Life cycle cost analysis -With focus on the floor types, linoleum and vinyl with or without PUR reinforced surface
2014 (English)Student thesis
The flooring industry is a market that constantly changing every year with new products and improvements. The purpose of this report is to uncover which of the floors, linoleum and vinyl with or without PUR reinforced surface has the lowest life cycle cost for the customer over a 30-year period. The scope of the study is to investigate the three different floors in the public sector in Sweden, Norway, and Finland. A similar study was made many years ago where remarkable result was uncovered. The way used to determining the result in this study is made by two different methods within the LCC. The LCC calculations in this study are based on the primary data collections; qualitative interviews, time study, and observations. Secondary data have also been used in the report. When a customer invests in a floor there are three major costs purchasing, installation, and maintenance. Maintenance will ultimately be the biggest cost because it extends over the entire life cycle while the others are two fixed costs. The analysis uncover that the amount of water and chemical usage to maintain the floors has reduced since the old study. The consumption that has increased is the energy, a result from the increase usage of cleaning machines in the public sector. The most profitable floor to invest in is the vinyl with PUR reinforced surface. This floor has in Sweden and Norway a higher purchasing price than linoleum and vinyl without PUR reinforced surface but in the long run (30 years) its total life cycle cost are lesser than the two others. If the public sector in Sweden invests in a vinyl floor with reinforced PUR surface instead of a vinyl without PUR, the life cycle cost at a hospital or municipality will be reduced by 16,3 percent.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2014. , 141 p.
LCC, Flooring economy, linoleum, PUR, vinyl
Other Mechanical Engineering
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:bth-3198Local ID: oai:bth.se:arkivex568D978A5B36C199C1257D02006C7F78OAI: oai:DiVA.org:bth-3198DiVA: diva2:830499
IEACI Master of Science in Industrial Management and Engineering