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