PermalinkPosted: Mar 13, 2016 Thinking About Costs? Think About Cost of Ownership. When replacing or updating intake screens, customers often pay closest attention to the initial capital expenditure costs. Screen projects are large endeavors, and the initial “price tag” of even a less expensive system can seem daunting. But if you choose a screening solution based solely on this, you could end up paying more in the long run. You should also factor in a system’s likely operational and maintenance [O&M] costs, otherwise know as total cost of ownership.