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Automation equipment is the effective end product of a process that begins with one person thinking that there must be a better way to perform a certain task. For example, gone are the days when trash was picked up with mule carts. Instead, we now rely on trash trucks to do this job in an automated manner. Similarly, gone are the days when washing laundry was a time-consuming, labor intensive, and sometimes somewhat less than spotless activity. Instead we now live in an age of laundry machines, clothes dryers, and dry cleaning equipment.

It is evident that automation equipment has taken the time, effort, and labor out of many tasks. At times there has been talk about the lack of employment opportunities that the automation of tasks would bring with it. Nothing could be further from the truth! Naturally, the machines donít work, power or fix themselves, and so whole industries have sprung up to support the creation, building, maintenance, repair, and also eventual recycling of the equipment.

Of course, automation equipment has come far from its humble origins, and we now use machines in everyday life for the simplest tasks. As a matter of fact, the use of such equipment has become so simple, that even children now use them with ease. Calculators, flashlights, electric pencil sharpeners, and typewriters are now common sights in every school. Many pieces of automation equipment are now actually being replaced by the next generation of machines, i.e. with the advent of computers, typewriters are now the equipment of yesterday. And who could forget the evolution of musical storageófrom a-track to tape and vinyl record to CD?

Automation equipment is here to stay, and in so doing it provides valuable employment opportunities for skilled workers. With the constant strides that are being made in the development of new and improved machines, the possibilities are endless.

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