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 www.ryson.com.

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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 www.ryson.com

 

 

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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 www.ryson.com 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: www.ryson.com.


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Aug 19
Ryson Mass Flow FAT

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.

 

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Jan 13
Factory Acceptance Test on Spiral Conveyor

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.

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Oct 22

Ryson Dual Track Spiral ConveyorRyson 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.

Ryson Dual Track Spiral Conveyor

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.


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