Procurement managers and maintenance engineers are coming under
increased pressure to reduce costs. But you can't calculate
savings based just on the purchase price of new equipment alone.
At transmission and fluid power specialist Brevini, UK sales
manager Dave Brown has been looking at the question of Total
Cost of Ownership (TCO), that near-elusive figure that brings
in purchase price, running costs such as energy efficiency, and
the cost of ongoing maintenance.
Of course there's no point paying for a level of performance
you don't need by specifying a component that's over-engineered
for an application, says Brown. The challenge is finding "the
sweet spot" that keeps the accountants happy while ensuring
long-term, reliable and efficient performance.
It's here that suppliers can really add value to their
service, he says. You can read more about this here.
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