PackML

PackML, which stands for Packaging Machine Language, defines a common approach, or machine language, for automated machines. The primary goals are to encourage a common "look and feel" across a plant floor and to enable and encourage industry innovation. PackML was adopted as part of the ISA88 industry standard(www.isa.org/isa88) in August 2008. PackML has been implemented by users and machine builders on a wide variety of control platforms. Those implementing PackML are realizing cost benefits of higher reliability, better supply chain integration, reduced engineering and training costs, and shorter project cycles.

Procter & Gamble has developed this PackML Implementation Guide to aid software developers in achieving a clean and efficient implementation of PackML. This guide includes software and help files for an implementation on Rockwell's ControlLogix platform. The OMAC Packaging Workgroup (OPW) has adopted this guide and encourages technology providers to develop example software that follows the guide. A number of technology providers intend to implement example code on their respective platforms. OMAC expects to make these available on our website as they become available.

This PackML Implementation Guide is available for download for free; however, a donation to OMAC for the use of the guide or registration as an OMAC corporate member is encouraged.

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