Automation

Automation is the use of control systems (such as numerical control, programmable logic control, and other industrial control systems), in concert with other applications of information technology (such as computer-aided technologies [CAD, CAM] to control industrial machinery and processes, reducing the need for human intervention.”

Advantages & Disadvantages

Advantages
*  Removes tedious and repetitive tasks from valuable personnel.
*  Decreases having people doing tasks in dangerous environments.
*  Being able to do tasks that are beyond a persons capabilities (Objects too big, heavy, too hot/cold)

Disadvantages
*  Technological Limits
*  Unpredictable development costs
*  High initial cost

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