- The definition of automation is the use of machines and technology to make processes run on their own without manpower.
An example or automation is the technology used in automobile assembly lines that limits the number of people required to build cars.
- in manufacturing, a system or method in which many or all of the processes of production, movement, and inspection of parts and materials are automatically performed or controlled by self-operating machinery, electronic devices, etc.
- any system or method resembling this in using self-operating equipment, electronic devices, etc. to replace human beings in doing routine or repetitive work: automation in teaching
- the condition of being automated
Origin of automationautoma(tic) + -tion
- The automatic operation or control of equipment, a process, or a system.
- The techniques and equipment used to achieve automatic operation or control.
- The condition of being automatically controlled or operated.
Origin of automationFrom automatic.
From automatic (coined by a Ford Executive Vice President Delmar S. Harder in the 40s)
automation - Computer Definition
Replacing manual operations with electronics and computer-controlled devices. For example, office automation replaced manual typewriters, filing cabinets and paper appointment books with computer applications. Factory automation using computer-driven robots and assembly lines continues to replace human workers. Not Just Replacement Automation may also refer to the adoption of more sophisticated electronics. For example, a tape library may be called a "tape automation system," because it uses robotic functions to store and retrieve multiple cartridges. However, magnetic tape cartridges that are read and written in single-cartridge drives are not given the automation moniker. See also COM automation.