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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Jun 08

This week Ryson is exhibiting in PMMI’s ExpoPack in Santa Fe, Mexico. We have been present at this show for years, and the Ryson brand is steadily growing in Latin America.

Ryson at PMMI's ExpoPack in Mexico This Week.

Ryson at PMMI’s ExpoPack in Mexico This Week.

This year, Ryson is running two spirals at the booth. The first is a spiral model 1200-300 which is common in high-speed packaging lines. It features a 12″ wide conveying surface.

The second spiral is a model 1100-150 NT. The Narrow Trak is ideal for reliable transport of smaller packages at the same speeds. This model features our 6″ wide interlocking slats that can 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 Narrow Trak Spirals offer a significantly larger elevation change capacity than what is currently available in the small package marketplace.

The show puts more than 23,000 customers/buyers from Mexico, Guatemala, Costa Rica, Colombia, and others under one roof. Attendees are packaging and processing professionals from a wide range of industries, including food, beverage, pharmaceutical, personal care, and more. PMMI’s EXPOPACK México offers direct access to the packaging and processing industries in Latin America attracting buyers from throughout the region.

For more information on Ryson Spiral Conveyors, visit our website at www.ryson.com.

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Jun 01

All Ryson Spirals are made to order and can include many optional features. Custom side guards are one example.

Ryson custom Side GuardsFrom time to time, we get a request from our integrator partners whose customers are seeking an extra tall side guard on our spirals. However, a solid height side guard with an extended height blocks them from seeing loads transported up the various turns.

Our newly-designed modular side guard extensions allow the operators to see those loads through the lexan guards that attach easily with hardware already a part of the spirals.

The design also allows the maintenance people to easily remove the lexan guards in 1/8 turn sections to gain access to any area of the spiral.

For more information on Ryson Spiral Conveyor options, visit www.ryson.com. You can also read about some custom applications on our weekly blog.

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May 25

Tall Ryson NT: Ideal for Small Package ConveyingSmall package conveying: This week we’re shipping one of our Narrow Trak Spiral Conveyors, to a food manufacturer. The model 1700-150 NT will elevate single serve gelatin cups to a 20’ elevation at 290 per minute.

The system integrator, Nercon, will be end-transferring in and out of the spiral via a micro-pitch transfer. The spiral’s full width friction inserts keep the cups in position on the way up this 7-turn spiral, inclining at an angle just above 6 degrees.

This 6” wide slat Narrow Trak model is also available in a smaller diameter 4’-2”. The 1200-230 NT Model has wider 9″ slat surface with an outside diameter of 4′-9″.

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. The 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.

If you would like more information on the Ryson Narrow Trak Spirals, Visit our website, download the product info, or read application stories on our weekly blog.

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May 18

Ryson Split Lane SpiralThis week we ship a space saving split lane spiral to a major food manufacturer.

The Ryson 1700-600 Spiral model is not only a space-saver because of it’s small footprint (7’-11” diameter), but the end-user has combined two production lines into one split lane spiral, saving money and additional floorspace.

The spiral has a center divider creating the two lanes in the spiral, delivering sealed cartons at a rate of 300 per minute from an overhead conveyor (8’-9”) to the floor level for case packing.

Ryson’s all-stainless steel design allows the spiral to operate in a wet environment and the spiral will ship pre-assembled, reducing site implementation time.

The integrator on this project is Bastian Solutions. For more information on the Ryson Spiral Conveyors, visit www.ryson.com. You can also read more split lane applications on our weekly blog.

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May 11

This week, Ryson is attending the 63rd annual MHEDA Convention in Miami Beach.

MHEDA Convention

Steve Dillaman – Vice President Sales – Discusses the unique advantages of Ryson Spirals.

The Material Handling Equipment Distributors Association is the premier trade association dedicated to serving the material handling business community. Over 600 distributor and manufacturer companies worldwide utilize MHEDA’s resources to help their business stay competitive and employees stay connected.

At the Convention, hundreds of material handling industry professionals will gather under one roof for insights to face tomorrow’s lightning speed world.

Ryson is a Proud member of MHEDA and always excited to connect with customers and integration partners at their conventions. Click here to learn more about the MHEDA organization.

 

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May 04

Next week we ship this special Wide Trak Spiral to a food manufacturer in the Midwest. It is designed to operate in a wet environment.

Stainless Steel Wide Trak Spiral to Operate in Wet EnvironmentThis spiral is the stainless steel version of our new Wide Trak model 2200-760. It features a 30” wide slat surface and stainless steel bearings, which allows it to operate in a wet environment.

The spiral is a incline conveyor, elevating frozen wrapped pizzas from a spiral freezer discharge at 3’-0” up to mezzanine packaging operation at a 12′ – 0″. The pizzas run single file or two abreast at rates up to 120 per minute. The Ryson Wide Trak Spiral models feature either a 30” or 36” wide conveying surface. This model spiral is perfect for this kind of freezer application.

 The spiral will be shipped partially disassembled so that the largest sections can fit through passageways and under the newly installed drop ceiling in the installation area. The spiral will be re-assembled on site by one of our experienced service technicians, along with the on-site installers.

For more information on Ryson’s new line of Wide Trak Spirals, visit www.ryson.com, download the spec sheet, or read more application stories on our weekly blog.

 

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Apr 27

Narrow Trak Spiral Conveyors used for Curing Time: This week we finished a pair of Narrow Trak Spirals that will be used for a not-so-common application.

Two Narrow Trak Spiral Conveyors used for Curing Time

The products being handled need curing time to solidify in their containers.  This is done in a temperature controlled, chill room.

By using two 1100-150 Narrow Trak Spirals this was accomplished in a very small footprint.

Each spiral has 8 turns, providing extra travel distance and keeping the incline angle low, which is important while waiting for the product to solidify. Depending on the products being handled, they may spend up to 4 minutes traveling through the spirals before exiting the room.

The two spirals are joined together at the top by our new micro-pitch conveyor.  This special conveyor is attached to, and mechanically driven by one of the spirals facilitating the smooth transfer of smaller products.

The design of the narrow trak slats allow the spirals to handle a variety of products without requiring any changes between products. The integrator on this project is Pendergraph Machines.

The Ryson Narrow Trak Spirals are great space savers with high throughput that can run at speeds in excess of 200 fpm.  These spiral conveyors are equipped with our 6” or 9” wide nesting slats which provide an efficient flat conveying surface without gaps.

For more information on the Ryson Narrow Trak Spiral conveyors, visit www.ryson.com, download product information, or read more application stores on our weekly blog.

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