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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Mar 16

The Ryson High Capacity Spirals with optional Multi Induction or Divert Out Conveyors are making an impact in the retail world. These spirals are perfect for distribution centers and order picking systems.

High Capacity Spiral with new divert out conveyors

The new Divert Out Conveyors are ready for shipping from our manufacturing plant in Yorktown, Virginia.

This week we shipped two High Capacity Spirals to a major retail designer and distributor right outside of New York City. The first spiral will have three induction conveyors and the second one will have three divert out conveyors. The Ryson High Capacity Spiral Conveyors are perfect for this application due to the size of the products.

The model 1700-600 spirals will be elevating and bringing down sealed cartons and totes 30’ at a speed of 150 fpm. Both spirals will be supplied by and feeding to three picking levels. The induction and divert out conveyors are designed specifically to work with Ryson High Capacity Spirals and becomes an integral part of the spirals.

The Induction Conveyors have a new powered roller design where the rollers are individually adjustable to match the the spiral pitch, assuring a safe and reliable product transfer.

The Divert Out arm pivots across the spiral slats when diverting out. It incorporates a powered face belt, which assures proper product orientation when diverted out of the spiral. The outfeed conveyors also have an adjustable surface to match the spiral pitch, facilitating smooth product transfer out of the spiral.

The spirals were shipped  for our Integrator Partner, TGW Conveyor Systems. The spirals were manufactured, built and shipped in only 8 weeks. They were shipped fully assembled which will reduce the installation and integration time. For more information about Ryson High Capacity Spiral Conveyors, visit www.ryson.com, read installation stories from our blog, or download our Multiple Entry and Exit Spiral brochure.

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Dec 08

Split Lane Divider on a Spiral ConveyorOne way to use a single Ryson Spiral for two different production lines is to use a centered split lane divider.

We recently shipped this spiral to a major food manufacturer for our Integrator Partner, NCC Automated Systems. The spiral model 1700-600 is elevating plastic food trays 11’ supplied by two different production lines, separated by a center vertical divider (being added at the project site).

The spiral will run at 150 feet per minute and includes pre-wired controls and motorized rollers at the infeed and discharge, ensuring a smooth, uninterrupted transition on and off the spiral conveyor.

Ryson Spiral Conveyors are increasingly being used to vertically convey more than one production line by utilizing either a divided lane, a dual spiral, or configuring the spiral to have multiple inlets.

For more information on Ryson Spiral Conveyors, visit www.ryson.com or check out the Ryson YouTube Channel.

 

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Sep 19

Recently, our controls and service groups were assisting our Integrator Partner, Conveyor & Drives, Inc. with a project. The end-user, a distribution center for computer peripheral equipment, was replacing a competitor’s spiral conveyors, due to reliability issues they were having with them.

Stacked Ryson Spirals at a Distribution CenterThe reconfigured system consists of two of our model 1700-600’s, double stacked. One spiral inclines from level one to level two, the other declines totes down to level three. Our AutoCad 3D drawings helped Conveyor & Drives confirm the space necessary to install our spiral extended leg support structure, supporting the upper spiral.

We were asked to replace the existing spirals over a short down-time window by our Integration Partner. They also asked us to include a pre-wired full controls option, which included chain tension monitoring system and a motor over torque shutdown, because the previous spirals did not have them.

Read more information on Ryson Spirals at distribution centers and our multi-tier conveying solutions on www.ryson.com.

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Jul 28

Ryson Multiple Infeed SpiralsThe Ryson Multiple Infeed Spirals allow loads to enter at several intermediate elevations, which saves floorspace. It is an ideal solution for a multi-tiered order picking operation.

Such a spiral was recently installed and integrated by our Integrator partner BoxLogix Automation. The Distribution Center relies on this spiral to take sealed cases picked from all three levels of the pick module out to a sorter and to the dock for shipment.

This HC1700-600 model, is 24 feet tall and runs at 120 FPM. Our proprietary  induction conveyors have adjustable belt segments that conform to the incline angle of the adjacent slats, offering a dependable transition of cases into the spiral.

The 3,600 lbs. capacity of the spiral allows the facility to easily handle cases that weigh up to 50 lbs. with throughputs exceeding 25 cases per minute. Read more stories about the Ryson Multiple Infeed Spirals.

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Sep 30

The Ryson Unit Load Spirals can convey cartons, cases, trays, totes and all sorts of package sizes in a continuous flow. Central to our design is the Ryson proprietary overlapping slat-style belt that provides a smooth and efficient conveying surface, suitable for all types and sizes of conveyable items. This is very useful in production facilities that convey different sized units or configurations, because a single spiral can be used for multiple lines.


This week we finished a spiral that is used to feed various types of pudding packages from the packaging area to a spiral freezer. Our integrator partner, Nercon Engineering and Manufacturing, is feeding the spiral (Model 1700-600) with two production lines running product 2-abreast into our 17”-0” tall spiral. The 24” wide slat surface is separated into two lanes using a center guide rail. As you can see from the video, the spiral can handle many different package sizes.

If you would like more information about the Ryson Unit Load Spiral Conveyor, please visit www.ryson.com, or download the spec sheet here.

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Sep 23

This week we shipped a tall spiral that left our factory floor in five sections. This 35′ tall Spiral – High Capacity 1700-600 – will be installed in an existing 3 level order picking mezzanine, so it would be impossible to install it in one piece.

Our Integrator Partner, lntelligrated, worked with our engineering and service departments on a method of rigging the five sections by stacking them on top of each other, because the deck penetrations are internal to the structure and each section needs to pass through the clearance between levels, which is why you see the castered base sections in the time lapse video below.

Disassembling a tall spiral 5-piece

 

This tall spiral will be running at 180 feet per minute and will see a throughput rate of  30 products per minute. It will be one of seven spirals implemented into the distribution centers layout, including one in a -10 degree F freezer. This spiral also has an induction conveyor on level 2 where sealed cases and totes will be inducted into the spiral.

We will be sending one of our senior technicians to the project site to assist the lntelligrated riggers and millwrights on the installation and re-assembly of this tall spiral. We also plan a future site visit to oversee start-up and provide operator and maintenance personnel training on the use and care of our spirals.

This project was an example of how Ryson’s modular design and flexibility allowed us to support our integrator partners with a solution to a rather challenging project. It’s not the kind of project we do every day, but it is a testament to our customer support and the flexibility of our products.

 

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May 29

Model 1700-600 2-piece-spiral

This week we shipped the last of ten spiral conveyors to be installed in an existing distribution center in Ontario, Canada. Our Integrator partner, Dematic Corp., is upgrading an existing picking system and replacing old, out-dated belt curve spirals with our Model 1700-600 –EX spiral conveyors.

These last two spirals were manufactured to ship in two sections because they needed to be transported down a narrow aisle in the floor level of a pick module.

The spirals will be installed at the end of the row against a wall with restricted width and height availability. We designed  them in two sections and built special shipping frames to allow them to pushed by hand to where they will be rigged up through the second floor deck opening and spliced together.

A Ryson Service Tech will be on site to assist Dematic’s installation team in the rigging and re-assembly of the spirals.

Our modular spiral conveyor design allows our spirals to be shipped in multiple pieces; normally because of limited facility passageway space or when the spirals are used in floor-to-floor applications. For more information on Ryson’s Modular Spiral Conveyor Design, visit www.ryson.com.

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Oct 03

Space-Saving Solution: This week Ryson is shipping a special spiral to Gonac Huamantla in Tlaxcala Mexico, a leading producer of snack foods and beverages for the Mexican market. They have chosen a custom Ryson Spiral to meet the needs of their packaging line application.

Ryson Custom space-saving Dual Lane SpiralTheir packaging process needed to convey two separate sizes of shrink-wrapped packs of juice beverages (20-pack and 24-pack) at the same time. They needed to decline from over 16 ft to 3 ft. and each line needed to be channeled into their own destination.

Instead of installing 2 separate spirals, they have chosen to use the Ryson’s 1700-600-A4 with 24” wide slats. That allows them enough space for a custom twin-lane design, allowing them to convey both sizes of packs in an orderly and secure fashion.

In doing so, they can transport two lines at 30 packs per minute running utilizing the same drive motor. This allows them to essentially have 2 spirals in the same space. The unit is still able to ship in a single piece and can be installed quickly to further reduce installation and integration costs.

For more information on Ryson’s Vertical Conveying Solutions, visit www.ryson.com

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Sep 05

This week we shipped five inclining spirals going to a pet care manufacturer’s distribution center pick modules.

Ryson Vertical Conveyors for Pick ModulesOur Integrator partner, Kuecker Logistics Group, designed the spirals into their system to transport full cases between levels in soon-to-be-installed pick modules. These are Ryson 1700-600 models with 24″ wide slats. The Ryson C-EX versions feature an extended curved infeed to align the infeed and discharge conveyors directly over top of one another. This feature saves KLG a separate driven conveyor section at the floor level feeding the spirals. We powder coated the spirals to match the new storage system’s orange beam color.

These vertical conveyors save a lot of space compared to conventional incline belt conveyors. They have a lower cost of implementation and lower cost of ownership, in part because the spirals have only one drive motor, compared to the four motors that would be required for inclines and curves to get the same elevation change.

For more information on Ryson Spiral Conveyors, please visit www.ryson.com

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