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 By collaborating with a PennTAP advisor and student team, they identified two areas in need of improvement: outdated lighting and audible leaks in the compressed air system.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.
PennTAP partnered with the Penn State College of Engineering’s Learning Factory to develop a lead apron support structure prototype for Hershey Medical Center. The student team was successful in creating a design that met the sponsor’s needs of comfort, cost, mobility, deployment time, durability, and manufacturability.
PennTAP worked with a local manufacturer to help them reduce their energy use and costs and increase the efficiency of their energy systems. The cost savings from these system recommendations is estimated to be $208,000/year and equates to energy savings of 9.652 million British Thermal Units per year.