Buying compressed air like all other utilities
Kaeser Compressors is offering a service where end users, rather than investing in their own air compression technology, can buy the compressed air they need in the same way they would buy gas, electricity or water.
With capital expenditure constraints being felt by many businesses, achieving the necessary compressed air system upgrades or expansions required may seem insurmountable.
Instead of investing in a complete compressed air system, with the Sigma Air Utility operator model from Kaeser, all the end user pays for is the compressed air they actually use. The only key difference, compared with water or electricity, is that the user will need a few square metres of floor space where a compressed air system can be located. This presents a number of benefits compared to operating a conventional compressed air system.
Companies that just buy the compressed air they need, instead of a complete compressed air system, enjoy maximum cost transparency. Kaeser says it first analyses the end user’s compressed air needs and then draws up an individual concept based on what is required. This allows Kaeser to set a price for the duration of the contract, which covers system and operating costs along with consumption of a mutually agreed base volume of compressed air. The contract also includes an agreed surplus air charge that would be applied if consumption were to exceed that amount. Precise measurements guarantee that users are only charged for the volume of compressed air actually drawn from the system.
The end user has no investment costs to worry about, and will not need a budget requirement moving forward for maintenance or repairs. Kaeser also says it will adapt the compressed air system as and when necessary to meet changing operating conditions and to incorporate the very latest technological innovations.
Where a compressed air user wants to reduce their fixed costs and the burden of investing in and maintaining a compressed air system, but still requires a reliable and energy-efficient supply of compressed air, buying compressed air like all other utilities with Sigma Air Utility may present a suitable solution.
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