging Workgroup (OPW) Chair

Uwe Keiter presents at the OPW Meeting at PACK EXPO Las Vegas 2015.

OMAC Members Share Solutions for Implementing ISA-TR 88, PackML

Ten members of the Organization for Machine Automation and Control (OMAC) shared solutions and best practices for implementing ISA-TR 88, PackML to a full house at PACK EXPO Las Vegas. Presentations by leading technology and automation providers  included tools and strategies for deploying PackML using their platforms. View presentations.

ARC Insights - Driving Toward a Common Machine Language and Best Practices

OMAC held its annual face-to-face meeting at ARC Advisory Group’s World Industry Forum in Orlando, FL on February 13 and 14, 2013. It was evident from the sessions and the election of Bryan Griffen of Nestlé as chairman of the board that OMAC has established itself as a global, user-led global force for the advancement of machine standards.

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Product Inspection, OMAC and PackML

METTLER TOLEDO is a member of the Organization for Machine Automation and Control (OMAC) and has been an active participant in OMAC activities for several years. METTLER TOLEDO is the largest global producer of product inspection equipment. This position with our participation in OMAC provides us with an active listening channel, and the opportunity to lend our expertise to our OMAC partners in developing standards for critical communications and other key areas of machine automation.

Download the OMAC and PackML whitepaper from METTLER TOLEDO. 

OMAC Presentation from PACK EXPO East

Proposed Updates To PackSpec To Enhance PackML Requirements