Jul 27

Ryson TCO

Ryson’s spirals are designed and manufactured to provide a lower total cost of ownership (TCO) when considering all costs associated with owning and operating equipment for vertical transportation of goods; initial price, shipping, installation, operation, maintenance, consumables, and reconfiguration.

TCO - Total Cost of ownership

There is a lot more costs associated with equipment than just the purchase price. Image © PMMI, developed by the OpX Leadership Network.

 

 

Capital equipment acquisition in many ways is analogues to an iceberg.  Most of the focus is on the readily visible part, the initial purchase price, however much more lies hidden beneath the surface and requires some investigation to ascertain.  A “Total Cost of Ownership” analysis reveals many hidden costs that can occur in: Shipping, Installation and Startup, Facility Requirements, Maintenance, Consumables, Utilities, and Removal or Reconfiguration.

A good example of these concepts would be two vehicles, one with a low purchase price but that gets poor fuel mileage and requires frequent costly maintenance verses another that has a higher purchase price but that gets good mileage and requires infrequent maintenance with reasonably priced components.  Obviously the first will require less initial investment but with time it will cost more to “own” especially if used frequently and for long distances.  If you include other less tangible costs like loss of use, or substitution costs, when the resource is unavailable because of repair and incidental costs like towing when the vehicle unexpectedly breaks down, the total cost of the initially less expensive option becomes rapidly more expensive to own than the other option. 

End of life or usefulness costs also need to be considered.  The cost, or return, of disposing of or modifying the unit needs to be considered in the TCO.  For example if a truck is being used to transport materials and after three years the requirements change and the truck is no longer suitable as is, the truck must be replaced.  However, if the bed of the truck can be modified for a reasonable amount, the useful life of the truck is extended, potentially significantly reducing its total cost of ownership.

The industry group PMMI working with the OpX Leadership Network facilitated a group of Consumer Packaged Goods companies and suppliers to these companies to develop a process that outlines developing a TCO analysis.  This document is available at https://www.opxleadershipnetwork.org/ for reference.

Many of the design features of Ryson’s spirals provide the benefit of addressing TCO.

  • The small footprint reduces the space required to vertically transport product.
  • Overlapping slats provide a continuous conveying surface that provides high throughput.
  • Rolling slat support removes sliding so lubrication is not needed and power requirements are reduced.
  • The modular design allows the spiral to be reconfigured for a fraction of the price of a new spiral.
  • The bearings are sealed for life and automatic chain tensioning reduce maintenance requirements and make maintenance scheduling predictable.
  • Horizontal infeeds and outfeeds provide the gentlest possible transitions for the product being handled.
  • Many more.

It is beyond the scope of this introductory blog to cover these and other features in detail.  You can find more information in other associated Ryson blogs or by contacting Ryson at sales@ryson.com. Our Vertical Conveying Solutions Video (below) goes into some more detail on how Ryson Equipment can help with cost savings.

 

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Apr 04

The Ryson modular design enables a large degree of customization. This feature is what allows spirals to be built with various heights, pitches and speeds with few unique parts. This feature is also beneficial when modifications need to be made after the spiral is built.

Ryson Modular DesignThe following example is a real-world example of how this feature was used to save the day.

Wednesday night: We get a call about 6:00 pm from our integrator, who’s just stood up our new spiral at the end-user’s facility in Ohio.  The Integrator realized he’s made a mistake and mistakenly quoted and signed the approval drawings for a spiral with a discharge height of 12’-6”, when he really needed 10’-6”. The spiral was shipped complete with a full Nema 4X control system and the line was being installed, with line start-up just days away.

Thursday morning: Our service and engineering departments went to work and figured out how we could field-reconfigure the spiral to get his correct elevation. We overnight new recon details to the integrator on-site.

Friday morning: Our technician arrives at the facility and reconfigures the spiral and helps with the start-up of the spiral, while training the end-user’s maintenance staff.

This is a true story, no names were mentioned to protect a project engineer and save his reputation with his customer.

For more information on the features and benefits of the Ryson modular design Spiral Conveyors, visit www.ryson.com, or read more installation stories on our weekly blog.

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Jan 05

ryson spiral spliceRyson Modularity allows for special spiral splice to ship and install spirals in multiple sections.

This week we finished building (2) model 1500-400 spiral conveyors for our Integrator partner NCC Automated Systems. The spirals were specified to ship in three sections, because the end user’s interior access doorway openings and installation area limited the shipping sizes of the spirals.

One of our technicians will assist their installers in the rigging and re-assembly of the machines at the project site. Once assembled, the spirals will be 24 feet tall and will convey sealed cases.

Ryson’s modular design offers many advantages… Including the option for flanged sections of the center tube making a spiral splice, allowing the spiral to be shipped in sections. The main purpose for this is to assist in installation if the space is too small to stand the spiral up in one piece, or if the spiral is to span between two levels through a floor or mezzanine. The spirals were completely assembled and run in our manufacturing plant before they were  prepared for shipment in three pieces.

Read more stories on ryson multiple piece spirals, or get more information on www.ryson.com.

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Jun 09

The Ryson Modular Design can make an installation much simpler.

 

In this example, we shipped a spiral to Toronto Canada for our Integrator partner, George A. Wright & Son. Their client, a medical laboratory testing facility, is implementing a conveyor system utilizing the spiral to go from one floor to another.

Ryson Modular Design -Sections for shipping

Example of a Ryson Spiral Conveyor that is shipped in two pieces to aid in installation.

The project required a floor penetration and for ease of installation, the spiral was shipped in two sections. The upper portion will be rigged up through the slab opening and the lower section slid under it. The millwrights, under the supervision of our service tech, will splice the center column and track sections back together. The chain assembly was shipped separately to minimize the weight of the two sections for ease of rigging.

The Ryson modular design enables us to modify our standard models relatively easily for applications like these. If you would like more information on Ryson Spirals, and their modular design, please visit www.ryson.com. You can also read more Ryson installation stories on our weekly blog.

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Jan 20

Complex Installation Simplified by the Ryson Modular Design: This week, we’re assisting our integrator partner G.C. Evans on a tricky installation in Canada. The end user, a canned foods co-packer needed the spiral to pass through a floor penetration and decline full cases from the second floor to the first floor.

Spiral InstallationComplicating the installation, was a second floor support beam that needed to pass through between the spiral body and it’s vertical chain return box. The Ryson Engineering Team designed and extended the infeed to provide adequate clearance which allowed the spiral to be assembled around the beam.

The Ryson modular design enabled us to ship this spiral in several pieces, allowing us to lower the body of the spiral through the hole penetration from the second floor and subsequently attaching the outfeed frame and return box.

Please visit www.ryson.com for more information on custom vertical conveying solutions. You can also read more Ryson installation stories on our weekly blog.

Custom Spiral Design

This spiral was custom designed with an extended infeed to fit around a structural beam.

 

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Apr 15

Ryson Heavy Spiral for the Bottling IndustryBottling Industry: This week Ryson finished pre-shipment testing on one of our model 1300-400 spirals for elevating 30 pound cases of distilled spirits to an elevation of 12 feet. The Ryson brand has become a favorite for vertical conveying in the distilled spirits market. Our spiral conveyors are operating in numerous different spirits bottling sites across North America.

The 1300-400 model is ideal for such bottling operations, with it’s compact 5’-11” diameter footprint and 1800 lbs. load capacity. Many distilleries often change packaging format resulting in line layout changes. They Ryson modular design allows us to easily reconfigure the spirals in the  field to accommodate such changes. We recently reconfigured (5) different spirals at one prominent Kentucky Distiller.

If you would like further information on Ryson’s Vertical Spiral Conveyors, please visit www.ryson.com, or watch our introduction video below. You can also read more packaging and bottling application stories on our weekly blog.

 

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Jun 26

This week we shipped a repeat order for 4 large stainless steel Bucket Elevators. The largest units have six inlets at the lower level and two outlets at the top, which can be individually activated. The tallest unit is 36 feet tall.

Ryson Stainless Steel Bucket Elevators Repeat Order

The Bucket Elevators had to be shipped in sections to accommodate shipping. Each segment was carefully match-marked and documented to assure a fast and easy installation upon reassembly. The proprietary modular design of the bucket elevators allows Ryson to pass the ease of reassembly to the end user.

The Ryson Bucket Elevators are designed to withstand many years of heavy duty operations. Our Bucket Elevators are customizable with  multiple inlets and outlets with selective bucket tipping capabilities. The last tipping ramp stays in a fixed position to assure that all buckets are emptied. The bucket elevators combine vertical and horizontal transportation of bulk material in one integral unit. Their modular design and rugged construction make them suitable for a wide variety of applications. Choose from powder coated carbon steel, stainless steel or washdown versions. For more information, visit www.ryson.com.

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May 29

Model 1700-600 2-piece-spiral

This week we shipped the last of ten spiral conveyors to be installed in an existing distribution center in Ontario, Canada. Our Integrator partner, Dematic Corp., is upgrading an existing picking system and replacing old, out-dated belt curve spirals with our Model 1700-600 –EX spiral conveyors.

These last two spirals were manufactured to ship in two sections because they needed to be transported down a narrow aisle in the floor level of a pick module.

The spirals will be installed at the end of the row against a wall with restricted width and height availability. We designed  them in two sections and built special shipping frames to allow them to pushed by hand to where they will be rigged up through the second floor deck opening and spliced together.

A Ryson Service Tech will be on site to assist Dematic’s installation team in the rigging and re-assembly of the spirals.

Our modular spiral conveyor design allows our spirals to be shipped in multiple pieces; normally because of limited facility passageway space or when the spirals are used in floor-to-floor applications. For more information on Ryson’s Modular Spiral Conveyor Design, visit www.ryson.com.

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Jun 06

Shipping: Ryson Spiral Conveyors normally ship in one piece – pre-assembled and pre-tested, drastically reducing the time and expense of installation.

Tall Ryson Spiral ready for shippingThis becomes more challenging with export shipping. Particularly for our larger units, because the ocean containers are not as wide as a domestic truck. Thanks to the modular design and a specially designed shipping frame, we are able to to load a shipping container with minimum disassembly. This is very beneficial on the receiving end where re-assemnly is minimized and the shipping frames facilitate easy unloading and handling.

This spiral is shipping to Brazil next week. You can see how it was partially disassembled to reduce it’s width. The Integrator on this project is SEE Sistemas one of our international integrator partners.

For more information on the ease of shipping and installation of the Ryson Spirals, visit Ryson.com.

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May 09

Ryson Modular Design Custom Built in Three sections

Ryson Modular Design: This week we are shipping a 21 foot tall High Capacity Spiral Conveyor with an intermediate induction conveyor to a large automotive parts supplier in Canada.

This type of spiral normally ships in one piece. In this case however, this spiral shipped in three pieces to facilitate installation in a very tight and crowded space. The challenge was to install this spiral as part of a system expansion without disrupting the ongoing operation. The spiral was built and shop tested in one piece and broken down into three pieces prior to shipping, thanks to the unique Ryson modular design.

The new addition will expand the customer’s order picking capacity where orders are picked on the floor and mezzanine level. A Ryson induction conveyor allows for intermediate spiral entry at the 13 ft. mezzanine level. Parts from both picking levels are spiraled up to a takeaway conveyor at the 21 ft. level and merges with the existing system.

The integrator on this project was Conveyor Dugas, Inc. For more information on the Ryson High Capacity Spiral conveyor, please visit www.ryson.com. You can also read more stories about Ryson’s Modular Design on our weekly blog.

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