Equipment-as-a-Service is on the IIoT Path
EaaS is a business practice where equipment, machinery and/or production systems are offered by an OEM via a variable consumption or usage model. The form can vary, but often is based on factors such as usage, output and availability. While this may sound like a lease, EaaS is quite different. Think more along the lines of managed services.
EaaS business models flip the traditional purchase model. Instead of customers buying the machine outright in a single transaction, they pay solely based on other factors such as consumption or usage. OEMs or third-party financing partners retain ownership and, as such, absorb the responsibility for either providing or managing maintenances service, repairs and parts replacements.