There is no doubt that automation has played a big part in producing high quality items for us through out the years. The consumer industry has specially benefitted, where automation of processes has seen everything from complicated assembly procedures to simple things like screwing the cap on your tooth paste tube (full marks if you remember that part from Roald Dahl’s Charlie and the Chocolate Factory) being automated.
While the concept is not new, things have accelerated remarkably in the last few years thanks to the internet, and the internet of things. Not only is automation in factories totally revolutionised, but the process of automation is slowly but steadily taking control of various things in our homes too. We already control our heating and cooling systems through it, but now, thanks to IoT (Internet of Things), we have everything from lights and switches that automate to fancy things such as vacuums, and even items that will cook food for us.
Mouser Electronics, one of my favourite electronics supplier (I am an Electronics Engineer!), has produced a detailed video about where the process is moving to. The video not only talks about the possibilities, but more importantly, how it works and why it works so well.
They also talk to the CTO of TE Connectivity who talks about automation in factories. There is even mention of Jarvis from Iron Man!
You can watch the video here: