For fledgling Kolcor Technologies LLC, an appearance at NPE2012 signaled it was ready for business — selling screen changers.
“We formed about a year ago and we spent the time designing our product. We didn't sell anything until the NPE show, so that was our coming out party,” President Christopher Kowal said in a telephone interview.
Although the company is new, it draws from years of experience dealing with OEMs and plastics companies. Kowal owns a machine shop — J-K Tool Co. Inc. of Agawam, Mass. — and Kolcor is located in the same building.
The company's screen changers were designed by industry veteran Del Trott and include a patent-pending all-metal seal, remote operator station and rugged sliding safety guards.
“The company brings together people with more than 100 years of combined experience in engineering, manufacturing and the sales of melt-filtration equipment,” said sales manager Randy Joubert. The first sale, of a hydraulic screen changer, was to a California compounder, he said.
Kolcor offers manual and hydraulic screen changers and is responding to requests for 8- to 10-inch changers. The changers are made in the U.S.
“We did no advertising before the show, so no one knew who were until the day of the show,” he said.