UD-IAC: One of 24 IAC's funded by the U.S. Department of Energy

The University of Dayton Industrial Assessment Center (UD-IAC) conducts free assessments for mid-sized industries. Our reports are independent assessments of your facility’s needs and are not biased by the desire to generate sales or consulting opportunities.

Your assessment will include

  • Our team: faculty, professional staff and trained students
  • A one-day visit to your facility by our team
  • Recommendations for reducing energy, waste and production costs in a personalized report tailored for your facility

Since 1981, the UD-IAC has helped over 900 small and medium-sized industries reduce costs and stay competitive. As a result of our assessments, our clients report saving an average of about 10 percent on their energy costs

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    The No-Charge IAC Program

    • In today’s competitive business environment, saving energy, reducing waste and improving productivity are more than just buzz words; they are vital to the success of every manufacturing firm. Unfortunately, many small and medium sized industries lack the in-house expertise to identify and implement the latest energy efficiency, pollution prevention and productivity measures. That’s why since 1978 the US Department of Energy has sponsored a program to provide no-charge audits for companies like yours. Since its inception, the program has helped over 5,000 businesses save more than $500 million.

    The University of Dayton Industrial Assessment Center

    • The UD-IAC provides no-charge energy assessments for regional industries. We have performed over 850 industrial assessments.  Our clients report saving an average of about 6% on their energy costs as a result of our assessments. Assessments are led by a faculty member and an experienced team of mechanical, industrial, chemical and environmental engineering graduate students.

    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 six weeks 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 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.

    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 audit 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 to the plant.

    The Audit Team

    • Our team typically consists of one or two faculty members and up to four students. The students are paid undergraduate and graduate workers from Mechanical, Environmental, Chemical and/or 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 Audit

    • We typically arrive about 9 am and leave at about 4 pm. Our plant visit usually consists of the following activities: v An introductory briefing, with management participation if possible. v A plant tour by someone familiar with plant equipment and processes. v A brainstorming session to generate savings opportunities. v Time for observations and measurements to quantify potential savings. v A short debriefing, with management participation if possible.

    The Final Report

    • Within six weeks, 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 medium-sized manufacturers.

    To qualify for a 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

    SIC Code Description 20xx Food and kindred products 21xx Tobacco products 22xx Textile mill products 23xx Apparel and other textile products 24xx Lumber and wood products 25xx Furniture and fixtures 26xx Paper and allied products 27xx Printing and publishing 28xx Chemicals and allied products 29xx Petroleum and coal products 30xx Rubber and misc. plastics products 31xx Leather and leather products 32xx Stone, clay, and glass products 33xx Primary metal industries 34xx Fabricated metal products 35xx Industrial machinery and equipment 36xx Electronic & other electric equipment 37xx Transportation equipment 38xx Instruments and related products 39xx Miscellaneous manufacturing industries SIC and NAICS Descriptions SIC (Standard Industrial Codes) SIC-NAICS Code Conversion

    The UD-IAC Delivers!


    2014 U.S. D.O.E. Excellence in Applied Energy Engineering Research Award

    2012 U.S. D.O.E. Energy Excellence in Applied Energy Engineering Award

    2011 Champion of Energy Efficiency Award

    • Center director, Dr. Kelly Kissock, was honored with the 2011 Champion of Energy Efficiency Award from the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy.

    2006 Governor’s Award for Energy Excellence

    • The University of Dayton Industrial Assessment Center was honored with the 2006 Ohio Governor’s Award for Energy Excellence.

    2003 Center of Excellence Award

    • The University of Dayton Industrial Assessment Center was honored with the 2003 U.S.Department of Energy Center of Excellence Award as the top IAC in the nation.
    Typical savings

    UD-IAC clients report reducing energy costs by about 6 percent as a result of our assessments. In a typical year, the UD-IAC saves the equivalent electricity use of 1,300 houses and the equivalent natural gas use of 280 houses. The UD-IAC saves about the equivalent electricity produced by the two 1.8 MW wind turbines near Bowling Green, Ohio

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