What is an Industrial Assessment?

A free industrial assessment can help you:

  • increase your plant's energy efficiency,
  • maximize productivity,
  • minimize your waste,
  • and save you 10% or more on your plant's energy bills

The assessment begins with a team of Bradley engineering students and faculty conducting a survey of the plant, followed by a one or two day site visit. The team then performs a detailed analysis on the information gained on-site, looking for specific recommendations and providing estimates of costs, performance, and payback times.

Within 60 days, a confidential report providing details of the analysis and the recommendations of the team is sent to the plant. In two to six months, the plant manager will receive a follow-up phone call to confirm what recommendations, if any, have been acted upon by the plant.

Who Benefits?

The Manufacturer

  • At no cost, manufacturers receive recommendations with typical payback rates of under 3 years, and a rate of return that's greater than 10%.

The Students

  • Students gain real world work experience working with real manufacturers and making a real difference.

The University

  • Bradley's Industrial Assessment Center acts as a bridge between the university and nearby companies, helping the university to create the next generation of energy-savvy engineers.

And United States Tax-Payers

  • Taxpayers benefit from more competitive small and medium-sized manufacturers, a sector that accounts for over 50% of U.S. manufacturing jobs.

Who is Eligible for a Free Assessment?

For a company to be eligible for an assessment, they must fulfill the following requirements:

  • Be within Standard Industrial Classification (SIC) 20-39
  • Have gross annual sales below $100 million
  • Have fewer than 500 employees at the plant site
  • Have annual energy bills between $100 thousand and $3 million
  • Be located in the state of Illinois

To promote industrial efficiency, clients may be asked to allow the Industrial Assessment Center to use their firm's name in development of case studies. All proprietary manufacturing information is strictly protected and all clients will be given an opportunity to review all materials that contain information about them.

How does the Assessment Work?

The assessment process beings with a preliminary analysis of the information provided by the manufacturer. This information consists primarily of the pre-audit form and the utility bills from the twelve months prior to the date of the assessment. If copies of the energy bills are unavailable, manufacturers can send a letter authorizing the Industrial Assessment Center to obtain the bills directly from the utility company.

The Plant Visit

To start the visit day, an initial meeting is held between the Industrial Assessment Center team and the participating plant representatives. This meeting serves as an opportunity for the team members to better explain the services being offered, obtain any background information required for the assessment, and answer any additional questions.

After that, the team will require a tour of the facility starting from where raw materials enter the facility to where the final product leaves it. Following this tour the team goes to work gathering data from certain equipment and processes. Before leaving the plant, the team will meet with plant representatives to discuss preliminary recommendations.

The Assessment Report

The team then returns to Bradley and begins preparing an assessment report. Within a week, the plant will be contacted to obtain any information not obtained on the visit. This information and the information obtained on the visit day is used to form a report detailing the team's recommendations for the plant, along with annual savings estimates, implementation costs, and the payback period for each recommended action. A copy of the report can be expected by the client within 60 days.

Follow-up Activities

Approximately three to six months after the report has been delivered, the Industrial Assessment Center will make one final contact with the client to determine how well the report has served the company and to learn how many, if any, of the Assessment Recommendations have been implemented.

Is the Assessment Confidential?

Yes! All collected data and the final report are considered confidential information. The Industrial Assessment Center recognizes the importance of keeping proprietary information confidential to our clients. Great care is taken to ensure confidentiality. A copy of each final report is sent to the national program manager at Rutgers University, however this is only after redacting any identifying information about the manufacturer.

Information relative to the assessment recommendations will be entered into a nationwide database without reference to company or location. This information is used by other Industrial Assessment Centers, government agencies, and schools interested in the energy assessment process. Additionally, each assessment center is required to submit a list of clients served to the Department of Energy. The Bradley Industrial Assessment Center is not affiliated with the EPA or OSHA or any other regulatory agency. Client personnel will be informed of any issues that arise during the assessment process.

All clients may be asked to allow use of the firm's name in order to promote industrial efficiency. Written permission from the clients is required to do this. All proprietary manufacturing information is strictly confidential and the client will be given an opportunity to review any material that might identify their plant prior to dissemination of the material.

If there are specific concerns about confidentiality, please contact us.

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