Feb 02

The Ryson Wide Trak Spirals with Induction Conveyor options are getting attention at distribution centers. The wide trak spiral boasts our widest slat width and can reach elevations up to 50′. It is ideal for a multi-tiered order picking modules or warehouses.

Wide Trak Spirals With Induction Conveyor

This week we are building two (2) identical Wide Trak Spirals with induction conveyors that will be shipped to a major footwear designer and distributor on the west coast for our Integrator Partner, Honeywell Intelligrated.

The spiral model 2200-760 is elevating open cases 18’. Both the spirals will be supplied by two different production lines , with one at the ground level and a second one at an elevation of 13’ feet. This intermediate elevation will utilize our new induction conveyors.

The new induction conveyor powered roller design is individually adjustable to match the spiral pitch, assuring a safe and reliable product transfer. The spirals will run at 200 feet per minute.

The Ryson Wide Trak Spiral Conveyors are perfect for such an application due to the size of the products,  the largest being 32″x24″x30″ along with their high capacity and throughput capabilities.

The 30″ wide conveying surface is ideal for larger items as well as boxes/totes of varying sizes, which is common order fulfillment operations. The induction conveyor configuration allows loads to enter the spiral at intermediate elevations, allowing for example load entry at all levels of a mezzanine into a single spiral. This ability drastically reduces the footprint needed for vertical conveying.

For more information on the Ryson Wide Trak Spiral Conveyor, visit www.ryson.com or download the product brochure. You can also read other blog entries on multiple infeed spirals.

 

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Jul 28

Ryson Multiple Infeed SpiralsThe Ryson Multiple Infeed Spirals allow loads to enter at several intermediate elevations, which saves floorspace. It is an ideal solution for a multi-tiered order picking operation.

Such a spiral was recently installed and integrated by our Integrator partner BoxLogix Automation. The Distribution Center relies on this spiral to take sealed cases picked from all three levels of the pick module out to a sorter and to the dock for shipment.

This HC1700-600 model, is 24 feet tall and runs at 120 FPM. Our proprietary  induction conveyors have adjustable belt segments that conform to the incline angle of the adjacent slats, offering a dependable transition of cases into the spiral.

The 3,600 lbs. capacity of the spiral allows the facility to easily handle cases that weigh up to 50 lbs. with throughputs exceeding 25 cases per minute. Read more stories about the Ryson Multiple Infeed Spirals.

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Sep 11

The Ryson High Capacity Spirals are in response to our customers need to go higher and handle more weight. They are perfect for Multi-Level Pick Modules.

Multi-Level Pick Modules Ryson Spirals at Distribution CenterThey can handle double the weight capacity of our regular spirals at speeds up to 200 FPM.

Multiple Entry and Exit Spirals allow loads to enter or exit the High Capacity Spirals at intermediate elevations. New special induction and divert conveyors have individually adjustable conveying surfaces to match the spiral pitch, assuring a smooth and reliable operation.

The loads can enter or exit the spirals in the up or down rotation, and offers great space-savings in multi-tiered order picking systems or multi-level production operations.

An increasing number of systems take advantage of these new features. Ryson recently delivered  High Capacity Spirals to a distribution center in Pennsylvania with a multi level order picking system. Featuring both multiple entry and exit capabilities. View the video below.

The down spirals induct loads at three intermediate elevations and the up spirals divert out at two different elevations. Our integrator partner on this project is Bastian Solutions. For more information about Ryson’s Vertical Conveying Solutions, please visit our website at www.ryson.com.

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May 01

Ryson dual track spiralRyson recently built a Dual Track Spiral consisting of two 16” lanes with different discharge elevations.  

Our integrator partner PeakLogix, designed it to handle totes in a multi-level order picking operation at a distributor of hospital supplies in Virginia.. Totes are transported through the first picking level and if the order is complete, it goes to the inside lane and is conveyed directly to a 12′-6″ elevation and is conveyed to the shipping area. If additional picks are required on the second level, the tote goes to the outside lane which exits at 10’-0”.

The advantage of the dual track spiral in this application is the space savings of servicing two elevations within a 9’-0” diameter footprint.

Our technician was dispatched to assist the PeakLogix millwrights in the re-assembly of the spiral, which was installed over a 3-day weekend.

ryson dual track spiralsThis was the second 1300-400/2300-400 we have shipped this year that had multiple discharge elevations, both in distribution applications. For more information on the Ryson Dual Track Spiral Conveyor, please visit www.ryson.com, or download the Dual Track Product Spotlight.

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Sep 14


Warehousing and order-picking operations often handle larger and heavier loads of varied sizes.  It is an ideal application for Ryson Spiral Conveyors.

Space Saving Ryson Spirals at Distribution Center

When considering square footage in a large distribution center, the Ryson Spiral Conveyors can be space saving, and can maximize the area for storage and pick module locations. Since the spirals convey straight up and down, they can be placed at the end of a pick line to help create a cleaner more efficient layout and can even help create aisle space.

In the order-picking operation shown to the right, our integrator partner Dematic Corporation, designed a distribution center with several muilti-level pick modules, all connected with space-saving Ryson Spirals.

The conventional inclines and belt curves that would be needed to elevate totes and cartons in this end-of-aisle pick module layout would have taken much more floorspace. It would also cost more in implementation and field wiring because of multiple bed sections, motors and control devices. Plus it would cost the end-user more every month in energy bills.  Compare one spiral motor to six powered conveyor bed sections, and you’ll see why Ryson Spiral Conveyors help lower the total cost of ownership.

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May 18

Distribution, Warehousing and The Order Picking System are Common Applications for Ryson Spiral Conveyors.

The above video shows three Ryson Vertical Spirals in a rather unique setting. There was limited space available for the storage system, but our integrator took advantage of the 50 foot clear height of the building when designing a four-level pick module, using Ryson Spiral Conveyors to make maximum use of the “cube”.

Ryson Spiral at Distribution Warehouse

Three Ryson Spirals Bridge Four Levels of a Pick Module

Empty plastic totes start the picking operation on level four. Then a conveyor brings them to the first spiral declining them to level three. The spiral is on a structure that supports itself and the spiral declining the totes from level two to the first floor.  On the other end, a spiral built on an extended height platform supports the declining spiral, transporting totes from level three to level two. (see photo) The use of our vertical conveying systems saved valuable space,  maximizing the number of SKU’s that were able to be stored and picked in the storage system.

Our Systems Integrator on this project was Abel-Womack, for their client, a major healthcare products manufacturer in New England. They produced a nice case study about the project if you would like more details. For more information on Ryson Spirals and how they are used for vertical conveying in warehousing and distribution centers visit www.ryson.com.

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Dec 02
Installing Tall High Capacity Spiral

Installing a tall Ryson High Capacity Spiral Conveyor in a distribution center in Australia.

Four high capacity spiral conveyors are currently being installed in a large distribution warehouse for electronic products in Austrailia. These spiral elevators will service several order picking levels. The Tallest spiral feeds in product at 2′ – 6″ and discharges at 29′ – 0″. The Ryson High Capacity Spiral Conveyors easily handle the tall height requirements with only one drive. The 24″ wide slats will be able to handle loads with variable sizes and weights. There is also an intermediate high-speed induction conveyor at the 12′ – 6″ elevation to accommodate an additional order picking level with the same spiral conveyor unit. The induction conveyor adds additional operational flexibility and reduces the number of vertical conveyors required.

Two-Ryson-Spirals The Ryson Spirals are very easy to install and most spirals are shipped in one piece, pre-tested which drastically reduces the time and cost of installation.  These spirals were loaded fully assembled into 40′ containers and shipped as ocean freight to Australia. A member of our service team traveled down under to supervise the installation and provide maintenance training to ensure the longevity of the vertical conveyors. The integrator on this project is Bastian Material Handling.

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