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Editor: David Keighley
10th December 2015

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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