Yep. I did the manual hay thing when I was a kid, but never got the buff muscular benefit.
For the past 30 years or so I have been involved in the automation business. Early on, much of the machinery was stand-alone stations and fixtures to aid an operator in doing a job. As time went on, more operations were combined and the operator was relegated to loading and unloading the machine.
I recall one engineer from one of the automakers remarking "I can get that job done cheaper with five mexicans and a drill press" after seeing a complex piece of automation. Turns out that it wasn't so, but that's what it takes now to compete in the market - elimination of labor or going to a cheaper labor source.
I am in favor of employing people. It is people that purchase the products that I build. I am also in favor of staying in business, and nowadays it's a matter of minimizing costs in order to eke out any kind of profit.
Profit? Some businesses are currently satisfied with mere survival.
Weston Bye - Author, The Mechatronist column, Digital Machinist magazine
~Practitioner of the Electromechanical Arts~
Theory & Practice-
Theory is when you know something but it doesn't work.
Practice is when something works but you don't know why.
It it dangerous to combine Theory & Practice;
nothing works and you don't know why.