Active Hurricane Season Keeps Power Systems 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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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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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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Preparing Before the Storm:Schedule Your Generator Inspection & Arrange a Free Site Survey

April 13, 2020 at 12:36 PMRing Power

With everything going on with COVID-19, it's easy to forget that hurricane season is just around the corner. Forecasters are calling for an above-average season, with 16 named storms -- eight of which will become hurricanes. Of the eight hurricanes forecast, four are expected to become major hurricanes – Category 3, 4 or 5.

Now is the time to prepare your business. 

Our expert generator technicians can help you prepare for the unpredictable. Generator inspections and maintenance should be performed before the arrival of hurricane season on June 1. Ring Power Systems offers 24 hour emergency generator service and preventive maintenance programs for all makes of power generation equipment and switchgear. Schedule your Florida generator service today. 

Not sure what you need to keep the power running? Download our contingency planning guide. With a solid contingency plan in place, you'll know what to do and whom to call to restore your power as soon as possible, to keep your business functioning and your revenue stream flowing.

Sooner or later, power outages affect everyone. Don't wait for the inevitable to happen. The time to plan is now. Schedule a free site survey today.

Ring Power offers the following equipment for rent or sale:

Cat Sound Attenuated Diesel and Natural Gas Generators (20-2000kw)

Transformers, Transfer Switches and Load Banks

Air Compressors (diesel or electric) 20 to 3000 CFM, Compressed Air Dryers, High Pressure Booster Packages

Chillers - Water and Air Cooled - 50-500 Ton

DX - Split Systems, DX Units- 25-90 Ton

 

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Generator Rental Team Assists COVID-19 Response Efforts

April 10, 2020 at 11:43 AMRing Power

At Orlando Health, the Power Systems Rental team deployed 200 kW of generator power to a surge tent for overflow patients being tested for COVID-19. In addition, a 250-gallon auxiliary fuel cell, 2x10 ton AC's & distro for medical equipment inside the tent.

As COVID-19 threatens to overwhelm hospitals, Ring Power's Florida generator rental team has actively worked to prepare medical facilities in North and Central Florida for an influx of patients.  

Ring Power's team of temporary power experts have worked closely with Cat Entertainment Services and medical facilities across Florida to deploy generators, temperature control solutions, and other vital equipment.  

Most recently, seven generators, 70 tons of AC, multiple auxiliary fuel cells, and other vital equipment was deployed to four hospitals across Central Florida.  

At Orlando Health, the Power Systems Rental team deployed 200 kW of generator power to a surge tent for overflow patients being tested for COVID-19. In addition, a 250-gallon auxiliary fuel cell, 2x10 ton AC's & distro for medical equipment inside the tent.  

 

 

 

 

Leesburg Regional is utilizing a 60 kW generator to supply power to a surge tent. Also onsite, 1x20 ton AC & distro for medical equipment. Leesburg Regional is utilizing a 60 kW generator to supply power to a surge tent. Also onsite, 1x20 ton AC & distro for medical equipment. 

The Villages Regional is utilizing a 60 kW temporary power unit, 250-gallon auxiliary fuel cell, 1x20ton ac & distro for an overflow tent & medical equipment. The Villages Regional is utilizing a 60 kW temporary power unit, 250-gallon auxiliary fuel cell, 1x20ton ac & distro for an overflow tent & medical equipment. 

 

At Health First Viera hospital in Brevard County, 4x120 kW generators are supplying the power required for the AC to create negative pressure for COVID-19 isolation rooms. A 2500-gallon auxiliary fuel cell, and 2x500 gallon auxiliary fuel cells are onsite.

At Health First Viera hospital in Brevard County, 4x120 kW generators are supplying the power required for the AC to create negative pressure for COVID-19 isolation rooms. A 2500-gallon auxiliary fuel cell, and 2x500 gallon auxiliary fuel cells are onsite. 

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Power Systems Rental Ready for Hurricane Season

July 11, 2019 at 8:46 AMRing Power

The Atlantic hurricane season began June 1. For 2019, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) predicts a likely range of nine to 15 named storms, of which four to eight could become hurricanes, and two to four of them, major. 

Though the season is just getting started, our Florida generator rental team works year-round to ensure customers are prepared should disaster strike. 

There are many types of generators. They come in all shapes and sizes, with different voltages, suitable for a wide variety of power needs and facility requirements.

When utility power is interrupted or a temporary rental generator is required for the application, many factors must be taken into account before connecting a generator to the facility. The utility power must be isolated, the correct voltage identified, phase rotation determined, proper grounding and ventilation established, etc. To help address some of these concerns, the PSD Rental team provides free site surveys throughout the year to ensure every aspect of a customer’s temporary power application is documented. This helps minimize downtime and keeps everyone safe. 

“Our primary concern begins with safety for all parties, especially when renting a temporary generator,” said Steve Ferlita, Vice President – Power Systems Division Used Sales, Rental & GPP Manager.

To prepare for the diverse power requirements of customers within Ring Power’s territory, Power Systems Rental is constantly investing in new and pre-owned equipment to augment the generator rental fleet.  Currently more than 30 generator are being refurbished, and new Cat XQ rental generator inventory is expected to arrive soon.

Throughout hurricane season, PSD rental will continually communicate with other Cat dealers and plan with them to ensure our customers’ needs are met should the need arise to supplement any additional rental requirements.

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Joint Effort by Power Divisions Helps Send Spacecraft to the Moon

April 5, 2019 at 9:50 AMRing Power

Sometime this month, if all goes according to plan, an Israeli nonprofit organization called SpaceIL will land an unmanned spacecraft on the surface of the moon. If successful, Israel will become the fourth nation ever to land on the lunar surface. Beresheet is equipped with cameras, magnetic sensors and transmitters that will relay data to and from Earth. It will make three orbits around Earth and orbit the moon twice before touching down on the moon near Mare Serenitatis. When it lands, an instrument will measure the moon’s magnetic field to help scientists understand more about its formation.   After accomplishing its mission, the spacecraft will become a permanent monument on the lunar surface as the sun overheats its electronics. SpaceIL engineers hope that the time capsule left inside—containing digital files of the Bible, children’s drawings, Israeli songs, an Israeli flag, and memories of a Holocaust survivor—will help future moonwalkers learn about life on Earth in 2019.

The 1,290-pound spacecraft is named Beresheet, which is Hebrew for Genesis, and on Feb. 22 it launched from Cape Canaveral on its journey to the moon.

Getting the massive spacecraft to the launch pad took a little help from Ring Power’s Generator Rental team.

A few months before launch, Brett Jack (Orlando Power Systems Division Rental Sales), received a call from Expeditors International, one of his customers involved in the project. They had been tasked with transporting the spacecraft from Orlando International Airport to Cape Canaveral. To ensure the spacecraft and its delicate internal electronics made it safely to the Launchpad, the specialized shipping containers would need to maintain a set temperature.

Brett invited Expeditors International to our Orlando facility, gave them a tour and showed them the versatile generators that would be used to meet their critical requirements. Confident in Ring Power’s abilities to meet the needs of their project, they gave Brett the green light to get the generators and other equipment ready for the mission.

Because the transport project required Euro power voltage and distribution, Brett enlisted the help of our Entertainment Services division, who are well versed in power requirements from around the globe and carry the necessary distribution for such applications.

On the day of transport, Rob McKee (Orlando PSD Field Service Tech I), assisted by Entertainment Services, oversaw the flawless connection and startup of the generators to the spacecraft. As an added precaution, Rob traveled alongside the convoy as it made its way from Orlando International Airport to Cape Canaveral. The trip went without a hitch and the spacecraft was safely delivered to the launch pad.

Beresheet is equipped with cameras, magnetic sensors and transmitters that will relay data to and from Earth. It will make three orbits around Earth and orbit the moon twice before touching down on the moon near Mare Serenitatis. When it lands, an instrument will measure the moon’s magnetic field to help scientists understand more about its formation. 

After accomplishing its mission, the spacecraft will become a permanent monument on the lunar surface as the sun overheats its electronics. SpaceIL engineers hope that the time capsule left inside—containing digital files of the Bible, children’s drawings, Israeli songs, an Israeli flag, and memories of a Holocaust survivor—will help future moonwalkers learn about life on Earth in 2019.   

 

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Ring Power Announced as Cox Powertrain’s Florida Distributor

March 19, 2019 at 11:32 AMRing Power

Ring Power Corporation, one of Florida’s largest maritime propulsion specialists and North and Central Florida's Cat dealer, was recently announced as Cox Powertrain’s exclusive distributor for Florida. The announcement was made at the Progressive Miami International Boat Show where Ring Power has teamed with the British diesel innovator to promote its ground-breaking COX CXO300 diesel outboard engine.  Cox diesel outboard and Ring Power at boat show

The USA’s south-eastern seaboard region is a key market for Cox Powertrain and a high proportion of the company’s recreational sales are expected to come from the Florida boating community following 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.

“We believe the Florida market offers one of the most significant opportunities for Cox Diesel outboards in the Americas, if not globally,” said Ring Power’s President, David Alban. “The State of Florida provides both unique and diverse market segment opportunities for Cox diesel outboards and we are fortunate to have many of the best in class recreational outboard boat builders located here in Florida. “

“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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Ring Power and Crowley Maritime Reopen the Port of San Juan

September 29, 2017 at 10:07 AMRing Power

Ring Power Corporation has been working with Crowley Maritime Corporation to bring temporary power equipment to the Port of San Juan, Puerto Rico, where all terminals, warehouses and offices were closed and all operations suspended due to the impact of hurricanes Irma and Maria.


Three Cat® XQ2000 generators and ancillary equipment and cabling were supplied by Ring Power through Crowley, providing more than 5000 kilowatts of power to enable the port to resume operations so that the island can receive relief supplies and personnel.
The Port of San Juan reopened on Sat., Sept. 23, and is currently open for daylight transit only.

About Ring Power Corporation
Ring Power Corporation, North and Central Florida’s Cat® dealer, is headquartered in St. Augustine, Florida. Ring Power is comprised of eight divisions and has more than 55 years of experience servicing and supporting Cat® products and allied equipment. For more information, visit www.ringpower.com.

About Crowley Maritime Corporation
Headquartered in Jacksonville, Fla., Crowley Maritime Corporation is a U.S. owned and operated marine solutions, transportation and logistics company providing services in domestic and international markets. Crowley Maritime was founded in 1892 and today supports six primary maritime business segments. Additional information is available at www.crowley.com.

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Fluid Lab Runs Like a Well Oiled Machine

June 29, 2017 at 3:14 PMRing Power

Ring Power's Fluids Analysis Lab (a.k.a. “Oil Lab”) is one of the best in the nation.

Located in Tampa’s main service building, it houses about $1 million worth of high-tech diagnostic equipment and computer software and is staffed by a dedicated team of oil lab technicians ― five in Tampa and one in St. Augustine ― who process anywhere from 400 to 500 fluid samples each and every day!

Taking samples of oil, fuel and coolant to diagnose a machine’s operating condition is a good way to prevent component failures and unplanned downtime. Much like conducting biometric screenings to diagnose a person’s state of health, analyzing fluids is an accurate, reliable way to detect and resolve potential problems before they become major issues.

But putting 60+ samples an hour through a battery of sophisticated chemical tests without mixing them up is, by itself, no small feat.

Each fluid sample undergoes five tests ― depending on the fluid type and the preliminary results, some might require seven ― to check for viscosity, contaminants and wear metals. Think about that for a minute: That means our oil lab technicians must conduct and record the results for anywhere from 300 to 400 or more chemical tests every hour.

Add to that the extreme care that must be taken to ensure the validity of the test results ― measuring precisely, calibrating the equipment, following set procedures, keeping accurate records ― and you’ve got a real challenge.

Fortunately, our oil lab technicians are up to it.

Their days begin at 5:30 a.m., when Dennis Buckner brings in the sample bottles and sorts them by machine and fluid type. By 6:00, Sheri Delgado is hard at work, entering each sample into the LIMS (Laboratory Information Management System) database according to the tests it requires while Alice Martinez begins checking and calibrating the equipment, monitoring the operating procedures, and verifying the data entries. By 6:30, Amelia Cullen and Travis Veitch are running the samples through the gamut of chemical tests and by 8:00, Eileen Garcia is at her computer in WCC, evaluating and interpreting the new data, comparing it with established baselines and previous results to look for trends.

Two rotation wheels gently disperse the particles throughout the sample before particle count testing.

Working in the oil lab takes commitment, integrity and ― above all else ― teamwork.

A basic knowledge of engines, hydraulics, transmissions and power trains is also helpful. Our oil lab team keeps up on equipment technology via online studies; Eileen, who interprets the test data, and Sheri, who backs up Eileen, must be recertified by Caterpillar every two years for this important job.

We applaud our team of topnotch oil lab technicians for their commitment to excellence. In March, they processed 10,638 oil samples, setting a new record and putting them on track to beat last year’s total. It’s easy to see why Ring Power has been at the forefront for fluids analysis since 1974.