Manufacturers: Cost Savings Opportunity

Are you a small or medium sized manufacturer looking to reduce costs and become more efficient?  If so, the Industrial Assessment Center at the University of Missouri may be able to help.

Small and medium-sized industrial facilities can apply for free energy, productivity, and waste assessments through the Midwest Industrial Assessment Center (Midwest IAC) at the University of Missouri – Columbia. The Midwest IAC is sponsored by the US Department of Energy (DOE) to provide these assessments at no cost to small and medium sized manufacturers. The team includes faculty and student engineers conducting audits. After the site visit, a comprehensive report will be developed to provide cost savings opportunities identified during the assessment.

Examples of recommendations are efficient use of compressed air via heat recovery, reducing pressure losses or reducing the air pressure, efficient use of process heating systems via monitoring the combustion efficiency or preheating combustion air with waste heat from furnaces, utilizing combined heat and power, efficient use of power transmission systems such as pumps and motors via use of adjustable frequency drives or monitoring the voltage unbalance in a three phase motor, minimizing water contamination before treatment, and adding equipment to reduce production bottleneck. These are only a few examples. The assessment team reviews the whole array of manufacturing systems in the facility and makes energy saving recommendations.

Since 2007, Midwest IAC has conducted over 200 assessments with more than 1,400 recommendations. The program has identified more than $25 million in recommended cost savings.

For more information and to apply, visit: in a new window or contact the Director of the Midwest IAC, Dr. Khanna via email at Khannas@missouri.eduopens in a new window or phone 573-884-9109.

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