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Detailed Assessment Information

The Industrial Assessment Center (IAC) Program

The US Department of Energy, Advanced Manufacturing Office, currently supports 28 IACs at universities across the nation to provide free evaluations of small- and medium-sized manufacturing facilities to reduce costs by increasing energy efficiency, improving productivity, and decreasing waste.

The Arizona State University Industrial Assessment Center (IAC@ASU)

The IAC@ASU conducts industrial assessments throughout Arizona, southern Nevada (including the Greater Las Vegas region), and western New Mexico. In its history the IAC@ASU has conducted more than 400 assessments, leading to recommended cost savings of more than $200K per assessment, of which on average more than $40K of savings were implemented. Assessments are led by a faculty member, with supporting staff and trained engineering students.

For your free assessment, contact Keshawa Bandara, Lead Student

Assessment Details

What Does an Assessment Entail?

In most cases, the IAC team will perform the assessment in a single day. Our approach is to work with plant personnel to identify savings opportunities. We will examine your utility bills, facilities, equipment, manufacturing processes, and waste streams. Within 60 days an easy-to-read, confidential report will be delivered documenting current practices and recommending ways to save money by reducing energy and waste streams, and improving your manufacturing processes. The report is an independent assessment of your facility’s needs and is not biased by the desire to generate sales or consulting opportunities.

Who Qualifies for a No-Charge Assessment?

To qualify for a free (no-charge) assessment, your plant must have Standard Industrial Code between 2000-3999 (i.e. manufacturing/industrial), annual energy bills between $100,000 and $2,500,000, gross annual sales less than $100,000,000, and less than 500 employees.

Description of a Typical Assessment

Phone Interview
After agreeing on a convenient date and time for our plant visit, we ask a few questions about your process so that we may assemble the most appropriate assessment team.

Pre-Assessment Information Packet
We request a packet of information in advance of our visit. The packet typically includes: 1. Photocopies of the last one or two years of energy and water bills, 2. Photocopies of your electricity and water rate schedules (if necessary), 3. A list of waste streams with approximate quantities and disposal costs, 4. A schematic of the plant layout, 5. A map of the plant.

The Assessment Team
Our team typically consists of one or two faculty members, a staff member, and up to six students. The students are paid undergraduate and graduate engineering students, mostly from mechanical and industrial engineering. Our team is completely insured, has industrial experience and has been briefed on plant safety issues. We will sign and honor confidentiality agreements and ask permission before taking any photographs.

The Day of the Assessment
We typically arrive about 9 a.m. and leave at about 4 p.m. Our plant visit usually consists of the following activities: 1. An introductory briefing, with management participation if possible. 2. A plant tour by someone familiar with plant equipment and processes. 3. An independent brainstorming session to generate savings opportunities. 4. Time for observations and measurements to quantify potential savings. 5. A short debriefing, with management participation if possible.

The Final Report
Within 60 days, a complete, confidential report will be mailed to you. The report begins with a brief summary of our cost-saving recommendations and includes descriptions of utility data, process, facility, lighting, waste streams, and detailed descriptions of each recommendation showing all assumptions and methods used to generate the savings estimates.

Follow up
We will contact you again in six to twelve months by phone to see which recommendations were implemented and to assess your overall satisfaction with our service.

How to qualify

Our Industrial Assessments are fully funded by the U.S. Department of Energy for small- and medium-sized manufacturers. To qualify for a no-charge assessment, your plant must have

  • Standard Industrial Code between 2000-3999 (i.e. manufacturing/industrial);
  • Gross annual sales less than $100,000,000;
  • Annual energy bills between $100,000 and $2,500,000;
  • Fewer than 500 employees on site
Description of Data Confidentiality and Disclosure

We know that your data are important and you want us to exercise care in its use, so we want to explain how we may use it.

The data are used to prepare your individual assessment report. Your company’s name and address do not appear in the report. Upon completion, the report will be sent to you. The report will not be sent to the Department of Energy, Environmental Protection Agency, Occupational Safety & Health Administration or any regulatory body. In addition, it will not be released to vendors, utilities or anyone else outside of the Industrial Assessment Center program. However, to ensure continued high quality, all of our reports are reviewed by an organization that manages this program for the United States Department of Energy.

Some data from the report are entered into a national database available for public access on the Internet at https://iac.university/. This database is a valuable tool for manufacturers and researchers who want to know the savings of various types of projects.

The data entered into the national database that are available for public access include the following:

  • Assessment center performing the assessment (Arizona State University)
  • State where plant is located
  • Assessment date
  • Plant SIC, principal product, floor area and employees
  • Annual sales, volume, production hours and energy cost
  • Name, type, estimated annual resource savings, annual cost savings, implementation cost, simple payback and implementation status of each savings recommendation.

Our work in your plant may be a good subject for a future case study; however, such a case study will be subject to your review and approval. We may be asked to supply a list of plant names and addresses for plants we have served to the Department of Energy in order to make public a list of program participants. The list will not associate plant names with report numbers or other plant production, operation, or cost data. In addition, we may call you after a few months to ask about project implementation, and other follow-up may include a survey.