What is an industrial assessment?
Our team of faculty and students from the Department of Electrical Engineering offers free, in-depth assessments of area manufacturers and plants. Our goal is to help you save on energy costs by identifying potential savings in three areas:
  • Energy efficiency
  • Waste minimization and pollution prevention
  • Productivity
  • What can the IAC do for your business?
    Recommendations from industrial assessments have averaged about $55,000 in potential annual savings for each manufacturer.

    Assessments generally entail a one or two day site visit, followed by a detailed analysis for specific recommendations, including estimates of costs, performance, and payback times.

    Within 60 days, a confidential report detailing the analysis, findings and recommendations of the team is sent to the plant. In two to six months, follow-up phone calls are placed to the plant manager to verify recommendations that will be implemented.

    Who is eligible for an IAC assessment?
    Any business that meets the following criteria:
  • Falls within Standard Industrial Codes (SIC) 20-39
  • Reports gross annual sales of less than $100 million
  • Has fewer than 500 employees at the plant site
  • Pays annual energy bills of no less than $100,000 and no more than $2,000,000
  • Does not employ professionals qualified to perform the assessment
  • What can I expect from an assessment?
    Plant Visit and Tour

    We will schedule a day for our IAC team to spend touring your facility and collecting data on the operation of your equipment. This visit should last about 8 hours. For the purposes of the assessment, we may need to meet with the following people:

  • Accountant
  • Electrician
  • Equipment Operators
  • Plant Engineer
  • Environmental Manager
  • Maintenance/Facilities Manager
  • Production Manager
  • Quality Manager

    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. The person leading the tour should be able to point out areas on which you would like us to concentrate. After the tour, we will meet with selected staff from your plant to discuss any opportunities for potential savings.

    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.

    At the end of the day, we will meet again with your staff to present the opportunities we think will offer significant savings. Your comments are extremely valuable to ensure that our list includes the right opportunities for you.

    The Assessment

    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, reduce energy costs, and minimize waste, including estimates of implementation costs and payback periods.

    The Follow-Up

    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.