Improving Warehouse Design and Efficiency

September 22, 2010 at 2:27 PMRing Power
Improve warehouse design and efficiency, beyond forklifts.

When we speak of “Warehouse Systems Consulting” or “Turnkey Design” we are addressing the umbrella of warehouse design. Everything comes from a warehouse of some sort. Receiving, storing, production, packaging to shipping, all products we touch every day start at a warehouse. Too many clients believe they can go it alone, drop some rack into a space with a forklift and crank it up. Most do not consider product flow, work in process (WIP), and the design of their system.

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Some companies in the material handling industry manage to get products or services out the door with some profit. Many are so busy running the myriad of details a business requires, that they do not see the gaps in their efficiency. This is where a design consultant can step in, interview employees, collect necessary data and provide impactful changes affecting the bottom line. For many companies, this could equate to a double-digit benefit to the bottom line.

Design Strategies
One key to effective design is the relative dominance of picking or storage activity. These two warehouse functions have opposing requirements.

Techniques that maximize space utilization tend to complicate picking and render it inefficient, while large storage areas increase distance and reduce picking efficiency. Ideal picking requires small stocks in dedicated, close locations. This works against storage efficiency.

Automation of picking, storage, handling and information can somewhat compensate for these opposing requirements. However, automation is expensive to install and operate.

The most difficult thing to absorb is the knowledge of how your pallets flow and why they move like they do. Ask yourself: 

Does your product move units in and out (the simplest). Or are they unit in – case or per piece out?

How many turns per month, per quarter or per year?

Are you special labeling or tagging product?

Are there any temperature requirements for your goods?

Has your information technology (IT) department ever run a velocity report?


As you see there are many questions to answer and necessary information to collect in order to begin designing an efficient and productive warehouse.

The one thing to remember when designing your warehouse is to select a vendor that can supply you with a turnkey system. Select a business partner that has many years of system designs and consulting work. Make sure they have the experience to offer good solutions out of the gate.

Maximize Your Current Setup
To receive a consultation or to discuss ways to improve your warehouse productivity and efficiency, contact one of our Regional System Consultants.

Contact one of our warehouse forklift specialists with any questions or recommendations for warehouse design and efficiency improvements.

Ring Power Lift Trucks  is the forklift division of Ring Power Corporation, headquartered in Jacksonville, Florida. Additional offices service Pompano Beach, Miami, Daytona Beach, Orlando, Tampa, Ocala, Sarasota and Tallahassee. Ring Power Lift Truck represents: Cat® Lift Trucks, Mitsubishi Forklifts, Clark forklifts, Linde forklifts, Kalmar Industrial Forklifts, Kalmar Container Handlers, specialized products by Bendi and Combilift and productive Cascade Attachments. All of these products utlized properly could help your warehousing operation to become more efficient and more productive warehouse.

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Ring Power Lift Trucks Appoints Robert Burkhead as General Manager

February 24, 2010 at 9:01 AMRing Power

Ring Power Corporation is pleased to announce the promotion of Robert Burkhead to the position of General Manager for the Lift Trucks division. During Burkhead’s 17 years with Ring Power he has worked closely with management, sales staff and vendors for every division within the company. Most recently Burkhead, a Six Sigma Black Belt, was the Assistant Governmental Sales Manager facilitating bids, contracts and sales to all government agencies in the state of Florida. In his new role, Burkhead and his management team will oversee all Ring Power Lift Trucks operations. Burkhead has excelled at every position he has held with Ring Power, and management looks forward to his continued success with the lift trucks division. Robert Burkhead Lift Trucks General Manager

Ring Power Lift Trucks is the forklift division of Ring Power Corporation, headquartered in Jacksonville, Florida. Additional offices service Pompano Beach, Miami, Daytona Beach, Orlando, Lakeland, Tampa, Ocala and Tallahassee. Ring Power Lift Trucks represents: Caterpillar® Lift Trucks, Mitsubishi Forklifts, Linde forklifts, Kalmar Industrial Forklifts and Container Handlers, Clark Lift Trucks, Princeton and Navigator piggybacks, rough terrain forklifts by Noble, specialized products by Bendi and productive Cascade Attachments.

Ring Power is the Central and Northeast Florida Caterpillar dealer, headquartered in St. Augustine. Ring Power is comprised of eight divisions and has more than 45 years of experience selling, servicing and supporting Caterpillar and allied equipment. Additional information about the Ring Power organization, its products, services and employment opportunities can be found on the Internet at www.ringpower.com.

 

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Ring Power Lift Trucks Appointed as Authorized Clark Forklift Dealer

February 10, 2010 at 8:31 AMRing Power
Ring Power Lift Trucks named new Clark dealer in Jacksonville, Orlando and Tampa, Florida

Lexington, KY-February 10, 2010- CLARK Material Handling Company today announced it has appointed Ring Power Lift Trucks as an authorized distributor of CLARK forklift products in the Jacksonville, Orlando and Tampa, Florida markets. Ring Power is a full Clark Forkliftservice CLARK Dealer, featuring full forklift sales and forklift service departments, a forklift rental fleet, an aftermarket forklift parts department as well as a full offering of allied products, such as piggybacks and specialty material handling equipment.

"The appointment of Ring Power as an authorized CLARK forklift dealer in these APRs is significant for CLARK Material Handling Company as well as our family of dealers nationwide" said Scott Johnson, Director of Dealer Services for CLARK. "As we have demonstrated in other areas of the country we were able to move swiftly and definitively in appointing Ring Power Lift Trucks as an authorized CLARK dealer. Ring Power Lift Trucks represents for CLARK, a major enhancement and improvement in our distribution capabilities in Tampa, Orlando and Jacksonville. Ring Power holds a leadership position in the material handling industry and their affiliation with CLARK forklifts will immediately assist with re-establishing our brand name in this important part of the North American market. Ring Power, along with W. E. Johnson in Miami gives the CLARK brand a very strong presence in Florida. We mutually believe our products and services will complement the Ring Power business model in such a manner that we both will enjoy incremental growth. We are honored and humbled that they have partnered with our family and look forward to many years of mutual success."

Ring Power Lift Trucks will support CLARK forklift sales and forklift service and repair activities out of three Florida facilities including:

ORLANDO
803 Taft-Vineland Rd
Orlando FL 32824
407-857-1973

TAMPA
1401 US Hwy. 301 N
Tampa FL 33619
813-620-1337

JACKSONVILLE
8040 Philips Hwy
Jacksonville, FL 32256
904-448-5438

The primary contacts at Ring Power Lift Trucks for CLARK material handling products are Jeff Dierickx, Vice President of Sales and Lewis Byers, Vice President of Product Support. They may be reached at 800-395-1337. Curtis McClellan is the Senior Vice President of Ring Power Lift Trucks and may also be reached at 800-395-1337. Or contact us using the branch links above.

An forklift industry leader since it invented the first material handling truck in 1917, CLARK has built more than one million forklifts during its more than 100 years of business. CLARK supplies a full line of electric forklifts and internal combustion forklifts, manual pallet jacks, powered pallet jacks and narrow aisle forklifts. CLARK products are distributed and supported through a network of over 550 dealer locations worldwide.

Ring Power Lift Trucks is the forklift division of Ring Power Corporation, headquartered in Jacksonville, Florida. Additional offices service Pompano Beach, Miami, Daytona Beach, Orlando, Tampa, Ocala and Tallahassee. Ring Power Lift Truck represents: Caterpillar® Lift Trucks, Mitsubishi Forklifts, Linde forklifts, Kalmar Industrial Forklifts and Container Handlers, Princeton and Navigator piggybacks, rough terrain forklifts by Noble, specialized products by Bendi and productive Cascade Attachments.

 

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Ring Power News, Winter Edition

December 31, 2009 at 11:46 AMRing Power
The latest news, happenings and tips for your equipment from Ring Power Corporation.

To Our Customers… Ring Power News Cover

In these difficult economic times, not many companies are opening new facilities. However, to better serve our customers, Ring Power embarked on a long-term facility improvement plan in 2005, which has benefited every service area in our Florida sales territory.

The expansion and renovation projects continue to improve our ability to meet the needs of Ring Power customers and include the following:

New Construction
- 35,000-sq. ft. facility in Sarasota
- 27,237-sq. ft. facility in North Jacksonville
- 29,787-sq. ft. facility in Midway, near Tallahassee
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42,449-sq. ft. facility in Pompano Beach for Ring Power Crane and Ring Power Lift Trucks

Renovations & Expansions
- Tampa administrative offices and service bays
- 7,700-sq. ft. crane service facility expansion in Union City, Ga.
- Expansion of the heavy equipment service shop and renovation of the administrative facilities in Orlando and Palm Bay
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The newest construction project, completed this summer, is the new facility located in Lakeland, which replaced the aging building in nearby Mulberry (see article on page 7 for details).

Our investment in facility improvements is a testament to Ring Power’s long-term commitment to providing Ring Power customers the best product, parts and service and maintaining Ring Power’s standing as an industry leader well into the future.

Sincerely,

Randal R. Ringhaver

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In This Issue of Ring Power News  (click to open ---> RPN_Winter_2009_low.pdf (2.16 mb) )

Customer Profiles
- Flying High – Flightstar Aircraft Services - Success is Taking Off
- Lakeland Power Plant Gets New Cat 992K Front End Loader
- All in the Family – Goodwin Brothers Keeping it That Way Since 1987

Division News
- On-Highway Truck Parts & Services Shifts Into Overdrive, Servicing All Makes and Models Diesel Truck Engines
- New Facility–Now Open for Business in Lakeland
- New Faces in New Places

Product Reports
- RoGator Agriculturual Sprayer Receives Some New Creature Comforts
- Forklift Smackdown: Electric Forklift vs. Internal Combustion Forklift
- Air Time – Sullair Introduces New ShopTek™ Air Compressors
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Falcon Tanks: Phoenix Products Newest Product Line Takes Flight

UpTime
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Manage Your Construction Equipment’s Cost Per Hour

Ring Power is north and central Florida's Caterpillar Dealer and encompasses 44 counties. Headquartered in St. Augustine, Ring Power is comprised of seven divisions and has more than 40 years of experience selling, servicing and supporting Caterpillar and allied equipment. Ring Power News is produced for customers, friends and associates of Ring Power Corporation. Your comments, ideas and suggestions are welcome. Please submit correspondence to:

Ring Power News Editor
Ring Power Corporation
PO Box 45022
Jacksonville, FL 32232-5022

or click to send an email to: info@ringpower.com

RPN_Winter_2009_low.pdf (2.16 mb)

Ring Power at International Seacargo Show

October 16, 2009 at 9:06 AMRing Power

Ring Power Corporation will be well represented at the Seacargo Americas and Air Cargo America’s 2009 Exhibition held in Miami, Florida beginning November 4 and runs through November 6. port container handler

International trade representatives from the nearly all of Ring Power’s divisions will be available for customer interaction and to answer questions regarding forklifts and material handling equipment, industrial air compressors, generators, power plants, and heavy construction equipment, such as loaders, excavators, and tractors.

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Look for Ring Power at the Seacargo Americas and Air Cargo America’s 2009 Exhibition in Booth 423

Ring Power’s specialized divisions – heavy construction equipment, power generating systems, forklifts, crane, used Caterpillar parts – represents a wide variety of equipment and product lines for purchase, lease, or rental. We serve the heavy construction, road building, logging, agriculture, recycling, waste management and landfill maintenance, marine power, truck engine power, prime and standby power generation, entertainment venues, industrial power, warehousing, port container handling, material handling and many others. Email us for more information.

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New Lakeland Branch Now Open for Business

October 14, 2009 at 11:41 AMRing Power

Construction of the new Ring Power facility in Lakeland was completed right on schedule, consolidating Lakeland’s forklift operations and Mulberry’s heavy construction equipment and Cat Rental Store operations on an expansive 40-acre campus. Located less than two miles from exit 10 off Polk Parkway, the new facility at 3425 Reynolds Road offers 76,000 square feet of office, warehouse and service space. The service shops include seven heavy equipment service bays, six Cat Rental Store service bays, two forklift service bays and two bays for on-highway truck repair. 

"Building this new facility is a clear demonstration of Ring Power’s confidence in our customers’ futures as well as our own," said VP Lakeland Regional Sales Manager Mark Wineinger. "Our new location will enable us to penetrate new markets throughout Polk County, while we continue to expand and improve upon our services on behalf of our existing customers in the mining industry."

Ring Power sales representatives, parts associates and service technicians welcome customers to their new location, and ask that you please make note of the new Polk County phone number and address, as the former locations in Mulberry and Lakeland are now closed:

Ring Power Corporation

3425 Reynolds Road

Lakeland FL 33803

Phone Number 863-606-0512

Fax Number 863-606-0514 

Now Offering Customers New Forklift Fleet Pricing

July 20, 2009 at 9:47 AMRing Power
New Fleet Pricing for forklift customers in warehousing, logistics, transporation, and others.

Introducing new Mitsubishi Forklifts or Caterpillar Lift Trucks customer fleet pricing! forlift fleet warehouse

Mitsubishi Caterpillar Forklift America (MCFA) is offering its dealers new customer fleet pricing and Ring Power Lift Trucks vows to pass this competitive forklift parts pricing strategy to our customers in transportation, logistics, agriculture packing houses, building contruction, warehousing and many others. If we don't share this opportunity with you, our customers, we will be doing a disservice to the people that have supported our company over the years. We urge you to check our pricing on OEM MCFA and MCFA's Promatch Parts. If you have not called recently, you may be costing your company a good opportunity to get an original quality part at a competitive price, not to mention the best warranty in the business. Click or e-mail us at rlinfo@ringpower.com for a quote and complete details.

We’re interested in hearing your thoughts on forklift fleet maintenance – send an email and be heard.

Ring Power Lift Trucks is the material handling division of Ring Power Corporation, headquartered in Jacksonville, Florida. Additional offices service Pompano Beach, Miami, Daytona Beach, Orlando, Tampa, Ocala and Tallahassee. Ring Power Lift Truck represents: Caterpillar® Lift Trucks, Mitsubishi Forklifts, Linde forklifts, Kalmar Industrial Forklifts, Princeton and Navigator piggybacks, rough terrain forklifts by Noble, and specialized products by Bendi, Big Joe and productive Cascade Attachments.

 

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Save Money in Your Warehouse Operation

July 16, 2009 at 8:46 AMRing Power
Best practices for maximizing equipment utilization, uptime and minimize warehouse expenses and material handling equipment downtime.

Follow these best practices and save money in your warehouse expenses. warehouse logistics and material handling equipment

Forklifts, material handling equipment, and warehousing costs can quickly erode business profits if not managed properly. The following best practices can help any business maximize equipment utilization, forklift and equipment uptime and minimize operating expenses and downtime.

1. Operator Training  – Proper training of your forklift operators is an Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) regulation and helps reduce product and equipment damage as a result of operator error.

2. Planned Maintenance Schedule  – Planned maintenance helps eliminate unexpected downtime, minimize the risk of major repairs and prolongs the life of your material handling equipment.

3. Maintain Good Warehouse Floor Conditions  Damaged concrete creates unnecessary vibration that can damage bushings, bearings, steer axles and cause premature tire wear.

4. Dock Plates  Proper use of dock plates helps minimize product and material equipment damage during loading and unloading of trailers.

5. Maintain Good Housekeeping  Keeping warehouse floors clear of debris reduces the potential of damaging materials affecting forklift performance.

6. Awareness Enhancement and Forklift Safety Options  Using awareness enhancement options, such as strobes, mirrors, and travel alarms on material handling equipment, makes for a safer work environment.

7. Material Handling Fleet Survey   A thorough fleet survey of your material handling equipment ensures that the proper forklifts is used for all required tasks and verifies that work environment conditions match equipment specifications to the application.

8. Alternative Procurement  Considering alternative procurement methods, such as long-term forklift rental or forklift lease, can offer cost savings and flexibility not otherwise available through a cash purchase.

9. Vendor Collaboration  Partnering with experienced material handling professionals, such as Ring Power Lift Trucks, will help overcome any supply chain obstacles that you may encounter. The responsibility has now been placed upon your supplier to help reduce your costs and increase uptime, while you focus on core competencies.

10. Technology  Utilizing updated and modern material handling equipment with emerging technologies have made operators more productive, comfortable and safe and can often be used to streamline supply chain management through the use of onboard scales, terminals and Radio-Frequency Identification (RFID) readers.

Contact Ring Power to design a custom warehouse systems for wholesale distribution, office supply distribution, hardware distribution, manufacturing and beverage distribution. Click on the title to leave a comment or ask a question.

Ring Power Lift Trucks is the material handling division of Ring Power Corporation, headquartered in Jacksonville, Florida. Additional offices service Pompano Beach, Miami, Daytona Beach, Orlando, Tampa, Ocala and Tallahassee. Ring Power Lift Truck represents: Caterpillar® Lift Trucks, Mitsubishi Forklifts, Linde forklifts, Kalmar Industrial Forklifts, Princeton and Navigator piggybacks, rough terrain forklifts by Noble, and specialized products by Bendi and productive Cascade Attachments.

 

Rough Terrain Forklifts: The choice when moving materials off road

May 15, 2009 at 9:25 AMRing Power

Sometimes what seem to be the most simple tasks can prove to be among the most difficult to complete.rough terrain forklift
For instance, moving materials at an off road worksite. Whether it’s carrying pallets of bricks in a material storage yard or transporting 20-foot lengths of pipe on a work site, this seeming simple job can be very difficult if the proper equipment isn’t available
A rough terrain forklift easily and efficiently moves materials at an off road site. The machines are typically built using a tractor loader drive-train, so you have the tractive force needed to work in mud, sand slopes and other challenging underfoot conditions.
Rough terrain forklift users include:

  • Building and specialty trade contractors
  • Energy companies
  • Mining
  • Loggers
  • Lumber yards
  • Sod and turf farmers
  • Salvage specialists and scrap metal

Rough terrain forklifts maneuver more quickly and are less expensive to rent than other types of equipment that transport materials at off road sites. Maneuverability is key in applications such as a salvage yard, where equipment must operate on uneven surfaces around stacks of material.
The machines are available in two-wheel drive and four-wheel drive models.
When working in mud, sand or in rough terrain, four-wheel drive is the preferred option. Sod growers, for instance, who transport pallets of sod from fields to trucks often choose four-wheel drive to maneuver though muddy fields.
Visit lifttrucks.ringpower.com to see all of our rough terrain forklifts by Lift King and Manitou.
Ring Power Lift Trucks represents these manufacturers of quality material handling equipment throughout the state of Florida and the Southeast: Caterpillar®, Mitsubishi, Linde, Kalmar, Princeton, Navigator, Bendi, Noble, Big Joe and highly productive Cascade Attachments.

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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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