Wendig Associates, Inc. Manufacturers Representative
The Menzel A-Frame...
Often imitated, never duplicated
|It was 1965
when Menzel introduced the first large roll batching system to the
United States textile industry. This material handling system allows
manufacturers to wind very large rolls of fabric onto fixed cores on
portable carriages, resulting in several time and cost saving benefits.
For instance, longer continuous runs are achieved, which lead to less cutting and sewing, in turn lowering fabric waste and production costs. With fewer transports necessary, due to larger roll capacities up to 10,000 yards, manpower is significantly reduced. And because the fabric remains untouched during the manufacturing and transportation process, the risk of damage is lowered while quality is enhanced.
Textile fabric preparation range for cotton and cotton blends
The A-Frame is another example of the impact of
German technology on U.S. industry. Its success and acceptance has
become synonymous with Menzel. But the A-Frame is not simply an
apparatus for winding and unwinding fabric. It is a complete,
mobile material handing, transportation and storage system. From
the basic A-Frame, custom-made in a variety of sizes, to the
transport dollys and portable carriages, this system offers
versatility, as well as expandability. The carriages handle rolls
up to 40" in diameter, which can be stacked four high for convenient
The A-Frame system has helped textile industry
manufacturers reduce material defects while improving the efficiency
of their entire operation. Quite simply, Menzel has set the
standard by which other portable material handling systems are
The A-Frame has also spawned the development of a complete line of equipment for web unwinding, accumulating, guiding, slitting, and winding. In addition, it has triggered a diverse line of entrance and exit machinery for all types of finishing, dyeing, and print ranges, as well as batching and final inspection stations. And due to its ease and efficiency, the Menzel product line has been adapted by the great majority of textile industry manufacturers since its introduction in the mid-sixties.
Menzel has since utilized their design expertise to develop equipment for a variety of industries other than textiles, as shown in the following chart:
|Range Entry/Exit Systems|
|Center or Surface Unwinding/Winding|
|Custom Designed Machinery|
|Dust & Lint collection|
|Heat Recovery Systems|
|Tension Control System|