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Automation Standard Leader OMAC Welcomes New Board Members

12 June 2018

The Organization for Machine Automation and Control (OMAC) announces today several changes to its Board of Directors. OMAC welcomes four new members: Arthur Smith from Corning Incorporated, John Uber from Mettler Toledo, Chris Mills from E-Technologies Group, and Ronald MacDonald from Nestlé. Current Board Member John Kowal from B&R Automation is re-elected to another term. Current Board Member Jay Joyner from Procter & Gamble is accepting the additional role of Vice Chairman. Paul Redwood from Church and Dwight continues as Chairman. Spencer Cramer from Ei3 continues as Secretary.

OMAC also recognizes and appreciates the dedicated service of departing Board Members: Darren Elliott from Rockwell Automation, Mark Ruberg formerly of Pro Mach, and Arne Svendsen formerly of Arla Foods. Darren has been involved in OMAC for more than 17 years. He served as a member of the OMAC Board for seven years. Mark recently served as Vice-Chairman and was key to promoting standards and OMAC messages among OEMs. Arne was a key connection to end-users and technical providers in Europe and was a significant driver behind development of the PackML Implementation Guide.

Since OMAC’s founding in 1994, its Board has been all volunteers from member companies who are manufacturing end-users, OEM machine builders, and automation technology providers. OMAC’s Board of Directors is responsible for the fiscal management of the organization and ensuring it fulfills the mission of advancing global machine automation capabilities and efficiency through standardization, best practices and improvements to manufacturing processes.

Arthur Smith is currently a Senior Automation Controls Engineer at end-user Corning Incorporated. He has more than 17 years’ experience developing, programming and integrating controls systems for automation systems, robot cells, and production lines. Arthur is the first to implement PackML on non-packaging related automation at Corning Incorporated. He has since successfully used PackML on various automation projects and is leading the standardization on PackML for his division. Corning has been a member of OMAC since 2013.

John Uber is in his thirtieth year with OEM machine manufacturer Mettler Toledo. He has held various leadership roles in Engineering, Development, Marketing, Sales, and presently Product Management. He has actively participated in OMAC and OpX for several years. Over the past five years, he championed the implementation of PackML as a standard capability of all Mettler Toledo Product Inspection machines. His current role includes responsibility for machine safety and compliance for Product Inspection machines built in the US. He serves as chair for the Technical Advisory Group for the forthcoming ISO 313 Standard (standardization of packaging machines with reference to terminology, classification, design and safety). He is a past chair for the ANSI B155-2016 (Safety for Packaging and Processing Machinery) revision committee. John's degrees include BS/MS-Physics and BSME.

Chris Mills is a 10-year veteran automation engineer with system integrator E-Technologies Group. He is currently Technical Director of the Machine Process business unit. Chris has been the lead developer on multiple full PackML implementations that spanned different types of packaging machines. He has introduced PackML to numerous organizations who were not familiar with the standard. He graduated from Miami University (OH) in 2007 with a bachelor's degree in electrical engineering and a minor in computer science.

Ronald P.D. MacDonald is a 29-year veteran of Nestlé. He has served in various roles in manufacturing and R&D. He is currently an Expert Engineer with the Global Transversal Technology Unit at the Nestlé Development Center in Marysville, Ohio. He specializes in packaging equipment, machine control and line engineering. He was a key contributor to the development of OMAC PackTags.

John Kowal, B&R Automation, has been a supporter of OMAC since its founding. John has been instrumental in establishing the OMAC workgroup subcommittees that drive development and adoption of new automation tools. He has also been key in expanding OMAC and PackML globally through participation in PACK EXPO trade shows, Interpack, IPACK IMA, Packology, PPMA show, SESAM, ARC Forum, IIC quarterly meetings and similar events. He is an advisor for the PackML-OPC UA companion specification initiative and the leader for OMAC’s OT Advisory Forum.

Jay Joyner is a 28-year veteran of Procter and Gamble Company (P&G) engineering, where he has held multiple roles in manufacturing, global platform development and global controls systems. He helped drive the update of P&G Global Standards to include PackML for all new platforms and OEM equipment. He led and supported multiple training sessions within P&G on implementing the Pack ML template for business units, OEMs and external partners. Jay has been a member of the OMAC PackML team since 2004. He is a key member of OMAC’s PackML State Model definitions and standards team.

Changes to the Board of Directors took effect at OMAC’s 2018 General Meeting held in Chicago on May 21 in conjunction with its annual PackML Workshop. Nearly 60 people from companies around the world received hands-on PackML training provided by Beckhoff, B&R Automation, and Siemens at this years’ Workshop.

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