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autonomation (uncountable)

  1. (manufacturing) Automation design concept developed at Toyota using error-proofing and automatic process defect-detection to ease human participation in demanding just-in-time manufacturing.
    • 1988, Taiichi Ohno, Toyota Production System: Beyond Large-scale Production, page 121:
      Autonomation (Automation with a Human Touch)
      Autonomation means transferring human intelligence to a machine.
    • 1998, Schon Beechler, Kristin Stucker, Japanese Business, page 541
      This concept of autonomation is meant to convey the combination of mechanical automation and human control.
      "Autonomation" implies the attachment of extra functions to automated machines so the machine will stop automatically when […].

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Used to translate the Japanese word 自動化.

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