OIT Times: Helping Plants Cut Energy and Costs Quickly
June 23, 2001
Among the many valuable services offered by the Best Practices Team are plant-wide energy assessments, which include comprehensive analysis of major plant energy-supply systems such as furnaces, boilers, motors, fans, pumps and compressed air. A recent assessment performed with the Metal Casting Team at AMCAST Industrial Corp Wapakoneta, OH plant identified several areas for energy savings. One of an ongoing series aimed at cutting national energy use in industry, the assessment results will be widely distributed as a ase studyof how foundries can cut energy use. Team Leader Theo Johnson (202-586-6937) explained, ecause the investment required to implement most of the findings from the assessment is relatively modest, quick paybacks are expected.br>
Another Team outreach feature is the Allied Partner initiative. Allied Partners are companies and organizations that provide equipment and services to industry and, with OIT assistance, disseminate Best Practices software and other tools to their customers. Allied Partners gain a competitive edge and their customers reduce energy use and save money. he ultipliereffect allows us to leverage our limited resources and helps firms save millions of dollars on energy,noted Johnson. Allied Partners include the American Institute of Chemical Engineers, the Air Movement & Control Assoc., the Compressor Distributors Assoc., the Industrial Heating Equipment Assoc., and more than 225 others.
Best Practicesrain the Trainerinitiative is an offshoot of the Allied Partner program. This effort trains members in the use of software tools such as OIT Pumping System Assessment Tool (PSAT), allowing them to train their customers and, again, ultiplyingthe use and cost-savings realized by these tools.