As of May 2015, the national IAC program had conducted more than 16,000 assessments saving U.S. companies more than $700 million through efficiency and productivity improvements. The Oregon State University IAC has recommended more than $137 million in annual cost savings to over 500 manufacturers, fifty-five percent of recommendations have been implemented, equaling $42 million in savings to manufacturers. The companies that implement our recommendations not only save money, but also help reduce pollution.
Facilities who recieve an assessment and implement recommendations:
Through the IACs, universities:
build valuable local industry relationships to maintain a practical focus in their engineering curriculum.
gain an edge in attracting and retaining top undergraduate and graduate engineering 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 that can jump-start their engineering careers:
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 include:
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.