Among the many innovations and advances made in the industry this award goes to the most significant new technology having an impact on the converting industry or the consuming market.
The Menges Process for Seamless Roller Coverings from Menges Roller Co., Inc., Wauconda, Illinois, earned finalist status in the Coating/Laminating Equipment/Accessories Category. Instead of traditional rubber extrusion, Menges relies on a proprietary compounding and application process that crosslinks the rubber after it’s applied. The technology eliminates problems with rubber memory that can cause variations too small to see with the naked eye but sufficient to cause inconsistencies in roller performance. Designed for any application that uses rollers, the Process for Seamless Roller Coverings technology offers the potential to improve the output of coating, laminating, film manufacturing, and metallizing lines. The elimination of roller imperfections minimizes film finish irregularity problems like gloss and haze and reduces rejected material and waste. Fewer roller flaws mean fewer roll changes and associated downtime as well as lower roller and plant maintenance costs.