Sep 23

This week we shipped a tall spiral that left our factory floor in five sections. This 35′ tall High Capacity 1700-600 Spiral will be installed in an existing 3 level order picking mezzanine, so it would be impossible to install it in one piece.

Our Integrator Partner, lntelligrated, worked with our engineering and service departments on a method of rigging the five sections by stacking them on top of each other, because the deck penetrations are internal to the structure and each section needs to pass through the clearance between levels, which is why you see the castered base sections in the time lapse video below.

Disassembling a 5-piece

 

This spiral will be running at 180 feet per minute and will see a throughput rate of  30 products per minute. It will be one of seven spirals implemented into the distribution centers layout, including one in a -10 degree F freezer. This spiral also has an induction conveyor on level 2 where sealed cases and totes will be inducted into the spiral.

We will be sending one of our senior technicians to the project site to assist the lntelligrated riggers and millwrights on the installation and re-assembly of the spiral. We also plan a future site visit to oversee start-up and provide operator and maintenance personnel training on the use and care of our spirals.

This project was an example of how Ryson’s modular design and flexibility allowed us to support our integrator partners with a solution to a rather challenging project. It’s not the kind of project we do every day, but it is a testament to our customer support and the flexibility of our products.

 

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Sep 16


Ryson invites you to register for Pack Expo for FREE.

We are happy to announce that we are able to offer you a complementary registration to attend PACK EXPO International 2016 in Chicago, November 6-9.  PACK EXPO International will be the world’s largest processing and packaging show, with over 45,000 attendees from over 40 vertical markets, more than 7,000 international buyers from 130 countries and more than 2,000 exhibiting companies occupying over 1.1 million square feet.

Register FREE at Pack ExpoSimply visit packexpointernational.com and click register. Enter comp code 71D96 during the registration process and the registration fee will be waived prior to checkout.

So if you plan to attend, enjoy the show on us, and we hope to see you there. Ryson’s booth number is N5528. Click here to get more info about the show and our booth.

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Sep 09

Last week we hosted another Factory Acceptance Test (FAT), where our integrator partner, D.I. Engineering Corporation, inspected the spiral conveyor we were preparing to ship to their customer, an overseas beverage packaging facility handling cases of full PET bottles.

ryson-meeting-roomThe inspection began with a review of the approval drawings and specifications and continued with a review of the spiral integration requirements and their system layout and design.

Here our controls engineer is going over the electrical controls system design. We went on to the operational testing of the spiral, including loading the spiral with cases to observe it’s handling characteristics and conducting various operating scenarios. During this time, motor amperage and temperature were monitored during a dry run period.

learn-to-shorten-chainOur Service Manager then reviewed our Preventative Maintenance of the spiral, including the chain shortening procedure. A review of our maintenance manual and recommended spare parts list followed.

Our technicians then demonstrated how the spiral was to be stood up and the proper rigging procedure the installation crew should follow on site once the spiral arrived.

Ryson gladly sets up both product testing and factory acceptance tests as part of our commitment to customer service. For more information, or to contact us with questions or to set up a FAT, product test or tour, please visit www.ryson.com.

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Sep 02

The Ryson Spiral modular design and custom engineering allows them to be used in some unique applications, some where other alternatives are not as viable.

Spiral Handling BagsWe’re shipping this spiral out next week as part of an integrated system designed by our Integrator Partner Sierra Conveyor for a packer of fresh fruits and vegetables. The spiral declines bags of “pre-kitted” packaging materials (cups, clamshells, party platters etc.) to a sanitary packing line where the fruits or vegetables are put into those containers for delivery to retail food establishments.

Our 1700-600 all-stainless-steel design is outfitted with 6” tall white UHMW guide rail on the inside and outside of the spiral. Our 24” wide standard overlapping slats allow us to handle these loose plastic bags without getting caught in between the slats during their 10’-6” elevation change from the mezzanine picking area to the floor level.

This application is a good example of how our overlapping slats can provide a smooth conveying surface for less ridged loads. For more information on Ryson’s Spiral design and different applications, visit www.ryson.com or our YouTube channel.

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Aug 26

This year at Pack Expo Ryson will be unveiling two new versions of their Narrow Trak Spiral Conveyor. They are great space savers with high throughput.

Ryson Narrow Trak Spiral ConveyorThe Narrow Trak Spirals are super compact vertical conveyors designed to handle small loads. Our nesting slats have the capacity to reliably end-transfer small cartons and packages or side-transfer small bottles or containers in a single file or in a continuous mass flow.  The spiral conveyors are equipped with our new 6” and 9” wide nesting slats which provide an efficient flat conveying surface without gaps. These spirals can run at speeds in excess of 200 fpm.

The Narrow Trak spirals offer a significantly larger elevation change capacity than what is currently available in the small package marketplace. They are also a good alternative to side gripper conveyors because they can run at high speeds and do not need to be adjusted for varying product sizes. This compact unit is equipped with the Ryson proprietary low friction chain slat arrangement which assures high capacity, high speed, low energy consumption, low maintenance and long life.This new model is especially beneficial for the food, beverage, pharmaceutical, nutraceutical and personal care companies.

 

ryson at pack expoPack Expo will be held in Chicago, November 6-9. Visit the Ryson booth N-5528. Please click here for more information.

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Aug 19
Ryson Spirals with pre-wiringRyson offers pre-wiring and controls options for all our vertical spiral conveyors.
The pre-wiring options can greatly reduce the time and cost of installation. The most common option is to add and pre-wire the motor disconnect switch. Other popular options include prewiring of the chain tensioner and motor over torque sensors to a common terminal enclosure.
The stand alone control option is an especially attractive option if a spiral is replacing existing equipment or if an additional line is being installed.
Ryson has published a product spotlight describing the pre-wiring and controls options, and is available for download on ryson.com.

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Aug 12

Ryson spirals are designed to vertically transport materials with a small footprint. It is the attention to detail that has put Ryson at the top of the market. One example of this is the attention to the safety designs built into the spiral. Safety considerations are incorporated to help protect the products being conveyed, the employees working near the spiral and the longevity of the spiral itself.

Spiral-CalloutsOne of the the most important safety design is the motor over torque assembly, which will stop the spiral in the event there is a jam, protecting the product and the spiral itself. There is also a chain tensioning device that enables the spiral to keep a tight chain as it stretches over time. This helps reduce wear of the chain and sprockets.

At the infeed and discharge of the spiral, special considerations have been made to reduce the pinch-point areas and to make the transition as smooth as possible, minimizing wear to the materials being conveyed and for the safety of the operators.

Undercover plates and side guards are standard, shielding operators from moving parts such as chain and pinch points. Depending on the model, slats are designed to be either nesting or overlapping, reducing the possibility of things getting caught on the conveying surface.

Optional features include missing slat detectors and inside guide rails.

The safety of our Spiral Conveyor design is part of our commitment to quality and customer service. If you would like more information on the Safety and Maintenance of our spirals, please visit www.ryson.com or download our maintenance guide.

 

 

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Aug 05

“Ryson Spirals are Delightfully Flexible” That’s what John Davis of Vermillion Conveyor Systems said about our ability to create spiral configurations to meet his layout challenges for a major food manufacturer’s case handling system.

Spiral-InfeedThe spiral Vermillion Conveyor Systems ordered ships next week and is our Model 1300-400 with a 9’-0” elevation change.  The facility and line layout offered our  integrator partner a challenge and the Ryson engineering team was able to solve it with a custom modification of our standard “D” configuration. The discharge is at a custom angle, which allowed it to seamlessly fit in the layout and save valuable floor space.

Since the Ryson Spirals are modular, custom design is used to optimize the layouts of each job. Infeed, outfeed, speed, color, angle of incline and infeed/discharge tangents are all calculated to each specific project. If you would like more information on the modularity and configurability of our spirals, read more at www.ryson.com or download our new brochure.

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Jul 29

The following is a guest blog written by Scott Stone of Cisco-Eagle – One of our Integrator Partners.

Spiral conveyors are not only a space-saving measure, they also can help warehouses and distribution centers realize greater efficiency and throughput. 

Tall Ryson Case Spiral with TotesIf floor space is scarce in a warehouse, spiral conveyors are an obvious choice because utilizing vertical space is essential when square footage is at a premium. However, spiral conveyors are not only a space-saving measure, they also can help warehouses and distribution centers realize greater efficiency and throughput.

At Cisco-Eagle, we’ve worked with many different types of clients to identify and implement a customized solution that meets their needs, now and into the future. Let’s take a quick look at where spiral conveyors can add tremendous value for a warehouse or distribution center.

Efficiency in Design To expand and accelerate operations within an existing footprint, facilities often look to “go up” and utilize vertical space. Mezzanines, elevated conveyors, pick modules are just a few examples. Spiral conveyors provide the means to quickly and efficiently transport product between levels without disrupting the conveying process or requiring additional material handling.

Spirals work in a variety of circumstances from moving packaged goods in a distribution center to handling the mass flow necessary for a food or beverage distributor. Within a compact design, spiral are able to move product safely in an upward or downward directions, one of its flexible features.

Different configurations can meet different needs. For example, a dual track spiral conveyor can double product flow and density without taking up significant additional space.

High Throughput Integrating a spiral conveyor within an efficient system adds value to the business and creates efficiency throughout the facility. Spiral conveyors are able to move product in a continuous flow allowing for greater efficiency and higher throughput than any elevator or lift.

Reduced Energy Cost Energy costs can make up a good portion of a facility’s budget. Most businesses are examining every line item in an effort to squeeze the most out of every dollar. If spiral conveyors are replacing incline conveyors, there’s going to be a cost savings in energy. In most scenarios, spiral conveyors are low energy simply because they need only one drive to operate. Depending on specific needs and configuration, an incline conveyor with seven drives can be replaced with a spiral conveyor with just one drive.

cisco eagle logoWe’ve placed dozens of Ryson conveyors in facilities all over the country and look forward to creating more efficient operations with spirals well into the future.


Scott Stone is the Director of Marketing for
Cisco-Eagle, Inc., a provider of integrated material handling and storage systems for industrial operations. Scott has 25 years of experience in industrial operations and marketing.

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Jul 22

New Ryson NTThe newest addition to our spiral family, is the Narrow Trak model 1200-230. As you can see from this shot of our production floor, the Narrow Trak has become very popular. These spirals are all model 1200-230 machines and comprise two different projects. One project handling empty flaps-up cartons and the other project handling full cartons and shrink-wrapped bundles of glass bottles.

The Ryson Narrow Trak Spirals are super compact vertical conveyors designed to handle small loads. They are great space savers with high throughput.

The nesting slats have the capacity to reliably end-transfer small cartons and packages or side-transfer small bottles or containers in a single file or in a continuous mass flow. All at speeds in excess of 200 FPM. The nesting slats provide a smooth and safe conveying surface without gaps.

The Narrow Trak spirals offer a significantly larger elevation change capacity than what is currently available in the small package marketplace. They are also a good alternative to side gripper conveyors because they can run at high speeds and do not need to be adjusted for varying product sizes.

For more information about the Ryson Narrow Track Spiral Conveyors, please visit www.ryson.com, or download the brochure.

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