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How It’s Made: 5 Processes That Have been Automated

Factory Automation with industrial robots for ...

Factory Automation with industrial robots for palletizing food products like bread and toast at a bakery in Germany, robotics (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Automation is becoming much more commonplace in the world for many reasons. It’s cheaper, it lessens the time needed for certain processes, and it alleviates time to complete other tasks that already can’t be automated. These are five processes that you might be surprised to find that are automated in the world today.


It might come as a surprise for you to find out that surgery is becoming more and more possible for robots or machines to perform. Because these types of machines are so particular and flawless in their operations, even the best of surgeons could work alongside them and be reprimanded for things they’re doing wrong. This could even mean a very significant decrease in surgery-related errors and malfunctions.

Even more automation in the future is expected.

Even more automation in the future is expected.

Checkout Stations

There’s a high chance that you’ve used a self check-out station when you’ve been grocery shopping. Instead of having to wait through a long line just to purchase a bag of chips, many leading stores now allow customers to check their own items out using a self-serve station equipped with a scanner, bags, and all. Whether this method has benefited companies overall is still unclear.

IT Maintenance

Many companies like Chicago Automation specialize in even making the lives of IT professionals a lot easier by creating systems that automatically install updates or patches, identify security problems, and monitor system performance. This type of automation leaves much more time available for these professionals to target and maintain other areas in their jobs.

Plane Piloting

It’s true. There’s a strong chance that the last time you flew in a plane, it was piloted in part by a machine. Devices such as drones are already being flown without pilots, and the military is in the process of considering this type of automation for some of their tasks.

College Instructor Positions

Lastly, many schools are moving towards a much more automatic nature in such a sense where certain processes that are involved with teaching are being automated. Some institutions use tools and software that automatically grade classwork and tests, and in some cases, the devices or programs can even evaluate and grade essays. This leaves professors much more time to spend with students and help them succeed.

Overall, it is speculated that the nation will continue to automate more and more tasks as time moves on. How long will it be until people no longer have to drive their cars or they can leave their children with a robotic babysitter? It is possible that it’s not far from now.

Brionna Kennedy-twitterAuthor Bio: Brionna Kennedy is native to the Pacific Northwest, growing up in Washington, then moving down to Oregon for college. She enjoys writing on fashion and business, but any subject will do, she loves to learn about new topics. When she isn’t writing, she lives for the outdoors. Oregon has been the perfect setting to indulge her love of kayaking, rock climbing, and hiking.

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