O&M

Engine exhaust insulation granted patent

Oneida, IL, March 7, 2003 — The Kalb Corp., and its HeatBlocker Division, announces that its signature product, HeatBlocker Ultra Performance, has been issued Patent #64444287 by the United States Patent & Trademark Office.

Kalb Corporation President, Mike Kalb, in announcing the government action stated, “The U.S. Patent Office has favorably reviewed our request for a patent on the construction of our HeatBlocker exhaust insulation product. The recognition that this ultra performance insulation is unique substantiates our claim that these products are manufactured in a manner that sets them apart from the industry standard.”

The HeatBlocker exhaust insulation system is the result of a research and development program that stretched over twenty-four months. Testing of various materials and fabrications provided performance data that thoroughly examined a multitude of operating conditions. The exacting specifications that successfully provided the durability and protection required were incorporated into the final design for the HeatBlocker product.

HeatBlocker kits offer the state-of-the-art design technology and ultra high temperature materials demanded by major O.E.M.’s for the protection of their high output diesel and natural gas engines. Each component is engineered to install, remove, and replace quickly both on the assembly line and in the field.

Kalb Corporation, headquartered in west central Illinois, has been providing engineering and prime power engine component services to the power industry since 1986. Its design and application personnel represent more than twenty-five years of combined experience in the industry. Further information can be obtained at the corporate website: www.kalbcorp.com, or by calling (309) 483-3600.