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IAC | ASU Industrial Assessment Center

Industrial Assessment Center at ASU

Our Mission

The Industrial Assessment Center at Arizona State University (IAC@ASU) is a Department of Energy (DOE) funded program whose mission is to identify technology, systems and productivity opportunities that result in increasing energy efficiency, reducing waste and providing better financial results for small and medium sized manufacturers, while educating and training the next generation of energy and productivity experts.  The Center conducts energy, waste and productivity assessments through one-day site visits at no cost to the facility.

Energy Assessments Completed

Recommended Actions Suggested

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A Nationwide Program

The U.S. Department of Energy sponsors 31 Industrial Assessment Centers across the United States – each monitoring and helping clients across their general areas. The program was originally founded in 1976 by the Department of Commerce in response to the oil embargo as well as rising energy costs across the nation. It was shifted to the Department of Energy in 1978. The IAC at ASU has been renewed through 2021, alongside the 30 other centers.

The IAC@ASU services manufacturing plants across Arizona, southern Nevada, and western New Mexico.

To qualify for a no-cost energy assessment, manufacturers must meet the following criteria as set by the U.S. Department of Energy:

Gross Annual Sales – Less than $100 million
Standard Industrial Code – Between 2000-3999
Annual Energy Costs – Between $100k and $2.5mil*
Number of Employees – Less than 500

*Some exceptions can be made for plants with larger energy bills than $2.5million so long as the other criteria are met.

“The ASU team did a wonderful job assessing our facility. It’s a large manufacturing facility and they entered safely and professionally. They were very courteous with our staff and a pleasure to work with. In the end, we received a report that helped us to save a significant amount of money, which definitely exceeded my expectations.”

Samir Kanuga

CFO, Royal Paper Converting, Inc.

“We appreciate all that the IAC team have done for us and we are excited to look into implementing these recommendations. The professionalism and technical knowledge of the students and the final report exceeded expectations. We will be sure to stay in touch with any questions we may have. Thanks again!”

Gregg Mosby

COO, Liberty Greenleaf

“IAC was very helpful as they identified and prioritize various energy efficiency projects in our 65,000 SF manufacturing facility. The projects identified gave us specific paybacks that ranged from a few years to some as short as a few months! We highly recommend IAC to other Arizona businesses.”

Daren Riley

CEO, DRG Technologies

“The ASU team did an excellent job with their energy assessments of our manufacturing facilities.  The team was very professional and sensitive to our safety and confidentiality expectations.  The generated report provided several significant savings opportunities that we have already implemented.  We would highly recommend IAC to others.”

Matt Herbert

Engineering Manager, International Flora Technologies

Student Impact

The Industrial Assessment Center program also strives to educate the next generation of energy engineers by giving students the opportunity to get hands-on with calculations, measurements, and site visits. Students are educated in an array of manufacturing processes as they visit all sorts of manufacturing plants, from plastic injection molding to natural gel mixing to massive dairy farms. Throughout the assessment process, students learn how to present a utility analysis to a manufacturing client, ask pertinent questions to plant managers for important information used in later calculations on the report, and how to format a formal, written, technical report for each client. A team of 3-10 students assists during each assessment and the remaining students can further assist with report calculations and write-up.

Also check out the Department of Energy’s Advanced Manufacturing Office which is a primary sponsor of the IAC program, and is working with partners across the United States to develop new, more efficient manufacturing technologies.