Committees & Organizations

Packaging Machinery Manufacturers Institute

PMMI is the leading global resource for packaging and processing.  PMMI is a trade association with nearly 600 member companies that manufacture packaging, processing and packaging-related converting machinery, commercially-available packaging machinery components, containers and materials in the United States and Canada.

The Organization for Machine Automation and Control

The Organization for Machine Automation and Control, sponsors an annual session at ARC’s World Industry Forum on best practices, technology, and standards development in manufacturing machinery (converting, CNC, packaging, etc.) and line operations (packaging operations management, OEE, etc.). At the forum, you will hear from leading End Users, OEM Machine Builders, System Integrators, and Technology Providers.


John Kowal, Packaging Market Development Manager for B&R Industrial Automation, was elected to the Board of Directors of the Packaging Machinery Manufacturers Institute (PMMI) during the trade association’s annual meeting in King of Prussia, Pennsylvania held November 7-9, 2011. 

Kowal is the first Supplier Member to be elected to the PMMI board, a recognition both of the key role that suppliers play in the advancement of packaging technology, and of the contributions Kowal has made over the past decade of involvement. 

Kowal is currently a member of the PMMI Global Marketing Committee and Trade Show Strategy Committee.  He is also a member of the Board of Directors of the Organization for Machine Automation & Control (OMAC), an organization promoting standards and best practices in automation that is allied with PMMI. He was instrumental in the founding of the OMAC Packaging Workgroup over ten years ago and has been an active member ever since.

MSI is a Regional Exclusive Distributor and Integrator of B&R Automation Products and Services