PMMI to help OMAC grow membership and develop standards

  • March 06, 2011
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March 6, 2011 - PMMI has announced that it will provide staff support to further the mission of OMAC, the Organization for Machine Automation and Control. PMMI’s membership and PACK EXPO show exhibitors provide processing and packaging solutions that, in conjunction with their customers, can utilize OMAC Packaging Workgroup Guidelines for modern production operations. In addition, PMMI members use metalworking equipment, which can yield reduced-cost benefits when outfitted with OMAC Machine Tool Workgroup interfaces. PMMI’s support will enable OMAC’s volunteer leadership to expand its membership domestically and internationally, plus engage customer and supplier teams in further developing OMAC standards, including PackML. This support enhances PMMI’s leadership in production operations standards as well as providing additional value for professionals attending PACK EXPO events and technical conferences. Rob Aleksa, OMAC board member and controls manager for Procter & Gamble, and Tom Egan, vice president of industry services for PMMI, both commented on the increased support: “On behalf of the OMAC Board of Directors,” said Aleksa, “I wish to express our appreciation for PMMI’s longstanding support, which has been essential to OMAC Packaging Workgroup’s concept of ‘win-win-win’ -- meaning initiatives that benefit packaging machinery users, OEMs and automation technology providers, all of whom are PMMI constituents.” “We believe that by increasing our role in support of OMAC activities, PMMI is fostering ongoing communication with all constituents in the processing and packaging community,” said Egan. “This is especially important in the fast changing field of integrated solutions. We look forward to our members and our customers contributing to this process.” About PMMI PMMI is a trade association of 560-plus member companies that manufacture packaging, processing and related converting machinery in the United States or Canada; machinery components and packaging containers and materials. PMMI’s vision is to be the leading global resource for packaging, and its mission is to improve and promote members' abilities to meet the needs of their customers. PMMI organizes the PACK EXPO trade shows: PACK EXPO International, PACK EXPO Las Vegas and EXPO PACK México, connecting participants in the packaging and processing supply chain with their customers around the world. Coming Up: EXPO PACK México at Mexico City’s Centro Banamex, June 21–24, 2011, and PACK EXPO Las Vegas at the Las Vegas Convention Center Sept. 26–28, 2011. About OMAC OMAC is the global organization for automation and manufacturing professionals that is dedicated to supporting the machine automation and operational needs of manufacturing. OMAC has about 500 members from end-user companies, OEM's, and technology providers and integrator companies. These members include companies with vested interest in developing and implementing open control technologies for manufacturing applications. We currently operate two working groups: Packaging, and Machine Tool. These groups lead the way in producing consensus guidelines to improve flexibility, improve capability, and reduce system integration costs. We also seek to improve the automation industry’s capabilities by defining the educational and training needs of our community.

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