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American Standard Circuits

Year Submitted: 2014

Process: Energy Reduction

Industry: Electronics Manufacturing

Location: West Chicago IL

Contact: ISTC


Founded in 1988, American Standard Circuits, Inc. (ASC) is rapidly emerging as a leading manufacturer of advanced printed circuit board (PCB) solutions worldwide. ASC makes flex, rigid-flex, RF/microwave, and metal-backed PCBs for a variety of end markets, and specializes in manufacturing all of its technologies in a time-critical environment. Their West Chicago facility is capable of achieving single-day turnaround times. ASC has state-of-the-art process control systems and certifications, including ISO 9001:2008 and military certification (MIL 31032), and has rigorous quality control measures in place.

P2 Application:

ASCs overall goals were to reduce process waste and to determine cost-saving and efficiency opportunities for their energy-intensive equipment. ASC utilized Illinois Sustainable Technology Centers (ISTC) technical assistance staff to facilitate a team based E3 (Economy, Energy, and Environment) assessment  three key areas in which ASCs executive team was looking to drive efficiencies.

This E3 program, developed in part by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the U.S. Department of Energy, is designed to improve production and profitability while reducing energy usage and environmental impact. The E3 review involves a hands-on assessment of production processes, recommendations for improvement, and assistance with implementation.

Three Illinois organizations teamed up to provide this assistance to ASC. ComEd, a unit of Exelon Corporation, provided recommendations on energy improvements, ISTC focused on environmental performance, and the Illinois Manufacturing Excellence Center (IMEC) provided economic and process efficiency advice. The E3 assessment team reviewed the entire facility with particular emphasis on the drilling center and plating/water treatment area.

ASC showed its commitment to the E3 process by involving top management, engineers, and floor supervisors in assisting the E3 team. Following the assessment, the team reviewed its recommendations with ASC decision-makers and produced a final list of specific action areas in each of the three areas of focus.

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Details of Reductions

  • 102,404.0 - kWhr of   Electricity
  • 998,400.0 - Gallon of   Water
  • 101.9 - ton of   CO2 Emissions

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