- 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 computer procedures. For example, office automation refers to replacing typewriters, filing cabinets and paper appointment books with computer applications. Factory automation refers to computer-driven assembly lines as well as replacing humans with robots. Just More Advanced Electronics Automation may also refer to the adoption of more sophisticated electronics. For example, a tape library incorporates robotic functions to store multiple magnetic tape cartridges; however, the cartridges already existed as electronic devices. See also COM automation.