Tuesday September 27, 2005, 2 p.m. to 5 p.m.

Moderator: John Sprovieri, senior editor, ASSEMBLY magazine

Production cost savings may be slipping by, right under your nose, hissing away via a leaky pneumatic hose or disappearing into the coils of inefficient motors. You can improve your company's bottom line by making your assembly facilities more energy efficient. Hosted by ComEd, the electric company for Northern Illinois, these sessions will save you money!

The Cost of Compressed Air

Roger Baker, senior engineer, ComEd

In many assembly plants, air compressors use more electricity than any other type of equipment. By eliminating inefficiencies in compressed air systems, assemblers can often reduce their electric bills by 20 percent to 50 percent. In this session, you'll learn the most common sources of waste in compressed air systems. Find out how to measure the efficiency of your air system and how to design your system to minimize waste.

Energy-Efficient Motors

Mark Hamann, senior energy engineer, ComEd

The efficiency of electric motors has improved dramatically in the past decade, and assemblers may realize significant savings by replacing old motors with so-called "premium efficient" motors. By some estimates, if every eligible application were equipped with premium efficient motors, manufacturers would save approximately $200 million in annual energy expenditures. In this session, learn how these motors work and how to decide if they are right for a given application.

Energy Audits

Vincent Gutierrez, senior engineer, ComEd

In any assembly plant, dramatic energy savings don't happen by accident. Rather, savings are produced by carefully identifying sources of waste and taking specific steps to eliminate those problems. If assemblers are serious about saving energy, they should consider getting an energy audit. This session will review the different types of energy audits, and what each can tell you about your assembly plant. You'll learn how to measure your plant's energy consumption, where to find common sources of wasted energy, and where to go to get help.