Colorado State's Industrial Assessment Center
(CSU IAC) program provides eligible small and medium-sized manufacturers
with comprehensive on-site industrial assessments to determine resource
and cost savings, and is performed at no cost to the manufacturer.
An industrial assessment involves an on-site visit
and in-depth review of a plant site, including its facilities, services,
and manufacturing operations. The assessment involves a thorough
examination of potential savings from:
- energy efficiency improvements,
- waste minimization and pollution prevention, and
- productivity improvement.
The assessment begins with the CSU IAC team conducting
a preliminary survey, followed by a one or two day site visit, taking
engineering measurements as a basis for assessment recommendations.
In follow-up the team performs a detailed analysis for specific
recommendations having estimates of costs, performance, implemetntation
costs, and payback times.
Within 60 days, a confidential report that details
the analysis, findings, and recommendations of the team is sent
to the plant. Six to nine months later a follow-up Implementation
Survey is taken by e-mail and/or phone calls to the plant manager
to verify which recommendations will be implemented within a 2 year
time frame. Previous data show that around 50% of recommendations
are successfully implemented.