Automation One (A1) is a consortium of industrial automation and controls (A&C) professionals who want to add their commentary on the current and future state of the software, hardware, methods, platforms, frameworks, etc. used in modern manufacturing, process, and agricultural industries. Our goal is to contribute to the world wide A&C knowledge base to enhance dialogue among professionals and to increase accessibility into the A&C field for newcomers.

A1 uses a no-byline approach (authors remain anonymous) in order to give individuals the flexibility and freedom to use different voices, opinions, and perspectives. The posts are also highly edited for clarity. This is akin to The Economists style of publishing.