Blog : Line management is both science and an art

One Interface to Rule Them All

Getting all the machines on a packaging line to talk to each other can be a complex affair, especially when they are from different manufacturers.

In addition, you want to ensure that you're optimising your overall equipment efficiency and receiving data from your line that a). is consistent and b). makes sense.

In order to achieve this, all your equipment needs to be speaking the same language and it needs to be integrated into a system with a simple interface that provides instantly usable information.

Our team has developed a Line Management Execution System (LMES) that solves the challenge perfectly.

Using OMAC (open modular architecture control – high-level control system architecture design intended for continuous manufacturing systems) and PackML (packaging machinery language – an intuitive code that is tested and proven), we can reduce risk and achieve a consistent outcome on every line we work on.

PackML has been developed by OMAC, which also stands for the name of the user group: Organisation for Machine Automation Control, in order to provide a standardised 'look and feel' across a plant floor and to enable a common interface between machinery. 

PackML provides a consistent way to communicate and collect uniform data across machines, lines, shifts, plants and business units. It simplifies Line Management Execution System functions and makes a substantial contribution to overall equipment effectiveness. The PackML standard has been tailored for packaging machinery and complies with ISA-S88 Standards for Batch Control.

Our solutions are modular in nature, scalable, reliable, maintainable and easily programmed.

This means it's faster and more economical for us to implement. They are so simple to use, that the operator or engineer on site can make any necessary changes without calling in a software engineer.

If a fault occurs, a message can be sent up the line to ensure adjustments are made to maintain production rates. It's easy to see which piece of equipment is slowing the line down.

Ultimately it means that our customers can respond to changing consumer dynamics faster than ever before, with increased productivity and levels of profit.

It's worthy of note that OEMs (Original Equipment Manufacturers) are only required to implement around 10% of OMAC to be considered compliant, so the claim of 'OMAC compliance' needs to be investigated carefully when choosing a supplier.

Foodmach implements 100% of the entire standard on our equipment, which is what is required for optimal line efficiency.

We have multinational customers who require the highest levels of compliance, so it's become an area of specialisation for our team.

Talk to us about what we can do to optimise your packaging line.