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Industrial Assessment Centers

Saving Energy and Reducing Costs at Small and Medium-sized US Manufacturers

The USDOE Industrial Assessment Centers (IACs) can help small and medium sized US manufacturers save energy, improve productivity, and reduce waste by providing no-cost technical assessments conducted by university based teams of engineering students and faculty.

After the site visit, the IAC team provides a comprehensive report with specific details on all opportunities for improving competitiveness identified during the assessment, including applicable rebates and incentives.

The IAC program has already conducted over 19,761 assessments with more than 148,421 associated recommendations. Average recommended yearly savings is $137,525.

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IAC Assessments cover ALL manufacturing sectors

311 Food Manufacturing 1014
312 Beverage and Tobacco Product Manufacturing 231
313 Textile Mills 115
314 Textile Product Mills 59
315 Apparel Manufacturing 47
316 Leather and Allied Product Manufacturing 8
321 Wood Product Manufacturing 388
322 Paper Manufacturing 341
323 Printing and Related Support Activities 218
324 Petroleum and Coal Products Manufacturing 97
322 Paper Manufacturing 341
323 Printing and Related Support Activities 218
324 Petroleum and Coal Products Manufacturing 97
325 Chemical Manufacturing 589
326 Plastics and Rubber Products Manufacturing 860
327 Nonmetallic Mineral Product Manufacturing 311
331 Primary Metal Manufacturing 483
332 Fabricated Metal Product Manufacturing 1125
333 Machinery Manufacturing 663
334 Computer and Electronic Product Manufacturing 308
332 Fabricated Metal Product Manufacturing 1125
333 Machinery Manufacturing 663
334 Computer and Electronic Product Manufacturing 308
335 Electrical Equipment, Appliance, and Component Manufacturing 226
336 Transportation Equipment Manufacturing 707
337 Furniture and Related Product Manufacturing 203
339 Miscellaneous Manufacturing 270
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IAC Program History

Industrial Assessment Centers (formerly called the Energy Analysis and Diagnostic Centers) were created by the Department of Commerce in 1976 in response to the oil embargo and rising energy costs. The program was specifically focused on helping small and medium-sized manufacturing facilities cut back on unnecessary costs from inefficient energy use.

The IAC program was moved to the Department of Energy just after it was formed in 1978 and was later expanded to include evaluations of ineffective production procedures, excess waste production, and other production-related problems. More recent additions to the IAC program scope include improving cybersecurity awareness, exploring smart manufacturing technologies, and implementing comprehensive energy management systems.

Currently the IAC program is administered through the Advanced Manufacturing Office under the Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy at the Department of Energy.

IAC Program Awards

Student Research Awards

Awarded Center/Research Title
2014 Texas A&M, College Station Texas A&M, College Station IAC: A Novel Method for Non-Intrusive Measurement of Compressed Air Leakage Flow Rates
2014 Boise State University Boise State University IAC: Impact of Hydrophobic Impeller Surface Coatings on Pump Efficiency
2014 University of Dayton University of Dayton IAC: Are Variable-Frequency Pumping Applications Delivering the Predicted Savings?
2014 University of Michigan University of Michigan IAC: Substitution of Electricity with Natural Gas Burners for Industrial Dryers to Reduce cost and Pollutant

IAC Resources

IAC Assessment Protocol
The following guidelines are designed to describe the process of a typical IAC energy assessment.
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IAC Case Studies
These case studies highlight specific assessments with notable recommendations and implementation.
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IAC Related Published Papers
The IAC centers published multiple papers each years based on and inspired by IAC related activities.
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IAC Technical Documents
Includes IAC program manuals, guidelines, and other related technical documents.
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IAC Centers Map
Center Code University Years of Operation
BS Boise State University 2012 - 2021
BD Bradley University 1994 - 2017
CL Clemson University 2017 - 2021
GT Georgia Institute of Technology 2017 - 2021
HO Hofstra Univ. 1991 - 2000
IA Iowa State University 1991 - 2017
LM Loyola Marymount University 2001 - 2007
AT North Carolina A&T 1985 - 1989
NC North Carolina State 1993 - 2021
ND Notre Dame Univ. 1991 - 2000
OD Old Dominion Univ. 1994 - 2000
PV Prairie View, A&M 1985 - 1985
TP Prairie View, A&M 1999 - 2000
SD San Diego State University 1991 - 2021
DS South Dakota State 1994 - 2000
Center Code University Years of Operation
ST Stevens Institute of Technology 1984 - 1986
KG Texas A&M, Kingsville 1994 - 1997
TS Tri-Cities University 1984 - 1986
KU Univ. of Kansas 1981 - 2000
AR University of Arkansas 1993 - 2000
UK University of Kentucky 2012 - 2021
LL University of Louisiana, Lafayette 2001 - 2012
ME University of Maine 1993 - 2000
UM University of Michigan 1994 - 2017
MO University of Missouri, Rolla 1990 - 2000
NV University of Nevada 1994 - 2000
TN University of Tennessee 1982 - 2000
TA University of Texas, Arlington 2001 - 2006
WI University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee 1987 - 2006
IAC State Impacts IAC Assessments by NAICS Recommendation Implementation Rates

IAC Database

A collection of all the publicly available assessment and recommendation data is available online in the Industrial Assessment Centers (IAC) Database. This includes information on the type of facility assessed (size, industry, energy usage, etc.) and details of resulting recommendations (type, energy & dollars savings etc.).

As of 11-30-2021, the IAC database contains: The Database can be searched by:

A Recommendation Index is available for all assessment recommendation codes (ARC) and Recommendation Implementation Rates can be charted by center, years, or state.

Nationwide locations of assessments and recommendations can be mapped using the IAC Activity Map.

Top Ten lists of assessments and recommendations can be generated for specific criteria.

The IAC database is also available for download.

Apply for an IAC Assessment

Specific Eligibility Requirements*:
  • Must be a US Manufacturer
  • Yearly Energy Bills:
    • Greater than $100,000
    • Less than $3,500,000
  • Within 150 miles of an IAC

*For special cases, certain requirements may be waived.

Final client selection is left to the discretion of the individual IAC center.

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