Advanced Maintenance Solutions by Ring Power

January 5, 2009 at 4:13 PMRing Power

equipment maintenanceRing Power’s extensive equipment maintenance experience has shown that contamination control equals quality control. Advanced Maintenance Solutions enhances the customer’s ability to control and monitor both. To help customers reduce contamination and other problems associated with poor maintenance, Ring Power is bringing Advanced Maintenance Solutions to machines on the jobsite with a fleet of mobile service vehicles, staffed by trained technicians and fully equipped to handle any repair or installation associated with these new services.

Used individually, each of these service options offers benefits that can help streamline preventive maintenance and reduce owning and operating costs. Used in combination, these services create a new level of automatic machine maintenance and monitoring, simplifying routine preventive maintenance and extending machine life.

Lincoln Quicklub®

The daily lubrication of a machine can be difficult due to a number of variables ranging from weather to production demands. Improper lubrication of bearings can lead to contamination, which wears down the components, resulting in downtime and expenditures for replacement parts or wasted grease from over-lubricating.

Automatic LubricationLincoln Quicklubautomatically lubricates the external points of the machine. Through Lincoln’s unique system, small, measured amounts of grease are automatically delivered to each bearing at specific time intervals while equipment is operating. This method produces a grease seal around each pin and bushing, creating a barrier to keep contaminants out while ensuring the machine is never over-lubricated. In fact, the system uses less grease than it takes to manually lubricate a machine with a grease gun.

Quicklub combines a pump with an adjustable integrated controller, lubricant measuring valve, supply/feed line hoses and connection fittings. When triggered by the timer, the pump starts to dispense lubricant to the primary divider valve, which then distributes the lubricant to the secondary valves. The secondary valves dispense the correct amount of lubricant to each lubrication point. The system can be set to run for a preset time or to shut off after receiving a signal from a proximity switch.

QuickEvac

Protection from the Start. Lubrication is the lifeblood of diesel engines, especially for today’s high-performance, fast-starting models. The QuickEvac system delivers up to 40 gallons of oil per minute, eliminating dry-start wear by ensuring full oil pressure from turbo to crankshaft. Every time the engine starts, QuickEvac prelubricates the complete engine and all oil passages automatically, safely and rapidly before cranking can begin.

Contamination Control. Tighter tolerances, higher pressures and computerized controls on today’s high-performance diesel engines demand cleaner fluids for optimal performance and life. Even small improvements in contamination control are yielding big results in engine and component life. The QuickEvac system automatically filters new oil, before it enters the engine. It also pre-fills new oil filters automatically, safely and correctly, eliminating the need to fill them by hand.

Environmentally Friendly. Tougher environmental regulations and heavy fines demand greater care in handling, transferring and properly disposing of oil. QuickEvac offers foolproof, spill-proof protection. Leak-free quick couplers with direct draining to final containment eliminate leaks and spills, keeping service technicians, the workplace and the environment cleaner and safer.

Product Link™ Product Link

With Product Link you can gather information about your machines from any place at any time. This allows you to optimize asset utilization, reduce security risk, and improve maintenance management.

Product Link comes in two different models. The first is the PL121SR, which provides GPS location and operating hours. It is also capable of automatically alerting you when machines operate beyond owner-identified time or location limits. The second model, or PL321SR, tracks GPS location and operating hours just like the first model, plus it can provide machine health information (to troubleshoot repair issues before they become a problem), indicate fuel level and consumption, and provide condition-based event data, diagnostic reports, and/or alerts.

Putting It All Together

Equipment owners and operators who take advantage of Ring Power’s Advanced Maintenance Solutions can effectively eliminate downtime caused by lubrication-related component failures. In addition, you will gain productive time each day by eliminating shutdown for manual lubrication, and you will avoid costly repairs so your time can be better utilized. Even routine operations, such as changing buckets and attachments, are simplified because the couplings are well lubricated and easier to move.

The ROI is fairly substantial, too. You’ll continue to save money year after year, and the resale value of your equipment will also increase! For more information about Advanced Maintenance Solutions, contact a service representative at the Ring Power location nearest you:

 

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Get Gear for the New Year!

December 30, 2008 at 10:47 AMRing Power
Visit the Ring Power Store for all your Caterpillar and Ring Power gear

Apparel
Timepieces
Travel Gear
Accessories
Toys
Knives
Belts & Buckles
Caps & Hats
Cat Racing Gear
Scale Models
Sale Items
and much more!

You can now buy these Caterpillar speciality items at the
Ring Power Online Merchandise Store

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Ring Power Now Offers All-Makes, Replacement Rubber Tracks

December 22, 2008 at 11:03 AMRing Power

Ring Power can now supply new, high quality, replacement rubber tracks for every make and model machine (such as Takeuchi and Bobcat) at an incredible savings over the OEM list price! Most popular machine brands rubber tracks are in stock for immediate delivery. Call Ring Power's undercarriage specialist today at 1-800-671-0025 for details.

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Extend Undercarriage Life of Your Multi-Terrain Loader

December 2, 2008 at 1:10 PMRing Power

You put your multi-terrain loader through a workout every day. This takes a toll on your undercarriage. How much wear and how quickly wearing of the undercarriage occurs can be somewhat controlled by making just a few adjustments whenever possible. The first step is to understand what affects undercarriage wear.

Factors Affecting Undercarriage Wear

  • Application Tough applications, like heavy digging and dozing, require high levels of torque and horsepower, pushing equipment to its fullest and will cause maximum wear to the undercarriage components.
  • Material  Material has as much or more impact on the service life of undercarriage components than some applications.
  • Terrain Sharp turns on slopes cause unnecessary wear on track lugs and can shove material between the track and roller wheels. In some cases, this could lead to track derailment and track damage.
  • Operating and Turning Technique Counter-rotating may cause unnecessary wear of tracks and undercarriage components and quickly wears out tires.
  • Working over Transitions Without the full support of the ground, the track and the roller wheels are subjected to side stress that can cause the wheels to ride up and over the drive lugs.

Simple preventive maintenance procedures will maximize service life and the value of the undercarriage components. For information on how to preserve the life of your undercarriage, contact your Ring Power product support sales representative.

 

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Orlando Rock Now Runs on Bio-diesel

July 15, 2008 at 9:53 AMRing Power

As of January 2008, Orlando Rock, a site development company that has been serving the community since 1984 on municipal, retail, commercial and industrial projects, successfully completed the conversion of their entire fleet of heavy equipment and on-road vehicles to a soy-based, bio-diesel fuel. This environmentally conscious change will save 32,000 gallons of diesel per year, complementing Orange County and the City of Orlando’s efforts to “go green”.

The bio-diesel fuel Orlando Rock is using is a blend of soy-based fuel and fossil fuel. Certain Caterpillar® machines are capable of handling a B35 blend, which contains 35% soy fuel. The majority of Orlando Rock’s fleet was only cleared for a 20% blend, so they chose to use B20, or 20% soy fuel in all of their machines. Because the mixed fuel burns cleaner and loosens buildup in the engine, all 45 pieces of equipment had to be slowly converted over to the B20 blend, but no modifications had to be made to the equipment engines.

Starting with a 5% blend in October 2007, Ring Power completed oil samples every 100 hours on a control group of machines to ensure there were no problems. The lab monitored changes in oil viscosity and soot levels to determine at what point the engines could be stepped up to the next blend percentage. Initially it was thought the conversion process would take a little over a month, but safe conversion of all the machines and on-road vehicles was completed in three months.

The biggest challenge for Orlando Rock was the cost commitment. After weighing the cost of the custom blended fuel against the knowledge that the conversion helps increase the longevity of the machines in the fleet, decrease air pollution and diminish reliance on foreign oil, Orlando Rock decided the switch was worth the cost.

“People think to switch to bio-diesel you have to modify your equipment and switch over your machines and really, you don’t. It’s a matter of changing your attitude more than changing your equipment. People who burn cooking oil have to modify their machines to run on that, but straight bio-diesel isn’t as complicated,” said Scott Altman, president of Orlando Rock.

Around the same time as Orlando Rock began their conversion process, the City of Orlando kicked off “Green Works Orlando,” an environmental program designed to raise awareness and promote ecologically friendly solutions for all city services and functions. Also, in late September 2007, Orange County Mayor Rich Crotty held an “Orange to Green Climate Change Summit”, attended by Florida Governor Charlie Crist. Upon hearing about Orlando Rock’s proactive environmental efforts, Mayor Crotty met with Altman in October to congratulate him, holding a ribbon cutting ceremony to commemorate Orlando Rock’s green initiatives.

A key pillar of Green Works Orlando is the goal of designing all the city buildings to meet with Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design standards. Developed by the U.S. Green Building Council, the LEED Green Building Rating System provides a suite of standards for environmentally sustainable construction. Altman and his employees will soon complete their LEED certification, and will receive bonus points toward their goal for the use of bio-diesel fuel. Altman and Orlando Rock intend to use the knowledge gained from the conversion of their fleet and their certification to encourage other local contractors and subcontractors in the Orlando area to become LEED certified, helping his county and city to achieve the goal of going green.
“You see the GCs becoming green, but the subs aren’t and that’s where the change needs to be made,” said Altman. “We feel it’s the right thing to do.”

Contact your Ring Power PSSR or service manager regarding switching your equipment to bio-fuel. For more information about LEED certification visit the US Green Building Council at usgbc.gov. You can contact Orlando Rock at 407.859.5990 or scott@orlandorock.com.

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The Business of Safety

June 16, 2008 at 8:19 AMRing Power
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When it comes to business, the first priority is providing a safe work environment to protect a company’s most valuable assets: its people. With a safe environment comes added benefits to contractors, government agencies and other business owners in the form of increased uptime, operating efficiency and reduced insurance rates. Ring Power® is partnering with businesses to offer industry leading customized Safety Awareness Level training programs that are designed to meet the specific needs of their customers. As a result, these organizations are benefiting in the following ways: 

  • Increased uptime (employees and equipment)
  • Improved operating efficiency
  • Minimized lawsuits
  • Increased bid winning
  • Reduced insurance and bonding rates

Safety is often viewed as an expense with little return on investment. In actuality, safety focused companies enjoy extreme savings and a market advantage over their competition. Well-managed safety programs are key catalysts driving your organization to exceed typical safety success factors. Safety awareness training coupled with owning and operating Caterpillar® equipment builds your road to achievement. Ring Power’s Rings of Safety®, in conjunction with Caterpillar, is the industry leader in providing the safest, most reliable products, maintenance and practices. Customer expectations are consistently exceeded by Ring Power’s professional commitment in partnering to walk every safety mile together. We are a team!

For everyone working with, around and on Caterpillar equipment, we all share the same goal: to return home to our families safely everyday. This primary motivating factor fuels our journey to a safe work environment, every minute of every day. Our Rings of Safety program, relative to each piece of your equipment, reaps measurable financial dividends. The prevention/elimination of employee injuries and illnesses formulate an economic objective coupled with the humanitarian intention.

Accidents, injuries, illnesses and property damage have undeniable costs that contribute nothing to the value of products and services provided by any firm. These costs, in many industries, dwarf the total profit picture and warrant direct attention and resource allocation to accident and loss prevention. Whether considering direct or indirect costs, everyone within an organization must be a crusader for controlling hazards and preventing accidents. In our efforts to assist you in putting safety first in your world, we will be featuring specific safety topics and provide additional resources in future issues of this newspaper. Protecting your people and reserving your profits is the safety business and that business is good business.

 

 

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Ring Power Appointed Florida Distributor of Terex Utilities

June 11, 2008 at 4:30 PMRing Power

Ring Power Corporation is pleased to announce their selection as the Florida distributor of Terex Utilities. Terex manufactures a broad range of equipment for use in various industries, including the construction, infrastructure, quarrying, mining, shipping, transportation, refining, and utility industries.

Terex is focused on its mission of delivering products that are reliable and cost effective and producing equipment that improves its customers' return on invested capital. Terex has expanded dramatically in recent years seeking to expand the product offering, improve geographic coverage and deliver value for Terex customers.

Kevin Robbins, Senior Vice-President of Ring Power stated, "The opportunity to partner with an industry leader like Terex Utilities allows us to continue bringing a well connected product portfolio to our customers in addition to realizing a great opportunity to expand our equipment offerings."

"Ring Power is a great addition to the Terex Utilities distribution team. Through their operational footprint, they will be able to reach the entire utility market for equipment sales and rental, but most importantly provide aftermarket service on a local basis," said George Ellis, Vice-President/General Manager of Roadbuilding & Utilities for Terex.

Ring Power will service the market with the Terex Utilities product line through their CAT Rental Store division effective June 1, 2008. The territory will be the state of Florida east of the Apalachicola River. The Aerial Devices and Derrick Digger models that will be included in the rental fleet beginning in July 2008 include:

LT38

TCX55

TC55

HRX55

Commander 4047

Hi-Ranger Telescopic Aerial Device with 43’ working height

Hi-Ranger Non-overcenter Material Handling Aerial Device with 60’ working height

Hi-Ranger Non-overcenter Material Handling Aerial Device with 60’ working height

Hi-Ranger Overcenter Material Handling Aerial Device with 60’ working height

Digger Derrick with 47’ maximum elevation

 

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