Record of Success

As of September 2008, the national IAC program had conducted more than 14,000 assessments saving U.S. companies more than $700 million through efficiency and productivity improvements. The Oregon State University IAC has recommended more than $86 million in annual cost savings to over 500 manufacturers, fifty-five percent of which have been implemented, equaling $26 million in savings to manufacturers. The companies that implement our recommendations not only save money, but also help reduce pollution.

Who wins?

  • Participating Companies

    On average, IAC assessments yield recommendations that can save a manufacturer $183,000 annually. Payback on implementation costs averages a fast 1.0 years ... and the savings keep falling right to the bottom line, year after year.

  • Participating Universities

    Through the IACs, universities build valuable local industry relationships to maintain a practical focus in their engineering curriculum. They also gain an edge in attracting and retaining top undergraduate and graduate engineering students.

  • Participating Students

    The next generation of energy-savvy engineers is being prepared in today's IAC program. Each year, 150 students participate nationally, gaining valuable hands-on experience in auditing key industrial operations, systems, and processes--- experience that can jump-start their engineering careers.

  • U.S. Taxpayers

    The Department of Energy's Office of Industrial Technologies provides financial and technical support to the IACs. The nation's economy benefits from more competitive small and medium-sized manufacturers--- a sector that accounts for over 50 percent of U.S. manufacturing employment. Other returns? Enhanced energy security and environmental benefits from decreased energy and resource use.

The primary objective of the IAC is to identify and evaluate opportunities for increased productivity, energy conservation and waste minimization through visits to industrial sites.