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"Upgrading the standards to include collaborative robots allowed certain, especially smaller robots, to be unchained from the factory floor where they were previously caged for safety reasons and allowed to be mobile. This means that they can be brought out into small and medium sized workshops where they can work alongside humans, using the full potential of their hardware and software improvements and expanding their market potential along the way. This is a great step towards efficient industrial automation for these small and medium sized firms.
Generally when talking about collaborative robots, they can operate autonomously when there is nobody in their safeguarded workspace, must execute a protective stop when a human enters their safeguarded space and then automatic operation can resume when the human is one again outside of their safeguarded workspace. People or operators may interact with the robot and people and robots can move simultaneously around the collaborative workspace. "