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OMAC is dead, long live OMAC

23 June, 2008

OMAC Ė the Open Modular Architecture Control usersí group Ė has morphed into a new organisation, also called OMAC, but now as an abbreviation for the Organisation for Machine Automation and Control. The reborn OMAC says that the change reflects the evolution of its mission as well as an attempt to broaden its membership.

The new organisationís mission statement declares that it is "dedicated to supporting the machine automation and operational needs of manufacturing". It has introduced corporate membership, allowing companies to take a more active role in shaping the organisation. The words "Userís Group" have also been removed from OMACís logo.

OMAC was set up in 1994 to help develop, implement and commercialise open, modular control architectures, with three working groups focusing on the needs of packaging machinery, machine tools and manufacturing infrastructures. At present, it has about 500 member representatives drawn from end-users, OEMs, technology providers and integrators.

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