Sep 09

Last week we hosted another Factory Acceptance Test (FAT), where 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

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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)

Fifes-and-Drums-of-York-Town” 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…”


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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Jan 09



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

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 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 ConveyorRecently 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

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Aug 02
Ryson Factory Acceptance Test

Factory Tests are performed, this one measuring motor heat and amperage over a 24 hour period

All Ryson Spirals are shop tested for approximately 8 hours prior to shipment. We also perform factory acceptance tests (FAT) upon request. The FATs varies in scope and length and we can even do a video FAT in case the customer elects not to be present.

In a recent customer requested factory acceptance test, three spirals were tested for safety and run for 24 hours, monitoring amperage, temperature and sound levels. The 2 HP motors measured an average of  1.8 amps, averages 101 degrees F and never exceeded 73 db. This data is indicative of a smooth, low friction machine that will aid in the over-all reduction in ownership costs.

There are several reasons Ryson Spiral Conveyors can reduce your total cost of ownership. The obvious ones are reducing space while increasing throughput. Ryson’s proprietary design also uses rolling friction which reduce wear, chain-pull, power requirements and maintenance. For more information on Ryson’s Vertical Conveying Solutions, visit



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Jan 04
Maintenance Tour

The Customer and Systems Integrator get a tour of Ryson and a demonstration of Spiral Preventative Maintenance.

Recently we conducted a Factory Acceptance Test (FAT) on four Ryson Spiral Conveyors for General Mills. They will be installed in their new frozen pizza packaging line in their Wellston, Ohio plant. The four spirals handle cases of different sizes. They travel at a rate of 40 units per minute and the spiral conveyor receives them at 2′-0″ then inclines them to a discharge height of 10′-0″.

This type of FAT is very beneficial because the customer gets a first-hand look at the spiral conveyor before shipping and allows them to be better prepared for the installation. The customers also took the opportunity to try several “what if” scenarios and were encouraged with the outcome. The additional benefit from an in-person FAT is that Ryson runs though integration and preventative mainenance proceedures with thier PMMI Certified Trainers. Download the Ryson Spiral Preventative Maintenance Guide.

The integrator on this project was Integrated Solutions and Systems of Florence, Kentucky.

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Nov 16

This week we completed a factory acceptance test (FAT) for a High Capacity Spiral Conveyor going to MillerCoors.

This spiral  lowerator will convey empty bottles from a high level bulk de-palletizer down to the filler at a rate of 1,600 bottles per minute. The Spiral is equipped with our new 20” wide slat and easily handles the 9 foot elevation change. This unit also features many optional pre-wiring options which will reduce the cost and time of installation. The Systems integrator on this project is Can Lines Engineering, Inc.

Ryson Mass Flow Unit

The Mass Flow Spirals are based on the already proven and reliable Ryson spiral conveying technology and are equipped with extended in and outfeed tangents to facilitate smooth side transfer to and from ancillary  conveyors. They can be delivered with 10”, 12”, 16” or 20” wide slats with capacities of up to 2,000 units per minute. They are available in powder coated carbon steel, stainless steel and washdown versions. For more information, visit or download our Mass Flow Spiral Conveyor Brochure.

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Mar 08

Tall Stainless Steel Mass Flow Spiral ConveyorWe recently conducted a comprehensive factory acceptance test (FAT) on two tall stainless steel mass flow spiral conveyors for a major food manufacturer. These two spirals will handle full jars of various sizes at a rate of up to 750 jars per minute. The spirals will decline from 21′ –  5″ to the floor level. The spirals feature 16″ wide slats and have 11 1/2 turns declining at an angle of 4.2 degrees.

The customer had developed a comprehensive test protocol to verify that the spirals were manufactured to meet their design and performance specifications. This included an 8 hour dry run during which time critical operating characteristics were measured.

The integrator on this project is the Dennis Group of Springfield MA. The order also included two 16 foot tall case spirals with 16″ wide slats. To view video footage of the Ryson Mass Flow Spiral conveyor, visit Ryson’s YouTube Channel.

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Jan 20
Ryson Spiral Conveyor with Additional Input

Multiple entry spirals allow more than one production line to use a single spiral

Ryson has always been about saving space by elevating products in a smaller footprint than conventional methods. That’s been taken to a new level with our new multi-infeed spirals.

This week, we shipped two of our high capacity 400 spirals (16” wide slat surface) to a west coast food and beverage manufacturer, who utilized an over/under conveyor feeding the spirals at separate elevations. This design not only allows for one less spiral in each system, it also accommodated a more compact conveyor layout in the production area. The result is considerable savings in space and equipment cost.

A video factory acceptance test was performed for our integrator partners on this job: Nercon Engineering & Mfg. Co. of Oshkosh, Wisconsin. If you would like additional information on the Ryson Spiral Conveyors, or how our Multi-Infeed spiral can do the work of many, contact us, or visit our website:

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