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.

BOOTH 423              
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 

Vital Signs of Your Forklift’s Engine System

September 11, 2009 at 12:23 PMRing Power
Maintain Forklift Engine System

Maintaining a watchful eye on your forklift’s engine performance is good business practice. It will also ensure your forklift is operating at peak performance, which in turn lowers your operating expenses and saves money. Below are seven areas to watch on your forklift engine service areasforklift’s engine system.

Air Filtration Dirty or damaged air cleaner components, including the air cleaner hose, housing and seals, may allow unfiltered, contaminated air to enter the forklift’s engine and cause serious damage to rings, bearings and other components.

Lubrication Oil breaks down chemically and accumulates contaminants over time regardless of the forklift’s engine hours. Heat cycles also break down additives in engine oil and deteriorate lubricating capabilities that can result in accelerated wear and shorter forklift engine life.

Fuel System A forklift engine not tuned to optimal performance can result in low power, inefficient forklift operation and excessive fuel cost. Failure to comply with Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) requirements where applicable can result in considerable fines.

Starting and Charging Stations Low forklift batteries, a loose alternator belt, damaged ignition components or worn or corroded electric forklift battery terminals could lead to poor performance, excess fuel usage, pollutants or a "no start" condition.

Cooling System Coolant also deteriorates over time, reducing the effectiveness of additives and changing the pH factor. Both can damage the forklift’s water pump, radiator and aluminum components. A damaged fan blade may cause vibration, which can damage the bearings and radiator.

Seals & Gaskets A leaking valve cover and/or damaged pan gaskets or seals could contaminate the operating environment and result in costly forklift engine failure.

Freeze Plugs Coolant leakage via freeze plugs could result in loss of fluid and overheating damage to the engine and transmission.

Ring Power Lift Trucks make significant investments in professionally trained forklift service technicians, state-of-the-art diagnostic tools, completely stocked service vans and excellent parts inventory to help keep your forklifts on the job and being productive. In the long run, Ring Power Lift Trucks minimizes your risk and keeps your forklifts running at the lowest operating cost. Call 1-877-544-5438, click or e-mail to have your forklift’s engine system checked, serviced, or repaired.

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: 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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New Walkie Stackers from Mitsubishi Forklifts

August 7, 2009 at 11:04 AMRing Power
New Mistubishi Electric Walkie Stackers

Mitsubishi Forklift Trucks is pleased to introduce a new series of AC powered light-duty walkie stackers* (PWF11 and PWT11) to complement the already impressive line of products for warehouse applications. These units replace the previous DC powered light-duty walkie stackers (PMWF11N and PMWT11N). Some key improvements include AC power, dual lift/lower controls, larger capacity battery and the addition of a crawl speed feature.

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 Trucks has parts for nearly any make forklift including Toyota, Hyster, Yale, Mitsubishi, Linde, Crown and many other models of forklifts. We also provide a guaranteed 4-hour response time on forklift service and forklift repair. Click to visit our website or email us for more information.

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Forklift Forks: By The Numbers

August 3, 2009 at 8:33 AMRing Power

Facts and figures for Forklift Forks and Lift Chains forklift fork lift chains

3 PERCENT
The normal maximum percentage of elongation of a forklift’s lift chain is only 3%.

5 PERCENT
Five Percent is the maximum edge wear allowed of a forklift’s lift chain.

1.5X
A forklift’s fork-length is only permitted to be extended by 1.5 times the length of the original fork.

4 TYPES
Standard, square, tapered and round are 4 typical types of fork tips

20 PERCENT
A forklift’s capacity is reduced by 20% when the fork’s wear is reduced by as little as 10%.

25 PERCENT
Nearly 25% of all forklift forks in operation fail to meet safety criteria

THREE
Three most common failures of forks are cracked heels, worn heels, and unauthorized welds performed on the forks.

Remember, "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."

Call 1-888-699-7811, click or email to have your forklift's forks inspected by a trained Ring Power Lift Trucks’ representative and ensure safe operation of your material handling equipment.

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, Sarasota, St. Petersburg and Tallahassee. Ring Power Lift Trucks has parts for nearly any make forklift including Toyota, Hyster, Yale, Mitsubishi, Linde, Crown and many other models of forklifts. We also provide a guaranteed 4-hour response time on forklift service and forklift repair. Click to visit our website or email us for more information.

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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.

 

Don’t Let Your Electric Forklift Maintenance Give You Shock

July 9, 2009 at 10:29 AMRing Power
Electric Forklift Maintenance

Electric forklifts are ideal for working indoors in many type of businesses, as well as capable of being operated outdoors, typically only on dry, well paved surfaces. Electric forklifts are available in a wide range of capacities too. Although it is true that electric Electric Forklift Maintenanceforklifts have less moving parts and require less overall maintenance, but they are not totally maintenance free. Here are a seven tips to keep your electric forklift operating smoothly.

BATTERY A battery operating in extreme heat may cause internal components on your electric forklift to wear faster. A lift truck operating with less power than required can burn contactors which in turn can damage the motor and battery resulting in higher cost.

HYDRAULIC OIL Hydraulic oil breaks down chemically and accumulates contaminants over time regardless of engine hours. Heat cycles also break down additives in engine oil and deteriorate lubricating capabilities, which can result in accelerated wear of the forklift's hydraulic components.

CONTACTOR TIPS Worn contactor tips can stick and cause electric motors to stay in the “on” position. Failure to maintain tips can cause damage to motor and battery, resulting in higher cost.

MOTORS & BRUSHES Excessive dirt and debris could accelerate wear of motor components and damage the commutator or armature. A damaged commutator bar can accelerate wear on brushes.

SWITCHES Wear on hydraulic control switches may cause the hydraulic functions to operate improperly or not operate at all. The result could be unexpected downtime or damage to the product and/or front end components.

BRAKING SYSTEM A maladjusted braking system, including the parking brake actuation switch, may reduce power to motors or enable the lift truck to be driven with the brake applied, resulting in accelerated wear of brake components.

STEERING SYSTEM Wheel bearings, tie rods and other steer axle components wear over time. Excessive wear can result in a “loose” or “wandering” steering condition. Leaks can contaminate the operating environment.

FRONT END SYSTEM Worn or cracked forks can fail without warning. Chain worn beyond 2% should be replaced. Improper mast sequencing may prohibit the mast and rollers from operating smoothly. If fork heel thickness is reduced to 90% of original thickness, the lift truck should not return to service. Source: ASME B56.1 of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers Safety Standards for Low Lift and High Lift Trucks.

Contact Ring Power Lift Trucks or visit lifttrucks.ringpower.com for all of our Planned Maintenance programs for electric forklifts and internal combustion lift trucks. 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.

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Is your forklift's brake system protected?

June 11, 2009 at 9:17 AMRing Power
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Keep your forklift's brake system safe with these brake maintenance tips forklift brake maintenance

Many forklifts encounter harsh environmental conditions – such as extreme temperature changes and prolonged exposure to chemicals – shift after shift, day after day. This can accelerate the maintenance needs of your forklift's braking system and compromise the operation of your forklift. As a result, individual braking system components should be inspected on a regular basis to help minimize downtime and product damage.

  1. Brake Linings – Worn or damaged service brake linings could result in poor braking performance and damage to the brake drums.
  2. Brake Fluid Reservoir – Leakage from the forklift’s master cylinder fluid reservoir, fluid line or seals can lead to low or no fluid in the master cylinder and can impede proper braking.
  3. Brake Drums – Worn brake drums can accelerate wear of brake linings and result
  4. Drive Tires – Badly worn tires can result in loss of traction, stability and braking for your forklift. Foreign objects may cause tire damage and result in poor braking performance.
  5. Parking Brake Actuation Handle & Cable – A cracked or bent assembly of the parking brake handle can negatively impact brake operation. The parking brake cable can be damaged due to over-adjustment, which may cause the cable to stretch and function improperly.
  6. Parking Brake Caliper – The brake caliper found on some electric forklifts is subject to heat warpage if operated incorrectly. Worn discs may make it difficult to hold the lift truck on a grade.
  7. Brake Adjusters – Worn or damaged brake adjuster components, including springs and cables, can result in poor forklift braking performance.

Ring Power Lift Trucks make significant investments in professionally trained forklift service technicians, state-of-the-art diagnostic tools, completely stocked service vans and excellent parts inventory to help keep your lift trucks on the job and being productive. In the long run, Ring Power Lift Trucks minimizes your risk and keeps your lift trucks running at the lowest operating cost. Call 1-888-699-7811, click or email to order your brake components for your forklift.

We’re interested in hearing your thoughts on forklift brake maintenance – click the headline to leave a comment or send an email.

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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Forklift Cooling System Maintenance

May 22, 2009 at 8:01 AMRing Power
Forklift Cooling Systems

Why is your forklift's cooling system maintenance such a hot topic?   forklift cooling radiator

Shift after shift, forklifts can encounter extreme temperature changes and prolonged exposure to harsh chemicals. Operating under these conditions negatively affects the cooling system, often causing corrosion, heat cracking, dry rot, and chemical deterioration. As a result, overheating occurs. Individual forklift cooling system components should be inspected on a regular basis to help minimize downtime and product damage.

  1. A low coolant level reduces cooling capability. Coolant also deteriorates chemically over time, leading to damage of cooling system components.

  2. Non-OEM rubber hoses often soften and then collapse, reducing coolant flow. As a result, overheating can occur.

  3. A forklift with loose belts and worn pulleys can contribute to overheating due to slippage.

  4. Clogged, bent or damaged fins can restrict airflow through the radiator core, causing overheating damage to the engine and transmission.

  5. Loose or damaged fan blades can cause the fan to be out of balance and vibrate, damaging bearings and radiator.

  6. If the radiator tank pressure cap does not maintain the correct pressure, it will not allow the radiator to obtain the proper water flow — which can cause your forklift to overheat.

  7. Since the radiator cools transmission fluid, an inefficient or leaking cooling system can result in damage to the transmission.

 Some forklift operating environments or applications may require optional equipment. E-mail Ring Power Lift Trucks for complete details, order parts for your forklift or to schedule a service appointment.

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.