1948, in the manufacturing sense, coined by Ford Motor Co. Vice President Delmar S. Harder, from automatic + -ion. Earlier (1838) was automatism, which meant "quality of being automatic" in the classical sense.
1. Automation revolutionized the olive industry in the early 1970s.
2. Automation would bring a shorter, more flexible working week.
3. Administrative staff may be deskilled through increased automation and efficiency.
4. Automation meant the loss of many factory jobs.
5. Automation will mean the loss of many jobs in this factory.