Industry: New Power in Automation

From baking bread to making steel, the most promising area of automation is computer control of factory production lines. Last week two major space-age firms got together to form the newest and biggest company in a rapidly growing field. The Martin Marietta Corp. and Thompson Ramo Wooldridge Inc. set up a separate company called the Bunker-Ramo Corp. to design and install computerized assembly lines for the industrial market.

The partnership is a natural. Ever since he joined his Martin Co. with American-Marietta three years ago, Chairman George Maverick Bunker, 56, has been...

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