Mar 22

Ryson is growing their Latin American customer base with increased awareness of our vertical conveying solutions.  This week we are shipping 6 spirals to a Brazilian bakery.

Latin American Customer Base - Big order of NT'sPanco is a family bakery that is 100% Brazilian owned. Founded in 1952 they focus on specialty breads, snack cakes and cookies.   They needed to convey small loaves of bread from 5 packaging lines up to the case packer located on a mezzanine level and then bring full cases down to the palletizer located on the shipping level.

The challenge was to accomplish all this within a very limited space.

Working in conjunction with their integrator — Grupo Tecnor in Sao Paulo Brazil — they have found the perfect solution. The obvious answer was to utilize a combination of the Ryson 1100-150 Narrow Track (NT) spirals going up and the 1800-400 spiral going down.  

Using the Narrow Trak Spiral which has only a 4’-2” diameter, they are able to elevate the loaves of bread approximately 10 ft. at 50 loaves per minute.  The larger diameter 1800-400 case spiral will then convey the full cases at 25 per minute down approximately 20 ft. to the palletizer.

The smooth surface and nesting slats of the Narrow Track with the tight transfer transition will gently and carefully convey the loaves smoothly and rapidly to meet their target production rates.  The flexibility and adjustability of speeds will accommodate increases in future production.

The tried and true design of the 400mm overlapping slats on the case spiral has proven itself to be a mainstay in all applications and will provide years of solid and reliable service with minimal maintenance and long life.

The Ryson compact Narrow Trak Spirals offer a significantly larger elevation change capacity than what is currently available in the small package marketplace. They are also a good alternative to side gripper conveyors because they can run at high speeds and do not need to be adjusted for varying product sizes. The Narrow Trak Spirals are especially beneficial for the food, beverage, pharmaceutical, nutraceutical, personal care market and food product companies.

Latin American Customer Base is a quickly growing sector for Ryson. We have dedicated staff that work primarily south of the border. Latin American orders are build in our manufacturing plant in Yorktown, Virginia and typically shipped via container to the end user.

For more information on the Narrow Trak Spiral models, visit www.ryson.com, download our product information or read more Narrow Trak application stories on our weekly blog.

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Feb 22

The Super Compact Narrow Trak Spiral Conveyors are ideal for smaller sized loads. This week we’re shipping two 1200-230 Narrow Trak spirals and a case spiral (1300-400) to a Canadian Brewery for our Integrator Partner LaGrotta Packaging.

Compact Narrow Trak Spiral

Ryson’s NT – A Super Compact Narrow Trak Spiral

The Integrator’s application of our Narrow Trak Spirals save space by eliminating the need for an incline belt conveyor and will reduce implementation costs, as the spirals ship totally pre-assembled. The tight layout of their production area made the very small footprint – only a 4’9″ diameter – of the NT an ideal candidate.

One of the Narrow Trak (NT) spirals will be inclining HiCone 6 packs and the other 8-packs of shrink-wrapped beer cans from the packaging area.  The spirals will be running at 95 FPM, handling 20 units per minute and will discharge at an elevation of 7’-0”. Both lines will feed tray packers that discharge to the case spiral which sends them back down to the Palletizing area.

The Ryson compact Narrow Trak Spirals offer a significantly larger elevation change capacity than what is currently available in the small package marketplace. They are also a good alternative to side gripper conveyors because they can run at high speeds and do not need to be adjusted for varying product sizes. The Narrow Trak Spirals are especially beneficial for the food, beverage, pharmaceutical, nutraceutical, personal care market and food product companies.

For more information on the Narrow Trak Spiral models, visit www.ryson.com, download our product information or read more Narrow Trak application stories on our weekly blog.

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Feb 09

Ryson Case Spiral in a Super Bowl Commercial

This Past weekend the NFL Super Bowl aired, and as tradition has it, it’s also a crazy television commercial kick-off.  Much to our surprise, Budweiser aired a commercial that showed off a Ryson Case Spirals from their Cartersville Georgia Plant.

We know that the commercial was not about spiral conveyors, but the fact is that Ryson has a very strong presence in the beverage industry, from the big brand names to small emerging craft brewers. Our Mass Flow Spirals convey full or empty bottles or cans up or down in a single file or in a continuous mass flow at a rate up to 2000 units per minute. The Mass Flow Spirals are typically used to convey products from a bulk de-palletizer to the filler and/or to the packaging lines. The Case Spirals like the one in the commercial covey cases from packaging to palletizing or storage.
Our customers prefer Ryson Spirals because they are very reliable and have a very low cost of ownership. The Ryson Vertical conveying concept allows a seamless production line between elevations with a very small footprint. If you would like more information about the Ryson Spiral conveyors, visit www.ryson.com.

Watch the full commercial below.

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Aug 18

This week, we’ll be shipping a Spiral Conveyor with a  custom design to a soft drink bottler in the Midwest.

Custom Design Pivoting Conveyor

The spiral will elevate full cases 12 feet and out to the palletizer. However, some products on the line need to be “diverted” to a shrink-wrapper. The integrator solved this problem by designing a special pivoting conveyor in front of the spiral. When a batch of products that need to be shrink wrapped approaches, the conveyor pivots down to transfer them to a conveyor under the spiral.

Custom design Ryson Spiral Conveyor

Our engineering team worked with our integrator partner, BW Container Systems, to create the proper clearance under the spiral’s base frame, which required a custom design cantilevered leg offset.

The spiral is our model 1500-400, running at 180 feet per minute, We also incorporated a motorized roller at the infeed to minimize the unpowered distance between the pivot conveyor and the spiral.

For more information about Ryson’s Vertical Conveying Solutions, visit www.ryson.com, or read more custom spiral stories on our weekly blog.

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Jun 23

At the core of the Ryson line of spiral conveyors are the Case Spirals. Our expanded line of vertical conveyors enables us to provide solutions for a wide range of products, including many niche applications.

Ryson Vertical Conveyors big and small

Wide range of vertical conveyors: Ryson WT with 30″ wide slats next to the Ryson NT with 6″ slats .

The Ryson Unit Load line ranges from very small with 6″ wide slats for our compact Narrow Trak Spirals, to as big as our brand new Wide Trak spirals, boasting a high-capacity 30″ wide slat. With these additions we are able to offer vertical conveying of units for everything from small pharmaceutical packages to large heavy totes and cartons.

For more information on the Family of Spiral Conveyors that Ryson Has to offer, visit www.ryson.com.

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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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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.

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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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Jan 06

New Slat Design: The following is an example of how the constant product improvement program at Ryson helped one of our customers handle a new product on an existing Spiral Conveyor.

Ryson Case Spiral with new slat

A major soft drink bottler recently introduced new shrink-wrapped bundles of miniature carbonated beverage cans in their Puerto Rico plant. They began experiencing handling issues on our spiral conveyor because the product was smaller than the product the spiral was originally designed for. The small footprint, light weight and slick bottom surface of the product all contributed to challenges with keeping the load from skewing during it’s trip up a 18 foot tall spiral at 200 feet per minute and 70 packs per minute.

Ryson Slat Design

In working with them, we developed a new slat design for our 12” and 16” wide slats. Instead of having two friction inserts on the slats, we introduced a design with four friction inserts. This added more gripping strength over a larger area of the load carrying surface, accommodating the smaller packages.

One of our technicians installed the new slats on the spiral, and the customer was pleased with the results. For more information on Ryson Spirals, Visit www.ryson.com.

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Apr 16

Ryson in Pack World ArticleRecently PACK WORLD Magazine featured an article about a new craft brew installation near Chicago. Read the Story:

Lagunitas recently built a 2nd brewery on the West side of Chicago, and PACK WORLD reported an extensive description of the equipment used to get this 300,00 square foot facility up and running. Ryson worked with Intelligrated to move cases from the production floor to the palletizer. The article provides a great snapshot of how Ryson’s Vertical Conveying Solutions benefit the beverage industry.

Ryson spiral have become a critical part of modern beverage operations. Ryson Spiral Conveyors need less floorspace than conventional incline conveyors and are faster and more reliable than any elevator or lift. Reliability and ease of maintenance are critical factors in the beverage world that often operate 24/7.

High throughput capabilities and the ability to operate within a small footprint are critical efficiency factors. The spiral conveyors can also handle a wide variety of product sizes without equipment adjustments or change parts. For more information on Ryson’s Vertical Conveying Solutions, please visit www.ryson.com.

 

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Nov 05

Hartness pack expo boothIn addition to running our Case Spiral, Bucket Elevator and new High Capacity Mass Flow Spiral Conveyor with 10″ wide slats in the Ryson booth, we had Ryson Spirals running in demo loops at two of our integrator partners.

Hartness featured two Ryson Spirals in their impressive demo loop showcasing their new DYNAC carton mass flow buffer, a new wrap-around packer for shelf ready packages and an end-of-line robotic palletizer.

Storcan with SpiralAnother integration partner Storcan, featured a Ryson spiral in a case handling loop.

It is gratifying when our partners proudly feature our equipment in their booth. This year it was also nice that both booths showed the application of a spiral in a loop, to help illustrate how a spiral is beneficial in a packaging line.

 

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