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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Jul 29

The following is a guest blog written by Scott Stone of Cisco-Eagle – One of our Integrator Partners.

Spiral conveyors are not only a space-saving measure, they also can help warehouses and distribution centers realize greater efficiency and throughput. 

Efficiency with Tall Ryson Case Spiral with TotesIf floor space is scarce in a warehouse, spiral conveyors are an obvious choice because utilizing vertical space is essential when square footage is at a premium. However, spiral conveyors are not only a space-saving measure, they also can help warehouses and distribution centers realize greater efficiency and throughput.

At Cisco-Eagle, we’ve worked with many different types of clients to identify and implement a customized solution that meets their needs, now and into the future. Let’s take a quick look at where spiral conveyors can add tremendous value for a warehouse or distribution center.

Efficiency in Design To expand and accelerate operations within an existing footprint, facilities often look to “go up” and utilize vertical space. Mezzanines, elevated conveyors, pick modules are just a few examples. Spiral conveyors provide the means to quickly and efficiently transport product between levels without disrupting the conveying process or requiring additional material handling.

Spirals work in a variety of circumstances from moving packaged goods in a distribution center to handling the mass flow necessary for a food or beverage distributor. Within a compact design, spiral are able to move product safely in an upward or downward directions, one of its flexible features.

Different configurations can meet different needs. For example, a dual track spiral conveyor can double product flow and density without taking up significant additional space.

High Throughput Integrating a spiral conveyor within an efficient system adds value to the business and creates efficiency throughout the facility. Spiral conveyors are able to move product in a continuous flow allowing for greater efficiency and higher throughput than any elevator or lift.

Reduced Energy Cost Energy costs can make up a good portion of a facility’s budget. Most businesses are examining every line item in an effort to squeeze the most out of every dollar. If spiral conveyors are replacing incline conveyors, there’s going to be a cost savings in energy. In most scenarios, spiral conveyors are low energy simply because they need only one drive to operate. Depending on specific needs and configuration, an incline conveyor with seven drives can be replaced with a spiral conveyor with just one drive.

cisco eagle logoWe’ve placed dozens of Ryson conveyors in facilities all over the country and look forward to creating more efficient operations with spirals well into the future.


Scott Stone is the Director of Marketing for
Cisco-Eagle, Inc., a provider of integrated material handling and storage systems for industrial operations. Scott has 25 years of experience in industrial operations and marketing.

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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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Mar 11

spiral-from-floorChallenging Installations: One of the most appreciated attributes of the Ryson Spiral Conveyor is how easy they are to install. Most spirals ship in one piece – pre-assebled, pre-tested, drastically reducing the time and cost of installation.
We recently delivered spiral conveyors to two large consumer packaging companies having unusual installation requirements. These examples demonstrate Ryson’s ability and willingness to come up with solutions for some pretty interesting and challenging installations.

The first example is a 9 1/4 turn spiral 15 foot tall,  conveying loads from a mezzanine level to the first floor level. The spiral needed to go through a penetration in the floor and was shipped in two pieces to facilitate the installation in such tight quarters.

spiral-from-floor2The second spiral is also a down spiral 18 feet tall with 6 1/4 turns, conveying cartons from the second floor through a penetration in the floor. The spiral could not be supported from the below floor because there is machinery installed there. So the spiral had to be supported on a cradle hanging from the ceiling.

Theses are examples of Ryson’s customer service and our commitment to find viable solutions for our customers and integrator partners.

For more information about Ryson’s spiral conveyors, please visit www.ryson.com.

 

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Nov 20

Most people think that the primary advantage of using spirals is to save space and increase throughput, but often overlooked is the advantage of the Ryson Spirals are their low cost of ownership.

Ryson low cost of ownership Old Ryson Spiral ConveyorThis week we were contacted by an integrator working on a Kansas Bakery site where some existing Ryson Spirals were installed. One of them was built and shipped back in 1999.

The photo below shows this all-stainless steel wash down machine, still running strong after 15 years. The 2 HP motor saves energy and is all that is required with our proprietary rolling friction chain-slat belt. Only a handful of wear and tear parts were purchased over the 15 year time span. The still-operational spiral has seen three different ownership changes at the plant.
Our equipment is put into production lines in manufacturing operations that demand 0% down time, and this is a great example of the reliability that we’ve become known for. For more information on Ryson Spiral Conveyors, visit www.ryson.com.

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