WBF, OMAC, ISA harmonizing with S88 to develop new automation standard

Research Triangle Park, NC—To better integrate “making” and “packing,” a joint working group, Make2Pack, is using ISA’s S88 batch standard principles and OMAC’s PackML state model to help develop a new ANSI/ISA-88.00.05 automation standard.


Research Triangle Park, NC— To better integrate “making” and “packing,” a joint working group, Make2Pack, is using ISA’s S88 batch standard principles and OMAC’s PackML state model to help develop a new ANSI/ISA-88.00.05 automation standard. Make2Pack is sponsored by the World Batch Forum (WBF), the Open Modular Architecture Controls (OMAC) Users' Group ’s packaging working group, and ISA—the Instrumentation, Systems, and Automation Society ’s SP88 committee.

Make2Pack is harmonizing ISA’s standard and OMAC’s guidelines to develop conceptual models, terminology and examples for industrial automation that can be applied to the total manufacturing process. The workgroup is focusing 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,' says Dave Chappell, Proctor & Gamble’s section manager for batch technologies and chair of WBF's Make2Pack effort.

Make2Pack plans to issue a preliminary report or guideline in 2005-06 and publish the ANSI/ISA standard in 2006-07. When applied in industrial applications, the new standard reportedly will increase the profitability, flexibility and efficiency of manufacturing and packaging processes. Through uniform machine design, it’s also expected to 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,' adds Thinus van Schoor, SAB Miller’s automation manager and OMAC member.

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