Air Compressor Group Hopes Equipment Loan Yields Future Technicians

November 5, 2020 at 9:48 AMRing Power

For several years, Ring Power has worked closely with the J-Tech Institute to develop the next generation of technicians.  

Gabe Sacco (St. Augustine Asst. Training Mgr.) sits on the nonprofit Jacksonville vocational school’s Diesel Advisory Committee, where he provides input and advice on the programs, resources and materials utilized by J-Tech. All of this is geared to producing graduates with the skills Ring Power is looking for in a technician.  

The school currently has three engines on loan from Ring Power, giving students the opportunity to work hands-on with Cat® engines and hone their skills.  

On Aug. 28, J-Tech students gained another piece of equipment to learn on, when the Ring Power’s Florida Air Compressor group loaned out a Sullair 185 portable air compressor to the school. The hope is to develop qualified technicians who will come work for the air compressor service department in the future. 

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Detective Work Helps Recover Stolen Backhoe in Orlando

October 29, 2020 at 9:07 AMRing Power

On the morning of July 6, the Cat Rental Store received a call from a customer whose rental backhoe was missing from their jobsite on Boggy Creek Road, just a couple of miles from the Orlando branch. An attempt was made to locate the machine via VisionLink, but it had been turned off and could not be pinged.  

In Tampa, CRS Asst. Service Manager Matt Burroughs and Equipment Manager AdminShanna Brown immediately swung into action and set up an alert in VisionLink to be notified as soon the machine was powered on. On Tuesday, July 7, they received their first alert in the morning, followed by another that same afternoon, and another the next morning. Unfortunately, the machine was powered down within minutes each time and could not be pinged 

Shortly after 9 p.m. July 8, Chris Marker (CRS Lakeland Branch Shop Foreman) and Shanna received another alert. This time they were able to ping the machine and track it while it moved to a different location. While pinging the machine for location updates,Chris kept in touch with the customer and contacted the Orange County Sheriff’s Department, who informed him they would be unable to assist until the machine stopped.  

Watching the machine move south down Boggy Creek Road, Chris decided to follow it to its destination, where he would be better able to get local law enforcement involved in its recovery. While making the 80-minute drive from his house, VisionLink provided constant location updates. As the machine and Chris made their way toward St. Cloud, Chris tried calling the St. Cloud police department for assistance. After giving them a full description of the machine, hestayed on the phone with the dispatcher while she notified units in the area.  

Shortly after 11 p.m., Chris received a call from a St. Cloud police officer informing him that he had located the machine. Because he was close by, Chris was able to arrive within minutes and visually confirm the identity of the missing backhoe. The operator of the stolen machine claimed that a friend had loaned it to him for use on his property. It was not on a transport truck, and had been driven 22 miles from the jobsite. According to the operator, he planned to drive it another 25 miles to his property. He was arrested and the machine was returned to the Orlando branch that same night.  

Kudos to Chris Marker for going safely beyond the call of duty to locate the stolen machine, and to Shanna Brown and the rest of the CRS team for taking swift action to ensure its successful return to the rental fleet—undamaged and currently back on the job! 

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Active Hurricane Season Keeps Generator Rental Team Busy

October 22, 2020 at 10:21 AMRing Power

In September, for only the second time ever, the Atlantic hurricane season used up its entire list of names and began using the Greek alphabet for storm names. This happened only once before, in 2005. 

The record-breaking hurricane season has kept the Florida generator rental team working around the clock to restore power to critical operations in storm-affected areas across the Southeast.  

To date, more than 59 megawatts of power and more than 16 miles of cable has been deployed to storm ravaged areas.

Some of the relief rental applications have included supermarkets, hospitals, law enforcement agencies, FEMA, insurance claim offices, temporary shelters, gas stations, car dealerships, and more.  

The PSD Rental team has worked endless hours to maximize the full potential of Ring Power’s power generation fleet.  The tempo in which everyone on the team operates is a sight to be witnessed, said Steve Ferlita, VP – Used Sales & Rental Manager. Our power is lifesaving because we are restoring the communities to some sense of normality.”  

The logistics of knowing what equipment is needed, what is available, and moving it around the country can get complicated. Thankfully, Ring Power has made significant investments over the past year in developing a connected fleet. Today more than 85 percent of the generator rental fleet is connected.  

Thanks to the investments made in developing a connected fleet, the Power Systems Rental team now has virtual access to control the fleet from anywhere in the world. Through a web application, the team can track equipment as it moves to its destination, view its location and performance once it is operating, and remotely troubleshoot any issues if they arise.  

A separate web based software program exclusive to Cat dealers allows the team to view available dealer assets across the country, incorporating storm data to predict where equipment will be needed. 

Of course, data can only take you so far. It takes a team of dedicated rental professionals to make it all happen.

 

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Ring Power Corporation Adds Weiler Forestry Products to Lineup

August 18, 2020 at 10:35 AMRing Power

Ring Power Corporation, North and Central Florida's Cat® dealer announcean agreement with Weiler® Forestry, Inc. to become the authorized dealer of Weiler Forestry equipment in North & Central Florida. Ring Power will distribute and provide parts and service support for Weiler's full line of purpose-built forestry products.

Well known for its high-quality paving equipment, Weiler acquired the purpose-built forestry product line from Caterpillar in 2019. Weiler Forestry manufactures an expanding line of forest products through facilities located in LaGrange, Georgia (headquarters); Smithfield, North Carolina; and Auburn, Alabama.

Founded in 2000, the company currently produces an extensive portfolio of products and has a long-standing history of successfully manufacturing purpose-built equipment distributed through the Cat dealer network.

With this agreement, Ring Power will distribute and provide parts and service support for Weiler's full line of purpose-built forestry products, consisting of wheel skidders, track feller bunchers, wheel feller bunchers and knuckleboom loaders.

“These products complement the Caterpillar forestry excavators and dozers that Ring Power will continue to offer. We look forward to continuing to meet the needs of our forestry customers with a wide range of products and services," said Charlie Usina, Ring Power Forestry Equipment Sales Manager.

About Ring Power Corporation

Ring Power Corporation, North and Central Florida’s Cadealer, is headquartered in St. Augustine, Florida. Ring Power is comprised of eight divisions and has more than 5years of experience servicing and supporting Cat® products and allied equipment. For more information, visit www.ringpower.com

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ThinkBIG Enrolls New Class

August 4, 2020 at 12:01 PMRing Power

On Aug. 17, the newest class of ThinkBIG technician scholarship recipients will begin their ThinkBIG journey at South Georgia Technical College.  L-R: Lucas Missall (Gainesville PSD), Mason Underkoffler (Orlando HE), Alex Laird (Tampa HE), Simon Westra (Tampa HE). The ThinkBIG Technician Scholarship recipients will begin class in August.

Over the next two years, the six students will rotate in eight-week intervals between classroom instruction at South Georgia Technical College and hands-on training at their Ring Power branch.   

Five of the students will follow the heavy equipment technician track; one will complete the generator technician track. Upon graduation in 2022, all of the students will have earned an Associate Degree in Applied Technology.

The new class includes:

Lucas Missall (Gainesville Power Systems)

Mason Underkoffler (Orlando Heavy Equipment)

Alex Laird (Tampa Heavy Equipment)

Simon Westra (Tampa Heavy Equipment) 

Isaiah Greer (St. Augustine Heavy Equipment)

James Bozman (St. Augustine Heavy Equipment) 

For more information on Ring Power's Technician Scholarship program, visit www.ringpower.com/thinkbig 

L-R: Isaiah Greer (WCC HE) and James Bozman (WCC HE). Both of these ThinkBIG technician scholarship students will be working out of WCC Heavy Equipment Main Shop.  

 

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Heavy Equipment Operator Training Adapts to COVID-19

July 22, 2020 at 12:18 PMRing Power

COVID-19 has changehow we all work and operate. But while many stay home, construction workers and equipment operators remain on the frontline. As essential workers, the job doesn’t stop. While work on critical projects continues, machine operators still require ongoing training on the equipment they use to get the job done. Ring Power’s heavy equipment operator training team has made extensive changes to ensure these essential workers receive the training they need, as safely as possible.    

New Safety Precautions Include: 

COVID-19 questionnaire must be completed prior to class start 

Temperature checks prior to class start 

Class size decreased to 6 persons maximum 

Larger classroom utilized for proper social distancing 

Zero handshake policy 

Masks required for all in classroom instruction and inside machines 

All students provided with latex gloves, hand sanitizer and sanitizing wipes 

Instructor stands outside the cab window to go over the familiarization of the controls and technology with the students vs being inside the cab with them (Facetime can be used if requested) 

All communication with the student after initial familiarization and start up is now done over two-way radios to decrease close contact encounters 

“Our group is resilient and committed to our customers and we have adapted and will continue to adapt as things are always changing, said Blake Conwell, Field Operations Manager. “As long as we are able to provide the same great service to our customers in a safe responsible manner, we are going to do that day in and day out! 

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Hydraulic Cylinder Bench Added to Gainesville Store

July 16, 2020 at 2:08 PMRing Power

Addition of larger hydraulic cylinder bench serves the needs of Alachua County and surrounding areas 

 

Ring Power Corporation, North and Central Florida’s Cat® dealer, has installed a Tuxco HCS-40 Hydraulic Cylinder Servicer at its Gainesville branch to better serve Gainesville customers hydraulic cylinder repair needs. 

The new hydraulic repair bench is capable of repairing cylinders up to 27 feet long, 22 inches in diameter. With its massive 40,000 lb-ft of torque force, disassembling and reassembling hydraulic cylinders is easier than ever. 

 

 

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"The new Gainesville hydraulic repair bench will allow hydraulic cylinder repairs to be completed quickly and efficiently, said Dan Jung, Hydraulic Support Consultant. "Instead of having to be sent to an offsite location, hydraulic cylinder repairs can now be completed onsite at the Gainesville hydraulic repair shop -- saving customer's time and money"


Ring Power's Hydraulic Shop is North and Central Florida's source for all hydraulic repairs. Its Florida hydraulic specialists rebuild cylinders of all makes and models of machines and construction equipment. 

Don’t let hydraulic cylinder problems sideline your operations. Give Ring Power's Central Florida Hydraulic Shop a call at 904-481-6734!

 

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Construction Equipment Rentals & Forklifts Available for Business in St. Pete

July 8, 2020 at 1:09 PMRing Power

Ring Power, The Cat Rental Store and Ring Power Lift Trucks recently commenced business operations at a new facility in Pinellas County, Florida. Located less than two miles from exit 28 off I-275, the facility at off Gandy Boulevard North in St. Petersburg, offers 11,800 square feet of office, warehouse and service space. The new branch includes six service bays, a parts counter, parts warehouse, and full operations for Lift Trucks and Cat Rental Store.

The new St. Petersburg location expands Ring Power's footprint to better serve customers’ construction equipment rental and forklift needs. “In the lift truck business it's about efficiently helping our customers accomplish more with less,” said Robert Burkhead, VP Lift Truck General Manager. “Our new St. Pete location will help us serve area customers more efficiently, while reducing expense of technician travel, machine transportation, improve equipment uptime and improve machine parts availability in the area. We are excited to continue supporting our customers and to contribute more to the local economy of St. Petersburg and Pinellas Park.” 

"Building this new facility is a clear representation of Ring Power's commitment to serving our customers and communities in which we do business, said Drew Cisel, VP CRS West Region Sales Manager.  "Our new location will better position us to serve our customers sales, rentals, and service needs in Pinellas and West Pasco Counties. We are very excited about our new facility, and we look forward to seeing you their soon."

Please make note of the location and contact information for the new branch:

2700 Gandy Blvd North
St. Petersburg, FL 33702
727-471-2150

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Cat Entertainment Services Helps SpaceX Make History

July 6, 2020 at 11:36 AMRing Power

new era of human spaceflight began May 30 when NASA astronauts Robert Behnken and Douglas Hurley blasted off aboard the Crew Dragon capsule from Launch Complex 39A at the Kennedy Space Center atop a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket.  The launch, witnessed by President Donald Trump and Vice President Mike Pence, marked the first time in nearly a decade that astronauts launched from American soil, and the first time a private company had ever flown humans to orbit 

“It’s been nine years since we’ve launched American astronauts on American rockets from American soil,NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine said following the launch. “And now ... we have done it.” 

At the Kennedy Space Center, SpaceX relied on the expertise of the Cat Entertainment Services team to ensure that people around the world could witness the historic event.  

Orlando CES Operations Supervisor Pete Carstens arrived days before the launch to setup and ensure the technical broadcast went off without a hitch. A Cat twin pack genset provided 400 kWs of redundant power for multiple networks covering the launch while Orlando CES Tech II Axl Friedrich installed and oversaw the hookups on the production and uplink trucks to ensure that millions tuning in  witnessed history being made in real time, without any technical glitches. Entertainment Services also supplied 110-volt distributed Edison drops for the different camera positions.   

Various elements of the launch broadcast took place across the country at the SpaceX headquarters in Hawthorne, Calif. There, California CES Tech I Jessie Campos supplied a 45 kW generator to power an uplink truck and tie the broadcast together.  

This was SpaceX’s second test flight of its Crew Dragon and its first with astronauts aboard, which will pave the way to certification for regular crew flights to the International Space Station as part of NASA’s Commercial Crew Program. 

"This is a dream come true for me and everyone at SpaceX,” said Elon Musk, chief engineer at SpaceXYou can look at this as the results of a hundred thousand people roughly when you add up all the suppliers and everyone working incredibly hard to make this day happen.” 

Kudos to the entire Entertainment Services team for helping the world witness history in the making!  

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Cox Marine Revolutionizes the Diesel Outboard Market

June 26, 2020 at 10:58 AMRing Power

After several years of intensive development and testing, Cox Powertrain recently started production of the CXO300, its purpose-designed, 300-hp diesel outboard engine. This represents a major milestone for Cox as well as Ring Power Marine, who teamed up with Cox to be the exclusive distributor for the Florida market.

The USA’s southeastern seaboard is a key market for Cox Powertrain. A high proportion of the company’s recreational sales are expected to come from the Florida boating community, owing to a significant growth in the number of twin, triple and quad outboard powered boats sold in the state and a big demand for a viable, high-powered diesel outboard.

Production commenced in May at Cox Powertrain’s headquarters and advanced assembly and test facilities in Shoreham, England. The sophisticated manufacturing plant boasts a turnkey production system developed by QM Systems Ltd., capable of producing up to one engine per hour. The production line’s ”no faults forward” design removes the possibility of assembly error, and a suite of purpose-built test cells put every engine through its paces before shipping, further ensuring every outboard meets Cox’s high standards of quality.

Ring Power President David Alban recognizes that Florida’s unique and diverse market segments offer the most significant opportunities for Cox diesel outboards in the Americas, if not globally.  

“We are fortunate to have many of the best in class recreational outboard boat builders located here in Florida,“ he said. “This is an opportunity for us to represent a brand-new engine product which currently has no equal in the market place. As a customer service organization, it provides Ring Power the opportunity to access a new customer base that we currently do not serve. This also aligns well with our core business of providing best in class products with unequalled product support.”

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