PennTAP proposed, developed, and funded a program for students from the Penn State College of Engineering Bernard M. Gordon Learning Factory to help improve internal assessment tools and procedures.
Technical Advisor Royal Smith, along with six senior engineering students, worked closely with CTC Packaging Maintenance Director Chris Groger to assess and improve sawline operations. While the team was on-site, they also performed a lighting assessment.
The Pennsylvania Regional Entrepreneurship Assistance Program (PA REAP) is funded by a grant from the U.S. Economic Development Administration to make the resources of PennTAP and Penn State available for statewide economic development. These resources include specialized research, outreach, technology transfer, and commercialization capabilities, as well as faculty expertise and the use of sophisticated laboratories.…
PennTAP, IMC, and Coca-Cola collaborated to develop a value stream map for one of their water bottling lines. While on-site, PennTAP also completed a lighting assessment and a heater survey.
Roaring Spring Paper Products was looking for opportunities to save energy and cut costs throughout their facility. By collaborating with a PennTAP advisor and student team, they identified two areas in need of improvement: outdated lighting and audible leaks in the compressed air system.
After PennTAP conducted a BRT Workshop in central Pennsylvania in 2017, the Delaware Valley School Facility Managers Association (DVSFMA) contacted PennTAP to provide a similar BRT Workshop that would help them move forward with their sustainability efforts.
A team of Penn State College of Engineering students, working through the Bernard M. Gordon Learning Factory, collaborated with a PennTAP technical advisor to create a solar PV evaluation tool designed specifically for Pennsylvania schools.
Taking the tools and lessons from PennTAP’s BRT workshops, Lower Merion School District team members worked with Johnson Controls Inc. (JCI) to assess the operation of the HRU units and conducted prescriptive troubleshooting to determine opportunities for correction.
FirstEnergy Corporation challenged Learning Factory students to investigate 3D printing technology as an alternative for producing replacement grommets.
The PennTAP team completed a walk-through of U.S. Silica and recommended lighting and system updates to increase the facility’s energy efficiency and reduce energy costs.