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World Batch Forum, OMAC and ISA Work to Develop New Standard Project for Industrial Automation

April 262005
Research Triangle Park, NC (25 April 2005) -- ISA- The Instrumentation, Systems, and Automation Society- and OMAC - The Open Modular Architecture Controls Users' Group -announce that Make2Pack, a joint working group sponsored by World Batch Forum, the OMAC Packaging Working Group, and the ISA SP88 committee, is working to leverage ISA-88 batch standard principles and the PackML state model to help develop ANSI/ISA-88.00.05.

The Make2Pack workgroup is harmonizing the ISA standard and OMAC guidelines to develop conceptual models, terminology and examples for industrial automation that can be applied to the total manufacturing process. The focus of the workgroup is on batch processes, packaging and converting machinery. "Our goal is to apply ISA's S88 modular philosophy and define a library of component behaviors and techniques that apply to the automation needs of all manufacturing" said Dave Chappell, section manager for batch technologies at Procter & Gamble in Westchester, Ohio and chair of WBF's Make2Pack initiative. The group plans to issue a preliminary report or guideline in 2005/2006 with the ANSI/ISA standard expected to follow in 2006/2007.

When applied within industry, this standard will increase the profitability, flexibility and efficiency of manufacturing and packaging processes. Through uniform machine design, it will also improve maintainability.

"The increasing need for manufacturing agility demands that we cut across the different silos and departments, speak the same language, and model processes the same way. If we can merge our process and discrete manufacturing operations, we will generate great efficiencies for our corporations," explained Thinus van Schoor, OMAC Member and Automation Manager for SAB Miller.

The group is chartered with better integrating "making" and "packing." In addition to the ANSI/ISA-88 standards implications, there are also clear ties to the forthcoming ISA-95.00.03 standard, which covers manufacturing operations management activities.

About ISA
ISA-The Instrumentation, Systems, and Automation Society (www.isa.org) is a global, nonprofit, educational organization connecting people and ideas in automation. The Society fosters advancement in the theory, design, manufacture, and use of sensors, instruments, computers, and systems for automation in a wide variety of applications. In addition to hosting the largest conferences and exhibitions for automation in the Western Hemisphere, ISA is a leading technical training organization and a respected publisher of books, magazines, and standards. ISA also serves the professional development and certification needs of industry professionals and practitioners with its Certified Automation Professional (CAP), Certified Control Systems Technician(r) (CCST(r)), and Certified Industrial Maintenance Mechanics (CIMM) programs; and the Control Systems Engineers (CSE) license. Founded in 1945, ISA has expanded its technical and geographical reach to become a resource for 30,000 Members and thousands of other professionals and practitioners in more than 110 countries around the world.

About OMAC
OMAC-The Open Modular Architecture Controls Users' Group (www.omac.org) is an affiliate organization of ISA- The Instrumentation, Systems and Automation Society- and works to collectively derive common solutions for both technical and non-technical issues in the development, implementation, and commercialization of open, modular architecture control (OMAC) technologies, and to facilitate the accelerated development and convergence of industry and government developed OMAC technology guidelines to one set that satisfies common use requirements. OMAC has about 500 member representatives from end-user companies, OEM's, and technology providers and integrator companies. OMAC currently operates three Working Groups: Packaging, Manufacturing Infrastructure, and Machine Tool.

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