Industrial Assessment Centers Do For You?
Centers provide energy, waste, and productivity assessments at no cost to
small and medium-sized manufacturers. Centers are funded through the
U.S. Department of Energy,
Industrial Technologies' Industrial Assessment Center (IAC) program.
Assessments help manufactures maximize energy efficiency, reduce
waste, and improve productivity. Nationally, recommended actions from an assessment
result in average annual cost savings of about $160,000.
Assessments are performed
by teams of engineering faculty and students from 26 participating universities
across the country.
What You Can Expect from the Industrial Assessment
On the plant visit
day, an OSU team of engineering faculty and students will spend the day touring
your facility and collecting data on the operation of your equipment. Our visit will last about 8 to 10 hours,
which will include the following parts.
We would like to spend
about an hour touring your plant with one of your employees who has knowledge
about all aspects of your process. To help us serve you better, the person
leading the tour should be able to point out areas on which you would like
us to concentrate.
After the tour we
meet with selected staff from your plant to list the opportunities
we saw. We also want to include projects that you already know about and need assistance in analyzing.
For example, we can research potential
solutions and equipment or calculate benefits and costs to help you determine
if projects are economically feasible.
We will spend the
next three to four hours gathering the data we will need to analyze the recommendations
that we are considering. This
includes measuring temperatures, pressures, power, and flow rates, as well
as collecting operating schedules, quality statistics, and downtime.
To aid us in gathering the necessary data it will be helpful for us to
spend a little time with the following people:
Before we leave we
would like to meet with selected members of your staff to present the opportunities
we think will offer significant savings with reasonable payback and that we
plan to pursue further. Your comments will be extremely valuable to us at
this time to ensure that our list includes opportunities you are interested
in, your priorities, and to give us feedback on assumptions.
In the weeks following
our visit we may call or email you to clarify some points about your facility. We try
to get as much information as possible during our visit but additional details
may be required for a complete analysis.
Within two months
you will receive a report containing specific recommendations on ways to
improve productivity and to reduce energy costs and minimize waste, including
estimates of implementation costs and payback periods.
View sample report and recommendations.
We will call you in
6 to 12 months to find out which recommendations you were able to implement.
We may also ask you if a representative of the U.S. Department of Energy, which
funds the program, can visit or call you. This follow-up
interview will take no more than half an hour. They interview
approximately half of the manufacturers we serve to determine how useful
our service has been.
manufacturers with Standard Industrial Classification Codes 20 through 39, who meet the following four requirements are eligible to be assessed
by any Industrial Assessment Center across the nation. Larger
facilities may be eligible for multiple day assessments. Manufacturers
who do not meet the four requirements may be assessed by special request.
Gross annual sales below $100 million.
Fewer than 500 employees at the plant site.
Annual utility bills more than $100,000 and less than $2.5 million.
No in-house professional staff to perform an assessment.