Ring Power Air Compressor Brings Dinosaurs to Life

July 6, 2017 at 10:08 AMRing Power

Ever since “Dinos Alive!” opened in February, more than a dozen species of life-size, animatronic dinosaurs have been on the loose at Tampa’s Lowry Park Zoo, giving visitors a chance to experience what the prehistoric behemoths might have moved and sounded like when they actually roamed the planet.

Lowry Park, a longtime Ring Power customer, worked with Tampa air compressor sales rep, Todd Norris, to get the exhibit up and running. As a testament to the quality of our equipment and service, most visitors have no idea that an air compressor is what powers the dinosaurs’ lifelike performance.

Behind the scenes, an electric, 50-hp Sullair LSR16 compressor supplied by Ring Power breathes life into the awe-inspiring dinosaurs, including three of the most well-known: Tyrannosaurus, Brachiosaurus and Stegoceras. Fed by two custom manifold systems, the multi-sensory beasts move and make sounds that keep the guests engaged while the entire installation which consists also of a Sullair refrigerated dryer, receiver tank and hoses remains discreetly out of sight and earshot.

Kudos to all of the Ring Power Tampa Power Systems Division associates for their teamwork: Todd for securing the contract, Rental Supervisor Jonathan Grubb for coordinating the logistics, Rental Support Mike Lugo for assembling and testing the equipment, and Transport Driver Sam King for delivering it to the site.

“Dinos Alive!” will be a main attraction at Lowry Park Zoo through the end of August, 2017. To see how the air-powered dinosaurs move and hear how they sound, search for “Dinos Alive at Lowry Park Zoo” on YouTube, or visit www.lowryparkzoo.org.

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Fluid Lab Runs Like a Well Oiled Machine

June 29, 2017 at 3:14 PMRing Power

Our Fluids Analysis Lab (a.k.a. “Oil Lab”) is one of the best in the nation. Located in Tampa’s main service building, it houses about $1 million worth of high-tech diagnostic equipment and computer software and is staffed by a dedicated team of oil lab technicians ― five in Tampa and one in St. Augustine ― who process anywhere from 400 to 500 fluid samples each and every day!

Taking samples of oil, fuel and coolant to diagnose a machine’s operating condition is a good way to prevent component failures and unplanned downtime. Much like conducting biometric screenings to diagnose a person’s state of health, analyzing fluids is an accurate, reliable way to detect and resolve potential problems before they become major issues.

But putting 60+ samples an hour through a battery of sophisticated chemical tests without mixing them up is, by itself, no small feat.

Each fluid sample undergoes five tests ― depending on the fluid type and the preliminary results, some might require seven ― to check for viscosity, contaminants and wear metals. Think about that for a minute: That means our oil lab technicians must conduct and record the results for anywhere from 300 to 400 or more chemical tests every hour.

Add to that the extreme care that must be taken to ensure the validity of the test results ― measuring precisely, calibrating the equipment, following set procedures, keeping accurate records ― and you’ve got a real challenge.

Fortunately, our oil lab technicians are up to it.

Their days begin at 5:30 a.m., when Dennis Buckner brings in the sample bottles and sorts them by machine and fluid type. By 6:00, Sheri Delgado is hard at work, entering each sample into the LIMS (Laboratory Information Management System) database according to the tests it requires while Alice Martinez begins checking and calibrating the equipment, monitoring the operating procedures, and verifying the data entries. By 6:30, Amelia Cullen and Travis Veitch are running the samples through the gamut of chemical tests and by 8:00, Eileen Garcia is at her computer in WCC, evaluating and interpreting the new data, comparing it with established baselines and previous results to look for trends.

Two rotation wheels gently disperse the particles throughout the sample before particle count testing.

Working in the oil lab takes commitment, integrity and ― above all else ― teamwork.

A basic knowledge of engines, hydraulics, transmissions and power trains is also helpful. Our oil lab team keeps up on equipment technology via online studies; Eileen, who interprets the test data, and Sheri, who backs up Eileen, must be recertified by Caterpillar every two years for this important job.

We applaud our team of topnotch oil lab technicians for their commitment to excellence. In March, they processed 10,638 oil samples, setting a new record and putting them on track to beat last year’s total. It’s easy to see why Ring Power has been at the forefront for fluids analysis since 1974.

 

 

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Make forklift safety a year-round priority.

June 13, 2017 at 1:36 PMRing Power

Today is National Forklift Safety Day. National Forklift Safety Day is an important day to highlight the significance of operator training and the safe use of material handling equipment. This day provides educational opportunities for customers, forklift operators and government on the importance of safe forklift procedures.

Make forklift safety a year-around priority. 

Take Action Now: 
Download a Sample Operator's Daily Checklist
Review your operator's training certifications
 Schedule training for those operators in need of renewal or certification

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Do you have a generator rental plan?

June 1, 2017 at 3:18 PMRing Power

Rental Generators, Air Compressors, Load Banks, Transformers and More: Ring Power has what you need to prepare for Hurricane Season

Hurricane season is officially underway. While no one can be absolutely certain what the season holds, experts are calling for 2017 to be an above average season with 11 to 17 named storms, five to nine hurricanes and two to four major hurricanes possible. It only takes one storm to cause major devastation, and even smaller storms can cause significant damage and power outages lasting days to weeks.

The loss of productivity can be devastating if you aren't prepared. Why put your business at risk? With Cat generator sets, you can trust that your facility will be ready in the event of an unplanned power outage.

Ring Power’s team of Power Systems experts can help you prepare for the unpredictable.

Ring Power provides rentals of:

Cat Sound Attenuated Diesel and Natural Gas Generators (20-2000kw)

Transformers

Load Banks

Air Compressors (diesel or electric) 20 to 3000 CFM, Compressed Air Dryers, High Pressure Booster Packages

Chillers - Water and Air Cooled - 50 - 500 Ton

DX - Split Systems, DX Units- 25 - 90 Ton

In addition to one of the most diverse rental equipment fleets in the country featuring heavy equipment, lift trucks, cranes and specialized utility equipment, Ring Power sells and services both new and used generators, as well as all makes and models of the machines you need to prepare for, power through or recover from any storm.

Don’t wait until it’s too late. Open an account today and be “rental ready” when the need arises.  

Download our Contingency Planning Guides

See Ring Power’s Equipment Lineup

See Ring Power’s Specialized Utility Equipment

 

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Ring Power Achieves Gold for Heavy Equipment Service

May 25, 2017 at 9:25 AMRing Power

 In March, Ring Power became the first Cat dealer in the Atlanta district to achieve Service Excellence Gold for delivering heavy equipment customers the highest quality in product support facilities, processes and culture. Only three other Cat dealers in North America ― 13 worldwide ― achieved the Gold rating for Service Excellence Performance in 2016.

 This is truly a significant achievement and one that is not easily earned. To rate a dealership’s service operations, “Service Metrics” data on efficiency, effectiveness and customer satisfaction are gathered and analyzed on a quarterly basis. These objective data are then combined with subjective “Service Attributes” data on safety, sustainability, operational management, leadership, customer focus, learning and development, innovation, employee engagement and 37 other criteria, which are gathered once a year during a face-to-face meeting between the Caterpillar district and dealer senior service management teams. The resulting scores rank each dealer’s service performance relative to that of all Cat dealers worldwide.

 Kudos to all our service and support personnel for earning Ring Power a place on the elite team of SEP Gold Cat dealers!

 

 

 

 

 

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Ring Power Corporation Announces Changes to Cat Rental Store Management Team

April 26, 2017 at 3:47 PMRing Power

Ryan Stallings has been promoted to Vice President, Cat Rental Store General Manager. He replaces Brian Cholmondeley, who was named Director of Power Systems Division last month.

A graduate of Florida State University, Stallings joined Ring Power as a sales coordinator for the Cat Rental Store’s Sarasota branch in September 2005 and quickly advanced to account manager, serving at several branches over the next several years.  In 2012, he was named Challenger (agriculture equipment) Division Manager, based out of Ring Power’s corporate headquarters in St. Augustine, Florida. Since 2014, when he was appointed Vice President, Stallings was the Cat Rental Store East Coast Sales Manager.

John DeWitt replaces Stallings as Cat Rental Store East Coast Sales Manager, effective May 1. DeWitt, a graduate of University of Florida, joined Ring Power’s Cat Rental Store in February 2005 as a sales coordinator for the Orlando branch.  In 2007, he was promoted to account manager and transferred to the Daytona branch. For the past five years, DeWitt has worked as an account manager at Ring Power’s corporate headquarters in St. Augustine.

About Ring Power Corporation

Ring Power Corporation, North and Central Florida’s Cat® dealer, is headquartered in St. Augustine, Florida. Ring Power is comprised of eight divisions and has more than 55 years of experience servicing and supporting Cat® products and allied equipment. For more information, visit www.ringpower.com

 

 

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Tarpon Springs Police Recognize Ring Power Employee

April 7, 2017 at 10:58 AMRing Power

On Jan. 13, at 5 a.m., Rollie Watson (Tampa Heavy Equipment Service Advisor) came to the assistance of Sgt. Scott “Oz” Osarczuk of the Tarpon Springs Police Department. Osarczuk was en route to participate in services honoring fallen Orlando Police Lt. Debra Clayton and Orange County Sheriff Deputy Norman Lewis when he experienced a flat tire on his department-issued SUV. Already in his dress uniform, Osarczuk was not in position to change the tire himself. Watson, on his way to work, happened upon the situation at a convenience store just off Interstate 4 in Plant City and quickly stepped up to assist the sergeant and ensure he was able to make it to the fallen officers’ services.

On Tuesday, April 4, nearly 3 months later, Sgt. Oz thanked Rollie in front of a group of his coworker's at Ring Power's Riverview facility. Tampa Bay's WFTS was onsite to capture the moment. Watch the video here.

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Ring Power Corporation Names Two New Members to Board of Directors

March 30, 2017 at 10:57 AMRing Power

Ring Power Corporation Chairman and President Randal L. Ringhaver and the board of directors are pleased to announce the appointments of Frank Streva to the office of Senior Vice President, Director of Used Equipment Sales, and Brian Cholmondeley to the office of Senior Vice President, Director of Power Systems. 

Streva joined Ring Power as Used Equipment Sales Division Manager in January after 12 years with another Cat dealership, Louisiana Machinery Co. While at Louisiana Cat, Streva worked in a variety of roles in finance, sales, and operations and earned a Six Sigma Master Black Belt. Streva has a bachelor's degree in marketing from Louisiana State University.

Cholmondeley began his career with Ring Power in June 1994 after graduating from Flagler College.  Cholmondeley has held various positions since then, including heavy equipment sales representative, assistant governmental sales manager, Cat Rental Store East Coast Sales Manager, Cat Rental Store General Manager and, most recently, Power Systems Division Manager. In 2011, Cholmondeley was named an assistant vice president and in 2013, vice president.

About Ring Power Corporation

Ring Power Corporation, North and Central Florida’s Cat® dealer, is headquartered in St. Augustine, Florida. Ring Power is comprised of eight divisions and has more than 55 years of experience servicing and supporting Cat® products and allied equipment. For more information, visit www.ringpower.com

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Ring Power Corporation Announces Appointment of Power Systems Division Manager

March 14, 2017 at 11:42 AMRing Power

Brian Cholmondeley has been named Power Systems Division Manager for Ring Power Corporation.  He replaces Vaughn Beasley, who retired March 8 after a career spanning 36 years with the company.

Cholmondeley began his career with Ring Power in June 1994 after graduating from Flagler College. In his 23 years with the company, Cholmondeley has held various positions, including management trainee, heavy equipment sales representative, assistant governmental sales manager, Cat Rental Store East Coast Sales Manager, and most recently Cat Rental Store General Manager. In 2011, he became an assistant vice president and in 2013, was elected as vice president.

“Brian has exhibited great leadership skills throughout his tenure with Ring Power, developing a strong team that is focused on our customers.  We look forward to his continued success working with the Power Systems division,” commented Kevin Robbins, Executive Vice President of Sales.

Cholmondeley will be responsible for overseeing the company’s power systems operations, including new and used commercial and industrial engine and generator sales; power equipment rental; marine engine sales; and compressed air equipment sales.

“I am very excited to assume my new role at Ring Power,” stated Cholmondeley.  “I look forward to the opportunities that lie ahead and hope to continue building upon the successes of the Power Systems team.”

About Ring Power Corporation

Ring Power Corporation, North and Central Florida’s Cat® dealer, is headquartered in St. Augustine, Florida. Ring Power is comprised of eight divisions and has 55 years of experience servicing and supporting Cat products and allied equipment. For more information, visit www.ringpower.com.

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Tampa MCRC Earns Timken Silver Certification

February 24, 2017 at 10:19 AMRing Power

Tampa’s Heavy Equipment Major Component Rebuild Center recently achieved silver certification from The Timken Company, receiving a plaque and banner as a source of pride for employees and clear evidence to customers that the MCRC facility is “Timken Bearing Certified.”

The certification process is done in conjunction with Timken’s bearing maintenance training programs. Prior to training, a Timken engineer conducts a rigorous evaluation of the processes and equipment used to store, remove, install and maintain bearings. Following the training, the Timken engineer returns for the post-training audit.

Being designated Bearing Certified means that the MCRC adheres to the highest standards in bearing service and confirms that solid processes are followed and the appropriate equipment is in place to ensure proper bearing maintenance. 

Ring Power's MCRC rebuilds and repairs diesel engines, transmissions and torque converters, power train components, provides engine component services and dyno tests to meet Caterpillar® performance specs.