Apr 28

One of the key benefits of the Ryson Spiral design is it’s modular design. One way this is beneficial is the ability to field modify if changes are needed in the future. Or as in this case, a last minute change.

Last week our Integrator Partner Systems Automated called us to request a last minute change to a spiral already being delivered a distribution warehouse in California. Due to a last minute layout change, they realized the spiral would need to change orientation. Going from a clockwise incline spiral conveyor to counter clockwise.

Ryson Spiral Modular Design

A Ryson service technician helps the installers reconfigure a spiral in the field.

Our engineering and service teams went to work to facilitate our technician’s visit with one part in his hand -all that he would need to turn the spiral “inside-out “ and get it ready to support the system start-up schedule. A few other guides will ship in a week to be added to the reconfigured spiral.

Start to finish, the entire reconfiguring process took only a few days without any project delays. This is another example of Ryson’s customer service and commitment to supporting our integrator partners.

Reconfiguring is a cost effective way to change your plant layout without purchasing a new spiral. And is another example of how Ryson can help lower your total cost of ownership. This is a key advantage with Ryson Spirals and is not nearly as feasible with our competitors. Visit www.ryson.com for more information, or read other reconfiguring stories in our blog.

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Sep 23

This week we shipped a tall spiral that left our factory floor in five sections. This 35′ tall Spiral – High Capacity 1700-600 – will be installed in an existing 3 level order picking mezzanine, so it would be impossible to install it in one piece.

Our Integrator Partner, lntelligrated, worked with our engineering and service departments on a method of rigging the five sections by stacking them on top of each other, because the deck penetrations are internal to the structure and each section needs to pass through the clearance between levels, which is why you see the castered base sections in the time lapse video below.

Disassembling a tall spiral 5-piece

 

This tall spiral will be running at 180 feet per minute and will see a throughput rate of  30 products per minute. It will be one of seven spirals implemented into the distribution centers layout, including one in a -10 degree F freezer. This spiral also has an induction conveyor on level 2 where sealed cases and totes will be inducted into the spiral.

We will be sending one of our senior technicians to the project site to assist the lntelligrated riggers and millwrights on the installation and re-assembly of this tall spiral. We also plan a future site visit to oversee start-up and provide operator and maintenance personnel training on the use and care of our spirals.

This project was an example of how Ryson’s modular design and flexibility allowed us to support our integrator partners with a solution to a rather challenging project. It’s not the kind of project we do every day, but it is a testament to our customer support and the flexibility of our products.

 

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Feb 14

Unlike Ryson’s normal Hybrid Wash down spiral unit, the Ryson all-stainless steel wash down spiral design does not accommodate easy field changes once it’s built for a certain elevation change and configuration. However, if the future changes are known at the time of purchase, we can customize spirals to be easily modified later on.

Custom Stainless Ryson SpiralThat’s the case for this spiral. Our Integrator partner, Packaging Machinery Systems, required a down spiral for their customer (a large poultry processor), transporting empty cases from an automatic case erector on the adjacent mezzanine, down to the manual hand pack stations at a discharge elevation of 50”.

The future plans for the client is to purchase automatic case packers, which require a lower discharge elevation. The Ryson design team came up with a modular base and leg structure that allows the addition of another turn to the spiral, when the new packers are installed. We  shipped the modification “kit” with the machine.

Ryson also designed and built self-contained controls to interface with their case erector and control the speed of the spiral so that each case size would be fed at just the right speed to keep pace with the packing operation. This is the fifth spiral purchased by this end-user.

Please contact Ryson if you would like additional information on our Spiral Conveyors and how they could be beneficial to your conveying needs.

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