Spiral conveyors have several advantages over traditional incline conveyors. These photos show how a series of Ryson Case Spirals are used to streamline the packaging area of a winery.
The first two spirals lift the product overhead to clear aisle space and provide an open space for traffic and storage options. An incline conveyors’s footprint would have taken up considerably more floorspace.
The second series of spirals lowers the product and provides transportation to either a bundler or palletizer. This gives the customer ultimate packaging flexibility, un-clutters the conveyor footprint and streamlines the packaging process.
In the spring of 2003, Ryson International manufactured a spiral conveyor for a large coffee retailer distribution center. They needed to incline cases and totes between levels of a pick module.
Nine years later, the end-user asked their conveyor integrator: Conveyor Handling Company to re-design their system. A spiral would be needed to decline with different elevation parameters and speed. With Ryson’s proprietary modular design, repurposing an existing spiral is easy, and considerably less expensive than the cost of a new vertical conveyor.
The old spiral was shipped to our manufacturing plant and was reconfigured. We are preparing to ship it back to be installed in their new system layout — At a fraction of the cost of a new spiral.
What sets Ryson apart is that our modular designs allows for our customer’s spirals to be re-purposed to fit new line layouts. Many of these spiral reconfiguration projects are made in the field by our technicians, most of the time over a weekend.
Repurposing a 9-year-old spiral speaks volumes for the longevity and durability of our spiral conveyors and how we can lower the cost of ownership for our clients. Call the Ryson sales team if you think an existing spiral is a good candidate for reconfiguration.
The Dual Track Spiral Conveyor from Ryson is the most efficient way to convey vertically in a very small footprint. It can be used to vertically double the volume or to elevate two product lines within a single unit.
The Dual Track Spiral pictured to the right is part of an installation at a brewery. If you look closely at the two tracks you’ll notice they are running different package lines. This allows cartons to run up beside cases for example. This has the potential to simplify and reduce product flow in the palletizing area.
In addition to slat width flexibility of two parallel tracks, the lanes of the dual spiral can operate independently and can convey up or down, and can optionally be reversible.
Here is a great example of how a single Ryson Spiral Conveyor can span multiple levels of production. This tall down-spiral collects cases from the third floor production area, and conveys them through a hole in the floor towards the ground level. On the second floor, an induction conveyor merges cartons from the second level production area into the spiral.The conveyor then drops through the ceiling to an over-head conveyor system on the first floor which brings the mixed product cases to a sortation center and palletizer.
A high speed induction conveyor introduces the cases from the second level production lines.
The system has the ability to convey product from all production lines from levels two and three down to the palletizing level with a single spiral. This application saves valuable floor space and reduces the need for multiple vertical conveying systems.
Ryson’s sister company, Apollo BV – based in Holland, implemented this spiral application at a household plastic manufacturing plant in Nothern Germany.
We recently conducted a comprehensive factory acceptance test (FAT) on two tall stainless steel mass flow spiral conveyors for a major food manufacturer. These two spirals will handle full jars of various sizes at a rate of up to 750 jars per minute. The spirals will decline from 21′ – 5″ to the floor level. The spirals feature 16″ wide slats and have 11 1/2 turns declining at an angle of 4.2 degrees.
The customer had developed a comprehensive test protocol to verify that the spirals were manufactured to meet their design and performance specifications. This included an 8 hour dry run during which time critical operating characteristics were measured.
The integrator on this project is the Dennis Group of Springfield MA. The order also included two 16 foot tall case spirals with 16″ wide slats. To view video footage of the Ryson Mass Flow Spiral conveyor, visit Ryson’s YouTube Channel.
New advances in Ryson Spiral Conveyor technology offer significant productivity and operational benefits in a wide number of industries and applications where space for material handling systems may be limited — manufacturing, warehouse operations, packaging, bottling, and order fulfillment.
Ryson International developed its next generation spiral conveyors based on extensive input from end users and from research and development of promising technologies. This new generation emphasizes simplicity, modularity, quality, and reliability. These systems require minimal maintenance and are capable of long-term 24 hours a day operation.
Ryson Spiral Conveyors can save considerable floorspace compared to a decline conveyor
Saving Space Spiral conveyors are an attractive alternative to traditional incline conveyors because of their small footprint. This small space requirement means that these conveyors can be pre-assembled, pre-tested, and shipped in one piece to the end user. This makes installation and startup faster and less expensive.
Increased throughput The pressure to increase throughput is being felt by most companies today. Conventional elevators and lifts simply cannot keep up with this demand. Ryson spiral conveyors facilitate continuous product flow at speeds up to 200 feet per minute and are more reliable than any elevator or lift.
Additional Benefits Only one drive motor is needed, creating not only savings for system integration, but also conserving energy. Proprietary low-friction chain-slat arrangement assures low maintenance and long life, with the added benefit of lower noise levels — below 70 DB
To read a more detailed Whitepaper detailing the Advantages of Spiral Conveyor Technology, you can download the PDF here.
The Ryson Mass Flow Spiral Conveyors are gaining acceptance in the bottling industry. It’s ability to handle cans, jars and bottles – full and empty, makes it a versatile machine perfect for the food and beverage industry.
The design is based on the already proven Ryson Spiral technology and feature extended in and outfeed conveyor to enable smooth side transfer to and from external conveyors. The standard slat width for the High Capacity Mass Flow Spirals are 12”, 16” and 20” with capacities of up to 800, 1,200 2,000 units per minute respectively. The spirals are available in powder coated carbon steel, stainless steel and washdown versions.
Below is a video of a stainless steel high capacity mass flow spiral conveyor with 16″ wide slats. running a shop test with 12 oz empty glass bottles at a rate of 1,200 bottles per minute. This 11 1/2 turn spiral conveyor has an elevation change of 17′ – 0″ with a decline angle of 4.2 degrees. A spiral with this configuration could easily bring empty bottles from a de-palletizer to a high speed filler. If you would like more information about the Ryson Mass Flow Spiral Conveyor, you can download the product spotlight, or visit www.ryson.com.
An old Ryson Show Spiral is now at new packaging line at Sweetwater Brewery in Atlanta
Sweetwater Brewery in Atlanta, GA is expanding their production and packaging lines. They came to Ryson for their vertical conveying requirements and we were able to offer them a sweet deal on one of our “retired” show demo spirals.
This red demo spiral had been to several trade shows and had been replaced by our new high capacity model. To fit thier application, Ryson shortened the 1600-500 (20″ wide slats) spiral 3 feet and changed the in feed and out feet tangents from a C to an A configuration. This is another example where the proprietary Ryson modular design made it cost effective to reconfigure and repurpose a spiral. Sweetwater Brewing also has two existing Ryson Case Spirals on the production floor. They anticipate all lines will be running by mid March.
Once the production lines are up and running, Ryson will send a technician down to assure that the spirals are running good and have been properly integrated with the adjoining conveyors. Read this Ryson Blog entry for more details on repurposing ryson spirals, or call our sales team at 757-898-1530.
Plenty of interest at the Ryson booth at Modex 2012
The Modex show has been a smashing success for Ryson. We weren’t sure what to expect since this was the first Modex exposition, but the attendance is better than expected and Ryson gets to show off our new Spiral Conveyors to many new prospects and integrators.
Ryson’s booth is running a tall Case Spiral Conveyor with a 16″ wide slats and a High Capacity Spiral with 24″ wide slats. The High Capacity Spiral is running with two induction conveyors to demonstrate how we can introduce packages at intermediate levels into the spiral both in the up, and down direction. The Multiple Infeed Spiral is getting much attention in the warehousing and distribution marketplace.
Every Ryson Spiral Conveyor is custom built. Infeed and discharge elevations and angle of incline/decline are taken into account when our engineering team starts to design each spiral. Other factors, including load weight and size are also taken into consideration. Our Spiral team works closely with our customers and integrators to ensure a smooth installation and product flow during operation.
Our manufacturing plant recently shipped a stainless steel – hybrid wash-down – spiral conveyor with a custom engineered extended infeed. Our Integrator - Kaufman Engineered Systems – needed to align the Ryson Spiral Conveyor into their line layout. We were able to save them the expense of having to utilize a separate short section of powered conveyor to connect to their packer.
This concept also reduces energy consumption and simplifies integration, because the extended section is driven by the spiral’s drive motor. The spiral conveyors will be handling cases of yogurt coming out of a packer at a name brand yogurt facility.
If you have a project that could benefit from the small footprint of a Ryson Spiral Conveyor, you can find out more information at www.ryson.com. If you fill out the get more information form, our sales team with promptly follow up with you.