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Spiral Conveyor

Ryson is the number one manufacturer of spiral conveyors in the USA.

Ryson Spiral Conveyors are based on a new and innovative technology, offering many features and benefits. A spiral conveyor from Ryson needs less floor space than conventional conveyors and are also faster and more reliable than any elevator or lift. Central to our design is the proprietary slat-type belts with rolling friction and without any sliding movements or wear-strips.

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Modular Design

An innovative modular design allows Ryson to customize any spiral conveyor with ease and be economically modified in the field to accommodate changing needs.  All spiral conveyors are made to order and are available in 4 basic configurations ( A, B, C  and D), accommodating most requirements relating to the location of the in and out feed tangents.  All configurations can operate up or down in a clockwise or counterclockwise rotation and can optionally be reversible.  The position and length of the in feed tangent on up spirals and out feed tangent on down spirals can be customized to meet specific layout requirements. Samples are shown above (A-EX, B-MA and C-EX).

Spiral Conveyors Configurations

Proprietary Slat Belt

Spiral Conveyor Slat Design

This innovative belt enables a low rolling friction operation without any sliding movements or wear strips on the spiral conveyor.  The belt is pulled by a heavy duty steel roller chain and the slats are supported by precision steel roller bearings which ride on a polyurethane surface.  This arrangement effectively takes up the side forces created by a tight radius and at the same time increases the load carrying capacity of the belt up to 75 lbs per linear foot.  This enables the spiral conveyors to start and stop fully loaded and facilitates high speed, low noise and long life.

Overlapping Slats

Overlapping slats are used on the Unit Load and High Capacity Spiral Conveyors, providing an efficient and safe conveying surface for cartons, cases, trays, totes and all sorts of packaged products.  Available in 8”, 12”, 16”, 20”, 24” , 26,  30” and 36″ wide slats. Friction inserts can be optionally added when additional grip is required.

Nesting Slats

Nesting slats are used in the Mass Flow and Narrow Trak Spiral Conveyors that convey small loads including loose bottles, cans, jars and similar containers. The conveying surface is flat without gaps, facilitating a smooth and reliable product side transfer. This can be done in a single file or in mass. They are available in 6”, 9”, 10”, 16” and 20” wide slats.

Made To Order

All Ryson Spiral Conveyors are made to order and comes in a wide range of sizes and configurations. Our innovative proprietary modular design allows Ryson to customize with ease and to modify in the field to accommodate emerging needs. All spirals are available in 4 basic configurations and accommodates most requirements relating to the location of the in and out feed tangents. The position of the in feed tangent on up spirals and out feed tangent on down spirals can also be customized to meet specific layout requirements. All configurations can operate up or down in a clockwise or counterclockwise rotation. You can download the Ryson Spiral model size chart, as shown to the right.

Spiral Conveyor Size Chart

Small Footprint

The proprietary low friction chain slat belt allow Ryson Spiral Conveyors to operate within a small footprint, saving valuable floor space. See the chart below for specific dimensions on our most popular models.

Horizontal Entry and Exit

All Ryson Spirals are designed with a horizontal section at the in and outfeed. This assures a safe and reliable transition between the spiral and adjoining conveyors without product damage and undue wear.

Built in Protection

All Ryson Spiral Conveyors are equipped with an automatic chain tensioning device and built-in overload protection as a standard.

One Drive

Only one drive motor is required, resulting in substantial savings
in energy, controls and systems integration.


Easy to Install:

Most Spiral Conveyors are shipped in one piece, pre-assembled and pre-tested, drastically reducing time and cost of installation.

Low Noise:

Our proprietary chain slat belt assures a low noise operation, less than 75 db in most cases.

Easy to Field Modify:

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. Click to see some examples:

High Throughput:

The Spiral Conveyors convey loads up or down in a continuous flow, facilitating high throughput.  Many spirals can operate at speeds in excess of 200 FPM and are optionally reversible.

Color and Coating Versions

Ryson Spirals are powder coated carbon steel with choice of any standard RAL color. They are also available in hybrid versions suitable for wet environments or stainless steel versions for washdown applications.

Low Maintenance and Long Life

The Ryson Spirals are designed for low maintenance and long life.  Only high quality components are used throughout.  All bearings are sealed for life and need no further lubrication.  The chain is of heavy duty nickel plated construction and needs only infrequent lubrication.  The slats are made of a nylon composite, need no maintenance and can easily be replaced as single components without the use of special tools. Ryson has a full staff of factory trained service technicians ready to assist. All of our service techs are PMMI Certified Trainers. All of these factors contribute to Ryson’s low total cost of ownership.

Ryson Spiral Conveyors have a very small footprint and save more space than conventional incline and decline conveyors. Ryson Vertical Conveying Solutions clearly utilize space more effectively as illustrated in the above comparison. Spirals allow expansion within an existing facility or can reduce the size of a new building.

Broad User Base:

Ryson Spiral Conveyors are today being used in a rapidly growing number of small and large companies across a broad spectrum of industries. Our spirals effectively handle any conveyable loads including bags, bundles totes, trays, pales, cans, bottles, containers, wrapped and unwrapped items.

The Ryson Spiral Conveyors are frequently used as elevators or lowerators in packaging lines, many of which run 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. They are ideal in cold storage and freezer applications where floor space is at a premium. Ryson Spirals are also very attractive as continuous lifts between floors in multi level order picking systems or any other vertical conveying applications with limited space available and a need for high reliability. This includes mass flow of full or empty bottles, cans, jars and other similar containers.

The Right Machine for the Job:

Ryson’s proprietary spiral technology has allowed us to create specialty Spiral Conveyors that satisfy many of our customer’s unique requirements. Please read further on the specific spiral that may fit your needs.

For more details on the Ryson Vertical Conveyors, please visit our Ryson YouTube Channel, or read current news and installation stories on the Ryson Blog.

Controls and Integration:

Most of our Spiral Conveyors are shipped without controls because they normally integrate with an overall conveyor control system. Our spirals always include an inverter duty gear motor and two proximity sensors, one for the automatic chain tensioner and one for the overload protection device. We also offer a number of controls and pre-wiring options.

A Variable Frequency Drive (VFD) is required for proper operation of the spirals. All Ryson Spirals are thoroughly shop tested prior to shipment, but depend on proper integration with the overall conveyor system for optimum performance. Read about our Integration instructions.

Spiral Repurposing

The Ryson Spiral modular design enables us to effectively reconfigure our spiral conveyors. It can be a cost-effective solution and is implemented in a short time. Often times on site.

The proprietary modular design of the Ryson Spiral Conveyors allows us to build custom vertical conveyors tailored to the customer’s specific needs. This unique design feature also allows us to reconfigure or repurpose an existing spiral at a fraction of the cost of a new spiral.

The advantage has been used by an increasing amount of our integrators and end users. If for example a company is making modifications to a bottling line and an existing spiral will not fit in the new design, the components of the spiral can be rebuilt to accommodate the change. This offers a tremendous advantage and ensures a lower total cost of ownership. It is also a feature not easily offered by our competition. In most cases, the spiral can be repurposed on site, saving shipping costs and time for installation.


Ryson has also designed spirals with future reconfigurations pre-planned. For example if a company is in need of a spiral immediately, but knows they will need a different configuration in the future. Ryson has also reconfigured spirals bought in auction, and changed to fit the new owner’s specifications.

The last way this ability is advantageous is if there was an error upon ordering a new spiral, and it doesn’t quite fit at time of installation, Ryson can design replacement parts and reconfigure the spiral at a fraction of the cost of a reorder, and in a fraction of the time. For more examples, read reconfigure examples on the Ryson blog.