Manufacturing Workgroup Solutions

The OMAC Manufacturing Workgroup (OMW) is charged with maximizing the business value of discrete part machinery by providing automation guidelines, developing best practices, and assisting in international standards development.

Our primary objective is to create an environment that maximizes the machine automation choices of end-users and OEMs and increases their flexibility through greater openness and interoperability. To ensure that this goal becomes a “win-win” situation, we work with CNC controller vendors, CAD/CAM suppliers, and CNC OEMs to encourage their support of OMW “Connect and Manufacture” standards and best practices.

Standardized Subprograms for CNC

OMAC is developing a series of subprograms to enable standardized interfaces to CNC machine tools. The use of these sub programs means that auxiliary functions for CNC Machine Control Data (MCD) don’t have to be customized for individual machine tools, and standard data can be used for upstream systems. This concept is in line with the Digital Twin Manufacturing standard ISO 23247.

Subprograms defined so far encompass traditional CNC modal commands, and the transfer of ISO 10303-238 manufacturing states. Work continues on standardized touch probing capability.

If interested, contact Project Leader, David Odendahl at

OMW Related Documents:

OMW Executive Committee

The OMAC Manufacturing Workgroup (OMW) Executive Committee oversees the direction of the OMW and its sub-groups and approves all of the recommendations that come out of the OMW sub-groups. The OMW 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. OMW Executive Committee positions are for two-year term.

OMAC Manufacturing Workgroup (OMW) Chair

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Rich Morihara, Manufacturing Workgroup Chair, discusses the Digital Thread and OMAC’s relationship with STEP, MTConnect and DMDII.

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Listen to interview with Rich Morihara, Boeing Corp, OMAC Manufacturing Workgroup Chair.

OMAC Presents $5000 Grant to University of Waterloo Mechatronics Lab

OMAC presented University of Waterloo Mechatronics Lab with a $5,000 Education Grant to support ongoing research in mechatronic automation in manufacturing. Ron MacDonald, OMAC Chairman, presented a ceremonial check to University of Waterloo’s Dr. William Melek Director of Mechatronics Engineering and the RoboHub and Dr. Soo Jeon, Associate Professor, Mechanical and Mechatronics Engineering.
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