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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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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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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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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Feb 16

Ryson solid lube bearings

Ryson introduces new proprietary solid lube bearings for wash-down applications.

Ryson’s new stainless steel wash-down bearings features an advanced proprietary solid lubricant, which is impervious to detergents, mild acids and bases. These bearings have no seals, can run completely immersed in liquids at any temperature and provide lubrication for the life of the bearings.

Standard stainless steel bearings have limitations. Strong detergents, foaming cleaners, detergent based transfer agents and high pressure or high temperature cleaning liquids will over time migrate past the bearing seals and eventuality dissolve the grease in standard bearings, resulting in reduced bearing life.

Standard stainless steel bearings are only suitable for for wet environments where the conveying surface can be cleaned with a mild cleaner and be rinsed with low temperature and low pressure water. We recommend the spiral run dry after cleaning.

This is another example of Ryson’s commitment to provide products with a low total cost of ownership. For more information on the many benefits of the Ryson Spiral Conveyors, visit www.ryson.com, or download our brochure. You can also read more stories about wash-down spiral conveyors in our weekly blog.

 

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Dec 15

The Ryson modular design allows many custom spiral configurations that can be tailor fit to optimize the efficiency of an application.

Custom Spiral Configurations

This week, we shipped a spiral, model 1500-400 to a Dairy Products Manufacturer for our Integrator partner ScottTech Integrated Solutions. The spiral is used to feed empty cases from an automated case erector to a packing station on a second floor mezzanine platform.

Our design allowed the integrator to extend the spiral’s infeed 6 feet out to the case erector discharge. This saved an additional conveyor drive section (along with controls, integration, installation, etc.) and also saves energy, as the extension is driven by the spiral conveyor motor (2HP).

Lowering the total cost of ownership is an advantage Ryson strives to maximize. The modular design of our spirals allows many custom configuration options that can optimize efficiency and minimize maintenance and integration issues.

Read more stories about how Ryson can help reduce your total cost of ownership, or find out more about Ryson Spiral Conveyors.

 

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May 19

 Last year, Rogue Ales & Spirits purchased one of our demo spirals for a deep discount. They needed a spiral conveyor because their old case elevator was the bottleneck of their packaging line. Once it was replaced with a Ryson Spiral, they couldn’t be more pleased.

Rogue replaces a case elevator with a Ryson Spiral

David White, their “Master of Disaster” (or production manager in layman’s terms) put it like this: “The old case elevator would fail for various reasons about 5 or 6 times a day, with an average of 10 to 15 minutes of downtime per event. —  adding up to an hour downtime every day. We would lose quite a bit of production…”

Rogue logo“… The old case elevator was limited by the cycle time of the air cylinder. The fastest I could get it to cycle was once every 3 seconds. So the maximum throughput was 20 cases per minute.” White explains. ” When we were running our 22-ounce bottles it could only handle 240 bottles per minute because those cases only have 12 bottles each.  This Bottleneck would cause our accumulation to fill up quickly when we were running 22-ounce bottles, even to the point of stopping the filler once or twice during a run. Our filler maximum speed is 400 bottles per minute and the minimum fill rate is 200. With the new Ryson Spiral Conveyor, I don’t even know the last time it stopped the flow of cases.”

This is a fantastic example of how Ryson Spirals can increase throughput and reduce downtime…  Ultimately lowering total cost of ownership. For more information about Ryson Spiral Conveyors, please visit www.ryson.com. We would also like to express our appreciation to Rogue’s David White for his enthusiasm and contributions to this story. Check out where he works!

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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.

Ryson Spiral Modular Design

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.

Ryson Reconfigure

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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