Ring Power Generates Interest at African Power Equipment Expo

August 10, 2009 at 11:09 AMRing Power
Power Systems International Sales department of Ring Power Corporation exhibits at Power Generation World in Johannesburg, South Africa.

Michael Turwitt welcomes visitors to Ring Power display areaIn April, the Power Systems International Sales division took part in Power Generation World, the African continent’s largest annual energy and power generation equipment exhibition. Power Generation World is held in conjunction with the Power & Electricity World Africa Conference, bringing together key decision-makers from electrical utilities, municipalities, government departments of energy, as well as financiers and infrastructure investors, all looking for ways to solve the continent’s growing demand for electric power.

"Power Generation World is the most important annual energy event in Africa, and presents an excellent networking opportunity for Ring Power’s international sales force," said Vice President & Power Systems Director of International Sales Michael Turwitt. "The purpose of this type of sales and marketing activity is face-to-face interaction, to strengthen existing and develop new key client relationships to grow our international used equipment business."

In addition to providing top-of-the-line pre-owned, rebuilt and unused surplus power plants, generator sets, engines, gas gensets, and ancillary power systems equipment, Ring Power offers complete custom power system design, installation and maintenance services. Contact us for more information.

Ring Power Corporation, North and Central Florida's Caterpillar dealer, is headquartered in St. Augustine, Florida, with branch locations in Brooksville, Daytona, Gainesville, Jacksonville, Lake City, Lakeland, Ocala, Orlando, Palm Bay, Perry, Sarasota, Tallahassee, Tampa and Tarpon Springs. We welcome your comments about this article. Click on the title to leave a suggestion or ask a question.

 

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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.

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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.

 

Bobcat Owners Turn to Ring Power for Repairs and Maintenance

July 13, 2009 at 12:31 PMRing Power
Bobcat owners in Sarasota and Jacksonville turn to Ring Power for superior service.

Ring Power Services BobcatsFollowing the recent closures of Bobcat® dealerships in Jacksonville and Sarasota, Bobcat owners in these territories have become increasingly concerned about where to find the parts and service they will need to keep their skid steers and compact track loaders up and running. We’re here to tell them they can stop worrying!

Ring Power parts warehouses, shops and technicians are equipped to perform repairs and maintenance on most makes and models—so Bobcat equipment owners can rest easy, knowing that they will still be able to find:

  • Replacement rubber track
  • Preventive maintenance
  • Bumper-to-bumper service, in our shop or in the field
  • Reduced rental rates while their Bobcat is under repair
  • Discounted pricing on machine inspections and oil sampling
  • Free 2-day demo, with approved credit application 

In this market, nobody can afford downtime. But Bobcat owners are finding out that they can rely on Ring Power. We are open for business and we are here to stay.

In addition to skid steer loaders, multi-terrain loaders and compact track loaders,Ring Power services manlifts, aerial lifts, mini hydraulic excavators, wheel loaders, compactors, boom trucks, dump trucks, utility trucks, backhoe loaders and dozers made by Caterpillar, Bobcat, Genie, Terex, JCB, Lull, and other leading manufacturers. Call or email us to schedule service for your Bobcat or other compact construction machines.

Ring Power Corporation, North and Central Florida's Caterpillar dealer, is headquartered in St. Augustine, Florida, with branch locations in Brooksville, Daytona, Gainesville, Jacksonville, Lake City, Lakeland, Ocala, Orlando, Palm Bay, Perry, Sarasota, Tallahassee, Tampa and Tarpon Springs. We welcome your comments about this article. Click on the title to leave a suggestion or ask a question.

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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Ring Power A/C Service Keeps Heavy Equipment Owners, Operators Cool

June 29, 2009 at 12:28 PMRing Power
Mobile A/C service for construction equipment on the job

This summer’s record-breaking temperatures are putting air conditioning systems to the test on construction equipment everywhere. Excessive heat contributes to operator fatigue, which can result in lost productivity and create potentiaheavy equipment air conditioning repairl hazards on the job site, so it’s important to make sure your heavy equipment’s air conditioning systems are in peak working order. A poorly performing air conditioning system puts additional load on the machine’s engine, which means higher fuel consumption. Even a slow freon leak affects cooling performance, and the loss of lubricant can lead to system contamination or premature air conditioner failure. A freon recharge, in the short run, will keep your construction equipment’s A/C going, but it will not solve the root cause of the problem.

Ring Power’s certified heavy equipment air conditioning technicians can come to your job site to troubleshoot, diagnose, make adjustments and perform air conditioning repairs on your construction equipment. Our full A/C system evaluation includes the following checkpoints:
               • Electrical system        • Ducting                    • Condenser fan           • Blower motor        
               • Evaporator coils          • Compressor belt        • Refrigerant lines        • Freon pressure
And services: 
               • Clean the condenser coils (evaporator extra) 
               • Clean and inspect the condensate drain tubes 
               • Dye-testing of system to detect leaks

Ring Power services air conditioning systems on most construction and heavy equipment, including excavators, landfill compactors, backhoe loaders, motor graders, wheel scrapers, front-end loaders and track-type tractors. We also service popular brands like Caterpillar, John Deere, Komatsu, Hitachi, Volvo and Case. Call or email us to schedule air conditioning service for your heavy equipment.

Ring Power Corporation, North and Central Florida's Caterpillar dealer, is headquartered in St. Augustine, Florida, with branch locations in Brooksville, Daytona, Gainesville, Jacksonville, Lake City, Lakeland, Ocala, Orlando, Palm Bay, Perry, Sarasota, Tallahassee, Tampa and Tarpon Springs. We welcome your comments about this article. Click on the title to leave a suggestion or ask a question.

 

Is your forklift's brake system protected?

June 11, 2009 at 9:17 AMRing Power
forklift brake maintenance

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.

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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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Diesel Power Plant Generates Electricity for African Country

June 8, 2009 at 5:02 PMRing Power
Diesel power plant powers African country with 54 Caterpillar generators.

Multimillion-dollar deal stamps Ring Power's passport to West Africa  diesel generator unload

In 2007, the Power Systems Division of Ring Power signed a contract to supply one of the largest single export orders ever received in the history of the company. The order, placed by the Ministry of Energy in Ghana, Africa, involved supplying and installing a diesel power plant in Tema, located approximately 20 miles east of Accra, Ghana’s capital city.

With a total land area comparable to the size of Nevada, Ghana currently struggles to provide sufficient and reliable energy for domestic consumption and industrial use. The vast majority of Ghana’s power generation capacity is hydroelectric. However, the existing power generation facilities are currently producing less electricity due to little rainfall and very low water levels.

A team of Ring Power technicians and field engineers traveled to Ghana to install the diesel power plant. The overall concept is comprised of 54 Caterpillar 3516B diesel power generators, all operating synchronized and paralleling with the national electrical grid. Ring Power supplied a central control station, electrical step-up transformers, and additional fuel tanks. The initial 50-Megawatt (MW) stage was completed first, followed by the second phase of an additional 20 MW to provide power to the country. 

Due to the urgency, the 40-foot high cube containers with the generators enclosed were airlifted from the United States to Ghana in an Antonov An-124, the largest aircraft ever mass-produced. Flying all of the diesel generators – totaling nearly 5 million pounds – and doing it within such a short period of time proved a project of unparalleled magnitude for Ring Power and the managers responsible for the diesel power plant.

Ring Power continues to establish direct sales channels for diesel power plants, used generators and power systems for customers in Europe, the Middle East, Central Asia, Southeast Asia, Australia, Latin America and Africa.Visit them at ringpower-systems.com for more information.

Ring Power, headquartered in Florida, USA, provides industrial engines, generator sets, gensets, power systems, diesel power plants, air compressors and other power equipment.

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