Sep 07

dynamic vertical bufferTwo Ryson Spiral Conveyors can be used together to provide a dynamic vertical buffer. 

A perfect example is this current project: Next week we’ll be shipping this combination of an up and down spiral that will serve as a dynamic vertical accumulation buffer. Our Integrator partner, Conveyor & Caster EFI, needed to create a method of dynamically storing over-wrapped absorbent products in the case of a downstream interruption in line flow. 

dynamic vertical buffer spirals

 

The two Ryson model 1500-400 spirals (15’ tall) contain over 150 feet of conveyor length creating room for about (130) packs or about seven minutes of buffer. When the case packing operation stops, packs are diverted into the up spiral, while shifting to a lower speed, thereby creating smaller gaps between the loads. When the line flow resumes, packs are metered into the line from the spirals and the buffer is emptied.

Stay tuned for the case history of an upcoming project where we are doing the same type of off-line buffering on a very tall reversible spiral in front of a robotic palletizer. If you would like more information on how Ryson Spirals can create a dynamic vertical buffer, visit www.ryson.com or read examples of past projects on our weekly blog.

 

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Jul 20

Ryson offers two versions of stainless steel spirals that are suitable for wet environments. One has and all-stainless frame and structure. The other is a hybrid version where the center tube is our standard powder-coated aluminum construction and some of the components are zinc plated.

Ryson stainless steel spirals suitable for wet environments

Both versions can be equipped with either regular stainless steel bearings suitable for wet environments or stainless steel bearings furnished with our proprietary solid lubricant for more aggressive wash-down environments. 

Wet Environments: Care should be taken when cleaning spirals with our regular stainless steel bearings. Strong detergents, foaming cleaners, alcohol based cleaners, detergent based transfer liquids and high pressure or high temperature cleaning liquids will, over time, dissolve the grease in the bearings and chain, resulting in reduced operating life of the bearings and chain assembly.

The conveying surface should only be cleaned with a mild cleaner and rinsed with a low temperature and low pressure water. For more information on Ryson cleaning procedures for wet environment spirals, refer to the Ryson Maintenance Manual.

Ryson solid lube bearings

New proprietary solid lubricant which is impervious to detergents, mild acids and bases.

Wash-down Environments: For more aggressive wash-down requirements, we recommend our stainless steel bearings with a new proprietary solid lubricant which is impervious to detergents, mild acids and bases.  These bearings have no seal and can run completely immersed in water at any temperature and still provide lubrication for the life of the bearings. Such spirals will also be equipped with an automatic oiler to re-lubricate the chain assembly after cleaning. 

Ryson Spiral Conveyors are designed to handle packaged goods. Our Spirals are not intended to be used in direct food contact applications and do not comply with all USDA / FDA sanitary design requirements.

Read some stainless steel application examples from our weekly blog. For additional information, please visit www.ryson.com or call our sales department at 757.898.1530.

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Jul 06

Ryson Spirals in an Up and Over ConceptUp and Over Concept Frees Up Floorspace: This week we’re shipping two of our Narrow Trak Spirals that fill a rather frequent application for our spiral conveyors: Free up floor space by taking empty plastic bottles from a bulk de-palletizing area, up single file, to an overhead conveyor and back down to the filler.

Our Narrow Trak 1700-150’s have a 6” wide slat and they are built to allow the bottles to side transfer in and out to and from Arrowhead’s flush-mounted table top conveyor. By inclining to the overhead, the end-user frees up floor area for movement of raw materials and finished goods. The spirals are running at a speed of 130 FPM with a bottle transfer rate of 250 per minute. The spirals have an upper elevation of 9’-6” and are powder coated with a standard white color.

Our Integrator Partner on this project is Arrowhead Conveyor Corporation. If you would like more information on our new line of Narrow Trak Spiral Conveyors, visit our website, download the NT spotlight, or read more NT Spiral 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 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 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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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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Mar 23

Last week we shipped four spirals for a unique application involving conveying loose rolls of paper towels.

Unique Application for Ryson Spiral

The cores will be parallel to the surface of the slats, something that is not commonly done on a spiral conveyor, making it a rather unique application. The 100% friction slats create a cleating affect that keeps the rolls centered on the chain as they are conveyed at 40 feet per minute. The spirals (2 up and 2 down) are our model 1200-300 with a 12” wide slat and an upper elevation of 12’.

The video below shows part of the product testing and factory acceptance test (FAT) we sent to the integrator. This is a service we provide for our customers. If someone has questions about how their product will work with a spiral, they can send us some test materials and we will videotape it running on a shop spiral similar to their required specifications. We can also videotape a spiral for a customer prior to shipping, in lieu of a personal visit, for a FAT inspection and highlight specific parts of their spiral.  This is an example of Ryson’s commitment to customer service and satisfaction.

This project was for our Integrator partner ProVantage Automation. For more information on the Ryson Spiral Conveyors, visit www.ryson.com, download the Ryson Vertical Conveying Brochure, or read more stories about Ryson Case Spiral applications on this blog.

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Mar 09

The Ryson Multiple Entry Spirals allow loads to enter our High Capacity Spirals at intermediate elevations. This is an ideal cost and space saving configuration because it allows a single spiral to handle multiple lines.Ryson Multiple Entry Spirals with Induction Conveyor

Ryson Multiple Entry Spiral Configuration

The multiple entry ability is most often utilized in two main areas:

In the manufacturing and packaging market, an induction conveyor is typically installed at ground level, near the Spiral’s infeed. This configuration simply allows flow from separate production lines to feed a single spiral.

In the distribution and warehousing industry it is most often used to feed materials from a multi-tiered mezzanine onto a single spiral. (see drawing on left). This is an ideal application and an efficient use of space when compared to traditional methods.

A  high speed induction conveyor provides controlled spiral entry. The new induction conveyor powered roller design is individually adjustable to match the spiral pitch, assuring a safe and reliable product transfer. The spirals will run at 200 feet per minute.

For more details on the Ryson Multiple Entry Vertical Conveyors, please visit www.ryson.com, or our Ryson YouTube Channel, or read current news and installation stories on the Ryson Blog.

 

 

 

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Mar 02

Ryson Dual Track Spiral Conveyor for Two Production LinesThe Ryson Dual Track Spiral Conveyor allows two production lines to be conveyed inside one spiral.

This week we shipped three spiral conveyors to a food manufacturer in the South Atlantic area for our System Integrator, Motion Controls Robotics.

In their system design, they used two of our Model 1200-300 spirals to elevate sealed cases from two separate production lines,  that were then transported to a Robotic Palletizer.

Because of space limitations near the palletizer, they chose our Dual Track Spiral to decline the cases down from a 16’-0” elevation to the floor level. Each lane on the dual is individually driven and controlled, giving them flexibility in the flow of product from each production line.

These spirals were shipped fully-assembled, minimizing implementation time and field installation costs.

For more information on the Ryson Dual Track Spiral Conveyors, Visit www.ryson.com, or download the Dual Track Spec Sheet. You can also read more blog stories on the Ryson Dual Track Spiral.

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