To fully understand what you are paying for the equipment, you need to evaluate the Total Cost of Ownership (TCO), which is an estimation of all the collective expenses associated with purchasing and operating a piece of equipment. The TCO will provide a way to compare pieces of equipment “apples to apples.” Try using the CLIMATIC formula the next time you are selecting new equipment:
TCO = I + O + M + D + P – R
I = Initial Cost: This is the number that appears on the price tag, CAPEX. In Our case the delivery, installation and testing is part of the CAPEX.
O = Cost of Operation: This is the cost of CLIMATIC annual O&M cost (OPEX) as well as your own cost associated with training of employees to run the installation, and the cost of energy to operate the installation. CLIMATIC is offering monitoring of the operation of the installation, driving the OPEX down in a longer run.
M = Cost of Maintenance: This includes the cost of regular repairs such as cleaning, inspecting, lubricating, and adjusting the installation to make sure it is in optimal condition. This also includes reactive maintenance when the equipment breaks down unexpectedly. These cost are covered in the OPEX offered by CLIMATIC as part of the service contract.
D = Cost of Downtime: While you could include downtime along with the cost of maintenance, it is often so large that it could require its own category. Downtime involves the labor costs of employees whose work is delayed, indirect labor costs from supervisors who address the issue, and lost production, etc.
P = Cost of Production: Two different installations will likely have different levels of output, reduce different quantities of VOCs, and hence have different environmental implications etc.
R = Remaining Value: This has to do with the installation’s longevity and or your accounting principles. E.g. How much will the installation be worth in 5 years? 10 years? 20 years?
CLIMATIC TCO formula can sound a little overwhelming, but let’s start simple.