Packaging Workgroup Solutions

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.

Available Downloads

Download PackML ResourcesDownload PackML Unit/Machine Implementation GuideDownload PackTags in an OPC UA Server Implementation GuideDownload the PackSpec TemplateDownload OpX’s Request for Proposal GuidelinesDownload PackML HMIs - User Interfaces, Stacklights, and Push-Button Controls

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 activities of the packaging workgroup are reviewed on a monthly basis with the board of directors. Any suggestions for new workgroup activities (considerations for existing sub-groups or proposals for new sub-groups) are welcomed and can be raised with the packaging workgroup chair at any time for further consideration.

OMAC Packaging Workgroup (OPW) Chair

OMAC OEMs and Technology Providers Experienced Implementing PackML

Podcasts: Implementing ISA-TR88 (PackML)

Featured speakers from the most recent PackML Workshop at The Automation Conference took a few minutes with Jack Aguero from OMAC and Aguero Associates to briefly share a few of their insights on implementing PackML. For the podcast, Jack asked each speaker to highlight some challenges, benefits, and advice for organizations beginning or considering implementing PackML.

During the Workshop speakers focused in depth on benefits and challenges of implementing PackML from either an integrator and end user’s perspective or from a machine builder’s perspective. Featured speakers included:

Tom Dorward, METTLER TOLEDO Product Manager for Food-Check weighing, Transport & Logistics, and Communications.
Tom drives consistent PackML implementation and compliance to the ISATR88.00.02 standard for METTLER TOLEDO’s Product Inspection Division. Tolisten to Tom’s podcast, click here.

Chris Thomas, Axon – powered by Pro Mach, Director of Controls Technology.
Chris drives implementation of ISA TR88 (PackML) in Axon machinery and controls design. To listen to Chris’s podcast, click here.

Todd Ebert, RoviSys Food & Beverage Industry Manager.
Todd’s has helped RoviSys customers standardize onISA TR88 (PackML)TR88 and take advantage of real-time and historical data to help drive decision making. To listen to Todd’s podcast, click here.

Geoff Gooding, Nestlé Senior Packaging Process Specialist.
Geoff has been heavily involved in PackML for three years, driving implementation with a number of OEM’s aligning PackML with Nestlé reporting and management. To listen to Geoff’s podcast, click here.