This week we are packing up all the equipment we will be shipping to Pack Expo in Chicago. We will have 5 pieces of equipment running in our booth. This includes 2 new versions of our Narrow Trak Spiral Conveyors.
These 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 Spiral with the 6″ wide conveying surface will be set up for side transfer to handle bottles and cans in a single file. This model will be a good alternative to side gripper conveyors because they can run at high speed and do not need to be adjusted for varying product sizes.
The Spiral with the 9″ wide slats is set up for end transfer of products and will run a variety of product sizes.
If you have a product you would like to test on our spirals, Ryson would be happy to test it during the show, or alternately we can test products in our shop and you are free to see it in person, or we can video tape it and send you a convenient link to view it. This is a courtesy we extend to all of our customers and prospects. Download the latest speck sheet for the Ryson Narrow Trak Spiral Conveyor.
Over the weekend, Ryson felt the effects of Hurricane Matthew. We were incredibly lucky to have avoided the main thrust of this distructive storm. We suffered no major damage, but we were without power until Tuesday mid-morning.
If you tried to call, we are sorry we were unable to answer, our phone system requires power. But our production floor was busy at work, resorting to traditional hand tools to try our best to keep up with our production schedule. It was a nice to see the Ryson team working around new challenges and still getting the job done.
We would like to send out our thoughts and prayers to those that felt the effects of this storm and didn’t fair as well as we did. Hope the repairs and healing happen as quickly as they can.
Ole Rygh, President and CEO of Ryson International
We are very proud to announce that Ryson’s President and CEO was recently re-elected to serve on the PMMI board of directors for another 4 year term. He was also appointed chairman of the PMMI show committee.
PMMI is a trade association made up of 760 member companies that manufacture packaging and processing equipment in the United States, Canada and Mexico. PMMI’s vision is to be the leading global resource for the packaging and processing supply chain with a mission to improve and promote members’ ability to succeed in a global market place.
The PMMI show committee is committed to enhancing the PACK EXPO brand of trade shows and conferences as world-class events for the packaging and processing industry. We welcome you to stop by the Ryson Booth at Pack Expo, Booth N-5528.
The Ryson Unit Load Spirals can convey cartons, cases, trays, totes and all sorts of packaged goods in a continuous flow. Central to our design is the Ryson proprietary overlapping slat-style belt that provides a smooth and efficient conveying surface, suitable for all types of conveyable items. This is very useful in production facilities that convey different sized units or configurations, because a single spiral can be used for multiple lines.
This week we finished a spiral that is used to feed various types of pudding packages from the packaging area to a spiral freezer. Our integrator partner, Nercon Engineering and Manufacturing, is feeding the spiral (Model 1700-600) with two production lines running product 2-abreast into our 17”-0” tall spiral. The 24” wide slat surface is separated into two lanes using a center guide rail. As you can see from the video, the spiral can handle many different package sizes.
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.
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.
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.
Simply 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.
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.
The 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.
Our 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.
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.
We’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.
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.
The 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 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.