This month, Canadian Packaging Magazine did a feature story on a new Unilever Ice Cream Plant, combining cutting-edge production and packaging technology with uncompromising food safety requirements.
Photo Courtesy Canadian Packaging Magazine, Photo by Naomi Hiltz
The article is highlighting Unilever’s focus on food safety and their commitment to being an environmentally responsible operation.
This new facility has four Ryson Spiral Conveyors conveying several carton sizes and shrink wrapped ice cream tubs from floor level up to a 12 foot elevation where the products are conveyed to the end-of-line packaging operation.
Ryson Spirals need less floor space than conventional incline conveyors and are faster and more reliable than any elevator or lift. As the understanding of the benefits of the Ryson Vertical Conveying solutions grows, we see increased sales with our neighbors to the North and the South.
Walking the floor of Ryson’s Manufacturing plant in Yorktown Virginia, there is always an array of different colored spirals being manufactured.
Some integrators have no color preference, but others may have a specific color in mind. Some choose color based on other equipment in the plant, some choose bright colors for safety concerns and yet others choose a color to reflect their companies branding. That is the case with the spiral in this photo. It will soon ship to a distribution center for a department store chain.
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. The integrator on this project was Kuecker Logistics Group.
On a typical Factory Acceptance Test, Ryson prepares a thorough demonstration of its’ Spirals to customers. Attention to details about proper installation, integration and maintenance topics ensures the Spiral will live a long life and that the customer is satisfied.
Ryson Staff talk a customer through key installation and maintenance points while conducting a Factory Acceptance Test
This week we conducted a Factory Acceptance Test (FAT) with the project engineer for a food manufacturer. The two 1500-400 spirals feature extended infeeds and are hybrid wash down. The spirals will be handing assorted sizes of cases of cheese.
The FAT included running all the different sized cases on the spirals to ensure all of the requirements were met and that the product conveyed smoothly and without issues.
If you would like to set up a factory tour, product test or FAT, we would gladly accommodate you. We also can send video tests if an in-person visit is not feasible. Please contact our sales department, or fill out the form on our homepage if you would like to set up a test.
Ryson is developing a specialized guide rail design for spirals we’re building for a major beverage manufacturer.
The customer is inclining empty flap-up cartons from a carton erector to the carton packing machine on an adjacent mezzanine level. The challenge was to maintain orientation of (6) different carton sizes during the incline. The cover flaps are not yet scored and stand vertical causing some to be unstable.
Our engineering team designed a special guide rail system to trap them using a center rail and an extended-height outside UHMW guide rail.
The Spirals are our Narrow Trak model 1200-230’s which have a 9” wide nesting slat surface capable of speeds of up to 225 FPM. Here’s a product testing video of a guide rail design and testing for this spiral project. If you would like more information about our Narrow Trak Spiral Conveyor, visit www.ryson.com or download the brochure.
Ryson has strived to perfect our Spiral Conveyors. Over the years, design changes have been adopted and new models have been developed to fill specialized niches in the marketplace.
In an effort to stay up to date, Ryson has just published a new brochure that details all of our models and keeps current our technical data. Please feel free to download the brochure, or visit our website for the most current information. Please contact us if you would prefer to have a hard copy sent to you.
Ryson Vice President of Sales, Steve Dillaman, attended the MHEDA Convention earlier this month.
The 61st annual MHEDA convention took place at The Gaylord National Resort in Maryland last week. Ryson’s Vice President of Sales, Steve Dillaman represented our company at the Showcase Exhibition held on May 2nd.
MHEDA (Material Handling Equipment Distributors Association) represents all segments of the material handling industry and offers industry specific business training and resources to help maintain and strengthen the member Companies. 630 MHEDA member companies represent over 250,000 employees. The MHEDA annual convention offers educational workshops, networking, information, statistical and trend analysis from special speakers – all specific to the material handling industry.
Visitors to our booth were entered into a drawing and we gave away two gift cards to the lucky winners. We are proud to be a part of this fine organization. For more information, visit their website www.mheda.org.
In our continued efforts to expand the Ryson brand throughout the US, Canada, and Latin America, we will once again be participating in the annual ExpoPack- Mexico as well the Fispal show in Brazil.
To help increase interest and awareness of our product line and the different solutions that they provide, we will have 2 running spirals at the ExpoPack show – the popular 1200-300 as well as the new Narrow Trak spiral which has a chain width of only 150mm.
The Narrow trak line has also been augmented to include a chain width of 230mm as well as a larger diameter of 1700mm to allow for the transportation of tall products at the ideal angle of inclination.
As the Ryson spirals continue to diversify into the Mexican and Latin American markets, we focus on providing solutions in Food/Beverage, Packaging, Personal Care, and Distribution.
The ExpoPack show in Mexico will be held at the new venue of Expo Bancomer in Santa Fe (Mexico City) at booth # 1320 on 17-20 of May.
The FISPAL show in Sao Paulo will take place the 14-17 of June and will be held at the Expo Center in Anhembi and our booth will be J-171
We invite you visit us at either show. If you wish to set a meeting date or personal demonstration, please contact Jerry Piggott, our Latin American Sales Manager.
Our Mass Flow Spiral business is continuing to grow as more and more glass makers and glass users recognize the benefits of the Ryson Spiral Conveyor. With that growth, comes the requirements to handle a broader range of products and we are responding with more diversity through our growing product line.
Our Mass Flow Conveyors convey full and empty bottles, cans, jars and similar containers in single file or in mass at a rate of up to 2,000 units per minute.
They are equipped with a proprietary nesting slat design, providing a flat reliable conveying surface. The Mass Flow Spirals are equipped with extended in and outfeed tangents to facilitate smooth side transfer to and from adjoining conveyors without product tipping.
This week we are shipping the new model 2300-260 to a large glass manufacturer designed to handle very tall empty wine bottles, but requiring a low angle of incline to prevent the bottles from tipping. This spiral will convey 13″ tall empty wine bottles in mass at a rate of 540 bottles per minute, and empty reverse-taper glass bottles in single file at a rate of 210 bottles per minute.
Last week Ryson attended the 2016 PMMI Executive Leadership Conference in Scottsdale, Arizona. The conference was packed with very useful and interesting topics from a look at the future, current economical forecasts and several sessions on different business challenges. We also heard from our customers and how to best integrate the millennial generation into our organizations.
One of the wheel chair teams celebrating a job well done, which included our CFO Ragnhild Rygh
The conference also had plenty of networking opportunities. Our very popular networking event was the “spirit to serve“, where the participants were divided into teams to assemble wheel chairs which would be donated to the Wounded Warriors Project. It was a very rewarding event and a great team building exercise.
Ryson is very active in the PMMI organization. Our President, Ole Rygh also serves on the PMMI board of directors and the show committee. Dave Wineman, our Executive Vice President serves on the Industry Relations Committee.
PMMI fosters a connection between the makers of goods and the processing and packaging suppliers they depend on. PMMI represents the voice of more than 700 North American manufacturers of equipment, components and materials for packaging and processing. They work to advance a variety of industries by connecting consumer goods companies with manufacturing solutions, and offer a wide range of resources to empower their members.
Strategically, the provide platforms to help members find and develop customers and key markets, provide actionable business intelligence, and serves as a strategic network and knowledge community. They also strive to provide resources to assist members to pursue operational excellence and overall organizational strength. If you would like more information on PMMI, please visit www.pmmi.org.
This week Ryson finished pre-shipment testing on one of our model 1300-400 spirals for elevating 30 pound cases of distilled spirits to an elevation of 12 feet. The Ryson brand has become a favorite for vertical conveying in the distilled spirits market. Our spiral conveyors are operating in numerous different spirits bottling sites across North America.
The 1300-400 model is ideal for such bottling operations, with it’s compact 5’-11” diameter footprint and 1800 lbs. load capacity. Many distilleries often change packaging format resulting in line layout changes. They Ryson modular design allows us to easily reconfigure the spirals in the field to accommodate such changes. We recently reconfigured (5) different spirals at one prominent Kentucky Distiller.
If you would like further information on Ryson’s Vertical Spiral Conveyors, please visit www.ryson.com, or watch our introduction video below.