Orlando Rock Now Runs on Bio-diesel

July 15, 2008 at 9:53 AMRing Power

As of January 2008, Orlando Rock, a site development company that has been serving the community since 1984 on municipal, retail, commercial and industrial projects, successfully completed the conversion of their entire fleet of heavy equipment and on-road vehicles to a soy-based, bio-diesel fuel. This environmentally conscious change will save 32,000 gallons of diesel per year, complementing Orange County and the City of Orlando’s efforts to “go green”.

The bio-diesel fuel Orlando Rock is using is a blend of soy-based fuel and fossil fuel. Certain Caterpillar® machines are capable of handling a B35 blend, which contains 35% soy fuel. The majority of Orlando Rock’s fleet was only cleared for a 20% blend, so they chose to use B20, or 20% soy fuel in all of their machines. Because the mixed fuel burns cleaner and loosens buildup in the engine, all 45 pieces of equipment had to be slowly converted over to the B20 blend, but no modifications had to be made to the equipment engines.

Starting with a 5% blend in October 2007, Ring Power completed oil samples every 100 hours on a control group of machines to ensure there were no problems. The lab monitored changes in oil viscosity and soot levels to determine at what point the engines could be stepped up to the next blend percentage. Initially it was thought the conversion process would take a little over a month, but safe conversion of all the machines and on-road vehicles was completed in three months.

The biggest challenge for Orlando Rock was the cost commitment. After weighing the cost of the custom blended fuel against the knowledge that the conversion helps increase the longevity of the machines in the fleet, decrease air pollution and diminish reliance on foreign oil, Orlando Rock decided the switch was worth the cost.

“People think to switch to bio-diesel you have to modify your equipment and switch over your machines and really, you don’t. It’s a matter of changing your attitude more than changing your equipment. People who burn cooking oil have to modify their machines to run on that, but straight bio-diesel isn’t as complicated,” said Scott Altman, president of Orlando Rock.

Around the same time as Orlando Rock began their conversion process, the City of Orlando kicked off “Green Works Orlando,” an environmental program designed to raise awareness and promote ecologically friendly solutions for all city services and functions. Also, in late September 2007, Orange County Mayor Rich Crotty held an “Orange to Green Climate Change Summit”, attended by Florida Governor Charlie Crist. Upon hearing about Orlando Rock’s proactive environmental efforts, Mayor Crotty met with Altman in October to congratulate him, holding a ribbon cutting ceremony to commemorate Orlando Rock’s green initiatives.

A key pillar of Green Works Orlando is the goal of designing all the city buildings to meet with Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design standards. Developed by the U.S. Green Building Council, the LEED Green Building Rating System provides a suite of standards for environmentally sustainable construction. Altman and his employees will soon complete their LEED certification, and will receive bonus points toward their goal for the use of bio-diesel fuel. Altman and Orlando Rock intend to use the knowledge gained from the conversion of their fleet and their certification to encourage other local contractors and subcontractors in the Orlando area to become LEED certified, helping his county and city to achieve the goal of going green.
“You see the GCs becoming green, but the subs aren’t and that’s where the change needs to be made,” said Altman. “We feel it’s the right thing to do.”

Contact your Ring Power PSSR or service manager regarding switching your equipment to bio-fuel. For more information about LEED certification visit the US Green Building Council at usgbc.gov. You can contact Orlando Rock at 407.859.5990 or scott@orlandorock.com.

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ONE GIANT LEAP FOR ELECTRIC POWER

July 10, 2008 at 8:03 AMRing Power

Introducing the Caterpillar®  2-4 MW family of diesel generator sets powered by the C175*

With rising demand for electricity, ever-tightening emissions standards, evolving technologies and space at a premium, your challenges as an operator continually grow.
Our solution: The Caterpillar
C175 family of diesel generator sets.
Ground Breaking Technology
It starts with ACERT™ Technology. Many of the C175 advantages begin with the use of ground breaking ACERT Technology, that combines advancements in electronics, air management, and fuel delivery to improve engine response and fuel efficiency, plus lower NOx emissions.

With ACERT™ Technology this new family of generator sets combines high power density with efficient operation and low emissions. In a wide variety of standby applications—commercial, institutional, industrial, utilities and more—the C175 family delivers cost-effective power in a small, highly versatile package, with reliability, durability and performance you expect from Caterpillar.

Key C175 benefits include:
• Performance                                 • Lower installed costs
• Improved serviceability                • Lower operating and maintenance costs
• Proven reliability and durability   • Systems integration
• Lower emissions

 For additional details, please email us at information@ringpower.com

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*Currently only 3 MW generator is available.

 

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Forklifts: Fork Safety

July 1, 2008 at 10:22 AMRing Power

With today’s demands on production equipment, safety is critical. One item that is often overlooked with forklifts are the forks themselves. ANSI B56.ie1993-6.2.8. requires that "Forks in use shall be inspected at intervals of not more than 12 months, for forklift fork safetysingle shift operations, or whenever any defect or permanent deformation is detected. Sever applications will require more frequent inspections."

What To Look For

Daily visual checks are an easy way to identify potential problems. Visual inspections should include checking:

  • Surface cracks 
  • Straightens of blade and shank
  • Fork angle, upper face of blade to load face of the shank
  • Difference in height of fork tips
  • Positioning locks
  • Fork wear 

Fork Repair & Testing

ANSI B56.ie1993-6.2.8. states: "Repair by only the manufacturer of the fork or an expert of equal competence shall decide if a fork may be repaired for continual use, and the repairs shall be carried out by such parties. It is recommended that the surface cracks or wear be repaired by welding. When repairs necessitating resetting are required, the fork shall subsequently be subjected to an appropriate heat treatment, as necessary."

For more information or an inspection of your lift trucks' forks, contact Ring Power Lift Trucks or contact us at lifttrucks.ringpower.com.

 

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The Business of Safety

June 16, 2008 at 8:19 AMRing Power
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When it comes to business, the first priority is providing a safe work environment to protect a company’s most valuable assets: its people. With a safe environment comes added benefits to contractors, government agencies and other business owners in the form of increased uptime, operating efficiency and reduced insurance rates. Ring Power® is partnering with businesses to offer industry leading customized Safety Awareness Level training programs that are designed to meet the specific needs of their customers. As a result, these organizations are benefiting in the following ways: 

  • Increased uptime (employees and equipment)
  • Improved operating efficiency
  • Minimized lawsuits
  • Increased bid winning
  • Reduced insurance and bonding rates

Safety is often viewed as an expense with little return on investment. In actuality, safety focused companies enjoy extreme savings and a market advantage over their competition. Well-managed safety programs are key catalysts driving your organization to exceed typical safety success factors. Safety awareness training coupled with owning and operating Caterpillar® equipment builds your road to achievement. Ring Power’s Rings of Safety®, in conjunction with Caterpillar, is the industry leader in providing the safest, most reliable products, maintenance and practices. Customer expectations are consistently exceeded by Ring Power’s professional commitment in partnering to walk every safety mile together. We are a team!

For everyone working with, around and on Caterpillar equipment, we all share the same goal: to return home to our families safely everyday. This primary motivating factor fuels our journey to a safe work environment, every minute of every day. Our Rings of Safety program, relative to each piece of your equipment, reaps measurable financial dividends. The prevention/elimination of employee injuries and illnesses formulate an economic objective coupled with the humanitarian intention.

Accidents, injuries, illnesses and property damage have undeniable costs that contribute nothing to the value of products and services provided by any firm. These costs, in many industries, dwarf the total profit picture and warrant direct attention and resource allocation to accident and loss prevention. Whether considering direct or indirect costs, everyone within an organization must be a crusader for controlling hazards and preventing accidents. In our efforts to assist you in putting safety first in your world, we will be featuring specific safety topics and provide additional resources in future issues of this newspaper. Protecting your people and reserving your profits is the safety business and that business is good business.

 

 

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Ring Power Appointed Florida Distributor of Terex Utilities

June 11, 2008 at 4:30 PMRing Power

Ring Power Corporation is pleased to announce their selection as the Florida distributor of Terex Utilities. Terex manufactures a broad range of equipment for use in various industries, including the construction, infrastructure, quarrying, mining, shipping, transportation, refining, and utility industries.

Terex is focused on its mission of delivering products that are reliable and cost effective and producing equipment that improves its customers' return on invested capital. Terex has expanded dramatically in recent years seeking to expand the product offering, improve geographic coverage and deliver value for Terex customers.

Kevin Robbins, Senior Vice-President of Ring Power stated, "The opportunity to partner with an industry leader like Terex Utilities allows us to continue bringing a well connected product portfolio to our customers in addition to realizing a great opportunity to expand our equipment offerings."

"Ring Power is a great addition to the Terex Utilities distribution team. Through their operational footprint, they will be able to reach the entire utility market for equipment sales and rental, but most importantly provide aftermarket service on a local basis," said George Ellis, Vice-President/General Manager of Roadbuilding & Utilities for Terex.

Ring Power will service the market with the Terex Utilities product line through their CAT Rental Store division effective June 1, 2008. The territory will be the state of Florida east of the Apalachicola River. The Aerial Devices and Derrick Digger models that will be included in the rental fleet beginning in July 2008 include:

LT38

TCX55

TC55

HRX55

Commander 4047

Hi-Ranger Telescopic Aerial Device with 43’ working height

Hi-Ranger Non-overcenter Material Handling Aerial Device with 60’ working height

Hi-Ranger Non-overcenter Material Handling Aerial Device with 60’ working height

Hi-Ranger Overcenter Material Handling Aerial Device with 60’ working height

Digger Derrick with 47’ maximum elevation

 

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New Pompano Beach Branch

April 2, 2008 at 4:24 PMRing Power

Ring Power Corporation has begun construction of a new Pompano Beach facility to be located at 2700 North Powerline Road, Pompano Beach. Ring Power will combine its Pompano Beach Lift Trucks branch (currently located on Blount Road) and Crane division branch office (currently located at NW 18th Terrace - adjacent to the new property) at the new site. The new facility will be located on approximately 5 acres, and will feature a 52,449-ft2 facility that includes 13,807-ft2 of office space plus an 8,671-ft2 parts warehouse. The service shops will include six lift truck bays and nine crane bays. Constructing the new facility will require the demolition of the existing Ring Power Crane building and the current Ring Power Lift Trucks office will be relocated; with all employees moving to the Powerline Road location. The Pompano Beach facility will deal exclusively in allied products and services related to crane and lift truck related industries, non-Caterpillar paving equipment and air compressors. The general contractor for this job is Stellar, a Jacksonville based company.

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