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

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