The use of devices to replace, refine, extend or supplement human effort. The corresponding verb is to mechanize.
Source: PAC, 1989, 61, 1657. (Nomenclature for automated and mechanised analysis (Recommendations 1989)) on page 1659 [Terms] [Paper]
Cite as: IUPAC. Compendium of Chemical Terminology, 2nd ed. (the "Gold Book"). Compiled by A. D. McNaught and A. Wilkinson. Blackwell Scientific Publications, Oxford (1997). Online version (2019-) created by S. J. Chalk. ISBN 0-9678550-9-8. https://doi.org/10.1351/goldbook.