3 Ways to Extend Your Air Compressors Life

December 21, 2010 at 8:17 AMRing Power
ways to extend life your air compressors life

1AIR COMPRESSOR SERVICE AGREEMENTS. With a full range of coverage options available, service agreements inspect your air compressor for wear, damage and potential failure.air  compressor service, fluid analysis and trend tracker extends life of compressor Below are three different types of Air Compressor Service Agreements and their key benefits:

 

  • Planned Maintenance Agreements — Offer compressed air maintenance at specified service intervals. Includes 46-point compressor inspection, filters and fluid. Ring Power offers air compressor rentals available when production cannot be interrupted.
  • Compressor Owner Protection Plan — Ring Power assumes 100% of the maintenance and oversees the performance of your air compressor as if we owned it.
  • AirTrility — Ring Power will design, install, monitor and maintain your air compressor system without asset ownership.

 

2 AIR COMPRESSOR FLUID ANALYSIS — Fluids are the life-blood of your air compressor. Fluids keep bearings lubricated. Fluids and coolants remove the heat of compression and keep your air compressor operating smoothly. Regular fluid sampling and analysis informs you if fluid needs to be changed, if intake air is contaminated, if fluids have been mixed or if sever wear is occurring. Key benefits:

 

  • Current status of your lubricant and equipment
  • Positive input to determine maintenance schedule
  • Detailed history of lubricant performance
  • Better control of maintenance expenditures

 

3 TRENDTRACKER — Conditioned monitoring and data management is playing a key role in the life of all equipment. More and more companies are realizing the benefits of preventative and predictive maintenance practices. Trending the performance of key components over time can provide advanced indication of imminent equipment failure. Key benefits:

 

  • Helps reduce unplanned plant shutdowns
  • Maximizes the life of your air compressor
  • Detailed history of lubricant performance
  • Repair before failure fixes typically are less costly
  • Minimizes downtime

 

Ring Power offers a variety of air compressor maintenance programs that not only satisfy your needs, but also compliments your business objectives. Take advantage of Ring Power’s knowledge and expertise to help you assemble the exact level of service to meet your compressed air requirements. Ring Power services and supports all makes and models of air compressors. Contact us and we will have a consultant review your compressed air requirements.

Ring Power is a leading supplier of air compressors, air tools, compressor parts and air compressor service in Florida for over 45 years. Our offices serve Miami, Pompano Beach, Orlando, Tampa, Jacksonville and Tallahassee areas. Buy, rent or lease electric or diesel air compressors and industrial air compressors with names like Sullair, Hurricane boosters, and Belaire. See all the air compressors, portable or industrial compressed air, high pressure, or ultra high pressure, at our website compressedair.ringpower.com.

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Managing Your Heavy Construction Equipment's Cost Per Hour

March 4, 2010 at 11:06 AMRing Power
A good planned maintenance for your heavy construction equipment can lower your machine's cost per hour.

In terms of construction equipment management, preventive maintenance is the key factor that has the greatest effect on your profits over the life of your heavy equipment. It is estimated that system contamination is the leading cause of more then 70% of construction equipment maintenancehydraulic system and major component failures. When heavy machinery is well maintained and inspected regularly, there’s a higher probability that potential problems will be caught early—before they turn into bigger, more costly issues.

According to Caterpillar’s SOMA (Site Operation Maintenance Advisor), major component life can be increased by 62% simply by improving maintenance practices from average to excellent.

Maintenance Rating

Component Life

Average

7,130 Hrs

Excellent

11,550 Hrs

 

Consider your current preventive maintenance practices and service needs and ask yourself, “Who is best qualified to provide these services?” As your Caterpillar® dealer, we are convinced that Ring Power’s Planned Maintenance Solutions can meet your maintenance needs in the most timely, efficient and cost-effective manner.

Planned Maintenance Solutions is more then just an oil and filter change for your construction equipment. It is a maintenance management system, designed to incorporates seven elements that are essential to keeping machine productivity high and owning and
operating costs low.  

THE SEVEN ELEMENTS
1) Preventive Maintenance is the basic requirement of a good construction equipment maintenance program, and includes regular oil and filter changes as outlined in the manufacturer’s lubrication and maintenance manual.

2) Oil Sampling lets you know what is going on inside your machine. When tested at regular intervals, oil samples can forecast wear-related problems and keep minor problems from becoming a major failure.
PM Solutions will sample each compartment every 250 hours. Ring Power's oil testing lab technicians and product support staff closely monitor the oil sample results. Actionable oil samples are transmitted electronically to your PC, laptop or Blackberry so we can respond to potential problems quickly.

3) Inspections can detect problems that may otherwise go unnoticed. Small problems like oil leaks, worn belts or corroded batteries can lead to expensive downtime if not corrected in a timely manner. All inspections are written, reviewed and sent to you within 24 hours of when the service is performed.  


4) Scheduling ensures all maintenance and inspections are performed on time, and at your convenience. PM Solutions operates 24 hours a day, seven days a week so maintenance will be performed around your work schedule.

5) Record Keeping documents machine repair history with details of component life and cost. Good record keeping helps identify problem areas that create high cost and downtime.


6) Repair Management is about maximizing the value of your heavy machinery investment. Oil sample trends, machine hours and condition are vital information in the decision making process of whether to repair, rebuild or replace your machine. Ring Power knows your equipment best. As a trusted advisor, we’ll be here over the life cycle of your machine. We’ll partner with you to maximize the value of your equipment investment and strengthen your reputation as a profitable operation.


7) Training helps your associates develop good daily work habits. As your maintenance provider, Ring Power is ready to fill the gaps by providing on-site training for your machine operators and maintenance personnel.


As a Planned Maintenance Solutions customer you can expect:

• A no cost warranty of 5-year/10,000-hour warranty on rebuilt power train components
• To take advantage of the latest improvements in oil technology and performance
• Environmental compliance in disposing of waste oil and filters
• Cost per hour billing that matches your expense with your workload. Only pay for the hours you have run your heavy equipment.
• ProductLink hardware and Equipment Manager software enabling remote equipment monitoring from your desktop. (supplied on most current models).

Preventive maintenance for your construction machinery delivers positive results—no matter how many machines you operate, how old your equipment is or what type of work you do. The key is to structure a PM program that meets all your business objectives, including productivity and cost goals. You manage your business from design to build—we will manage your construction equipment and cost per hour.
 

Call your Ring Power Product Support Sales Representative today 877-733-5120 to find out how PM Solutions can benefit your heavy construction equipment and improve your bottom-line or click the button below to contact a representative.

Ring Power Corporation, North and Central Florida's Caterpillar dealer, is headquartered in St. Augustine, Florida, with branch locations in Brooksville, Daytona, Gainesville, Jacksonville, Lake City, Lakeland, Ocala, Orlando, Palm Bay, Perry, Sarasota, Tallahassee, Tampa and Tarpon Springs. Ring Power is comprised of eight divisions and has more than 45 years of experience selling, servicing and supporting Caterpillar and allied equipment. 

Compact Track Loader Undercarriage Tips

February 10, 2009 at 10:14 AMRing Power
An overview of suggested maintenance for Cat® CTL undercarriage

Because compact track loaders (CTL) have different undercarriage than skid steer and multi-terrain loaders, an overview of suggested maintenance for Cat® CTL undercarriage will be helpful. Cat CTL Undercarriage

The Cat-designed and -built undercarriage uses heavy-duty torsion axles for completely independent movement. This gives you smooth travel, better load retention and greater productivity, and allows work in soft underfoot conditions. Steel embeds span the track width to provide durability while continuously wound cables hold the embeds in place and ensure the track does not stretch.


Maintenance Techniques                        

  • Use a recoil grease tensioner to maintain proper track tension.
  • Clean the undercarriage at least once daily, especially between the roller and idler wheels and around the sprocket. It is easier to remove materials like mud at the end of a shift rather than later when it has dried.
  •  The front and rear torsion axles require daily greasing.
     

Operating Practices                                   

  • Make gradual three-point turns to avoid unnecessary wear. Use counter-rotations only when necessary; for example, in confined areas.
  • Working up and down slopes reduces the side-loading wear that occurs when you work across a slope. Keep the heaviest end of the machine uphill.
  • Approach transitions (for example, going over a curb) at a 90° angle. Avoid work where a track is not fully supported by the ground.
  • When back dragging, keep the full length of the track on the ground and the loader arms in the float position.

Contact your Ring Power Representative to discuss your Cat CTL or other undercarriage needs or email us for more information.

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