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Here are some resources and links to some other assessment tools that you may find of use to do your own assessing.

Some resources listed are in the Portable Document Format (pdf format). In order to view these files, you will need the Acrobat® Reader which is available for free from the Adobe web site: http://www.adobe.com/.

Assessment Resources

The Center for Advanced Energy Systems (CAES) at Rutgers University provides access to documents and related assessment information, including some case studies and a number of useful publications. Three documents that were developed using the IAC Database and program experience, may be of particular interest. They are:

  • A Self-Assessment Workbook for Small Manufacturers, which gives plants a methodology to perform a self assessment to identify and calculate energy savings, waste reduction opportunities and production enhancements. In addition to presenting a general procedure for performing assessments of manufacturing plants, the reader is supplied with the information needed to implement several specific cost savings projects which are common to most plants.
  • Modern Industrial Assessments: A Training Manual, is aimed at providing technical training to those interested in performing industrial assessments at small and medium-sized manufacturing plants.
  • Industrial Productivity Training Manual, provides some background material from the GM PICOS System, but the manual concentrates on a number of worked examples of various kinds of productivity recommendations. The PICOS program is a long running industrial assessment service provided by GM for their suppliers based carefully on the Toyota Production System. The goal of the program is to improve the productivity of suppliers and pass the savings on to GM, which has a policy of continually paying less for a product each year. They are proud that they never tolerate price increases.

In addition, we wrote a training manual for our students several years ago. In 1994, we commissioned two students, Tina Bisson and Lori Brunswig, to write a Pollution Prevention Training Manual. It provides a good overview of the some of the Federal statutes related to waste, definitions of hazardous waste, manifests, and terminology. It also provides an overview of a pollution prevention assessment and includes sections on general waste minimization practices, waste-specific minimization practices, and industry-specific waste minimization practices.

We also have available a CSU IAC Sample Assessment Report for you to download. This is intended to demonstrate the types of reports that we generate. It's a collection of different opportunities pasted into a previous report. Note that the ideas presented are from actual reports, but that any reference to a particular plant have been erased. Thus, the report has some internal inconsistencies, but is otherwise illustrative of an assessment report.


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