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Definition: Autonomation


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Dictionary Definition

manufacturing An automation design concept developed at Toyota using error-proofing and automatic process defect-detection to ease human participation in demanding just-in-time manufacturing.

Full Definition of Autonomation

Autonomation is a technological innovation that aims to allow machines to work harmoniously with their operators by giving them the ‘human touch.’ Known as Jidoka in Japanese, the approach utilises automatic and semi-automatic processes to reduce the physical and mental load on workers. The concept was introduced by the founder of Toyota Industries Corp, Sakichi Toyoda (1867-1930) in around 1924 when he invented an automatic loom that stopped working if even a single thread breaks; thus enabling a single operator to control several looms.

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Definition Sources

Definitions for Autonomation are sourced/syndicated and enhanced from:

  • A Dictionary of Economics (Oxford Quick Reference)
  • Oxford Dictionary Of Accounting
  • Oxford Dictionary Of Business & Management

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