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National Automation Services (NASV.PK) Branching Out To New Industries And Regions

Two early projects that set the stage for the diversification of the process controls and automation company National Automation Services, away from the water processing field on which they had been focused, were with Honeywell and FKI Logistex.

• Honeywell Engines & Systems (Test Cell Control, Monitoring, and Reporting)

NAS completed this project using Modicon Quantum PLC’s and Wonderware. The project included programming and integration of chiller control, airflow, compressors, and power monitoring for test cell simulation used in testing of aircraft components. Information from the database was totalized monthly and used to compile daily and monthly reports NAS configured for Airflow and Power Usage data logging. The reports and automation gave Honeywell load shedding capabilities, reducing production costs.

• FKI Logistex (Phoenix Sky Harbor Airport Baggage Handling and Security Upgrade)

NAS was contracted by FKI Logistex (a company that provides solutions for Airport customers including advanced baggage handling, security and RFID track-and-tracing for airports of all sizes) to provide startup, troubleshooting, and I/O checkout services for baggage handling and explosive detection of the International Section of Terminal 4. The system utilized an Allen-Bradley ControlLogix PLC over both ControlNet and Ethernet networks to deploy a multi-scan bomb detection system that tracked packages through all stages of sorting including each division, merge or transfer to the overflow line through a bar code array.

Through projects such as the above, National has begun to transform itself from a successful regional player in the water process control field to a growing powerhouse in the overall field of process automation control, and currently provides advanced materials handling systems for some of the biggest names in the country. The company is now looking to expand, both industrially and geographically, by acquiring carefully chosen small to medium sized privately-held industrial automation companies around the country.

For more information on NAS, see the company’s website at NASAutomation.com

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