“Their main challenge becomes answering the question: ‘Do I call this machine a packaging machine or a robotic machine?’ when trying to determine which standard to adhere to,” says Petrokonis.
Packaging and robotics safety standards need to have more synergy, says Petrokonis. “We’ll likely see PMMI adopting some best practices from RIA and vice-versa when it comes to safety standards in the future. At the very least, standards organizations will likely begin identifying which safety standards machine builders should follow.”
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