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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Aug 10

Ryson always welcomes a customer visit. It is a great way for customers to familiarize themselves with our vertical conveying equipment, how they are constructed and how to best maintain them.

Ryson offers a customer visit to our integrators and potential customers.

Ryson welcomes plant tours for our integrator partners and potential customers.

This week we hosted an inspection by an automotive parts manufacturer. The customer sent various personnel, including operations, production design and maintenance to witness their product running on one of our spiral test units.  Our review of their production line layout helped us understand their needs for our Narrow Trak spirals and the critical issues (like infeed and outfeed transitions) that we need to address going forward.

 The visitors were then given a demonstration of the preventive maintenance procedures by one of our senior technicians and a walk-through of our manufacturing facility and parts storage areas.

If you are interested in a plant tour, or testing your product on one of our spirals, give us a call. We would be happy to visit with you. Check out some more stories from customer visits to our manufacturing plant on our weekly blog. Read more about our commitment to customer service on our website.

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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 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 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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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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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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Apr 20

Ryson is exhibiting at Pack Expo East in PhiladelphiaThis week, Ryson is exhibiting at Pack Expo East in Philadelphia.

Pack Expo East is a regional packaging show where approximately 400 leading suppliers of advanced packaging equipment, automation, robotics and controls, materials, containers, printing and labeling technologies and other supply chain solutions exhibit.

Ryson booth at Pack Expo EastWe are running our Narrow Trak Spiral Conveyor with our new micro-pitch conveyor – our newest accessory to the Narrow Trak family of spirals. This transfer unit minimizes the unpowered gap between the spiral and adjoining conveyors, allowing smaller and lighter products to be end transferred into and out of the spiral. When end transferring the slats can be equipped with friction inserts to provide more friction. This allows steeper incline/decline angles which yields greater elevation changes with the same number of turns.

Two booths down, our integrator partner Garvey displayed their latest version of the Garvey Infinity Loop that integrates two Ryson Mass Flow Spiral Conveyors.

Garvey Infinity Loop with Ryson SpiralsJoining forces with Ryson has allowed the Vertical Infinity to utilize two incredible technological achievements and create the most efficient accumulation machine Garvey has ever built. The Vertical Infinity furthers Garvey’s mission to maximize the production of lines by keeping the constraint running when the non constraint machine’s go down. Download the product spec sheet to read more about this incredible collaborative application.

For more information about the Ryson Narrow Trak Spirals, visit www.ryson.com, or read application 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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