PackSpec v2.0

The Organization for Machine Automation and Control [OMAC] is promoting PackSpec v.2.0, to provide OEMs and packaging end users with templates for packaging machinery specifications. According to Tom Doney, Chair of OMAC PackAdvantage, and the architect of the OMAC PackSpec, “PackSpec version 2 seeks to better align with the Technical Report and provide clarity around the two possible levels of PackML compliance.”

The Organization for Machine Automation and Control Under development for more than four years, the original 1.0 template, now about a year old, enabled OEMs to align the data from their build specifications into a standardized format for all users. In addition to removing a lot of variables from the development and design process, the standardization allows for focusing resources on innovation of new features instead of minute details.

“What we discovered is that if the community applied the OMAC standards in their specifications, there was a large gain that could be found for End Users that directly improved the bottom line for their OEM’s,” Tom Jensen, co-chair of the OMAC PackSpec committee, said. “Conversely, if OEM’s built machines to a common spec, buying machinery based on functionality became much clearer.”


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Source Code to Get to the Moon

The Apollo Guidance Computer (Image source: Grabert at German Wikipedia [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons)
Did you know that only about 2MB of code was needed to land on the Moon? In Design News Magazine, Managing Editor Chris Wiltz describes the historic code, which is now available to the public domain via GitHub. It’s a document with unexpected personality, commented out with topical references to the Watts riots and quotes for Shakespeare.

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(Image: The Apollo Guidance Computer. Source: Grabert at German Wikipedia [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons)

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