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.


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.

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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 and productive Cascade Attachments.

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Is your forklift's brake system protected?

June 11, 2009 at 9:17 AMRing Power
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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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Forklift Cooling System Maintenance

May 22, 2009 at 8:01 AMRing Power
Forklift Cooling Systems

Why is your forklift's cooling system maintenance such a hot topic?   forklift cooling radiator

Shift after shift, forklifts can encounter extreme temperature changes and prolonged exposure to harsh chemicals. Operating under these conditions negatively affects the cooling system, often causing corrosion, heat cracking, dry rot, and chemical deterioration. As a result, overheating occurs. Individual forklift cooling system components should be inspected on a regular basis to help minimize downtime and product damage.

  1. A low coolant level reduces cooling capability. Coolant also deteriorates chemically over time, leading to damage of cooling system components.

  2. Non-OEM rubber hoses often soften and then collapse, reducing coolant flow. As a result, overheating can occur.

  3. A forklift with loose belts and worn pulleys can contribute to overheating due to slippage.

  4. Clogged, bent or damaged fins can restrict airflow through the radiator core, causing overheating damage to the engine and transmission.

  5. Loose or damaged fan blades can cause the fan to be out of balance and vibrate, damaging bearings and radiator.

  6. If the radiator tank pressure cap does not maintain the correct pressure, it will not allow the radiator to obtain the proper water flow — which can cause your forklift to overheat.

  7. Since the radiator cools transmission fluid, an inefficient or leaking cooling system can result in damage to the transmission.

 Some forklift operating environments or applications may require optional equipment. E-mail Ring Power Lift Trucks for complete details, order parts for your forklift or to schedule a service appointment.

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.


Rough Terrain Forklifts: The choice when moving materials off road

May 15, 2009 at 9:25 AMRing Power

Sometimes what seem to be the most simple tasks can prove to be among the most difficult to complete.rough terrain forklift
For instance, moving materials at an off road worksite. Whether it’s carrying pallets of bricks in a material storage yard or transporting 20-foot lengths of pipe on a work site, this seeming simple job can be very difficult if the proper equipment isn’t available
A rough terrain forklift easily and efficiently moves materials at an off road site. The machines are typically built using a tractor loader drive-train, so you have the tractive force needed to work in mud, sand slopes and other challenging underfoot conditions.
Rough terrain forklift users include:

  • Building and specialty trade contractors
  • Energy companies
  • Mining
  • Loggers
  • Lumber yards
  • Sod and turf farmers
  • Salvage specialists and scrap metal

Rough terrain forklifts maneuver more quickly and are less expensive to rent than other types of equipment that transport materials at off road sites. Maneuverability is key in applications such as a salvage yard, where equipment must operate on uneven surfaces around stacks of material.
The machines are available in two-wheel drive and four-wheel drive models.
When working in mud, sand or in rough terrain, four-wheel drive is the preferred option. Sod growers, for instance, who transport pallets of sod from fields to trucks often choose four-wheel drive to maneuver though muddy fields.
Visit to see all of our rough terrain forklifts by Lift King and Manitou.
Ring Power Lift Trucks represents these manufacturers of quality material handling equipment throughout the state of Florida and the Southeast: Caterpillar®, Mitsubishi, Linde, Kalmar, Princeton, Navigator, Bendi, Noble, Big Joe and highly productive Cascade Attachments.

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Fire Truck Rescued by St. Augustine Paint Shop

April 29, 2009 at 2:56 PMRing Power
St. Augustine Branch Donates Time to Restore Fire Truck


On hand to turn over the shiny, restored truck to Rodeheaver were several Ring Power employees and managers who took part in the effort. Pictured left to right: Branch Service Manager Chris Tomkinson, SVP Director of Facilities and Purchasing Dennis Steed, HE Unit Foreman Daryl Gandy, Larry Albane and Gerald Bustion; Rodeheaver representatives Jim Hughes, Jeff King and Ken Johnson; and President Randy Ringhaver.

Ring Power's St. Augustine branch donated the heavy equipment paint shop's expertise to the Rodeheaver Boys Ranch by offering to restore the charitable organization’s Ford C-Series fire truck. The ranch, which is located in Palatka, Fla., utilizes the fire truck for small brush fires, Boy Scout merit badge training, and to train boys for future public service careers.

The truck had been eaten away by rust, leaving holes in the roof and body. A special thanks to the whole St. Augustine paint shop crew for making the truck look as good as the day it rolled off the assembly line!

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Save Money with Ring Power Diesel Technician Training

April 22, 2009 at 2:25 PMRing Power
Ring Power offers a wide array of training courses including, but not limited to: Hydraulics, Electrical, Engine, Safety and many other training courses tailored to your needs!

If you have Caterpillar® Service Information System (SIS) or Electronic Technician (E/T) but are not using the software, or not using it properly, you are throwing money away!

Let Ring Power’s Training Department help teach your heavy equipment technicians how to use these diesel engine analysis programs to get the most out of your construction equipment investment; because well-trained technicians will save you valuable equipment downtime and, in turn, save your company money.

Ring Power offers you the highest quality of heavy equipment, diesel engine, hydraulics and electronic training in the construction and power generation industry. We accomplish this through the experience, commitment and qualifications of our Master Trainers, which include both State and Federal Certifications. We offer a wide array of training courses including, but not limited to: hydraulics, electrical, diesel engine, operator safety and many other training courses tailored to your needs!

Ring Power's training programs are designed specifically for your heavy equipment and applications. Your organization’s needs are determined by reviewing where you are and where you want or need to be. The training professional then sets about designing a definitive training program to assist in the achievement of your department’s service technician training goals.

For more information or to arrange a heavy equipment, diesel engine service training course:


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Electric Forklift: Charging forklift batteries safely

March 25, 2009 at 10:47 AMRing Power
Electric Forklift

Electric forkliftThe biggest consideration of an electric forklift is the recharging process. A typical battery takes 8 hours to recharge completely and then an additional 8 hours to cool down before it is used. For example, a single charge could last from 3 to 12 hours depending on the application and other factors. If your operation has multiple shifts you may need to purchase additional batteries or, in certain instances, a fast charge system can be used. The fast charge system will reduce the need for additional batteries and potentially eliminates the need for a charging station. A battery-handling station occupies approximately 200 sq. feet or more depending on the number of electric forklifts in your fleet and number of shifts in your operation.

Here are some recommendations to follow when charging the battery of your electric forklift.

Charging Areas - Proper Equipment
All plants should have designated charging areas for their forklifts, especially if they change batteries at the end of each shift. These areas should have proper battery handling equipment including overhead hoists, lifting beams, battery racks and cranes, and the area must be well ventilated.

A source of running water nearby is desirable and a water hose at the filling operation is recommended.

Racks used in the charging area must be insulated to prevent any sparking. The battery rack supports must also be suitably insulated or made of non-conducting material.'

The floors in battery and charging rooms should have an acid-resistant coating and be sloped toward a sump. They should always be washed with clean water after an acid spill. The spill should be neutralized with a non-corrosive, water based neutralizing chemical that is user safe and environmentally compliant.

Hand-operated fire extinguishers should be available in all charging areas even if the areas are equipped with automatic sprinkler systems. For information on extinguisher class, size and mounting locations, consult local fire authorities or your insurance carrier.

Charging Areas - Proper Ventilation
The forklift battery charging area must be properly ventilated, either naturally or with a ventilation system. When installing a ventilation system, a number of factors must be considered, including the number and size of batteries being charged at one time and the size, height and air-tightness of the room

Ventilation is considered satisfactory if the hydrogen concentration does not exceed 2% in anyone location. Concentrations of more than 4% are explosive and dangerous. A number of instruments, such as combustible gas indicators and flammable vapor indicators, are available for continuous automatic analysis of hydrogen content in the air.

Always keep tray covers and truck compartment covers open when charging a battery. This helps cool the battery and disperse the gases.

Connecting/Disconnecting Charger
Always turn the battery charger OFF before connecting or disconnecting a forklift battery. Live leads can cause arcing and sparking, which could cause an explosion if battery gases are present. In addition, the contact surfaces of the plugs or connectors will become pitted over time.

Sparks, Open Flames
Because of the explosive gas mixtures generated while charging batteries, anything that could ignite the gas, such as sparks, open flames, an electrical are, smoking, etc., must be prohibited in the charging areas. To serve as a prominent reminder, "NO SMOKING" signs should be posted in all charging areas.

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Pompano Branch Open House Was A Success

March 10, 2009 at 12:29 PMRing Power
Pompano Beach branch open house video walk-thru

Ring Power's Pompano Beach branch held an open house late last week to give customers a chance to tour the new facility and learn more about all the services Ring Power can provide. 150 people from 60 different companies visited the facility, spoke with Ring Power and manufacturers reps, and had lunch. Below is a video walk-thru in case you missed it:

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  Construction began on the new facility, located at 2700 North Powerline Road, April 2008. Ring Power combined its Pompano Beach Lift Trucks branch (formerly located on Blount Road) and Crane division branch office at the new site. The new facility is located on approximately 5 acres, and features a 52,449-ft2 facility that includes 13,807-ft2 of office space plus an 8,671-ft2 parts warehouse. The service shops includes six lift truck bays and nine crane bays. Constructing the new facility required the demolition of the old Ring Power Crane building.

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Benefits of Forklift Renting

January 14, 2009 at 3:29 PMRing Power

Learn the benefits of rentingforklift rental
In today's fast-paced business environment, renting forklifts on a short-term basis can provide much-needed flexibility and save costs at the same time. Let's go over the basics of renting and rental agreements to see how.

To meet temporary demands
As an alternative to owning a truck (through a purchase or lease), a short-term rental saves you money. You can reserve your capital and meet a temporary material handling need for a low weekly or monthly rate. Short-term rentals can be used to:

  • Fill in for an existing piece of equipment that is out of service
  • Meet a brief need for a truck with a higher capacity or reach
  • Provide additional equipment for a production increase or seasonal demand
  • Get the job done when a new forklift is not in the budget
  • Allow you to try out a new model to make sure it's right

To gain flexibility
The advantage of a short-term rental is that it's temporary. You have instant availability from Ring Power Lift Trucks without a purchase commitment. You get the flexibility to change equipment according to your needs. Renting is also a viable alternative to owning when:

  • You want capital to go where it can grow the business
  • You want easier budgeting
  • You don't want to worry about maintenance (we will do that for you)
  • You want guaranteed uptime (with a full maintenance option)

To save money
Statistics prove companies that own their own fleets tend to keep the forklifts beyond the point where they're spending more to keep the fleet running than it's worth. Today's fuel-efficient, low maintenance, high technology forklifts can save you cash, and the more ergonomic design and improved visibility can dramatically improve safety and efficiency.

Forklift rental agreement guide
If you want to rent forklifts for more than a week, it's a good idea to have a Ring Power Lift Trucks representative over for a visit. A pre-rental discussion should cover the weights and size of loads, lift heights, surface and operating condition, and any other special needs.

  • You should also discuss optional equipment such as extra lights or backup alarms - or any special attachments you'll need to use on your forklift.
  • For electric trucks, remember that you may need a battery charger and that many chargers must be hard-wired at your facility - which requires proper electrical service and an electrician to perform the hookup. A possible alternative is a plug-in charger, so be sure to ask about that.
  • Because rental rates are assessed on daily, weekly or monthly rates, you should have a clear idea of how long you want to rent the forklift. Sometimes you'll get a better rate by extending the time period.
  • Most forklift rentals are based on an eight-hour workday, a 40-hour week and 160-hour work month. Overtime charges will likely apply. 
  • Be aware that extra fees are usually charged for returning the unit in a damaged condition. 
  • Be sure to examine the forklift when you receive it, noting on the contract if any visible defects are present before you use the truck.
  • Be sure to check your company's insurance coverage. Of course, Ring Power Lift Trucks insures the equipment, but your company must cover the operator, other people at your facility and the facility in the event of an injury or property damage when the rented forklift is in use. 

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