Based on Adam Smith’s “The Wealth of Nations”

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Automation was first coined in the 1940s by the Ford Motor company after it introduced the new manufacturing model of using partially automatic assembly lines in the production of cars. Broadly speaking, the term represents the development and implementation of systems that can repeat actions without human interference or interaction.

By integrating operations machinery, regulatory control systems, and powered equipment to transport materials during the manufacturing process, automation was introduced into the workplace as a more efficient, safer and profitable method of production in factories, starting with manufacturing Ford cars. While the first generation of industrial robots was limited to…

Gabby Chan

Undergraduate Systems Design Engineering Student at the University of Waterloo. Passionate about human factors in technology and global impactul solutions.

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