This week, we’re assisting our integrator partner G.C. Evans on a tricky installation in Canada. The end user, a canned foods co-packer needed the spiral to pass through a floor penetration and decline full cases from the second floor to the first floor.
Complicating the installation, was a second floor support beam that needed to pass through between the spiral body and it’s vertical chain return box. The Ryson Engineering Team designed and extended the infeed to provide adequate clearance which allowed the spiral to be assembled around the beam.
The Ryson modular design enabled us to ship this spiral in several pieces, allowing us to lower the body of the spiral through the hole penetration from the second floor and subsequently attaching the outfeed frame and return box.
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This spiral was custom designed with an extended infeed to fit around a structural beam.
Next month, Ryson will be exhibiting at Pack Expo East in Philadelphia. Not only are we excited to show off our brand new super compact Narrow Trak Spiral Conveyor with 9″ wide nesting slats, but we are also looking forward to talking with existing integrators and customers and meeting new ones.
The following is an example of how the constant product improvement program at Ryson helped one of our customers handle a new product on an existing Spiral Conveyor.
A major soft drink bottler recently introduced new shrink-wrapped bundles of miniature carbonated beverage cans in their Puerto Rico plant. They began experiencing handling issues on our spiral conveyor because the product was smaller than the product the spiral was originally designed for. The small footprint, light weight and slick bottom surface of the product all contributed to challenges with keeping the load from skewing during it’s trip up a 18 foot tall spiral at 200 feet per minute and 70 packs per minute.
In working with them, we developed a new slat design for our 12” and 16” wide slats. Instead of having two friction inserts on the slats, we introduced a design with four friction inserts. This added more gripping strength over a larger area of the load carrying surface, accommodating the smaller packages.
One of our technicians installed the new slats on the spiral, and the customer was pleased with the results. For more information on Ryson Spirals, Visit www.ryson.com.
We have had a successful 2016 and as we take time to pause and reflect, and ring in the new year this weekend, we would like to wish you a happy and successful 2017! We look forward to working with you in the coming year!
Ole Rygh – President and CEO of Ryson International
Seasons Greetings from Ryson International.
As 2016 comes to an end, we would like to convey our greetings and thoughts to our end users, integrator partners and suppliers.
This has been a busy year for Ryson. In addition to very high business volume, we have also seen the introduction of our Narrow Trak Spiral product line. This has greatly expanded our overall product portfolio and has been very well reviewed by our customers.
We have also expanded and reconfigured our manufacturing operation to increase capacity and improve productivity. As a result we have been able to reduce our lead times by approximately 20% and we see this as a very important competitive tool.
We are ready for new opportunities in the coming year and we look forward to working with you soon.
Last Month Ryson unveiled our new Narrow Trak Spiral Conveyors with a 6″ and 9″ wide slat at Pack Expo in Chicago. They are super compact vertical conveyors designed to handle small loads and 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. 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 new model is especially beneficial for the food, beverage, pharmaceutical, nutraceutical and personal care companies.
Ryson is the leading supplier of vertical conveying solutions to the food and beverage industry. A recent article in the Beverage Industry Magazine talked about the trends of SKU proliferation and the need for conveyors to run faster and be more flexible.
Ryson provides solutions for this trend. Ryson Unit Load Spiral Conveyors can
handle a great a variety of package types and sizes at speeds in excess of 200
feet per minute without the need for any change parts. The Ryson Mass Flow
Spiral Conveyors can convey full and empty bottles or cans in a single file or
In a continuous mass flow at a rate of up to 2000 units per minute.
Our Multiple Entry and Exit Spirals allow products to enter or exit at intermediate
elevations which provides space savings and operating flexibility in multi floor
production or order picking operations.
This week we shipped two model 2300-400 spirals to a specialty packaging manufacturer. This spiral model is typically used for high volume mass flow of glass bottles and cans, but because of this special application, we substituted our mass flow slats with our standard carton and case (overlapping-style) slats.
The customer needed to incline stacks of bliss box ends at 90 fpm with no orientation change and without shingling. Because the stacks were not strapped together, a delicate ride and a low angle of incline was required.
Pre-testing of the various products was done at our Yorktown, Virginia manufacturing facility and it was ultimately determined that this wide-diameter model would work perfectly for their application. Our chain and overlapping slat design allows smooth transportation of the stacks at around a 3.8 degree inclination angle.
One of our field technicians will be on-site in the coming weeks to assist in the re-assembly and start-up of their system. For more information on special applications solutions, visit www.ryson.com, or browse through our weekly blog.
Going into this Holiday season, we pause, reflect and and express gratitude.
We would like to pause and express our sincere appreciation for your confidence and loyalty. We are deeply thankful and would like to extend our best wishes for a happy and healthy Thanksgiving. Our employees take deep pride in our company and the spiral conveyors we hand-craft. It is because of you that we are growing, allowing us to fill more niches and conveying solutions we hadn’t even anticipated.
So in addition to counting our blessings for the growth and success of our company, we are thankful for you. Our customers. We would like to wish you a truly happy Thanksgiving and hope you find very long list of things you are thankful for. – The Spiral Team
This week Ryson is shipping a spiral that highlights some of the benefits of our brand.
This Unit Load Spiral will be installed into a production line of a leading yogurt manufacturing company. To save valuable aisle space on either side of the spiral’s diameter, the integrator specified the spiral constructed with a curved extended infeed which allows their production lines to be compacted, while providing the necessary aisle space between the lines for everyday operations.
To minimize implementation time once delivered, we also pre-wired the spiral with a motor disconnect (mounted at the base) and wired the two proximity switches (slack chain and motor overtorque safeties – standard on every Ryson Spiral) to a terminal box mounted on the center column.
This spiral is our 1600-500 model with a 20″ wide slat surface. It was specified in our Hybrid washdown finish, running at a speed of 120 feet per minute. Because it will be installed in an area with sloping floors it is also outfitted with swivel-style stainless steel legs.