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Tech Story: Sustainable Automation for Packaging: Reducing Total Cost of Ownership

Tech Story: Sustainable Automation for Packaging: Reducing Total Cost of Ownership

(Buchanan, MI – ) Total Cost of Ownership (TCO) is a fundamental tool for business capital planning. It analyzes the purchase price of a capital input—a computer system, a building, or any production machinery—as well as the total expenses incurred over a machine’s lifetime, so you can make the most economical choices, based on the investment’s ability to cover its cost and generate the return desired.

For food and packaging operations, it is a critical tool for guiding decisions about your automation investments. And in an era when sustainable manufacturing and sustainable packaging plays such an important role in the industry’s fundamental strategies, TCO can equip you with the information you need to make machine investments that are both financially and environmentally rewarding.

To help machine builders and manufacturers achieve the highest level of energy efficiency over the total life of their automation systems, Rexroth 4EE (Rexroth for Energy Efficiency) defines four key areas where the right engineering concepts and systems, effectively applied, can leverage multiple improvements:

  • Energy efficient components
  • Energy recovery
  • Energy on demand
  • Energy system

These guidelines for choosing the right automation components can aid in identifying the best energy fit for a given application; hydraulic, electro-mechanical, or pneumatic. Choosing the right energy media is governed by multiple operation factors, which will affect costs, both initially and over a machine’s lifetime. By pre-planning before purchasing, packaging operations can make good choices, save time, and save money.

Download the complete technical story from the Bosch Rexroth Case Studies & Technical Papers web page .

Bosch Rexroth AG is one of the world’s leading specialists in the field of drive and control technologies. Under the brand name of Rexroth the company supplies more than 500,000 customers with tailored solutions for driving, controlling and moving machinery used in industrial and factory automation as well as in mobile applications. Bosch Rexroth is a partner for industrial applications, factory automation, mobile applications and renewable energy development. As The Drive & Control Company, Bosch Rexroth develops, produces and sells components and systems in more than 80 countries. In 2008 Bosch Rexroth AG, part of the Bosch Group, achieved sales of around $8.3 billion (5.9 billion Euro) with 35,300 employees. Visit for more information.


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