Aug 03

Ryson Mass Flow Spiral with special design featuresIn the next few weeks we’ll be shipping two custom Mass Flow spirals with some special design features.

These two stainless steel hybrid spirals will work as part of the bulk de-palletizing system for a major brewery.

The special design features include a top canopy cover and removable clear lexan side guard extensions to keep dirt and debris from entering the bottles during their transport to the filler.

They will raise and lower empty glass bottles at rates exceeding 1,100 per minute. The elevation change on this 1900-400 model spiral is 13 feet and is made of components designed to handle wet environments.

 Our Integrator Partner, Gebo Cermex Canada, specified Ryson to their customer based on our reputation in the mass flow spiral market, where we have many project sites in North and South America handling bottles, cans and jars in mass.

If you would like to learn more about our Mass Flow Spiral Conveyors, visit www.ryson.com. You can also read more stories about custom solutions on our weekly blog.

 

 

 

 

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Jul 20

Ryson offers two versions of stainless steel spirals that are suitable for wet environments. One has and all-stainless frame and structure. The other is a hybrid version where the center tube is our standard powder-coated aluminum construction and some of the components are zinc plated.

Ryson stainless steel spirals suitable for wet environments

Both versions can be equipped with either regular stainless steel bearings suitable for wet environments or stainless steel bearings furnished with our proprietary solid lubricant for more aggressive wash-down environments. 

Wet Environments: Care should be taken when cleaning spirals with our regular stainless steel bearings. Strong detergents, foaming cleaners, alcohol based cleaners, detergent based transfer liquids and high pressure or high temperature cleaning liquids will, over time, dissolve the grease in the bearings and chain, resulting in reduced operating life of the bearings and chain assembly.

The conveying surface should only be cleaned with a mild cleaner and rinsed with a low temperature and low pressure water. For more information on Ryson cleaning procedures for wet environment spirals, refer to the Ryson Maintenance Manual.

Ryson solid lube bearings

New proprietary solid lubricant which is impervious to detergents, mild acids and bases.

Wash-down Environments: For more aggressive wash-down requirements, we recommend our stainless steel bearings with a new proprietary solid lubricant which is impervious to detergents, mild acids and bases.  These bearings have no seal and can run completely immersed in water at any temperature and still provide lubrication for the life of the bearings. Such spirals will also be equipped with an automatic oiler to re-lubricate the chain assembly after cleaning. 

Ryson Spiral Conveyors are designed to handle packaged goods. Our Spirals are not intended to be used in direct food contact applications and do not comply with all USDA / FDA sanitary design requirements.

Read some stainless steel application examples from our weekly blog. For additional information, please visit www.ryson.com or call our sales department at 757.898.1530.

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May 18

Ryson Split Lane SpiralThis week we ship a space saving split lane spiral to a major food manufacturer.

The Ryson 1700-600 Spiral model is not only a space-saver because of it’s small footprint (7’-11” diameter), but the end-user has combined two production lines into one split lane spiral, saving money and additional floorspace.

The spiral has a center divider creating the two lanes in the spiral, delivering sealed cartons at a rate of 300 per minute from an overhead conveyor (8’-9”) to the floor level for case packing.

Ryson’s all-stainless steel design allows the spiral to operate in a wet environment and the spiral will ship pre-assembled, reducing site implementation time.

The integrator on this project is Bastian Solutions. For more information on the Ryson Spiral Conveyors, visit www.ryson.com. You can also read more split lane applications on our weekly blog.

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May 04

Next week we ship this special Wide Trak Spiral to a food manufacturer in the Midwest. It is designed to operate in a wet environment.

Stainless Steel Wide Trak Spiral to Operate in Wet EnvironmentThis spiral is the stainless steel version of our new Wide Trak model 2200-760. It features a 30” wide slat surface and stainless steel bearings, which allows it to operate in a wet environment.

The spiral is a incline conveyor, elevating frozen wrapped pizzas from a spiral freezer discharge at 3’-0” up to mezzanine packaging operation at a 12′ – 0″. The pizzas run single file or two abreast at rates up to 120 per minute. The Ryson Wide Trak Spiral models feature either a 30” or 36” wide conveying surface. This model spiral is perfect for this kind of freezer application.

 The spiral will be shipped partially disassembled so that the largest sections can fit through passageways and under the newly installed drop ceiling in the installation area. The spiral will be re-assembled on site by one of our experienced service technicians, along with the on-site installers.

For more information on Ryson’s new line of Wide Trak Spirals, visit www.ryson.com, download the spec sheet, or read more application stories on our weekly blog.

 

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Feb 16

Ryson solid lube bearings

Ryson introduces new proprietary solid lube bearings for wash-down applications.

Ryson’s new stainless steel wash-down bearings features an advanced proprietary solid lubricant, which is impervious to detergents, mild acids and bases. These bearings have no seals, can run completely immersed in liquids at any temperature and provide lubrication for the life of the bearings.

Standard stainless steel bearings have limitations. Strong detergents, foaming cleaners, detergent based transfer agents and high pressure or high temperature cleaning liquids will over time migrate past the bearing seals and eventuality dissolve the grease in standard bearings, resulting in reduced bearing life.

Standard stainless steel bearings are only suitable for for wet environments where the conveying surface can be cleaned with a mild cleaner and be rinsed with low temperature and low pressure water. We recommend the spiral run dry after cleaning.

This is another example of Ryson’s commitment to provide products with a low total cost of ownership. For more information on the many benefits of the Ryson Spiral Conveyors, visit www.ryson.com, or download our brochure. You can also read more stories about wash-down spiral conveyors in our weekly blog.

 

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Jun 03

On a typical Factory Acceptance Test, Ryson prepares a thorough demonstration of its’ Spirals to customers. Attention to details about proper installation, integration and maintenance topics ensures the Spiral will live a long life and that the customer is satisfied.

Ryson Factory Acceptance Test

Ryson Staff talk a customer through key installation and maintenance points while conducting a Factory Acceptance Test

This week we conducted a Factory Acceptance Test (FAT) with the project engineer for a food manufacturer. The two 1500-400 spirals feature extended infeeds and are hybrid wash down. The spirals will be handing assorted sizes of cases of cheese.

The FAT included running all the different sized cases on the spirals to ensure all of the requirements were met and that the product conveyed smoothly and without issues.

If you would like to set up a factory tour, product test or FAT, we would gladly accommodate you. We also can send video tests if an in-person visit is not feasible. Please contact our sales department, or fill out the form on our homepage if you would like to set up a test.

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Apr 07

Today is the last day of Modex in Atlanta. The show was well attended. The new Ryson booth, and our machines were a hit.

imageWe showcased our high capacity spiral with the intermediate induction and divert out loop… Which is an ideal machine for multi-level pick modules and warehousing operations. The loop is ideal as it illustrates how our space savings can be applied to multi-tiered operations.

RYSON stainless narrow trakWe also showcased our brand new, 1200-230 Narrow Track Spiral Conveyor with 9″ wide nesting slats. This version is stainless steel and is suitable for a wash-down environment. It is Ideal for small packages – either in mass, or in singe file, and can convey products in excess of 200 fpm.

It was nice to show off our machines to integrators and potential customers alike. If you would like more information on the Ryson Vertical Conveying product line, please visit www.ryson.com.

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Mar 30

This week we are returning a reconfigured and reconditioned 15 year old Spiral Conveyor back to a bakery in the Midwest.

15 Year Old Spiral Still Going Strong - low cost of ownershipThis 14′-6″ tall counter-clockwise stainless steel spiral with 4 1/4  turns, handling trays and has been in operation for over 15 years. The spiral was reconfigured in our Yorktown production plant from an up spiral to a down spiral (lowerator).Upon reinstallation, the spiral will be used in a new packaging line.

This is an example of our claim of our products having a long life and how we can reduce our customer’s total cost of ownership. The Ryson modular design makes it easy to field modify our spirals  in case of unplanned installation changes or to reconfigure and repurpose the spirals at a later date.

If you would like more information about our spiral conveyors please visit www.ryson.com. You can also read more about or repurposing projects in these blog posts.

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Jan 29

Tall Narrow Trak Spiral Conveyor In a few weeks we will be shipping this tall Narrow Trak Spiral Conveyor to a snack packager that will be lowering empty composite cans from a mezzanine to the floor level.

The spiral will be installed during a short shutdown period and will involve one of our service technicians who will supervise the rigging and help with the re-assembly and fit-up of the side transfer conveyor at both the infeed and outfield. The composite cans, which will eventually get filled with nuts, travel down from 18’-2” at 175 cans per minute.

This Model 1100-150 Narrow Trak Spiral Conveyor is manufactured in our hybrid stainless steel finish, suitable for wet conditions. It is built to ship in two sections, due to egress issues in the installation area.

The Narrow Trak’s 6” wide nesting slats allow this spiral to be used for end transfer or side transfer, making it perfect for cartons, bottles, jars and pouches. It is an alternative to side gripper elevators and has a larger elevation change capability than any other compact spiral on the market. For more information on the Ryson Narrow Trak Spiral Conveyor, visit www.ryson.com. You can also read Narrow Trak application stories on our weekly blog.

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Nov 20

Most people think that the primary advantage of using spirals is to save space and increase throughput, but often overlooked is the advantage of the Ryson Spirals are their low cost of ownership.

Ryson low cost of ownership Old Ryson Spiral ConveyorThis week we were contacted by an integrator working on a Kansas Bakery site where some existing Ryson Spirals were installed. One of them was built and shipped back in 1999.

The photo below shows this all-stainless steel wash down machine, still running strong after 15 years. The 2 HP motor saves energy and is all that is required with our proprietary rolling friction chain-slat belt. Only a handful of wear and tear parts were purchased over the 15 year time span. The still-operational spiral has seen three different ownership changes at the plant.
Our equipment is put into production lines in manufacturing operations that demand 0% down time, and this is a great example of the reliability that we’ve become known for. For more information on Ryson Spiral Conveyors, visit www.ryson.com.

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