Ring Power Corporation Offers Complete Gas-to-Energy Solutions

November 19, 2013 at 12:15 PMRing Power

After a thorough assessment of market conditions and the growing demand for clean, alternative sources of energy, Ring Power Corporation’s Power Systems division has formed a Gas Energy Business unit to market the Cat-branded line of gas engine generators and full service solutions for gas-to-energy power projects.

Jake Jacobsen

Jake Jacobsen, a degreed electrical engineer, has assumed the role of Gas Energy Account Manager to lead this enterprise. Prior to this appointment, Jacobsen spent 15 years with the Caterpillar Electric Power division, where he served in a variety of product engineering capacities, most recently as customer service and product support manager for the Cat Gas products.

Ring Power Corporation has also named Nick Chiarugi as Gas Energy Sales Engineer. He will report to Jacobsen at Ring Power’s World Commerce Center headquarters. Chiarugi, a Power Systems sales representative for Ring Power since 2011, holds a degree in mechanical engineering from Mississippi State University.

Nick Chiarugi

Together the Gas Energy Business team will target the engineering, industrial, commercial, healthcare, institutional, governmental, and waste management sectors throughout north and central Florida whose power projects stand to benefit from the load management, peak shaving, combined heat and power, distributed generation, and renewable energy opportunities offered by gas-to-energy technology.

Ring Power is no newcomer to this technology. In the 1980s, as part of a concerted effort to increase awareness and sales of electric power generation systems, Ring Power built a co-generation power plant for its own use, to demonstrate the market potential. After that, Ring Power engineered and installed a co-gen plant that made a large regional shopping mall entirely energy self-sufficient. Another co-gen power plant, originally built and sold by Ring Power in the 1960s (and re-powered in the ’80s) still serves a downtown Jacksonville hospital today.

Ring Power VP/New Engine Business Manager Keith Moore is committed to making Ring Power the recognized leader in the gas-to-energy business in North America and beyond. “Our Power Systems division plans to remain at the forefront as more companies invest in gas engines and gas-to-energy technology as a cleaner, more efficient fuel alternative,” he said.

The gas-to-energy business complements the suite of products and services offered by the Power Systems division, which include turnkey installations, complete modular packaging, end-to-end engineering, build-own-operate options, product support, maintenance and operating contracts, and financing.

About Ring Power Corporation

Ring Power® Corporation, North and Central Florida’s Caterpillar® dealer, is headquartered in St. Augustine, Fla. Ring Power is comprised of eight divisions and has more than 50 years of experience servicing and supporting Cat® products and allied equipment. To learn more about Ring Power’s Gas to Energy initiative, please contact Vice President/New Engine Business Manager Keith Moore at 904-494-1269 or keith.moore@ringpower.com or Gas Energy Account Manager Jake Jacobsen at 904-494-7664 or jake.jacobsen@ringpower.com.  For information about the company’s Power Systems division, visit www.ringpower-systems.com.

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The Rook Featured at 31st Annual SWAT Round-Up International

November 19, 2013 at 10:18 AMRing Power

Ring Power Tactical Solutions was on hand for the 31st Annual Swat Round-up International in Orlando, Fla., Nov. 11-14th.

More than just a training event, the SWAT Round-Up was an opportunity for operators across the globe to come together as one and learn from each other. Law enforcement teams competed in numerous training events simulating real life scenarios. Other training events emphasized weapon expertise and physical fitness.

In addition to the many training opportunities available, Law enforcement personnel from around the world had the opportunity to meet and talk with Ring Power’s Tactical Solutions team and see The Rook Armored Critical Incident Vehicle in person. Attendees were impressed with The Rook’s versatility and other capabilities. Several even inquired about obtaining one for their agency.

About The Rook Armored Critical Incident Vehicle

The Rook Vehicle is custom designed and fabricated by Ring Power Corporation, the North and Central Florida Caterpillar® dealer. Utilizing the powerful Cat® 287C Multi-Terrain Loader with 84 gross HP engine, 13,000 lbs. operating weight, rugged wide rubber tracks, dual joystick controls, and enclosed cab with air conditioning/heat and operator comfort seat, custom installed bullet-proof glass, and NIJ Level IV armor cab reinforcement fabrication.

When law enforcement officers are called to any emergency situation - they are prepared for the worst case scenario. Whether dealing with a hostage rescue, barricaded suspects, riot scene, or natural disaster having the right defensive equipment is critical. The Rook is custom designed with mission specific attachments that increase job safety, while also improving the ease and speed of changing attachments.

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Florida tomato grower takes delivery of new forklifts

November 6, 2013 at 4:42 PMRing Power

West Coast Tomato GM Don Hall poses proudly with the first four Cat lift trucks delivered in September, lined up and ready to go to work.

West Coast Tomato LLC, a long-standing customer of Ring Power Lift Trucks, took delivery of 12 new forklifts by Cat Lift Trucks at their Palmetto, Fla. packing plant in September and October. Included in the purchase were four C5000-LE’s, one C4000-LE and seven C3500-LE’s. It’s easy to see why they need so many forklifts. The first company to detect and sort out defective fruit with the aid of technology rather than manual labor, West Coast Tomato produces about five million boxes of tomatoes annually!

The customer’s order originally called for 10 new Cat trucks, but they were so pleased with their first delivery and with Ring Power’s customer service, they decided to go all in and ordered two more.

Ring Power Lift Trucks is Florida's premier material handling equipment and forklift dealer, with ten conveniently located forklift facilities. Choose a new forklift or used forklift, to fit your budget. We supply forklift parts and service no matter what make or model forklift you own.

 

 

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Customer Dubs New Air Compressor System “The Pride of the Facility”

November 4, 2013 at 11:18 AMRing Power

Ring Power’s air compressor team recently completed the Sullair Air Compressor Unitssale and startup of six new Sullair rotary screw air compressors at PCS Phosphate’s Suwannee River Chemical Plant. For PCS, this upgrade was the silver lining following Tropical Storm Debby, which damaged the plant’s Ingersoll Rand units in June 2012.

Within 24 hours of the storm, Ring Power's compressed air experts responded with rental compressors that supported the plant's production throughout the design and purchasing phase of the project. In addition to replacing seven old IR units, the new system required three new 8,000-gallon receiver tanks and a flow controller, also purchased from Ring Power.

Ring Power is Florida's supplier of new and used air compressors for sale or rent, air tools, air compressor parts and service.

 

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Ring Power’s Orlando Generator Service Techs are “..absolutely the best..”

October 11, 2013 at 9:51 AMRing Power

Ring Power’s Orlando Generator Service Techs are “..absolutely the best..”  To find out why, read the letter below from Patrick Barker, Senior Facilities Managers at Jones Lang LaSalle Americas, Inc. L-R-  Orlando Generator Service Techs Chris Smith, Rob McKee and Frank Smith


FROM:                  Patrick Barker

TO:                        Ed Edwards

SUBJECT:             Annual PM/Load Bank

Ed,

It's important to note that the generator mechanics [technicians] that you have working on our equipment are absolutely the best that I've had the pleasure to work with. They are always on time, they are very good natured and have never done anything but perform their work with a high degree of professionalism and superior competence. Frank [Smith], Chris [Smith] and Rob [McKee] did a great job and Rob followed through once again this past Saturday mending the control board and ensuring that the ALC technician got what he needed to complete his task.

I really appreciate everything your crew brings to the table, and just felt compelled to pass along my most sincere gratitude to you and your entire team.

Sincerely,
Patrick L. Barker, Senior Facilities Manager
Jones Lang LaSalle Americas, Inc.

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Job Well Done: Kudos to CRS Field Service Technician Jesse Judd

October 10, 2013 at 8:20 AMRing Power

Cat Rental Store Field Service Technician Jesse Judd helped one customer identify and fix a small problem before it became a big one. To learn more about Jesse’s commitment to providing the best service, read the letter below from James Kummer, Polk County Parks Construction Manager.

FROM:             James Kummer

TO:                 Matt Burroughs

SUBJECT:         Kudos for Troubleshooting

Gentlemen,
 
Our new 299 compact loader developed a problem of automatic braking during operation. Jessie Judd investigated the problem this morning [Sept. 9] and nailed it. Diagnostics did not reveal problem so he assimilated running a pattern to surface malfunction. He determined it was electrical by watching panel’s reaction while in running mode. He then performed wiring trace and found that one cable that tees off of battery terminal was loose enough to break contact during operations. This may sound simple now that it has been discovered but could have led to an ongoing chronic problem that very well could have caused more damage to unit because it was not an evident problem. It was Jessie Judd’s expertise and dedicated diligence to pursue and eradicate problem that impressed me.  He possesses outstanding customer service skills as well. Please take the time to recognize and commend him for a job well done.
 
James Kummer, Parks Construction Manager
Polk County Parks & Natural Resources

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Ring Power Truck Shop Technicians Save RV Trip

October 9, 2013 at 9:09 AMRing Power

It was just another day on the job for Ring Power Truck Shop Service Technician Randy Underhill and Service Leadman Dan Delgross. But their skills and determination to provide top-notch service saved one customers trip. To hear more about the level of service provided, read this letter recently received from RV owner Edward Schwartz.

Ring Power services and repairs all makes and models including: RVs, buses, fire trucks, tractor trailers, moving trucks, EMS trucks, etc.

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Job Well Done: Kudos to CRS Field Service Tech Chris Shannon

October 8, 2013 at 1:54 PMRing Power

Yesterday marked the start of National Customer Service Week. This week we wanted to take the time to recognize just a few of our employees who go the extra mile to get the job done. Below is a letter we recently received from MacCurrach Golf Construction Inc., commending Cat Rental Store Field Service Technician Chris Shannon on a job well done. 

FROM:                  Hamish MacLean

TO:                      Tim Morgan

SUBJECT:             CRS Field Service

Dear Tim,

 I’d like to compliment you on one of your employees, Chris Shannon, for the excellent service he has provided to us. He has helped me out of jams time and time again.

I have always been pleased with the service I receive from Ring Power, however Chris’s professionalism and ability to diagnose and repair our equipment quickly always exceeds my expectations.

Such a commitment to great customer service is to be commended. You can be sure that I will continue to do business with Ring Power for years to come.

All service departments should strive to be as good as not only your [Pecan Park] shop, but also the St. Augustine, Orlando and Tampa service departments.

 Sincerely,

Hamish MacLean

MacCurrach Golf Construction, Inc.

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Custom Cat Conveyor Creation Built to Quench Bay Area’s Thirst

September 27, 2013 at 11:54 AMRing Power

It’s half Cat … half conveyor.  It used to be a 365CL hydraulic excavator, but now it is a custom delivery system built for the renovation of the 15.5 billion-gallon C.W. Bill Young Regional Reservoir southeast of Tampa. 

The machine will deliver “soil cement” mixture that is used to construct a stepped erosion barrier protecting the reservoir’s earthen berm retaining walls. However, getting the wet cement mix up to the top of the nearly 20-degree incline is only part of the payoff.

Ring Power worked with Kiewit Infrastructure group to modify several links in a chain of pieces required to deliver the material precisely. And as far as supply lines go, this one’s a doosy.

First, the wet soil cement mixture – produced at a plant built on the floor of the emptied reservoir — will  be loaded into one of six Cat 740B Ejector Trucks that Kiewit purchased for the project.  The trucks transport the material to a Gomaco 9500 Placer with a receiving hopper that has been modified (by Ring Power) to lock the ejector truck to the hopper for controlled transfer of the cement mix. 

The placer then deposits the cement (via its own 40-foot conveyor) into a Maxon hopper affixed to a trailer towed 80 feet behind the Cat 365CL. The Maxon hopper provides a constant stream of cement on to an 80-foot conveyor that is linked to a “chute” atop the  Cat 365CL’s 150-foot-extendable RCC Conveyor.  All the while, all of these machines are in motion, progressing along the 5 miles of retaining wall.

Got all that?

The beauty of the system is that the Cat 365CL can travel along the flat base of the berm and use the articulation of the conveyor to deliver the cement to the precise location on the inclined berm that the crews are forming the stepped  barrier.  As the crews progress, the conveyor can extend, retract, rotate or elevate to match their position.

Ring Power made several additions to the Cat 365CL that Kiewit provided; pumps and motors to drive the 24-inch wide conveyor belt; rubber pads to the tracks for stability and to protect cement on the skirt of the erosion barrier. However the core components and drive mechanisms of the Cat 365CL are unchanged. 

RCC Conveyors provided much of the engineering support for this unique project.  While this is the first time this type of project has been undertaken on a Cat 365, RCC Conveyors has done smaller systems mounted on Cat 345s.

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The wheels of progress are aluminum … and pneumatic

September 26, 2013 at 11:42 AMRing Power

While his wife was distracted attending law school, John Stiefel built a furnace.

Not to warm their home, but to smelt scrap metal.  Built on a trailer, he towed it to scrap yards and converted aluminum scrap into ingots that could be resold for higher profit. John Stiefel

Now he melts scrap aluminum wheels and makes them into … new wheels.

“We have developed a proprietary recycling process that doesn’t damage or degrade the aluminum as we smelt it,” John Stiefel explains. “And that superior product can be used – unaltered – to produce new wheels.”

Stiefel has two companies in Dade City, Fla. Stiefel Aluminum acquires scrap aluminum wheels and smelts them.  Some of the aluminum is made into ingots for resale, but the rest is transported to his other company, SB Manufacturing, which produces aftermarket and “replica” wheels to replace damaged OEM wheels. 

“Customers were buying our ingots to make them into new wheels,” said Stiefel.  “Which made us realize we could do the same thing and skip cooling, transporting and re-melting ingot completely.”

Ring Power Partner

The foundry, Stiefel Aluminum, started as a Ring Power Lift Trucks service customer, eventually buying a couple of forklifts to move product and lift it into the furnaces.

With the addition of SB Manufacturing, there was the need to transport a crucible of molten aluminum to the casting machinery – to accomplish this, SB Manufacturing purchased a new Cat 12,000 lb. lift truckDamaged and discarded aluminum wheels are the raw material that feeds both Stiefel Aluminum and SB Manufacturing.

On the SB side, compressed air is integral. They use it to automate the casting, heat treatment and x-ray (quality control) machinery; it is also used to power the machining, polishing and paint line in the finishing facility.

To meet their compressed air needs, they turned to Ring Power Air Compressor Representative Jason Stone – who set them up as an “air over the fence” customer.

“Their needs were very specific,” explained Stone. “With the air interacting with molten aluminum in casting and also being used for high-quality finishes, they needed it to be very dry and free of

contaminants.”

To accomplish this, Ring Power installed two Sullair compressors, a 125 h.p. variable-speed unit and a 75 h.p. unit – both with receivers and desiccant dryers. SB purchased separate delivery systems – one in the casting room, the other in the finishing facility – that feature 3-inch piping with more than 30 air drops.

Transair aluminum piping was selected because it is resistant to corrosion, minimizing impurities and turbulence.  The system also features special fittings and valves that allow it to be installed and modified quickly.

“Plus, the product really looks great for customers – like John – who like to show off their facilities,” said Stone, who added that project is one of the largest Transair installations that Ring Power has undertaken. (Ring Power uses Transair piping at their own facilities.) 

a yellow robotic arm moves a freshly cast wheel from the casting machine into a cooling bath.

As an “air over the fence” customer Stiefel purchases the compressed air (at a determined pressure, temperature and humidity) from Ring Power – rather than the compressors and associated equipment. This arrangement allows Stiefel to avoid the typical headaches and cost fluctuations associated with equipment ownership, and allows Ring Power to control the other variables – such as maintenance, replacement schedules and equipment selection – ensuring both get the biggest bang for the buck.

How’d they get here?

Stiefel started his first foundry in 1992 in Ohio with the furnace on a trailer.  He sold that business in 2000 and moved to New York. He later he opened another foundry in Watertown, N.Y.

On a particularly cold day – while gathered around a furnace for warmth – his son quipped “Dad, there has to be a better place to do this.”  So on a family trip to St. Simon Island, Ga., they began to explore warmer locations.

They started by looking at scrap yards that could provide the raw material they needed (wheels).  There were some in Georgia, a slightly higher number closer to Jacksonville, but hundreds in Central Florida.  So they started looking near Tampa, eventually securing a location in Lakeland to “test the waters.”

Once he confirmed his process worked in Florida and the material supplies proved reliable, he started looking for bigger facilities.  He landed in the Dade City Business Park in the former Lykes Pasco Beverage plant.

The wheels are in motion

In September, SB started selling wheels – made from 100% recycled aluminum – and the casting room shifted to round-the-clock production. Additional casting machines are also being added. 

“We are competing with the Chinese,” said Stiefel. “And we can do it because our high-quality recycled aluminum allows us to control material costs. We’re bringing jobs and manufacturing back to America.  And customers tell us they love the fact they are able to buy wheels with ‘Made in the USA’ stamped right on them.”

As production increases toward the goal of one million wheels annually (expected in 2014) Stiefel Aluminum will phase out ingot production and focus exclusively on supplying SB Manufacturing with molten aluminum. Made in America

Stiefel Aluminum currently employs 25 (and expects to add up to 10 more) and SB plans to have 70 employees when they reach full production.

“Honestly, I didn’t need to do this … I had enough money to buy groceries the rest of my life,” said Stiefel.  “But how often do you get an opportunity like this?  To do something for your country? We’re bringing jobs back. I’m proud of that … every time I talk about it, I get a little choked up.” 

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