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Technology Prompts New Plastics Machinery Safety Standards

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Ann R. Thryft
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Lots of robots in IM
Ann R. Thryft   2/5/2014 2:28:16 PM
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At first glance I thought this meant safety due to plastics as a material--I guess since that's my bias--instead of the equipment used to produce them or products made from them. Interesting that one of these standards involves the use of robots with injection molding machinery. The establishment of new standards, somewhat like laws, can tell us about larger trends. I didn't realize robots had gotten this prominent in IM.



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Re: Lots of robots in IM
Rob Spiegel   2/6/2014 1:04:17 PM
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Ann, it's interesting, isn't it. New standards were developed because advances in technology changed the game. I think we're going to see a lot of standards entities struggling to keep up with technology advances.

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Ann R. Thryft   2/6/2014 1:22:44 PM
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Yes, Rob, I've noticed that's usually how it works. By the time a new standard needs to be made, whatever it's defining has reached a certain critical mass. While the semiconductor industry is hardly representative of the way other technology industries work, there are some things in common and that's one of them.

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