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         overnment and corporate lead-           AF can build its partnership with MEP            OMAC News
         ers and educational moguls—the
         ones with the “purse strings”—
are in a great position to further the in-
                                                 centers around the country to help in
                                                 their mutual workforce development ef-
                                                 forts. “We’ve built a partnership with
                                                                                                  MES team unites
                                                                                                  The OMAC Packaging Workgroup has
dustry goals of automation and build the         MEP to work in areas such as workforce
                                                                                                  formed an MES Definition Team to devel-
workforce of the future, said Steve Huff-        development, we’ve presented informa-
                                                                                                  op user-based MES functionality defini-
man, vice president of strategic accounts        tion at MEP’s national meeting in 2007,
                                                                                                  tions, standards, and requirements that
at Mead O’Brien Inc. and chair of the            and we’ll present additional information
                                                                                                  leverage the data from the PackML and
Automation Federation (AF) government            in 2009 regarding what AF is doing with
                                                                                                  PackTags standard. In August 2008, the
relations committee.                             workforce development and how we can
                                                                                                  ISA-88 Committee approved the techni-
   Since AF began its government rela-           collaboratively work with MEP centers
                                                                                                  cal report on Machine and Unit States:
tions efforts in 2007, it has gained sup-        around the country,” said Mike Marlowe,
                                                                                                  An Implementation Example of ISA-88.
port from Members of the U.S. Congress           Automation Federation director of gov-
                                                                                                  This technical report documented that
and their staffs in recognizing the critical     ernment relations.
                                                                                                  PackML and PackTags follow the ISA88
role automation professionals serve in en-          “We’re trying to connect the technical
                                                                                                  standard.
hancing American manufacturing.                  resource with MEP, which is charged with
                                                                                                     Now that PackML and PackTags are
   At the 111th Session of Congress              trying to modernize American manufac-
                                                                                                  recognized as part of the ISA88 stan-
in March, the AF Delegation met with             turing—process and discrete,” Huffman
                                                                                                  dard, standardization of MES definitions
members of Congress to reiterate the             said.
                                                                                                  based on the PackTags standard is a logi-
importance of automation’s role in the              The overall goal is to promote a mes-
                                                                                                  cal next step. Currently applications le-
industry and AF’s part in collaborating          sage—and to have a consistent message
                                                                                                  veraging the PackTags standard have all
with the Manufacturing Extension Part-           “that we didn’t get here by accident,”
                                                                    
				
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Description: Government and corporate leaders and educational moguls - the ones with the "purse strings" -are in a great position to further the industry goals of automation and build the workforce of the future, said Steve Huffman, vice president of strategic accounts at Mead O'Brien Inc. and chair of the Automation Federation (AF) government relations committee. Since AF began its government relations efforts in 2007, it has gained support from Members of the U.S. Congress and their staffs in recognizing the critical role automation professionals serve in enhancing American manufacturing.
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