Ring Power Now Offers All-Makes, Replacement Rubber Tracks

December 22, 2008 at 11:03 AMRing Power

Ring Power can now supply new, high quality, replacement rubber tracks for every make and model machine (such as Takeuchi and Bobcat) at an incredible savings over the OEM list price! Most popular machine brands rubber tracks are in stock for immediate delivery. Call Ring Power's undercarriage specialist today at 1-800-671-0025 for details.

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Paving the road to success with Weiler Paving MTV

August 18, 2008 at 9:38 AMRing Power

Weiler E1250 Material Transfer Vehicle makes for smooth paving.

     Ring Power recently added three Weiler machines to its ever-expanding family of industry-leading products for customers in the specialized field of asphalt paving: the E1250 Material Transfer Vehicle and two Road Wideners, the W530 and the W730. Weiler, a division of Five Star Industries of Knoxville, Iowa, has a long history of manufacturing quality products for some of the most well respected companies in the U.S., including the former Barber-Green line of road wideners and windrow elevators.

E1250 Material Transfer Vehicle
The Weiler E1250 incorporates the latest technology to address a couple of common problems for paving contractors. Essentially, the wheeled conveyor system separates the haul truck from the asphalt paver to ensure smooth delivery while constantly blending the asphalt mix to reduce material and thermal segregation. This not only improves the smoothness and ride quality of the asphalt mat, but also increases the longevity and durability of the road surface.
    “We spent a considerable amount of time visiting some of Florida’s largest paving contractors to find out what their requirements were and listening to what they didn’t like, as well,” says Five Star Industries Vice President of Sales and Marketing Bill Hood. “We feel our E1250 really shines compared to the competition.”
    This attention to recommendations is first noticeable from sitting down at the controls. The operator’s station can be repositioned to either side of the machine and steering can be adjusted with a standard tilt wheel. Common functions are more conveniently located for ease of use and a manual push-button override allows the operator to run the elevator at maximum capacity without changing the preset running speed.
    The machine features a 250-h.p C7 Cat® Tier III engine, with 100-gallon hydraulic tank capacity. The four-wheel, two-speed, Caterpillar® planetary drive system maximizes pushing power while allowing for a tighter turning radius and lower center of gravity. The elevator is direct-driven with two high-torque, hydraulic motors; the conveyor is driven with one. There are no gearbox seals, bearings, or fluids required, thereby reducing the number of wear parts and increasing reliability.
    An optional, power-remix, transition hopper insert for the paver gives the operator more surge capacity. Twin interlaced augers remix and narrow the material entering the conveyor, and a drop-through cover forces all of the material to be mixed by the auger flight.
    The E1250 offers a great example of how a quality product can be created through a combination of reliable components and an ear to operator comments. In fact, Weiler has sought out the valuable input from end-users for their entire line of machines. The 730 Road Widener was the first product offered under the Weiler name; a model that, six months after introduction was given new options based upon operator feedback. At the same time as Weiler expanded the options of the 730, they also introduced the 530 road widener. The 530 is a smaller, more economical version of the 730, created in response to high percentage of widening jobs being six feet or less.

730 Road Widener
The larger of the two self-propelled road wideners, the W730 features a 174-h.p., Cat 3056E ATAAC engine, and is capable of widening from one to 12 feet with a working depth of 12 inches above and below grade. With the optional long conveyor and weight kit, it can widen roads up to 14 feet. The four-wheel, two-speed, two gearbox, hydraulic drive (with three steering modes) offers greater control. The rear-wheel steering axle has a manual override to allow for a fourth steering mode for minor corrections while operating. Other features include the remotely located oil cooler, standard oscillating push rollers, and optional cab to protect the operator from the elements.

530 Road Widener
Running on a Cat 4.4 Tier III engine, the 114-h.p.W530 is capable of widening roads from one to 10 feet with a working depth range from 12 inches above and below grade. This unit has many of the same features and components as its larger counterpart. It also has many optional features such as rear steering, work lights, 9 kW generator and a cab. Contact Ring Power for more information on the Weiler line of paving products. info@ringpower.com

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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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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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