island of automation

island of automation

[′ī·lənd əv ‚ȯd·ə′mā·shən]
(industrial engineering)
A single robotic system or other automatically operating machine that functions independently of any other machine or process.
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Two commonly seen automation types in mid- to high-volume settings include Island of Automation and Total Laboratory Automation (TLA).
She outlined Intergraph's innovative approach that will move GIS from an island of automation by deploying open, geospatial management, analysis, visualization and distribution technology as a core component of an information-centric enterprise.
This alliance will allow billers developing their own electronic billing solution to avoid creating an island of automation that does not link to their paper billing process," said Bill Walker, Bell & Howell MPS' executive director for digital messaging.
No longer will CAD/CAM/CAE or GIS be an island of automation in the enterprise.