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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Apr 04

The Ryson modular design enables a large degree of customization. This feature is what allows spirals to be built with various heights, pitches and speeds with few unique parts. This feature is also beneficial when modifications need to be made after the spiral is built.

Ryson Modular DesignThe following example is a real-world example of how this feature was used to save the day.

Wednesday night: We get a call about 6:00 pm from our integrator, who’s just stood up our new spiral at the end-user’s facility in Ohio.  The Integrator realized he’s made a mistake and mistakenly quoted and signed the approval drawings for a spiral with a discharge height of 12’-6”, when he really needed 10’-6”. The spiral was shipped complete with a full Nema 4X control system and the line was being installed, with line start-up just days away.

Thursday morning: Our service and engineering departments went to work and figured out how we could field-reconfigure the spiral to get his correct elevation. We overnight new recon details to the integrator on-site.

Friday morning: Our technician arrives at the facility and reconfigures the spiral and helps with the start-up of the spiral, while training the end-user’s maintenance staff.

This is a true story, no names were mentioned to protect a project engineer and save his reputation with his customer.

For more information on the features and benefits of the Ryson modular design Spiral Conveyors, visit www.ryson.com, or read more installation stories on our weekly blog.

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Apr 28

One of the key benefits of the Ryson Spiral design is it’s modular design. One way this is beneficial is the ability to field modify if changes are needed in the future. Or as in this case, a last minute change.

Last week our Integrator Partner Systems Automated called us to request a last minute change to a spiral already being delivered a distribution warehouse in California. Due to a last minute layout change, they realized the spiral would need to change orientation. Going from a clockwise incline spiral conveyor to counter clockwise.

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A Ryson service technician helps the installers reconfigure a spiral in the field.

Our engineering and service teams went to work to facilitate our technician’s visit with one part in his hand -all that he would need to turn the spiral “inside-out “ and get it ready to support the system start-up schedule. A few other guides will ship in a week to be added to the reconfigured spiral.

Start to finish, the entire reconfiguring process took only a few days without any project delays. This is another example of Ryson’s customer service and commitment to supporting our integrator partners.

Reconfiguring is a cost effective way to change your plant layout without purchasing a new spiral. And is another example of how Ryson can help lower your total cost of ownership. This is a key advantage with Ryson Spirals and is not nearly as feasible with our competitors. Visit www.ryson.com for more information, or read other reconfiguring stories in our blog.

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Jan 27

Modular Designs Aids a Quick Change: Tuesday afternoon we got an e-mail from the Project manager of a large consumer products company in Canada. They mistakenly specified the wrong spiral configuration. Unfortunately it was slated to start in a production line the following Tuesday.

On Wednesday, the Ryson service, engineering and parts departments got together and determined what would be needed to reconfigure the spiral on site and communicated the estimated costs to the Customer. On Thursday we received go- ahead from customer to proceed.

On Saturday our technician arrived on-site to reconfigure the spiral and assist in the installation in the new line. And on Monday, the spiral was ready for the line start-up.

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Ryson’s modular design allows us to reconfigure the spiral, often times on-site.

This example highlights two of our unique strengths in the market. One of the main features/benefits of our spirals is the modular design, allowing these kinds of quick modifications in the field. It makes re-purposing an existing spiral to conform to a new line layout a much easier and less expensive proposition. This customer has reconfigured a half dozen of their units in the last 5 years. The other Strength is that we are customer service based, and go to great lengths to assure customer satisfaction, and work with them to get exactly what they need. Read more stories on Ryson Spiral reconfigurations.

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Apr 15

Ryson Heavy Spiral for the Bottling IndustryBottling Industry: 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. You can also read more packaging and bottling application stories on our weekly blog.

 

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Mar 30

This week we are returning a reconfigured and reconditioned 15 year old Spiral Conveyor back to a bakery in the Midwest.

15 Year Old Spiral Still Going Strong - low cost of ownershipThis 14′-6″ tall counter-clockwise stainless steel spiral with 4 1/4  turns, handling trays and has been in operation for over 15 years. The spiral was reconfigured in our Yorktown production plant from an up spiral to a down spiral (lowerator).Upon reinstallation, the spiral will be used in a new packaging line.

This is an example of our claim of our products having a long life and how we can reduce our customer’s total cost of ownership. The Ryson modular design makes it easy to field modify our spirals  in case of unplanned installation changes or to reconfigure and repurpose the spirals at a later date.

If you would like more information about our spiral conveyors please visit www.ryson.com. You can also read more about or repurposing projects in these blog posts.

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Jan 16

Ryson Repurposing Before and After

Ryson Repurposing: This week we’ll be shipping modification parts to a beverage plant in Illinois to reconfigure an existing Ryson Spiral Conveyor.

The original spiral was purchased in 2010 for a line that is no longer in use. Now, four years later they’ve asked us to reconfigure the spiral to replace an incline belt conveyor on another line, to save space. The field-transformation will take it from it’s current configuration with a 6 foot elevation change to a different configuration with an elevation change just over 9 feet.

The Ryson Spiral modular design allows customers to easily repurpose existing spirals at a fraction of the cost of a new spiral. No other spiral conveyor on the market can be field-reconfigured in this way. This demonstrates the versatility and unique benefits of the Ryson Spiral technology and how we help reduce the customers’ cost of ownership.

Once the parts arrive on site, one of our service technicians will travel to the site and can in most cases – with the help of the plant maintenance department – complete the transformation in a day. Read more stories on how Ryson has repurposed existing spiral conveyors.

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This spiral will be extended, so a mast extension and additional needed parts are sent from our manufacturing facility to be assembled onsite.

 

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Apr 12

ryson induction level conveyorAdding Induction Level to Existing Spiral Conveyor: Ryson has on occasion designed spirals to facilitate modifications to accommodate future growth.

Last week Ryson added an induction conveyor to an existing spiral already installed. The end-user, a Distribution Center specializing in in-home delivery of Grocery items, had originally outfitted their distribution center with a Ryson High Capacity 1700-600 Spiral Conveyor with a discharge height 27’-9” off the floor. As their activity increased, they began picking from the second level of their 3-level mezzanine.

With the anticipated growth realized, they entered phase two and installed a Ryson High Speed Induction Conveyor to load cases and totes into the spiral at their intermediate pick induction  level.

Spiral Layout Drawing with new induction level

We drop-shipped the induction conveyor as a kit, complete with a new notched side guard, adjustable legs and it’s inverter-rated gearmotor already mounted. Our Service Department supported the project with written instructions to insure the unit was properly installed.

For more information on using a Ryson Spiral Conveyor for multible level product flow, download our multiple infeed product spotlight or visit www.ryson.com.

 

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Apr 05

 

 

Spiral Modular Construction

Spiral Modular Construction

Quick Service Turnaround.

During the installation of a new packaging line at a Southeast bottler it was discovered that the spiral needed to be 7″ taller than ordered. Our service department quickly suggested the most time efficient solution was to increase the height in the field. New parts were made in two weeks and the height was changed at the time of installation without delaying the start-up date.

This is another example of how the Ryson modular design enables us to effectively modify our spiral conveyors. It can be a cost effective solution and is implemented in a short time. This folds into the high level of service costumers and integrators have come to expect from Ryson.

The proprietary modular design of the Ryson Spiral Conveyors allows us to quickly build vertical conveyors customized to the the customer’s specific needs, and to modify them in the field if need be. Read more stories on Ryson’s ability to reconfigure spirals.

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Mar 29

Ryson Reconfigure Spiral ConveyorIn 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.

Spiral Repurposing with RysonWhat 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.

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