Advanced Programming Workshop - PackML

Class Name/Number: Advanced Programming Workshop - PackML / TRM020-MPiec-PackML
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Class Cost: $735

Duration: 2.5 Day Class


In this advanced level programming class, students will apply the PackML standard to plan out the functionality of a Case Packer machine. Yaskawa’s PackML template will then be used to implement a working demo box simulation of a simple case packer.

Class Topics:

Day 1
  • Understand the PackML Concept
  • Understand the Case Packer machine
  • Define the Case Packer machine operation in each PackML mode and state
  • Define control module operation in each PackML mode and state
  • Prepare the PackML template for the Case Packer example

Day 2

  • Integrate the HMI
  • Program PackML functionality to partially completed code
  • Program Hold and Suspend functionality
  • Program Events/Alarms

Day 3

  • Integrate OEE data collection

Class Materials:

Students will receive a copy of the class training manual, as well as selected product user and instruction materials in paper and/or electronic format.

COVID Policies During Training Classes:

Yaskawa America, Technical Training Services follows the Center for Disease Control’s (CDC’s) recommendation of social distancing at least six feet during factory training classes held at the Yaskawa America facility in Waukegan, IL. To meet these recommendations, we’ve physically rearranged the classrooms and limited the number of students enrolled in the class.

Students and instructors must adhere to Yaskawa's safety protocol for mask or face shield utilization in all Yaskawa training facilities, which follow local, state or federal mask orders or revised CDC guidelines. Students should bring with them and may wear during the class, a facemask or face shield approved by the CDC for COVID-19 face protection based on Yaskawa’s safety protocol level at the time of their scheduled class.


Yaskawa TTS provides a number of training classes for its customers that require the use of low-level voltages (120vac, 208vac, and 460vac). To ensure a level of safety for the student while working with training class equipment using these voltages, TTS follows an Arc Flash Policy that is consistent with NFPA 70E.

Each student attending the class must wear non-melting, untreated, natural fiber long pants.


This class is designed for the programming engineer who already has significant application experience in the MotionWorks IEC programming environment, and is comfortable with the IEC 61131-3 standard, PLCopen standard, and Yaskawa’s PLCopen Toolbox user library. It is also necessary to come to class with some level of familiarity with PackML. This is an advanced class and can be quite challenging. Proper preparation is critical for successful completion.

Prerequisite #1: MPiec Intermediate Application Programming
Complete the class MPiec Intermediate Application Programming (TRM020-MPiec-Intermediate ) or equivalent. Equivalent programming experience will be considered in place of this class on a case-by-case basis.

Prerequisite #2: Written Test
Watch the webinar “Understanding PackML” and submit the corresponding written test.

Prerequisite #3: “PackML demo in MS Excel” from
Download, open, and operate this demo through all states. Enable macros.

Prerequisite #4: Become familiar with Case Packaging machines
Watch this video playlist to become familiar with PackML and Case Packer machines.

If you’re not sure if this class is right for you, call the Technical Training Services (TTS) at 1-800-YASKAWA (927-5292), dial 41.

Class Format:

The class consists of approximately 40% lecture and 60% hands-on exercises.

Class Cost:

Contact Yaskawa for pricing at 1-800-YASKAWA (927-5292) dial 41. The fee that you will be charged includes all training documents, a light snack each morning, and a lunch each day. Costs associated with travel, lodging, and evening meals are not included and are the student's responsibility.

Continuing Education Units:

Continuing Education Units will be awarded to those students that attend this training class in its entirety and pass the certification test with a score of 100% Yaskawa does not provide partial CEU credits for less than 100% attendance. As an IACET Accredited Provider, Yaskawa America Inc. offers CEUs for its programs that qualify under the ANSI/IACET Standard. Yaskawa America, Inc. is accredited by IACET to offer 1.7 CEUs for this program. 

To Enroll:

To enroll in any scheduled class, go to Request Training or call 1-800-YASKAWA (927-5292), dial 41. Class sizes are limited, so call early to reserve your seat.

Cancellation Policy:

Yaskawa reserves the right to cancel a scheduled class at any time due to low student enrollment. In this situation, the student will be asked to reschedule or the tuition cost will be refunded. Yaskawa is not liable for any charges incurred by the customer (i.e.; airline, hotel, and rental car) due to cancellation.

A student may cancel their enrollment more than one week before the start of the class with no penalty. A student wishing to cancel their enrollment within one week of the class start date will be subject to these charges:

  • The cancellation fee for end users, if canceling within one week for a scheduled factory class is 50% of the total class tuition fee.
  • The cancellation fee for Drives and Motion Distributors, if canceling within one week of a scheduled factory training class is 100% of the total tuition fee.
  • The cancellation fee for end users and distributors, if canceling an on-site class within three weeks of a scheduled class date is 100% of the class tuition and logistical fees.