Menges Roller Expands Design & Engineering Capacity

WAUCONDA, IL | Menges Roller announces the enhancement of its Engineering Dept. capabilities. Using advanced technology, Menges engineers now can see and predict the exact temperature a roller will achieve and how that temperature will affect the web—all before the roller is built.

Menges Roller

Heat transfer rollers are a flagship product at Menges, and these engineering enhancements are primarily aimed at the heat transfer roll marketplace. These advancements will help Menges Roller continue designing rollers that perform specific tasks at very specific temperatures.

Utilizing the latest Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD) technology, Menges engineers compute all the relevant factors—substrate types and dimensions, line speeds, thermal transfer fluid data, roller dimensions, flow rates, and so on—to see the temperature and thermal profile of a roller before it is built.

Matt Menges, president, explains, “With modern converting applications, heat transfer rolls must perform at a very high level…and we take pride in building some of the best heat transfer rolls on the market. With these engineering enhancements, we’re simply continuing on that path. Now, instead of just seeing static roller dimensions, we can demonstrate how changes to those dimensions affect the flow rate, the roller’s temperature, the web’s temperature, and the entire converting process. It’s all about designing custom rollers that perform flawlessly in their application.”

As part of these Engineering Dept. enhancements, Menges also has invested in technology that allows engineers to model weight and load-bearing characteristics. This allows engineers to compare the strength and stress capacities of various steels in relation to roller design and component dimensions.

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