Kold-Ban International, Ltd. is a small privately held company that is located in a northwestern suburb of
Chicago. KBi® is a registered trademark and acronym for Kold-Ban International. For the past 30 years of
KBi’s operation, KBi has been the leader in developing and refining the high pressure starting fluid (ether)
injection systems for cold starting diesel engines. We have also developed engine starting technology
compatible with boats, buses, equipment, and more. KBi has qualified for several OEM Quality Standards and
has used SPC with “Zero” defects in its manufacturing operation for many years.
Supercapacitor engine starting devices
We have led the way in developing, evaluating, and testing supercapacitors for cranking engines in water vessels, buses, heavy equipment, trucks, and more. KBi’s evaluation and subsequent cold room and field testing of marine and other applications for these capacitors achieved repeatable success. Our supercapacitors are currently using the KBi trademark KAPower®. We are very optimistic that KAPowertechnology will become the standard for engine starting requirements on both land and sea
The KAPower has also been incorporated into the portable KBi KrankingKART®, a professional jump-start unit. By utilizing supercapacitor technology, KrankingKART never needs access to NC power; charges from a cranking battery (even the rundown battery it is jumping); and fully recharges itself from the just started vehicle’s battery in less than 30 seconds.
All of our engine starting devices are compact, lightweight, and very easy to install, making them perfect for engines where space and weight savings are crucial, as they are in the marine industry.
Innovative ether starting fluid solutions
With a commitment to research and extensive testing in our own “Cold Room” laboratory, KBi developed the patented fully automatic turnkey starting fluid system, the “DIESELMATIC®”. The KBi DIESELMATIC System has proven itself for approximately 20 years and is now the system of choice for many truck fleets. Over 750,000 DIESELMATIC Systems are successfully operating on vehicles throughout the world today.
KBi also developed a microprocessor controlled starting fluid system, called the DIESELMATIC EC®. The DIESELMATIC EC was developed for use with electronic engines to help with fail safe staring, idle control, emission control, and for use with certain alternate fuels.
The DIESELMATIC NVT™ is KBi’s most recent development regarding high pressure starting fluid injection systems. The DIESELMATIC NVT is specifically designed to be controlled through the new generation of ECM (electronic control module) engines by plugging directly into the “Starting Fluid” port on an engine’s ECM – no separate interface is required. By allowing the ECM to control the activation of the starting fluid into the engine, a more precise delivery of starting fluid can be achieved.
Looking ahead towards the future
As long as there is a need for compression ignition engines, there will be a need for a cold starting aid. Fully automatic turnkey ether based starting fluid systems are by far the most effective and certainly the least expensive of any cold starting aid available today.
Starting an engine also requires a cranking (power) device. We believe that the KAPower device will prove to be better than traditional lead acid batteries for cranking in the marine, construction, and transportation industries. These devices (KAPower) are more reliable, longer lasting, and less costly to use over the long term. KBi believes that these technologies will offer the best and most cost effective approach to engine starting for both military and commercial fleet managers of watercraft and road ehicles.
Virtual Patent Markings
The following KBi products are protected by patents in the U.S. and elsewhere. In accordance with U.S.
Patent Statute 35 U.S.C. 287 (a), the following products are protected by patents. If a product is not listed
check the products packaging, or instruction manual. Additional patents may be pending in the U.S. and
Patent Numbers 11,585,309, 11,421,641, 6,871,625, 6,988,476, 7,134,415, 7,198,016, 8,820,287, 17,860,304, 17,430,603, PATENT PENDING- PLC Models
500818-120, 500818-70, 500819, 570000, 570001, 570002, 570003, 570004, 571000- 571006, 700000-700029, 702000-702007R, 703000-703006, 800001-800099, 800065, 800071, 800066, 800067, KBI800030-KBi800099, KSM0120012, KSM020012, KSM020074001, KSM030012-KSM03002499, KSM050012-KSM05002499, KSM10-6-12-2400, KSM061200-KSM061299, KSM101200-KSM101299, KSM102400-KSM102499, KSM12400-KSM122499, KSM200012
Patent Pending: KSM51200-KSM512999.
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