Ring Power News, Winter Edition

December 31, 2009 at 11:46 AMRing Power
The latest news, happenings and tips for your equipment from Ring Power Corporation.

To Our Customers… Ring Power News Cover

In these difficult economic times, not many companies are opening new facilities. However, to better serve our customers, Ring Power embarked on a long-term facility improvement plan in 2005, which has benefited every service area in our Florida sales territory.

The expansion and renovation projects continue to improve our ability to meet the needs of Ring Power customers and include the following:

New Construction
- 35,000-sq. ft. facility in Sarasota
- 27,237-sq. ft. facility in North Jacksonville
- 29,787-sq. ft. facility in Midway, near Tallahassee
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42,449-sq. ft. facility in Pompano Beach for Ring Power Crane and Ring Power Lift Trucks

Renovations & Expansions
- Tampa administrative offices and service bays
- 7,700-sq. ft. crane service facility expansion in Union City, Ga.
- Expansion of the heavy equipment service shop and renovation of the administrative facilities in Orlando and Palm Bay
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The newest construction project, completed this summer, is the new facility located in Lakeland, which replaced the aging building in nearby Mulberry (see article on page 7 for details).

Our investment in facility improvements is a testament to Ring Power’s long-term commitment to providing Ring Power customers the best product, parts and service and maintaining Ring Power’s standing as an industry leader well into the future.

Sincerely,

Randal R. Ringhaver

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In This Issue of Ring Power News  (click to open ---> RPN_Winter_2009_low.pdf (2.16 mb) )

Customer Profiles
- Flying High – Flightstar Aircraft Services - Success is Taking Off
- Lakeland Power Plant Gets New Cat 992K Front End Loader
- All in the Family – Goodwin Brothers Keeping it That Way Since 1987

Division News
- On-Highway Truck Parts & Services Shifts Into Overdrive, Servicing All Makes and Models Diesel Truck Engines
- New Facility–Now Open for Business in Lakeland
- New Faces in New Places

Product Reports
- RoGator Agriculturual Sprayer Receives Some New Creature Comforts
- Forklift Smackdown: Electric Forklift vs. Internal Combustion Forklift
- Air Time – Sullair Introduces New ShopTek™ Air Compressors
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Falcon Tanks: Phoenix Products Newest Product Line Takes Flight

UpTime
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Manage Your Construction Equipment’s Cost Per Hour

Ring Power is north and central Florida's Caterpillar Dealer and encompasses 44 counties. Headquartered in St. Augustine, Ring Power is comprised of seven divisions and has more than 40 years of experience selling, servicing and supporting Caterpillar and allied equipment. Ring Power News is produced for customers, friends and associates of Ring Power Corporation. Your comments, ideas and suggestions are welcome. Please submit correspondence to:

Ring Power News Editor
Ring Power Corporation
PO Box 45022
Jacksonville, FL 32232-5022

or click to send an email to: info@ringpower.com

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Diesel Particulate Filter Cleaning for Buses, Tractor Trailer Rigs and On-highway Trucks

December 28, 2009 at 11:25 AMRing Power
Diesel Particulate Filter DPF Cleaning

Lately, there has plenty of discussion regarding the EPA emissions requirements for on-highway diesel engines. The use of a pollution control device called a diesel particulate filter or DPF is one way to reduce diesel engine pollution emitted from buses, heavy-duty trucks, tractor-trailer rigs and on-highway trucks. diesel particulate filter DPF cleaner

What is a Diesel Particulate Filter?

Diesel Particulate Filter or DPF for short, is a filter designed to remove particulate and soot from the exhaust gas of a diesel engine. All on-highway diesel engines sold as 2007 model or newer must have a Diesel Particulate Filter installed.

How does the DPF function?

Every on-highway truck that has a DPF installed also has regeneration light on the dashboard. As long as the truck is going faster than 20 mph when the filter gets full, the engine will do an automatic regeneration and burn off the collected particulate. What is left in the filter is a small amount of soot or ash, similar to the ash in a fireplace. If the truck sits at idle for long periods then the light on the dash will come on, alerting the driver to perform a manual regeneration.

The more ash collected in the filter, the less time required between regeneration intervals. As the diesel particulate filter becomes clogged, the diesel engine will begin losing power. Warning lights will alert the driver and if the driver does not get the filter cleaned the engine will shut off completely.

How much is a new Diesel Particulate Filter?

The cost for a new Diesel Particulate Filter varies between $5,000 and $10,000.

Can a DPF be cleaned?

Yes. A DPF is a filter and all filters eventually clog. A diesel particulate filter traps all of the particulate matter (PM) or NOx before exhausted out into the atmosphere. The engine goes through a regeneration process that essentially burns the collected particulate matter at a temperature of about 1500° F. Avoid expensive DPF replacement costs by cleaning your diesel particulate filter. Regular DPF cleaning extends the life of your filter and keeps your diesel engine running at peak performance power.

How often should a DPF be cleaned?

Cleaning a Diesel Particulate Filter depends on the engine manufacturer’s recommendations. Volvo, Cummins, Caterpillar, GMC and Detroit Diesel all have different recommendations for cleaning the DPF used with their diesel engines. Please click here to see our brochure for details.

What are some engine conditions that probably mean it is time for a DPF cleaning?

• Turbo failure
• Excessive regenerations
• Sluggish power

Click here for more information on DPF cleaning and additional truck repair and truck maintenance or send an email to schedule a DPF cleaning appointment.

Our on-highway truck parts and services include repairs to air compressors, air conditioning & heating, alternators & starters, axles, batteries, brakes, clutches, drivelines, electrical instruments & controls, engine cooling & radiators, exhaust, fuel system, steering, suspension, throttle control, transmission, windshields, wipers & washer, wiring. Click for locations and contact information or email us here.

Ring Power’s Full Service Truck Repair facilities are located throughout north and central Florida in St. Augustine, Tallahassee, Perry, Lake City, Lakeland, Jacksonville, Gainesville, Ocala, Daytona Beach, Brooksville, Orlando, Tampa, and Palm Bay. Our services include repairs, or maintenance on all makes of buses, RVs, on-highway trucks, tractor trailer rigs and all types of diesel engines. 

Sullair Air Compressor Air Quality: One of the Best

December 7, 2009 at 12:12 PMRing Power
Sullair air compressor air quality

The Sullair System's Air Quality is one of the best in the industry.  Sullair Air Compressor Optimizer

The Sullair System matches a Sullair air compressor, a Sullair dryer and Sullair filters. Sullair assures that its System will meet specific performance levels through its operational life. Sullair offers a one-year test/review period, backed by a purchase refund guarantee, to verify the air cmopressor performance and the air system.

Lowest Fluid Carryover
While others claim a low carryover of 5 ppm (parts per million) or more, Sullair's single-stage air compressor offer a carryover rate of less than 1 pppm–the lowest in the industry. Sullair's Multi-Stage Separation (MSS), uses a sump design, which allows use of oversized dual nested separators.

Sullair Optimizer™ Air/Fluid Separator
A high-efficiency separator that will pay for itself during the life of the separator in reduced compressor fluid carryover and electrical power consumption.

The Sullair Critical Air Quality Guarantee
The compressed air from this Sullair Air Compressor System exceeds the ISO standard (ISO 8573.1, Class1 for oil vapor and Class 2 for Particulate). The system includes a Sullair air compressor, Sullair dryer, and Sullair SCF, SCH, and SCC; or PF, PH, and PC air filters. The odor-free compressed air from this air compressor system contains particulates no larger than 0.01 micron, including water, and oil aerosol content of 0.01 ppm by weight (ppm/w) @ 70
°F. The remaining oil vapor content is less than 0.003 ppm/w.

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 service the Miami and Pompano Beach, Orlando, Tampa, Jacksonville and Tallahassee areas. We carry electric and diesel 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.

These systems are not intended to remove carbon monoxide, methyl isocynate or other noxious, corrosive or toxic gases, vapors or fumes. The system does not provide breathing air.

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Ring Power Employees Spread Holiday Spirit to American Soldiers in Iraq and Afghanistan

December 2, 2009 at 10:42 AMRing Power

St. Augustine, FL; December 1, 2009 – For the eighth consecutive year, employees of Ring Power Corporation, north and central Florida's Caterpillar dealer, joined forces to bring holiday cheer to U.S. troops serving in Iraq and Afghanistan. This year, "Christmas for the Troops" netted 154 individual military APO/FPO flat rate boxes containing snacks, candies, toiletries, games, CDs, books, magazines and gun oil. According to Senior Accounting Clerk Dorothy Case, who spearheads the annual drive, "For those who are serving in harm’s way, those items are a real treat."

On November 19, the packages shipped out of the St. Augustine USPS branch to four military units with a special connection to the Ring Power "family:"

Sgt. Philip Wessels, son of VP/Entertainment Services Division GM Phil Wessels, received 15 care packages to share with his U.S. Army Special Forces unit deployed in Iraq.

Marine Cpl. Kory Diley, son of Cat Rental Store Executive Secretary Nikki McDaniel, received 48 care packages for his Special Operations unit in Afghanistan.

Sgt. Bobby Hendrix, brother of Soyna White, who works in the Credit Department, received 76 care packages for his Army National Guard unit, ARSIC-East Echo Company, serving in Afghanistan.

Staff Sgt. Sean Wright, son of Cat Rental Store Administrative Assistant Sheryl Hand and Warranty Department Administrator Wendel Hand, received 15 care packages for his Army Special Forces unit, also deployed in Afghanistan.

Ring Power Corporation, the Cat dealer for north and central Florida, is proud to support its employees’ loved ones, who so bravely serve our country.

 

Unprecedented Forklift Customer Support

November 23, 2009 at 11:29 AMRing Power
Forklift support and service

Ring Power Lift Trucks committed to first-class forklift support and service. Forklift Service and Support

Dear Business Partner,

As Director of Ring Power Lift Trucks, I want to send this personal message of thanks and assurance that our commitment to your complete satisfaction remains stronger than ever. I understand this has been a difficult year for all of our customers in the material handling industry.

Our goal is to build an unprecedented level of customer satisfaction by being the "best-in-class" when providing you with forklifts and material handling equipment, forklift service and support. We will achieve this by creating a business culture in which knowledgeable, driven employees can thrive in today’s business climate.

We clearly understand that the success of our business depends ultimately on the success of yours. As your business partner, we expect you to let us know ways we can improve our service to you, and when we get it right too. Please feel free to contact me or any Ring Power Lift Trucks employee with feedback or visit our website. We will be listening!

On behalf of the entire Ring Power Lift Trucks division, I thank you for your loyalty and extend you our best wishes for a happy holiday season and a profitable 2010.

Curtis McClellan
Director-Senior Vice President
Ring Power Lift Trucks


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, Sarasota, Tampa, Ocala 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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Is Your Forklift’s Hydraulic System Protected?

November 16, 2009 at 4:44 PMRing Power
forklift hydraulic troubleshooting

The hydraulic system of your forklift is the heart and lifeblood of your forklift. A forklift with a hydraulic contamination can result in extensive damage and extended forklift downtime – and downtime means less productivity and material handling moving. Use these forklift hydraulic systemtips from Ring Power Lift Trucks to keep your forklift healthy and operating smoothly.

  1. Hydraulic Control Valve
    Incorrect hydraulic pressure can damage seals and restrict lift capacity. External leaks from the control valve and other sealed areas can contaminate the operating environment, accelerate component wear and reduce performance.
  2. Lift Cylinder
    Lift cylinder oil leaks could result in load drift problems and contamination of the operating environment. Low fluid can accelerate wear of a forklift’s hydraulic components. Leaks can occur externally or internally within the cylinder. Be watchful of hydraulic oil on the ground or on components.
  3. Tilt Cylinder
    Tilt cylinder oil leaks could cause uncontrolled mast movement and contamination of the operating environment. Low fluid can accelerate wear of hydraulic components. Leaks can occur externally.
  4. Hydraulic Hoses and Auxiliary Lines
    Missing or damaged forklift hoses, tubes, lines and/or retainers could result in routing and interference problems. Bent or damaged hydraulic hose sheaves can damage the hoses. Both can result in oil leakage into the operating environment.
  5. Hydraulic Fluid
    Low fluid levels or heavy particles in the hydraulic oil can accelerate wear of the hydraulic pump and other hydraulic system components. Check the forklift’s hydraulic fluid reservoir and maintain proper levels.
  6. Hydraulic Filter
    A forklift with a clogged suction strainer or return filter restricts oil flow, increases the forklift’s system pressure and accelerates wear of internal hydraulic components, all of which can lead to premature system failure.
  7. Steering System
    Leaking steering cylinders and/or hydraulic connections may contaminate the operating environment and result in loss of steering. Low fluid levels can accelerate hydraulic component wear.

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 services and repairs all makes of forklifts including Toyota, Hyster, Yale, Crown, Nissan and others. Click to schedule a service appointment.

Controlling Energy Costs

November 11, 2009 at 2:27 PMRing Power
how to save energy costs with Sullair Air Compressors

Sullair Air Compressors with VCC cuts energy costs dramatically 

Lower Maintenance
As a result of Sullair Air Compressor's rugged, time-proven design, the Variable Capacity Control or VCC requires only minimum maintenance  for optimum performance. There are no troublesome belst or expensive bull gear arrangements to wear out or to replace. 

Part Load Capacityair compressor load performance chart
The chart at right shows how a Sullair rotary screw air compressor with variable displacement reduces power consumption as the air compressor load drops. More importantly, it illustrates the substantial power savings at part-load when compared to other capacity control systems.

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 service the Miami and Pompano Beach, Orlando, Tampa, Jacksonville and Tallahassee areas. We carry electric and diesel 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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Phoenix Products to Attend POWER-GEN International

November 9, 2009 at 4:24 PMRing Power

Ring Power Corporation’s Phoenix Products division will represent our company at this year’s 2009 POWER-GEN International tradeshow in Las Vegas, Nevada from December 8th until December 10th.

For the last two decades, POWER-GEN International has been the most widely recognized and largest power generation event in the world. POWER-GEN is designed to connect Phoenix Products with influential decision-makers and buyers.More than 18,000 power professionals will attend this conference and exhibition for three days of information exchange about our products and services. Exhibitors and attendees will share practical experiences, knowledge and ideas on the latest power industry trends and challenges.

Look for Phoenix Products at Booth #C4-157.

Phoenix Products specializes in the manufacture of generators set enclosures, fuel storage tanks, electrical control panels, and insulation blankets for exhaust systems as well as metal stairs and platforms. Envirovault, PowerTank and FireSteel are all UL listed industry leading fuel storage tanks built by Phoenix Products. Genset packaging from enclosures to installed generator sets and sub-base fuel tank assemblies are all built in compliance with the National Electric Code (NEC) and National Fire Protection Association (NFPA). Phoenix Products has offices in Jacksonville, Florida and Oakdale, California. Please visit their website at http://phoenixprods.com/.

Sullair Air Compressors Reduce Your Life Cycle Costs

November 4, 2009 at 10:02 AMRing Power
Life Cycle Cost Savings with Sullair Single Stage Compressors

Air Compressor Life Cycle Costs  Business Operating Expenses

According to Best Practices for Compressed Air Systems, Compressed Air Challenge, Second Edition, 2007, energy costs now represent 82-percent of the total operating expenses. Energy savings from Sullair’s single-stage air compressors significantly reduce life cycle costs.

Sullair’s Single-stage Compressors significantly reduce operating and energy costs over the entire compressor life cycle. Contributing to the energy savings are:

  • Sullair’s proven air end with the low restriction inlet valve
  • High efficiency fan
  • Low pressure drop air-fluid separation system to prevent energy loss

Sullair air compressors designs deliver cost savings for the life of the product. Improved air filtration translates into:

  • Extended separator life
  • Improved fluid filter life
  • Less Lubricant contamination

And to reduce fluid disposal costs, Sullair air compressor offers biodegradable Sullube™ 8000-hour fluid, or 24KT™, a long-life fluid that never needs changing.

Utilizing the most modern technologies, equipment and advanced manufacturing techniques, Sullair Air Compressors designs, manufactures, assembles, and test the most innovative compressed air products in the industry. Sullair air compressors are known around the world for their universally applicable design, outstanding craftsmanship and superior quality.

Ring Power is Florida’s leading supplier of air compressors, air tools, air compressor parts and service for over 45 years. We represent the finest electric compressors and diesel air compressor products in the industry with names like Sullair, Hurricane, and Belaire. And with over 450 used and new air compressors and accessories in our inventory, Ring Power is certain to handle even the largest air compressor project. Portable or industrial compressed air, high-pressure, or ultra high-pressure, one call solves your compressed air needs.

 

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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