Aug 17

Ryson TCO - Total Cost of OwnershipTotal Cost of Ownership (TCO): Save Space and increase throughput.

Ryson Spirals save more space than conventional incline and decline conveyors. They are also faster and more reliable then conventional elevators or lifts.

 

TCO: Save Space: Spiral Conveyors can allow expansion within an existing facility or can reduce the size of a new building. Both of these options can help lower your total cost of ownership. Ryson Spiral Conveyors clearly utilize space more effectively as illustrated in the below comparison. Ryson Spiral Conveyors also have a smaller footprint than conventional belt spiral lifts which need a much larger diameter to operate. They also have more throughput than bulky case elevators.

Save Space: Ryson Spirals Save more Space than incline Conveyor

Save more space with Ryson Spirals save than conventional incline and decline conveyors.

high throughput spiral

 

TCO: Increase Throughput. Ryson Spirals are faster and more reliable than any elevator or lift. They can operate at high speed and allow a continuous product flow. No adjustments are necessary for varying product sizes and no change parts are needed. The spiral operation is very simple and do not depend on any external indexing devices or controls.

Click here to download more information about how Ryson can save space in your production area. Read our overview story on total cost of ownership, or visit www.ryson.com. You can also read more ways that Ryson can help lower your total cost of ownership in 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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Aug 03

Ryson Mass Flow Spiral with special design featuresIn the next few weeks we’ll be shipping two custom Mass Flow spirals with some special design features.

These two stainless steel hybrid spirals will work as part of the bulk de-palletizing system for a major brewery.

The special design features include a top canopy cover and removable clear lexan side guard extensions to keep dirt and debris from entering the bottles during their transport to the filler.

They will raise and lower empty glass bottles at rates exceeding 1,100 per minute. The elevation change on this 1900-400 model spiral is 13 feet and is made of components designed to handle wet environments.

 Our Integrator Partner, Gebo Cermex Canada, specified Ryson to their customer based on our reputation in the mass flow spiral market, where we have many project sites in North and South America handling bottles, cans and jars in mass.

If you would like to learn more about our Mass Flow Spiral Conveyors, visit www.ryson.com. You can also read more stories about custom solutions on our weekly blog.

 

 

 

 

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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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Jul 20

Ryson offers two versions of stainless steel spirals that are suitable for wet environments. One has and all-stainless frame and structure. The other is a hybrid version where the center tube is our standard powder-coated aluminum construction and some of the components are zinc plated.

Ryson stainless steel spirals suitable for wet environments

Both versions can be equipped with either regular stainless steel bearings suitable for wet environments or stainless steel bearings furnished with our proprietary solid lubricant for more aggressive wash-down environments. 

Wet Environments: Care should be taken when cleaning spirals with our regular stainless steel bearings. Strong detergents, foaming cleaners, alcohol based cleaners, detergent based transfer liquids and high pressure or high temperature cleaning liquids will, over time, dissolve the grease in the bearings and chain, resulting in reduced operating life of the bearings and chain assembly.

The conveying surface should only be cleaned with a mild cleaner and rinsed with a low temperature and low pressure water. For more information on Ryson cleaning procedures for wet environment spirals, refer to the Ryson Maintenance Manual.

Ryson solid lube bearings

New proprietary solid lubricant which is impervious to detergents, mild acids and bases.

Wash-down Environments: For more aggressive wash-down requirements, we recommend our stainless steel bearings with a new proprietary solid lubricant which is impervious to detergents, mild acids and bases.  These bearings have no seal and can run completely immersed in water at any temperature and still provide lubrication for the life of the bearings. Such spirals will also be equipped with an automatic oiler to re-lubricate the chain assembly after cleaning. 

Ryson Spiral Conveyors are designed to handle packaged goods. Our Spirals are not intended to be used in direct food contact applications and do not comply with all USDA / FDA sanitary design requirements.

Read some stainless steel application examples from our weekly blog. For additional information, please visit www.ryson.com or call our sales department at 757.898.1530.

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Jul 13

Ryson offers an optional startup service. Customers and Integrators alike may opt for a Ryson Startup Service to ensure the spiral is integrated properly, and are set up to optimize the spiral operation.

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Ryson Service Tech makes final integration adjustments on a startup service.

A Ryson service tech will assist in the installation and startup of the spiral to assure the items conveyed are being handled properly. They will also inspect and consult for proper integration both mechanically and electrically. Every Ryson Service Tech is a certified PMMI trainer and will train the customers’ staff on the proper care and maintenance of the spiral.

Ryson is dedicated to providing excellent customer service and support. The Ryson Service Department is always available to assist with installation and service questions. While our products require very little maintenance, it is important that they are maintained correctly. Ryson offers factory or on site maintenance training designed to maximize the benefits of our products and to ensure a long and trouble free operating life.

Read more about our support on the Parts and Service page on www.ryson.com. You can also read some more installation stories on our weekly blog.

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Jul 06

Ryson Spirals in an Up and Over ConceptUp and Over Concept Frees Up Floorspace: This week we’re shipping two of our Narrow Trak Spirals that fill a rather frequent application for our spiral conveyors: Free up floor space by taking empty plastic bottles from a bulk de-palletizing area, up single file, to an overhead conveyor and back down to the filler.

Our Narrow Trak 1700-150’s have a 6” wide slat and they are built to allow the bottles to side transfer in and out to and from Arrowhead’s flush-mounted table top conveyor. By inclining to the overhead, the end-user frees up floor area for movement of raw materials and finished goods. The spirals are running at a speed of 130 FPM with a bottle transfer rate of 250 per minute. The spirals have an upper elevation of 9’-6” and are powder coated with a standard white color.

Our Integrator Partner on this project is Arrowhead Conveyor Corporation. If you would like more information on our new line of Narrow Trak Spiral Conveyors, visit our website, download the NT spotlight, or read more NT Spiral stories on our weekly blog.

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Jun 27

This week we are shipping a special application Mass Flow Spiral Conveyor. Custom designed center lane dividers will turn a single spiral into 4 separated lanes.

Ryson Special Application Mass Flow Spiral ConveyorThis impressive unit is one of our 1900-400 Mass Flow Spirals with a 16” wide slat conveying surface that is  divided into 4 lanes. It will convey single serving desert packs to an elevation of 14’-0” at a rate of over 300 per minute per lane.

Our Integrator Partner, BW Integrated Systems, utilized the spiral to elevate the packs and transport them overhead to a downstream spiral chiller. The spiral will run between 100 and 150 feet per minute. It is our Hybrid stainless steel model suitable for the customer’s wet environment.

Each Ryson Spiral is custom built to the customer’s requirements, and there are many additional options available. Visit www.ryson.com for more information about how spirals can be customized to your needs, or view some custom application stories on our weekly blog.

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Jun 22

Ryson Spiral Conveyor Automatic Chain Tensioner reduces maintenance down-time and prolongs the life of the spiral. All Ryson Spirals are supplied with an automatic chain tensioner. It is part of our effort to help our customers reduce their total cost of ownership.

Ryson Spiral Conveyor Automatic Chain TensionerAll Ryson Spirals are equipped with an automatic chain tensioner that ensures the chain is in proper tension at all times. The chain will stretch over time – especially during the break-in period of the first 200 – 400 hours of operation. – The chain tensioner takes up the slack, eliminating the need for  frequent chain shortening, but the chain must be shortened when the chain stretches beyond the tensioner’s capacity to compensate. This may be required several times during the first year of operation, depending on the length of chain, load weight and chain speed.

The chain needs to be shortened when the tension bar is at or below 0 degrees (horizontal). A sensor will detect when the chain has stretched to the  point where the chain needs to be shortened.

It is important to keep the chain in tension at all times. In fact a poorly tensioned chain, along with less than ideal integration are the leading causes of premature spiral wear.

Chain shortening of a Ryson Spiral is a simple process that can be done in a few minutes, reducing your production down-time. Shortening of the chain can only take place at the in or outfeed sprockets and can be done most conveniently at the low level. There are several master links  in the chain-slats and are clearly marked.

You can download Ryson’s detailed chain shortening guide here.

 

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Jun 15

We talk a lot about Ryson lower cost of ownership. The following is a real life illustration that our brand outlasts our competitor’s spirals and are far less expensive to maintain over their life.

Ryson lower cost of ownership - a 16 year old spiralA few weeks ago, an old 1600-500 Spiral was shipped back to our manufacturing plant to be repurposed. The spiral came from Kentucky. It was reconfigured in our manufacturing plant and is shipping to a new site in Colorado.

 The spiral was originally built in 2002. All components and wear items were still in good operating condition sixteen years later.

The reconfiguration included changing the spiral from an inclining to a declining conveyor. A new type of transition rollers and adjustable guide rails were added to the infeed and outfeed sections.

This is a testament to the reliability and longevity of our spiral conveyors. It also highlights how an initial investment in a Ryson Spiral can over time reduce your total cost of ownership.

For more information on Ryson Spirals, and how they can help lower your total cost of ownership, visit www.ryson.com, or read relevant stories on our weekly blog.

 

 

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