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.

 

 

Do you have a generator rental plan?

June 1, 2017 at 3:18 PMRing Power

Rental Generators, Air Compressors, Load Banks, Transformers and More: Ring Power has what you need to prepare for Hurricane Season

Hurricane season is officially underway. While no one can be absolutely certain what the season holds, experts are calling for 2017 to be an above average season with 11 to 17 named storms, five to nine hurricanes and two to four major hurricanes possible. It only takes one storm to cause major devastation, and even smaller storms can cause significant damage and power outages lasting days to weeks.

The loss of productivity can be devastating if you aren't prepared. Why put your business at risk? With Cat generator sets, you can trust that your facility will be ready in the event of an unplanned power outage.

Ring Power’s team of Power Systems experts can help you prepare for the unpredictable.

Ring Power provides rentals of:

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

Transformers

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

In addition to one of the most diverse rental equipment fleets in the country featuring heavy equipment, lift trucks, cranes and specialized utility equipment, Ring Power sells and services both new and used generators, as well as all makes and models of the machines you need to prepare for, power through or recover from any storm.

Don’t wait until it’s too late. Open an account today and be “rental ready” when the need arises.  

Download our Contingency Planning Guides

See Ring Power’s Equipment Lineup

See Ring Power’s Specialized Utility Equipment

 

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Ring Power Corporation Names Two New Members to Board of Directors

March 30, 2017 at 10:57 AMRing Power

Ring Power Corporation Chairman and President Randal L. Ringhaver and the board of directors are pleased to announce the appointments of Frank Streva to the office of Senior Vice President, Director of Used Equipment Sales, and Brian Cholmondeley to the office of Senior Vice President, Director of Power Systems. 

Streva joined Ring Power as Used Equipment Sales Division Manager in January after 12 years with another Cat dealership, Louisiana Machinery Co. While at Louisiana Cat, Streva worked in a variety of roles in finance, sales, and operations and earned a Six Sigma Master Black Belt. Streva has a bachelor's degree in marketing from Louisiana State University.

Cholmondeley began his career with Ring Power in June 1994 after graduating from Flagler College.  Cholmondeley has held various positions since then, including heavy equipment sales representative, assistant governmental sales manager, Cat Rental Store East Coast Sales Manager, Cat Rental Store General Manager and, most recently, Power Systems Division Manager. In 2011, Cholmondeley was named an assistant vice president and in 2013, vice president.

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

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Ring Power Corporation Announces Appointment of Power Systems Division Manager

March 14, 2017 at 11:42 AMRing Power

Brian Cholmondeley has been named Power Systems Division Manager for Ring Power Corporation.  He replaces Vaughn Beasley, who retired March 8 after a career spanning 36 years with the company.

Cholmondeley began his career with Ring Power in June 1994 after graduating from Flagler College. In his 23 years with the company, Cholmondeley has held various positions, including management trainee, heavy equipment sales representative, assistant governmental sales manager, Cat Rental Store East Coast Sales Manager, and most recently Cat Rental Store General Manager. In 2011, he became an assistant vice president and in 2013, was elected as vice president.

“Brian has exhibited great leadership skills throughout his tenure with Ring Power, developing a strong team that is focused on our customers.  We look forward to his continued success working with the Power Systems division,” commented Kevin Robbins, Executive Vice President of Sales.

Cholmondeley will be responsible for overseeing the company’s power systems operations, including new and used commercial and industrial engine and generator sales; power equipment rental; marine engine sales; and compressed air equipment sales.

“I am very excited to assume my new role at Ring Power,” stated Cholmondeley.  “I look forward to the opportunities that lie ahead and hope to continue building upon the successes of the Power Systems team.”

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 55 years of experience servicing and supporting Cat products and allied equipment. For more information, visit www.ringpower.com.

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Tampa MCRC Earns Timken Silver Certification

February 24, 2017 at 10:19 AMRing Power

Tampa’s Heavy Equipment Major Component Rebuild Center recently achieved silver certification from The Timken Company, receiving a plaque and banner as a source of pride for employees and clear evidence to customers that the MCRC facility is “Timken Bearing Certified.”

The certification process is done in conjunction with Timken’s bearing maintenance training programs. Prior to training, a Timken engineer conducts a rigorous evaluation of the processes and equipment used to store, remove, install and maintain bearings. Following the training, the Timken engineer returns for the post-training audit.

Being designated Bearing Certified means that the MCRC adheres to the highest standards in bearing service and confirms that solid processes are followed and the appropriate equipment is in place to ensure proper bearing maintenance. 

Ring Power's MCRC rebuilds and repairs diesel engines, transmissions and torque converters, power train components, provides engine component services and dyno tests to meet Caterpillar® performance specs.

VIDEO: Parts.cat.com makes buying parts easy

January 11, 2017 at 10:36 AMRing Power

Did you know our Florida contractors and customers are now able to order Caterpillar heavy machinery parts online at parts.cat.com?

It's the fastest and easiest way to shop from over 1.4 million Cat® machine parts, including new, Cat® Reman, Cat Classic parts, and attachments.

To find the heavy equipment part your looking for, simply browse through the category section. Within a few clicks you'll find exacly what you need. You can even check local parts inventory. If you know the part serial number, it's even easier. Just enter the serial number and keyword and you'll find your parts in seconds.

Parts.cat.com - find the parts you need with the click of a button.

 

 

ThinkBIG Program Enrolls Largest Group Ever

August 3, 2016 at 3:31 PMRing Power
ThinkBIG, Technician Scholarship, apprentice

On Aug. 1, 11 ThinkBIG applicants and their families gathered in St. Augustine, Fla. for “signing day.”

“You guys are the cream of the crop,” Teri Brown (Customer Training Manager) told the newest ThinkBIG interns. “We chose you not just based on your mechanical aptitude tests and interviews, but also your attitude.”

The 11 students make up the class of 2018, and are the largest group ever to enter the program through Ring Power.

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

In addition to the heavy equipment technician track, a generator technician track is now available. Ring Power worked closely with Caterpillar to develop the curriculum for the new track — the first power systems ThinkBIG program in the world.

ThinkBIG is a technician scholarship program offered by Ring Power and five other Southeast Cat dealers in partnership with Caterpillar and South Georgia Technical College in Americus, Ga.

Welcome, Class of 2018!

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Not All NFPA Compliant Gensets are Created Equal

June 14, 2016 at 12:21 PMRing Power

 

While many stand-by natural gas generator set providers claim to be NFPA 110 compliant, not all compliant units are created equal. Ring Power CAT units meet T-10 compliance which ensures that your facility load is back operating within 10 seconds or less. The next time you consider a stand-by genset, be sure to read the fine print. Some NFPA 110 compliant offerings can take 30 seconds or more, leaving your facility longer in the dark.

If you have any questions or are interested in spec'ing a stand-by natural gas generator set, please contact Ring Power today.



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What Tier 4 Final Emissions Really Means

December 30, 2014 at 3:57 PMRing Power

Since 1996, a “tiered” series of emissions regulations has been in effect, establishing progressively stringent standards for allowable levels of oxides of nitrogen (NOx) and particulate matter (PM) released into the environment by new off-road and non-road diesel engines and equipment.

Essentially, Tier 0 engines are unregulated and most often mechanically rather than electronically controlled; Tier 1, Tier 2, and Tier 3 engines include technologies that have become increasingly sophisticated with each successive generation, using electronic engine controls, higher injection pressures and turbocharging systems to meet the emissions standards at each level.

The Tier 4 standards currently in force were actually initiated in 2008, with a goal of reducing PM and NOx emissions to a level 50-96 percent lower than the existing generation of diesel engines by 2015. A transitional step – Tier 4 Interim – was introduced in 2011, which required substantial reduction in PM while allowing for flexibility in lowering NOx. Tier 4 Final, which went into effect earlier this year, has tightened the standards for further reductions in NOx and hydrocarbon (HC) emissions.

To meet current emissions standards, Caterpillar and many other manufacturers have incorporated selective catalytic reduction (SCR) technology into their engine and equipment design. As a result, Cat dealers have had to learn how to service and maintain the innovative new systems and componentry that comprise this new technology.

For example, open crankcase ventilation filters (OCVs) need to be serviced or replaced periodically and diesel particulate filters (DPFs) need to be cleaned at regular intervals by a qualified technician. You may also find that belts, hoses, radiators and alternators require more frequent inspection due to the higher temperatures and operating pressures.

In addition, Tier 4 engines require ultra-low sulfur diesel fuel (ULSD) and CJ-4 low ash oil for a cleaner burn. Engines and equipment outfitted with SCR technology have a separate, on-board storage tank to hold the diesel exhaust fluid (DEF) used in after-treatment, which in turn requires special handling – and special mention here.

Tier 4 equipment owners need to understand the importance of working only with reliable vendors when purchasing DEF; and of storing their own supply in a cool, dry, well-ventilated area, out of direct sunlight. Manufactured to strict standards, DEF is a carefully blended solution of 32.5 percent high purity urea and 67.5 percent deionized water. Because temperature and time inevitably alter its concentration, DEF storage containers must be clearly dated. Contamination also affects concentration, which means storage containers must be clean and used exclusively for DEF.

 

The good news

By and large, meeting Tier 4 Final emissions standards is the responsibility of the engine manufacturers and equipment dealers. When the time comes to purchase new equipment, all you need to know is that your equipment dealer is prepared to provide the new maintenance practices required by the new components and technologies that come standard on Tier 4 Final engines.

Until then, you need not worry about Tier 4 Final at all. Tier 4 emissions requirements apply to new products only – not retroactively to any existing equipment – and at present there is no federal requirement to upgrade any existing engine to meet the new standards. Furthermore, Ring Power will be able to sell Tier 3 engines and equipment until the inventory is depleted and to service all previous generations indefinitely.

However, if your work involves bidding on governmental or public sector contracts, owning Tier 4 machines may give you a competitive edge. In that case, Ring Power has the inventory and expertise to assist you before, during and after your purchase – including Tier 4 classes for owners and operators – to help ensure you get the improved fuel efficiency, power and performance promised by the new emissions reduction technology.  

You are in good hands

Ring Power’s staff of training instructors and technical communicators have attended all of the Tier 4 training programs required by Caterpillar and are well prepared, not only to perform troubleshooting, maintenance and repair on Tier 4 Final engines, but also to instruct and train the service technician team.

Ring Power’s training department offers rigorous, ongoing Tier 4 Final training to bring service technicians up to speed with respect to the new, lower-emissions technology across all Ring Power equipment divisions. Any new machine – not just Cat, but any type, make or model of construction equipment, generator, air compressor, crane or forklift – that has a compression ignition diesel engine must now comply with Tier 4 Final regulations. To that end, Ring Power also requires all service technicians to enroll in the online curricula and hands-on training offered by their respective manufacturers.

 

The real bottom line

Although it sometimes seems a bitter pill to swallow, we need to remember that stricter emissions regulations were not imposed to punish companies that do off-road work or suppliers of off-road equipment. Every on-road vehicle has had to conform and comply, too. And, in the end, we all will be better off for it.

According to the EPA, reducing these emissions will annually prevent 12,000 premature deaths, 8,900 hospitalizations and one million workdays lost by the year 2030. Our children and our children’s children will thank us.

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