What Is Automation?


The dictionary defines the word automation as “the technique of making an apparatus, a process, or a system operate automatically.”

We define automation in term of technology and science as “the creation and application of technology to monitor and control the production and delivery of products and services in real world.”

Using definition, the automation profession and their professionals includes “everyone involved in the creation and application of technology to monitor and control the production and delivery of products and services in the real world”; and the automation professional are the “any individuals involved in the creation and application of technology to monitor and control the production and delivery of products and services in the real world.”

Automation encompasses many vital elements, systems, and job functions.

Automation provides benefits and profits to virtually all of industry and technologies. Here are some examples of real world examples are given below:

  • Manufacturing Products, including food and pharmaceutical, chemical and petroleum, pulp, soda, lather industry and paper
  • Transportation and travelling, including automotive, aerospace, and railways, roads
  • Utilities in all services, including water and wastewater, industrial waste, oil and gas, electric power, and telecommunications
  • Defense and military
  • Facility operations, including security, environmental control, energy management, safety, and other building automation
  • And many others

Automation crosses all functions within industry and technology and science from installation, integration, simulation and maintenance to design analysis, procurement, and management and hardware purchasing. Automation even reaches into the marketing and sales functions of these industries and increases the profit of all products.

Automation involves a very broad range of technologies including robotics and expert systems, simulations, telemetry and communications, electro-optics, Cybersecurity, process measurement and control, traffic control system, sensors, wireless applications, systems, battle fields in war simulation, integration, test measurement, and many, many more.

Why is the automation professional so important in the real world?

Think about the cell phone, mobile devices, small purchase devices and computer you use every day to do your job and home use. Think about the car, truck, bus you drive to take to work or anywhere you want. Think about the food you eat; water you drink; clothes you wear; leather goods and appliances you use to store, prepare, and clean them or dispose them. Think about the television you watch, computers that you use,  video games you play, or music system you listen to and lectures taking online. Think about the buildings you visit and buildings where you live in. Think about any modern convenience or necessity reasons. Just about anything you can think of is the result of complex processes and procedures. Without talented individuals to get requirements, design, build, improve, and maintain these processes and running these technological advances would never have occurred and future innovations would be impossible in real world examples. Without automation professionals, our world and our future would be very different and takes too much time to go for futures.

Automation professionals are responsible for creating, solving complex problems in many vital aspects of industry, science related simulations and its processes. The work of automation professionals is critically important to the preservation of the health, medication, safety, and welfare of the public and to the sustainability and enhancement of our quality of life and easy of life.

The United States of America government, among many others, recognizes the unsung value of automation professionals and produce the parts that are required for simulations. Support for the importance of automation to industry, science and technologies comes from the United States of America government Senate Committee on Appropriations. On 30 June 2009, the committee submitted report language (including the excerpt shown) to accompany the bill: H. R. 2847 (Commerce, Justice, Science and Related Agencies Appropriations Act, 2010) emphasizing the importance of automation and simulation to industry, science and technologies:

“Supporting the Nation’s manufacturers, parts makers and especially small businesses, is critical to keeping United States of America innovative in a global marketplace like MEP, NIST, and its partners are directed to consider the importance automation and simulations plays in accelerating and integrating manufacturing processes and procedures. The topic of automation cuts across all levels of industry, rather than serving as a stand-alone technology, science and particularly affects the fields of control systems, computer system, cyber security, industrial wireless sensors, traffic control system, systems interoperability, and other basic automation technologies necessary for the success of industrial enterprises and as well as in science. NIST is encouraged to consult and collaborate with independent experts in the field of automation to support the agency’s efforts in working with industry to increase innovation searching, invention, trade, security, defense system and jobs.”

Automation professionals do and will continue to play a crucial role in protecting us from cyber-attack; air attack from enemies and enhancing our quality of life and life styles; and ensuring the reliability, ease of life, efficiency, safety, constant improvement, and competitiveness of our electric power systems nuclear power production, transportation systems, manufacturing, air traffic control system, operations, and industry as a whole. Without these individuals and professionals, we cannot advance into the future and science.


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