What was the industrial world like before DIY?

As someone who’s a bit younger, I don’t know a world before Industry 4.0 and DIY being an option. I recently read through Vention’s DIY report, and it made me even more curious about what the industrial world was like before DIY was a thing at all.

What were the options back then? How did manufacturers cope with high costs and long deployment times?

Before DIY automation, were manufacturers stuck with one-size-fits-all solutions, or did they have other ways to customize their operations? Are some companies still using old world solutions?

Also, what was the adoption of robotics like before platforms like Vention made it accessible and customizable?

For those who have been in the industry for a while, I’d love to hear your stories and first hand experiences. How has the shift to DIY automation transformed your operations? What were the biggest challenges and successes you encountered before DIY was an option?

Looking forward to learning from your experiences.