Nov 16

Ryson Spiral for the Craft Beer MarketUsing Ryson Spiral Conveyors in the beverage and craft beer market is getting some good attention. Such is the case with this highly visible spiral.

This week we shipped this spiral to a craft brewery in Indiana for our integrator partner Van Zyverden. It’s color is called Tele-Magenta and will do the lifting in a state-of-the-art packaging line.

This spiral will elevate trays of beer cans from the production area to the packaging area at a rate of 60 CPM. The trays enter this spiral at 4’0″ and elevate them to an overhead conveyor at 11’6″. This 1300-400 spiral also has an extended infeed to minimize ancillary conveyors in the layout.

Ryson Spirals can be powder coated in most RAL colors, or stainless steel. Whatever your reason for choice of color, Ryson is happy to accommodate.

Ryson offers many custom options and configurations, color being one of them. If you would like more information on Ryson Spirals, visit www.ryson.com, or read more stories about custom color options on our weekly blog.

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Nov 08

Ryson High Speed RotatorThe Ryson High Speed Rotator has the ability to rotate loads inline 90º or 180º. This specialized conveyor is used in packing lines where products need to be rotated upside down or to one side without delay or product damage. The Ryson High Speed Rotator can accommodate a wide range of load sizes without adjustment.

This week we’ll be shipping a high speed rotators for our Integrator Partner, Sentry Equipment. Sentry’s customer had a need to turn their display cases upside down just prior to the case palletizer, so that they can be stacked with that orientation.

 Ryson High Speed RotatorThe 16” wide tracks rotate the cases 90 degrees, then again another 90 at a speed of 120 FPM. This rotator is shown without the mandatory safety enclosure. These rotators are available in of 12”, 16”, 20” and 24” slat widths.

 Other applications of the rotator is in wineries where cases of empty wine bottles are rotated to uncase the bottles to the filling line.

You can read more application stories about the Ryson High Speed Rotator in this weekly blog, or visit the Ryson Website. The video below shows exerpts from the FAT video we sent to our integrator partner.

 

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Nov 02

Custom Spiral Options: Every Ryson Spiral is made to order. Each spiral is built to our customers specifications, including infeed height, elevation change and angle of incline, to name a few. We we also offer many more non-standard options.

Ryson Conveyor with Custom Spiral Options

Ryson Spiral with a modified angle of the infeed tangent

This week, we shipped a spiral that had several custom options. Mechanically, this model 1500-400 spiral features a custom infeed angle to better fit into the customers layout.  The spiral is also equipped with the safety prox switches pre-wired to a terminal box. In addition to the chain tension and motor overtorque sensors, optional retro reflective sensors were added at the in and outfeed of  the spiral to detect jams.

When a spiral is installed in the field, prewiring options can save time and money. Custom angles can potentially save even more floorspace and can solve line layout challenges in a tight space.

If you would like more information on custom Spiral options, visit www.ryson.com and request information on our form. You can also read about other custom applications on our weekly blog.

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Oct 26

The Ryson Wide Trak Spiral can add line compatibility in applications where different sized products are conveyed.The Ryson Wide Trak Spiral can add line compatibility in applications where different sized products are conveyed.

A perfect example is this spiral that was recently installed for a frozen pizza manufacturer. The pizzas are presented to our 30” wide slat surface either single file (for the large pies) or two-abreast (for the smaller ones). A simple diverter at the discharge conveyor directs them to the correct exit route, based on which size they are running at the time.

We specified our new Wide Trak model 2200-760 to accept over-wrapped pizzas from the freezer discharge, down nine feet to the packaging line. We see a great deal of applications where there’s a need to decline from a spiral freezer.

This Wide Trak was built in our hybrid stainless steel version. The spiral runs between 150 and 200 FPM and has an optional inside guide rail.

For more information about our Wide Trak Spirals, visit www.ryson.com, or read more wide trak application stories on our weekly blog.

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Oct 09

Ryson Dual Track Spirals are an ideal solution for even more space savings because they allow 2 lanes of product flow within one spiral structure.

 Ryson Dual Track Spirals

This week we shipped another one of our Dual Track Spirals for our Integrator partner, Garvey Corporation.

This 1300-400/2300-400 machine contains two independent lanes of 16” wide overlapping slats in a nine foot diameter footprint. In this case, Garvey will take the output of the case packer and split them into two lanes prior to the spiral. The high level palletizer requires a dual infeed (cases infeeding two-abreast). The spiral conveys various cases of cans of paint at 120 FPM at rates up to 75 cases per minute to a discharge height of 10’-6”.

Two tracks operate independently within one spiral structure. Both tracks can go up or down and can optionally be reversible. Only one drive motor is required for each track, resulting in substantial savings in energy, controls and systems integration. If you would like more information on our dual track spirals, visit ryson.com, download the spec sheet, or read more application stories on our weekly blog.

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Oct 05

Bag Handling Spirals: The Ryson Unit Load Spiral Conveyors are most widely used for cases and totes, but they are also well suited for bags and pails.

Bag Handling SpiralsThis week we’re highlighting a spiral that will be handling bags of Rice, ranging in weight from 25 to 100 lbs.

This 1600-500 model spiral, sold by our integrator Premier Tech, declines bags from an elevation of 16’ down to 10’ to a high level palletizer at a rate of 30 bags per minute.This spiral will be mounted on our extended leg support structure and was configured in a way not to interfere with the pallet dispensing system.

Ryson has much experience with conveying bags and sacks – everything from whey powder to kitty litter. If you would like more information about the Ryson Unit Load Spirals, visit our website, or read more application stories on our weekly blog.

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Sep 21

This week we’re shipping one of our hybrid wash-down Narrow Trak Spirals to a food products company.

wash-down narrow trak spiralsThis model 1100-150 spiral will be used to incline packed cheese loafs about 6 feet to an overhead conveyor. The spiral will transfer 100 loaves per minute with the spiral running at 150 FPM.

Because the spiral will be installed in a wash-down area, the spiral is equipped with our new Solid Lube Bearings that are impervious to the cleaning solutions and methods used in food processing areas. The spiral is also outfitted with an automatic chain lube system that the customer will use to re-lube the drive chain after every cleaning event.

The Ryson Narrow Trak Spirals are great space savers with high throughput that 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.

For more information on the Ryson Narrow Trak Spirals, visit www.ryson.com or read more application stories on our weekly blog.

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Sep 07

dynamic vertical bufferTwo Ryson Spiral Conveyors can be used together to provide a dynamic vertical buffer. 

A perfect example is this current project: Next week we’ll be shipping this combination of an up and down spiral that will serve as a dynamic vertical accumulation buffer. Our Integrator partner, Conveyor & Caster EFI, needed to create a method of dynamically storing over-wrapped absorbent products in the case of a downstream interruption in line flow. 

dynamic vertical buffer spirals

 

The two Ryson model 1500-400 spirals (15’ tall) contain over 150 feet of conveyor length creating room for about (130) packs or about seven minutes of buffer. When the case packing operation stops, packs are diverted into the up spiral, while shifting to a lower speed, thereby creating smaller gaps between the loads. When the line flow resumes, packs are metered into the line from the spirals and the buffer is emptied.

Stay tuned for the case history of an upcoming project where we are doing the same type of off-line buffering on a very tall reversible spiral in front of a robotic palletizer. If you would like more information on how Ryson Spirals can create a dynamic vertical buffer, visit www.ryson.com or read examples of past projects on our weekly blog.

 

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Aug 10

Ryson always welcomes a customer visit. It is a great way for customers to familiarize themselves with our vertical conveying equipment, how they are constructed and how to best maintain them.

Ryson offers a customer visit to our integrators and potential customers.

Ryson welcomes plant tours for our integrator partners and potential customers.

This week we hosted an inspection by an automotive parts manufacturer. The customer sent various personnel, including operations, production design and maintenance to witness their product running on one of our spiral test units.  Our review of their production line layout helped us understand their needs for our Narrow Trak spirals and the critical issues (like infeed and outfeed transitions) that we need to address going forward.

 The visitors were then given a demonstration of the preventive maintenance procedures by one of our senior technicians and a walk-through of our manufacturing facility and parts storage areas.

If you are interested in a plant tour, or testing your product on one of our spirals, give us a call. We would be happy to visit with you. Check out some more stories from customer visits to our manufacturing plant on our weekly blog. Read more about our commitment to customer service on our website.

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Jul 27

Ryson TCO

Ryson’s spirals are designed and manufactured to provide a lower total cost of ownership (TCO) when considering all costs associated with owning and operating equipment for vertical transportation of goods; initial price, shipping, installation, operation, maintenance, consumables, and reconfiguration.

TCO - Total Cost of ownership

There is a lot more costs associated with equipment than just the purchase price. Image © PMMI, developed by the OpX Leadership Network.

 

 

Capital equipment acquisition in many ways is analogues to an iceberg.  Most of the focus is on the readily visible part, the initial purchase price, however much more lies hidden beneath the surface and requires some investigation to ascertain.  A “Total Cost of Ownership” analysis reveals many hidden costs that can occur in: Shipping, Installation and Startup, Facility Requirements, Maintenance, Consumables, Utilities, and Removal or Reconfiguration.

A good example of these concepts would be two vehicles, one with a low purchase price but that gets poor fuel mileage and requires frequent costly maintenance verses another that has a higher purchase price but that gets good mileage and requires infrequent maintenance with reasonably priced components.  Obviously the first will require less initial investment but with time it will cost more to “own” especially if used frequently and for long distances.  If you include other less tangible costs like loss of use, or substitution costs, when the resource is unavailable because of repair and incidental costs like towing when the vehicle unexpectedly breaks down, the total cost of the initially less expensive option becomes rapidly more expensive to own than the other option. 

End of life or usefulness costs also need to be considered.  The cost, or return, of disposing of or modifying the unit needs to be considered in the TCO.  For example if a truck is being used to transport materials and after three years the requirements change and the truck is no longer suitable as is, the truck must be replaced.  However, if the bed of the truck can be modified for a reasonable amount, the useful life of the truck is extended, potentially significantly reducing its total cost of ownership.

The industry group PMMI working with the OpX Leadership Network facilitated a group of Consumer Packaged Goods companies and suppliers to these companies to develop a process that outlines developing a TCO analysis.  This document is available at https://www.opxleadershipnetwork.org/ for reference.

Many of the design features of Ryson’s spirals provide the benefit of addressing TCO.

  • The small footprint reduces the space required to vertically transport product.
  • Overlapping slats provide a continuous conveying surface that provides high throughput.
  • Rolling slat support removes sliding so lubrication is not needed and power requirements are reduced.
  • The modular design allows the spiral to be reconfigured for a fraction of the price of a new spiral.
  • The bearings are sealed for life and automatic chain tensioning reduce maintenance requirements and make maintenance scheduling predictable.
  • Horizontal infeeds and outfeeds provide the gentlest possible transitions for the product being handled.
  • Many more.

It is beyond the scope of this introductory blog to cover these and other features in detail.  You can find more information in other associated Ryson blogs or by contacting Ryson at sales@ryson.com. Our Vertical Conveying Solutions Video (below) goes into some more detail on how Ryson Equipment can help with cost savings.

 

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