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.

 

 

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's Major Component Rebuild Center Achieves Timken Certification

November 5, 2014 at 3:54 PMRing Power

Ring Power’s Major Component Rebuild Center in St. Augustine, Fla., recently became “Timken Bearing Certified.” This designation was awarded after a rigorous evaluation by a Timken engineer documented the quality of processes and equipment in place to properly store, remove, install and maintain bearings. Timken Bearing Certification is only awarded to shops that adhere to the highest standards in bearing service. The Timken Certification is a specialized requirement from certain Department of Defense agencies, NASA and manufacturers who must adhere to the most critical tolerances and quality processes. Congratulations to the MCRC team on achieving this outstanding recognition.

Ring Power's specialization shops in St. Augustine and Tampa offer more than 61,000 square feet of work area combined, and 23 Caterpillar® certified technicians working two full-time shifts on Engine, Transmission and Torque Converter Rebuilds; Power Train Component Rebuilds; and Engine Component Services. 

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A New Purpose in (Second) Life: Meet the Gyp-Gator

July 29, 2013 at 9:33 AMRing Power

So what do you do for a customer when nobody really makes the perfect tool for the job? 

Simple. If you are Ring Power, you  build a new tool. 

TECO’s Gypsum facility at their Big Bend Power Station was using another brand’s machines that were built for coal applications. They were doing the job, but not living up to expectations in ability or reliability.  So when it came time to replace them, they started looking for better options. 

Ring Power’s Tampa branch – just about 4 miles from the power plant – happened to have a couple broker-owned 834G Wheel Dozers from South America on their lot (awaiting rebuild for resale.)  Larry Purdue (Ring Power’s Vice President Service Operations Manager of Heavy Equipment) and James Scarpo (the Tampa branch’s Heavy Equipment Sales Manager)  saw this as an opportunity.

They approached TECO Fleet Manager Tim Muncy, and he shared his expectations and the job’s demands.

The result was a second-life rebuild with more than 40 configuration changes, by project team Scott Rajzer (FS Tech I), Pat Woolsey (Tech I), Bobby Curtis (Apprentice Tech) and Sammy Simmons (Assistant Manager). Many of the modifications were to address the weight and density of gypsum.

“Gypsum is up to 85 pounds per cubic foot, but all the other machines were made for coal, which is only 55 pounds per cubic foot,” explained TECO Fleet Manager Tim Muncy.

The hydraulic system was completely redesigned and an additional hydraulic tower added (because the job required scooping and lifting to move the material); weight was reallocated on the frame; the torque converter was changed to a lockup style (to lock the scoop and load in place while moving); the mainframe and wiring were updated; and finally the unit was fitted with a specially modified scoop.

“The guys over at Ring Power modified a 30-yard coal bucket down to 20 yards for us,” said Muncy. “They also added weight to the frame for better balance … I have nothing but good things to say about this project.”

Caterpillar provided engineering assistance on the project from the beginning to facilitate the equipment’s conversion from a wheel dozer to a scoop configuration.

The Gyp-Gator operator, Evaristo Hernandez of Moretrench (contractor for TECO) added “The new machine is very nice. Plenty of power … PLENTY!”

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New Ring Power Miami Facility Opens

February 11, 2013 at 12:08 PMRing Power

Ring Power MiamiOur Miami operations have moved to a larger facility in Doral, Fla., near the Palmetto Expressway. The new Ring Power location, which opened for business Feb. 4, now offers: non-Cat parts, service, sales and rental of forklifts, cranes and air compressors and will serve both domestic and export customers.

The new facility is located at:

3400 NW 77th Court, Doral, FL 33122

Phone (305) 477-8656

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Ring Power to Host 20th Annual Master Electrician Association Dinner

November 1, 2012 at 8:16 AMRing Power

 

Thursday, December 13, 2012

If you would like to get involved with the Jacksonville Master Electrician Association or

be personally invited to this event please contact: Keith Moore

S.O.S. Fluid Analysis Health Check

August 15, 2012 at 5:26 PMRing Power

S.O.S. Fluid Analysis. 1 of 5 Condition Monitoring Tools that measure’s your equipment’s health. Like taking blood samples at the doctor to monitor certain diseases and conditions, our Ring Power Lab Technicians take fluid samples from your equipment to detect wear, unwanted chemicals, and loss of lubrication (Oil Condition).

S.O.S.℠ Fluid Analysis Benefits include:

Sophisticated analysis –comprehensive oil and coolant analysis available.

Sampling kits make it easy – We supply sampling kits and the training.

Customer Support Agreement – Includes sampling and analysis

Electronic Reports – Timely reports and recommendations delivered online.

Visit S.O.S. service page for more information

 

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Vote for Ring Power in the Business Journal's Social Madness Contest

June 7, 2012 at 10:00 AMRing Power

Vote Now! Social Madness

Voting officially began June 1 for American City Business Journals’ Social Madness competition to find out which local companies are the best at social media. Help us show that WE are the best!

The first phase of voting continues through June 18, so be sure to vote for your favorite Northeast Florida business (Ring Power Corporation!) and support us further by following us on LinkedIn and Twitter, and liking our Facebook company page.

To vote for us, follow one of two instructions:

1. Simply click on the link below, go to the "Large Companies" section and click "Vote" next to our name. (You will be asked to key in an authorization code to make sure you're human.) 

http://www.bizjournals.com/jacksonville/exclusives/socialmadness

2. Visit www.ringpower.com and click on the "VOTE" button in the bottom, right hand corner labeled "#social madness challenge". 

Show Ring Power your support today, we need your help!

Ring Power® Celebrates 50 Years as Full-Line Caterpillar® Dealer

March 26, 2012 at 10:21 AMRing Power
This month Ring Power Corporation, in St. Augustine, Florida, celebrates 50 years as a full-line dealer of Caterpillar earthmoving, engine and material handling equipment.

Ring Power Corporation proudly announces their 50-year, golden anniversary as a Caterpillar dealership in Florida. In 1961, L.C. Ringhaver, the owner of the world’s largest shrimp boat manufacturer, Diesel Engine Sales, Inc. (DESCO), acquired the Caterpillar engine dealership rights from Jacksonville-based Gibbs Corporation. Originally established in St. Augustine, Fla., Ring Power Corp. was founded to sell and service Cat® marine engines to Northeast Florida’s thriving shrimp trawler industry. 

Following the death of Cat dealer Lobrano Machinery Company’s president and owner, Tom Lobrano, Ring Power Corporation was awarded the dealer territory in Jacksonville, Ocala and Tallahassee, Fla. for the full line of Caterpillar equipment in March of 1962. 

For the next 14 years, L.C. Ringhaver successfully developed the North Florida Caterpillar dealership, Ring Power Corporation, into a customer-focused, service-oriented establishment. Upon L.C. Ringhaver’s death in 1976, his eldest son, Lance Ringhaver, assumed leadership of the company as President and Chairman, a role he would retain until his acquisition of the Central Florida Caterpillar dealership, Rozier Machinery, 10 years later.

In 1986, Caterpillar awarded the Central Florida dealership rights to the Ringhavers. Lance Ringhaver moved to Tampa, Fla. to start a new dealership, Ringhaver Equipment Company, while Randy Ringhaver took leadership of Ring Power Corporation in Jacksonville. For nearly two decades, both Cat dealerships continued to flourish, taking on new business opportunities and products such as an expanded power systems line, rental equipment operations, forklifts, cranes, air compressors and utility equipment, all backed by parts and product support.

In 2004, Ringhaver Equipment Company and Ring Power Corporation officially merged into one consolidated company with Randy Ringhaver as Chairman and President of the new Ring Power Corporation. The combined Cat dealership territory now consists of 44 counties throughout North and Central Florida.

Ring Power Corporation, the North and Central Florida Caterpillar dealer, is headquartered in St. Augustine, Florida. Ring Power is comprised of eight divisions and has 50 years of experience servicing and supporting Caterpillar and allied equipment.