What is automation?

  • (noun): Equipment used to achieve automatic control or operation.
    Example: "This factory floor is a showcase for automation and robotic equipment"
    See also — Additional definitions below


Automation is the use of machines, control systems and information technologies to optimize productivity in the production of goods and delivery of services. The correct incentive for applying automation is to increase productivity, and/or quality beyond that possible with current human labor levels so as to realize economies of scale, and/or realize predictable quality levels. The incorrect application of automation, which occurs most often, is an effort to eliminate or replace human labor. Simply put, whereas correct application of automation can net as much as 3 to 4 times original output with no increase in current human labor costs, incorrect application of automation can only save a fraction of current labor level costs. In the scope of industrialisation, automation is a step beyond mechanisation. Whereas mechanisation provides human operators with machinery to assist them with the muscular requirements of work, automation greatly decreases the need for human sensory and mental requirements while increasing load capacity, speed, and repeatability. Automation plays an increasingly important role in the world economy and in daily experience.

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Console Automation - Modes of Automation
... Auto Write used the first time automation is created or when writing over existing automation Auto Touch writes automation data only while a fader is ... If mute is pressed during writing of automation, the audio track will be muted during playback of that automation ... In some cases, automation can be written using a digital potentiometer (d-pot) instead of a fader ...
Social Network Automation - Miscellaneous Solutions: Buttons
... As these seem to be less about automation and more about convenience they have been separated from the automation tools ... However, there is some overlap, with some automation providers offering buttons ...
Automation - Relationship To Unemployment
... Although the process of implementing automation to industries may cause a temporary fall in the demand for Human capital, in the long run and for society as a whole it has only led to cheaper products ...
Manual Labour - Relationship To Mechanisation and Automation
... Mechanisation and automation strive to reduce the amount of manual labour required for production ... of production or, as mechanisation evolves into automation, to bring greater flexibility (easier redesign, lower lead time) to production ... Automation helps to bring mechanisation to more complicated tasks that require finer dexterity, decision making based on visual input, and a wider variety of intelligent movements ...
Console Automation
... Modern digital audio consoles or mixers use automation ... Automation allows the console to remember the audio engineer's adjustment of faders during the post-production editing process ... A timecode is necessary for synchronization of automation ...

More definitions of "automation":

  • (noun): The act of implementing the control of equipment with advanced technology; usually involving electronic hardware.
    Example: "Automation replaces human workers by machines"
    Synonyms: mechanization, mechanisation
  • (noun): The condition of being automatically operated or controlled.
    Example: "Automation increases productivity"

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