Quick Tips: Small Wheel Loader Engine Compartment

August 15, 2017 at 11:50 AMRing Power

Before starting your machine, it’s important to perform a daily walkaround. After you’ve completed your walk around on the exterior, you will also want to check the engine compartment.

 

  • Check engine enclosure screen for damage
  • Inspect engine compartment for debris and/or leak
  • Check the engine oil to ensure proper levels and look for any possible contamination.
  • Check air cleaner service indicator
  • Check coolant level
  • Inspect fuel cooler; hydraulic oil cooler; charge air cooler hydraulic coil filter for debris and leaks
  • Examine fans and fan enclosure
  • Check the radiator and fuel cap
  • Inspect hydraulic oil filter
  • Look for signs of exhaust leaks
  • Inspect V Belt
  • Check Air Intake Hoses
  • Look Under Machine

 

 Following these steps will help your machine working longer and more efficiently.

 

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Fluid Lab Runs Like a Well Oiled Machine

June 29, 2017 at 3:14 PMRing Power

Ring Power's 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.

 

 

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 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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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.

Video: Machine's In-Cab Advanced Display Settings

January 26, 2017 at 11:58 AMRing Power

Adjust your skid steer or compact construction equipment to meet your jobsite's demands. 

As a Florida contractor, be sure to get the most out of your heavy equipment by using the in-cab display to adjust operator settings according to your specific project.

Operator settings allow you to configure many of the settings of your machine that you may wants to adjust for your specific project. Click the button twice and you’ll see several settings you can change. To navigate between the different setting options, use the buttons directly below the vertical arrows.

Some of the settings you can adjust according to your preference include:

- Drive joystick sensitivity
- Creep control
- Limit top end speed
- Backup camera

All of these items can be changed by using the buttons directly below the horizontal arrows. Knowing how to navigate your in-cab display will help you get the most out of your machine.

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Video: Know Your Construction Equipment's Engine

January 20, 2017 at 10:09 AMRing Power

As a Florida contractor, you know how important it is to minimize downtime. Follow these simple tips to keep your new onstruction equipment running at top performance.

Know the location of your engine oil dipstick. Check the oil often to make sure the engine contains the proper amount of oil.

- Air filters are one of the most vital components of the engine bay. Clean air going in will lengthen the life expectancy of your machine's engine— check it daily.

- Keep an eye on fuel condition. Visually inspecting the fuel lets you know if you have high amounts of water or contaminants.

- Check your recommended intervals. Be sure to follow your machines recommended intervals for changing the hydraulic filter.

- Coolant should be filled to spec. Visually inspect to make sure it’s at the right level.

- Manually disconnecting the battery is helpful as an anti-theft device or if the machine will sit idle for an extended period of time.

VIDEO: Parts.cat.com makes buying parts easy

January 11, 2017 at 10:36 AMRing Power

Did you know our Florida contractors and customers are now able to order Caterpillar heavy machinery parts online at parts.cat.com?

It's the fastest and easiest way to shop from over 1.4 million Cat® machine parts, including new, Cat® Reman, Cat Classic parts, and attachments.

To find the heavy equipment part your looking for, simply browse through the category section. Within a few clicks you'll find exacly what you need. You can even check local parts inventory. If you know the part serial number, it's even easier. Just enter the serial number and keyword and you'll find your parts in seconds.

Parts.cat.com - find the parts you need with the click of a button.

 

 

Ring Power Corporation Announces Retirement of Director of Used Sales, Appointment of Used Equipment Sales Manager

January 5, 2017 at 12:48 PMRing Power

- Paula Ringhaver, Frank Fowler, Randy Ringhaver, & Lynne Fowler are pictured at a board of directors meeting where Frank Fowler was presented with a commemorative collector model Cat D11T tractor.

Ring Power Corporation today announced the retirement of Senior Vice President Frank Fowler, director of used heavy equipment sales, Dec. 31.

Fowler’s decision to retire brings to a close a remarkable career of 44 years with Ring Power Corporation. First hired by Ring Power in 1972 to work in the parts warehouse at their corporate offices on Talleyrand Avenue in Jacksonville, Fowler held various positions during his employment, including parts counter salesperson, equipment sales administrator, equipment rental manager, and used equipment sales representative. Fowler joined Ring Power’s Board of Directors in 1998 and, in 2005, was named Senior Vice President, Director of Used Equipment and International Sales.

 

Fowler attributes his success to a few key factors. First, having the support and leadership of Ring Power’s dealer principals throughout his tenure, which provided a strong foundation for making sound business decisions. Also important, having the opportunity to share solutions and exchange points of view with other dealer principals and used equipment sales teams from Cat dealerships around the country gave him a unique perspective for dealing with the ups and downs of the used equipment business climate.

 

“[Fowler] was one of the first to recognize the built-in value of good, used equipment,” said Ring Power President and CEO Randy Ringhaver. “He has been a driving force behind the success of our Used Equipment department, which has contributed greatly over the years to the growth and achievements of the rental, service and parts areas of our business, as well.”

Replacing Fowler, Frank Streva, who joined Ring Power in Aug. 2016, assumed the role of used equipment sales division manager Jan. 1 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.

 

“I am humbled and excited by this opportunity to lead our used sales division and I look forward to working with our dedicated employees and customers to further grow the business,” Streva said. “I know I have big shoes to fill, but I am confident we can build upon the success of the used equipment division thanks to the foundation built under Frank’s leadership.”

 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.

 

VIDEO: Construction Equipment Parking Techniques

December 22, 2016 at 9:34 AMRing Power

 

As a contractor or heavy equipment operator in Florida, follow these simple steps to protect yourself, your machine and the people around you.

- Reduce your engine speed as you approach your parking location.

- Ensure that your parking location is on level ground.

- Lower the boom until your bucket is resting on the ground.

- Raise the hydraulic control console to disengage the hydraulic control system.

- Run the engine for 5 minutes in low idle

 

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