TN 3-Star IAC Conducts Milestone Assessment
Tennessee Tech University’s IAC recently conducted the 14,000 th energy assessment of the Industrial Assessment Center program. The IAC is sponsored by the U.S. Department of Energy’s Industrial Technologies Program and was launched in 1976 during the energy crisis to help identify energy saving opportunities in the industrial sector. Tennessee Tech has one of 26 IACs across the country.
TTU conducted the landmark 14,000 th assessment at Mid-South Metallurgical, a quintessential small U.S. company of 15 employees that provides precision and specialty heat-treating services to industry in the manufacturing-rich middle Tennessee area. The major energy-consuming equipment in the plant includes eleven furnaces and two barium chloride salt baths. TTU’s IAC team identified seven potential areas for energy savings, which could save the company almost 3,000 MMBtu a year, or a $75,000 reduction in energy costs – an annual savings of 18%.
Mid-South Metallurgical was very pleased with the assessment. “The team did an excellent job of providing a summary of recommendations, and then followed up with a detailed written report. These recommendations are on the top of our priority list for implementation”, said Chip Coleman, owner of Mid-South Metallurgical. “This program is a great opportunity for students to gain exposure to industry and apply their skills in a practical way.”