We 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.
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: www.ryson.com.
Factory Testing a new High Capacity Mass Flow Spiral Conveyor with lightweight aluminum bottles
An optional Factory Acceptance Test (FAT) is available to all our customers. Ryson always runs and tests each spiral before shipping from our Virginia manufacturing plant, but customers often want assurance that their products are handled as required on our spirals before leaving our factory. Since travel to observe this isn’t always a viable option, Ryson is happy to videotape and photograph the test and post the video securely via the internet. Many of our customers take advantage of this time and money saving resource.
This week a 1900-400 High Capacity Mass Flow Spiral Conveyor is shipping out to MillerCoors in Golden Colorado. The Spiral will lowerate their new aluminum bottles from de-palletizing to the filler. The customer was concerned about the stability and handling of the product since the bottles are tall and lightweight. They shipped us a skid-full so we could test the flow and stability of the product before final approval and shipping.
View a portion of the video we produced for the customer and Sidel, the integrator on this project. If you have any question about how Ryson could set up a video test for you, please give us a call at 757-898-1350 or visit www.ryson.com.
Temperature, and noise levels were recored over an 8 hour period of a running spiral conveyor.for a factory acceptance test
Periodically, our clients request “dry run testing” on their vertical spiral conveyors before leaving our Virginia facility. One such customer asked us to combine this with a video FAT (factory acceptance test).
During the dry run, we take hourly temperature readings on the motor, gearbox and bearings and monitor noise level of the spiral conveyor. This is conducted during an 8 hour period and the data sent off to the customer along with a video of the spiral running their test product.
This service saves the customer valuable time and the cost of travelling to our facility to witness the testing of the spiral lift. Just another “extra” that we do that sets Ryson apart from all our competitors.
Ryson recently hosted a Factory Acceptance Test (FAT) for Gonnella Frozen Food Products, Inc. The Systems Integrator Thomas Conveyor Company approached Ryson with an interesting challenge: To replace two existing case elevators with one Ryson Dual Track Spiral Conveyor in a very tight space.
Due to tight installation space, the Ryson Dual Track Spiral Conveyor had to be partially assembled on location
The spiral itself is 18 feet tall and has 6 1/2 turns. At the FAT, the spiral was fully assembled, and running test product. Ryson Spirals normally ship in once piece, but this spiral had to be partially disassembled prior to shipping in order to be installed in a very restricted space. The old case elevators were ripped out, and the new spiral installed over a weekend.
The new Ryson Dual Track Spiral Conveyors are the ultimate in space savings.
Two tracks operate independently within one spiral structure. Both slat conveyor tracks can go up or down, and can optionally be reversible. The Dual Track Spiral Conveyor is an ideal solution when space is an important issue. Visit the Ryson Dual Track Spiral Conveyor page on www.ryson.com to get additional information. Below is some video footage from the FAT in our manufacturing plant in Yorktown, Virginia.