We often read these acronyms when we read articles about screw compressors and machinery, but what exactly is TCO or Total Cost of Ownership? And why is it important?

The TCO or total cost of ownership is a concept that encompasses all the significant costs incurred by a screw compressor such as energy cost, maintenance cost and initial investment. In short, it is a short-term vision of all the costs and investments that will be necessary during the lifetime of the screw compressor.

Often, when a new screw compressor is needed for expansion or replacement, there is a budget with which to execute the investment. This budget normally only includes the initial investment for the purchase of the screw compressor but does not consider other long-term costs such as energy costs or maintenance of the screw compressor. However, these costs are very relevant during the operation of the equipment because they can account for a very high percentage of the life cycle cost of the screw air compressor.

Not only efficiency and initial investment are important, but the screw compressor’s maintenance is also a high cost that can be up to 15% of the total cost of ownership. Therefore, when different proposals for compressed air are considered, it is interesting to have a budget including the amount of preventive maintenance of the screw compressor by an official service partner. In this way surprises are avoided, and the care of the screw air compressor is ensured for years to come.

The TCO will be a concept that will gradually become more widely known in the market, as it provides advantages such as cost transparency in the life time of the screw compressor and the simple visualisation of the economic differences that may exist between similar compressors from different manufacturers.

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