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OMAC Demo at Pack Expo Las Vegas

(Sidebar to "An OMAC Update" from the September 2007 issue of Automation World)

OMAC technical director Dave Bauman says that a full booth of demonstration sponsors is scheduled for Pack Expo Las Vegas. The sponsors and the functions they will demonstrate are as follows:

Acumence: MES

Wago: Controller

Beckhoff: Controller

Siemens: Controller, HMI, MES

Kepware: Controller

Iconics: HMI

B&R: Controller

Elau: Controller

GE Fanuc: MES.

“All of the controllers must be able to communicate with the HMI (human-machine interface) and MES (manufacturing execution system) systems using PackML and PackTags,” says Bauman. “The OPC Foundation is helping us with the intercommunication testing, since this communication will be via OPC (an open connectivity standard). The demo will show the ease of integration of controller, HMI, and MES when leveraging PackML, PackTags, and OPC. The OMAC Packaging Workgroup (OPW) believes that in order to implement a world class packaging operation, you need to integrate your packaging machines to get the desired productivity, reliability, flexibility and tie-in to business systems.”

Pack Expo Las Vegas, sponsored by the Packaging Machinery Manufacturers Institute, runs Oct. 15-17.

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