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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Jul 05
Ryson Factory Acceptance tests

Ryson Customers are welcome to perform a factory acceptance tests at our manufacturing plant in Yorktown, Va.

Last week, we welcomed engineering and plant maintenance people from a prominent personal care products manufacturer to our Yorktown, Virginia manufacturing facility.

They were here to inspect their four 1200-200 spiral conveyors in a Factory Acceptance Tests. A four hour dry run was done while periodically monitoring motor amperage draw and the temperatures of the motors and gearboxes.

Product test runs were performed while verifying the elevations and getting versed on system integration and installation details. Finally, we reviewed spiral preventive maintenance and went over the recommended spare parts and documentation shipping with the machines.

We were glad to have had them in and they were appreciative that we met their very aggressive lead time schedule of 4 weeks for the (4) spirals.

For more information about Ryson’s Vertical Conveying Solutions, check out www.ryson.com. You can also read more stories about past factory acceptance tests we have hosted.

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Sep 09

Ryson is happy to host Factory Acceptance Tests (FAT). Last week our integrator partner, D.I. Engineering Corporation, inspected the spiral conveyor we were preparing to ship to their customer, an overseas beverage packaging facility handling cases of full PET bottles.

ryson-meeting-roomThe inspection began with a review of the approval drawings and specifications and continued with a review of the spiral integration requirements and their system layout and design.

Here our controls engineer is going over the electrical controls system design. We went on to the operational testing of the spiral, including loading the spiral with cases to observe it’s handling characteristics and conducting various operating scenarios. During this time, motor amperage and temperature were monitored during a dry run period.

learn-to-shorten-chainOur Service Manager then reviewed our Preventative Maintenance of the spiral, including the chain shortening procedure. A review of our maintenance manual and recommended spare parts list followed.

Our technicians then demonstrated how the spiral was to be stood up and the proper rigging procedure the installation crew should follow on site once the spiral arrived.

Ryson gladly sets up both product testing and factory acceptance tests as part of our commitment to customer service. For more information, or to contact us with questions or to set up a FAT, product test or tour, please visit www.ryson.com.

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Jun 03

On a typical Factory Acceptance Test, Ryson prepares a thorough demonstration of its’ Spirals to customers. Attention to details about proper installation, integration and maintenance topics ensures the Spiral will live a long life and that the customer is satisfied.

Ryson Factory Acceptance Test

Ryson Staff talk a customer through key installation and maintenance points while conducting a Factory Acceptance Test

This week we conducted a Factory Acceptance Test (FAT) with the project engineer for a food manufacturer. The two 1500-400 spirals feature extended infeeds and are hybrid wash down. The spirals will be handing assorted sizes of cases of cheese.

The FAT included running all the different sized cases on the spirals to ensure all of the requirements were met and that the product conveyed smoothly and without issues.

If you would like to set up a factory tour, product test or FAT, we would gladly accommodate you. We also can send video tests if an in-person visit is not feasible. Please contact our sales department, or fill out the form on our homepage if you would like to set up a test.

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Jul 02

Last week we conducted a factory acceptance test (FAT) on 4 spiral conveyors going to a large food manufacturer in Eastern Virginia.

The plant already has 12 Ryson Spirals in operation and the new spirals are part of a current plant expansion. The FAT was also a learning opportunity for the attending maintenance personnel. The bonus was a history lesson and partial tour of the Yorktown Battlefield conducted by our service manager and history buff – Doug Glass. The customer was very appreciative and dropped us this note (reprinted with permission)

Ryson Factory Acceptance Test and a History Lesson” Thanks for the tour yesterday, it was great to see the conveyors being put together. … . Thanks also for the historic tour and a great lunch, I may be taking a day trip to Yorktown for the fourth of July now! 

(I’m) Happy to report the first two spirals have been unloaded, and the second two if not already, should be arriving shortly…”

Thanks,

Jake Cohen, Project Delivery Engineer

We are always proud and happy when our customers provide such satisfied feedback. We also thought is was a very nice segue to wishing you a very safe and happy 4th of July from our manufacturing plant near Historic Yorktown.

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May 22

Ryson Spiral used for vertical indexing with totesVertical Indexing: This week Ryson will be shipping this 21 foot tall model 1600-500 spiral conveyor to Texas, where it will be used in a processing operation.

This spiral will be used to stage totes of granular material that will be elevated to a mixing operation on an adjacent mezzanine platform. Products are indexed forward in batches and the spiral produces a dynamic storage capable of holding up to 30 totes at any one time.

The  factory acceptance test (FAT) was conducted by the end user’s representative at Ryson’s manufacturing plant on Tuesday and was punctuated by loading (30) 50 lb. totes into the spiral in an indexing fashion, to simulate their operation at the plant.

Our integrator partner, Lonestar Automated Systems used our spiral conveyor in their layout instead of a vertical case elevator because of our reliability in the dusty environment where it will be installed.

The spiral was ordered with pre-wired controls, including a local jog station, that gives the maintenance staff local control of the spiral during maintenance. The machine was also specified to be reversible, giving the end-user even more flexibility in their operation.

For more information on The Ryson Vertical Spiral Conveyor, visit www.ryson.com or download the product spotlight.

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Jan 09

 

Dual Lane Dual Spiral handles 4 Lines

The Ryson Dual Track Spiral Conveyor combines 2 independently driven spirals in one small footprint.

Dual Lane Dual Spiral That handles 4 Lines: This week we conducted a factory acceptance test of this special Ryson Dual Track spiral conveyor. This is our 1300-400/2300-400 model with two independently driven inclining lanes, which are separated by a center guide rail, creating space to handle four production lines in a diameter of 9 feet. The Dual Track Spiral Conveyor is Ryson’s ultimate space saver by simply doing the work of 2 spirals in one compact footprint.

The system, designed by Muller International and integrated by Flexicell, transports plastic trays of pre-baked muffins up to an elevation of 14’-6” to a freezer. For more information on the Ryson Dual Track Spiral Conveyor, visit www.ryson.com or download the spec sheet. Read more stories on the Dual Track Vertical Spiral Conveyor.

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Aug 27

Ryson Mass Flow Spiral Conveyor Factory Acceptance TestRecently we hosted a Factory Acceptance Test (FAT) on a Ryson High Capacity Mass Flow Spiral Conveyor. The Spiral ships to a major food manufacturer in the Mid-West. Ryson welcomes FAT’s because it allows our customers to familiarize themselves with our equipment prior to installation, with the added benefit of expert training from our factory technicians.

This unit will handle various sizes of full mayonnaise jars at a rate of 350 jars per minute. This spiral will provide an elevation change of 11′ – 0″ with 7 1/2 clockwise turns.The conveying surface is 16″ wide and can handle all their product sizes without making any adjustments and eliminates the need for any change parts.

For more information on the Ryson Mass Flow Spirals, visit www.ryson.com. You can also read more stories about The Ryson Factory Acceptance Test on our weekly blog.

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Jun 27

Stainless Steel Options for the Ryson Narrow Trak Spirals This week we are preparing two new NT (Narrow Trak) spirals with stainless steel options for a customer factory acceptance test (FAT). The spirals will be transporting plastic tubs of personal care products for a major consumer products manufacturer.  To prevent marking of the product at the line speed of 200 feet per minute, we are providing the spiral with stainless steel side guards on the inside and outside. This also gives the machines a sanitary appearance and matches well with the stainless steel table top conveyor adjoining the down spirals in the line.

This combination of stainless steel and powder coated finishes has become so popular in this model that we have adapted it as a standard option.  This model is also available in a hybrid stainless steel version. The NT is ideal for small loads with it’s 5″ wide nesting slat design and saves considerable floor space with it’s 3’9″ outside diameter. For more information on the Ryson Narrow Trak (NT) Spiral Conveyor, visit www.ryson.com, or you can download the NT spec sheet.

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Aug 16

We always welcome our Integrators partners and their clients to visit Ryson… And run factory acceptance tests on their new spiral conveyors prior to shipment.

Ryson Factory Acceptance Tests

Ryson Service Manager goes over integration techniques with customers at a factory acceptance test.

It’s an opportunity to demonstrate the unit in operation, review preventive maintenance procedures and key integration details with them. It is also a chance to get their feedback on how our vertical conveyors will be applied at their facility.

We recently had the pleasure of hosting the Process Engineer for a large consumer products manufacturer, along with Wayne Snyder, a Sales Engineer with NCC Automated Systems, our Integrator Partner.

The Engineer wrote back after the visit and commented:  “Thank you for your help on the FAT yesterday, I was really impressed by the manufacturing facility as well as all of the information that you all passed on operation and maintenance of the conveyor, not all of our equipment suppliers are so helpful and I really appreciate it.”

Customer service is a top priority at Ryson… Second only to manufacturing the top of the line spiral conveying systems available. Click here for more information on Spiral installation and integration or download the Integration and Maintenance Guide.

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