|Noun||1.||automation - the act of implementing the control of equipment with advanced technology; usually involving electronic hardware; "automation replaces human workers by machines"|
|2.||automation - the condition of being automatically operated or controlled; "automation increases productivity"|
|3.||automation - equipment used to achieve automatic control or operation; "this factory floor is a showcase for automation and robotic equipment"|
|automation - Automatic, as opposed to human, operation or control of a
process, equipment or a system; or the techniques and
equipment used to achieve this. Most often applied to
computer (or at least electronic) control of a manufacturing
See also design automation, office automation, manularity, Manufacturing Automation Protocol, PEARL, QBE.