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Autonomation, also referred to as Jidoka, means automation with the added element of human intelligence. In relation to how autonomation can be used on a production line, this technique introduces one-piece flow through the use of limit switches with the capability to shut down a process or line when a part has been found defective, a machine jams, or when the total required number of parts have been made.

The primary purpose of adding autonomation into a process is to remove the human element and replace it with a system that allows a line to run either entirely on its own, or with little human involvement, therefore; reducing the number of workers on that line, and allowing them to staff more than one work station at a time.