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automation (n.)

1948, in the manufacturing sense, coined by Ford Motor Co. Vice President Delmar S. Harder, from automatic (adj.) + -ion. Earlier (1838) was automatism, which meant "quality of being automatic" in the classical sense.

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Definitions of automation

automation (n.)
the act of implementing the control of equipment with advanced technology; usually involving electronic hardware;
automation replaces human workers by machines
Synonyms: mechanization / mechanisation
automation (n.)
the condition of being automatically operated or controlled;
automation increases productivity
automation (n.)
equipment used to achieve automatic control or operation;
this factory floor is a showcase for automation and robotic equipment
From wordnet.princeton.edu