Wednesday, December 31, 2008

Cryogenic Treatment for Brake Rotors & Pads

At the Cryogenic Institute of New England, Inc. we process many brake rotors for cryogenic treatment. We cryo treat brake rotors and pads for recreational customers, but for the most part we do this service for commercial customers.

At the present, we cryo treat brakes for two ambulance fleets in Massachusetts. After speaking with the mechanics at both facilities, they have come to the conclusion that cryogenic treatment works on brake rotors very well. On average, they see 100% to 250% more longer life out of their brakes. This also greatly reduces their overhead costs because the brakes do not need to be changed as often as stock brakes. But, there are other reasons to cryo treat your brake rotors and pads.

Paul of a fleet maintenance company recently conducted a test between cryo treated and non-cryo treated brakes. Paul’s company builds and maintains Police Cars and Fire Trucks in a northwestern state. After the test, he found that the stopping distance when “hot” was 50 feet shorter with cryo treated brake rotors. As a result, he came to the conclusion that cryo treated brake rotors will prevent accidents. Paul’s testimonial can be seen below.

Purchasing a set of brakes and then having them cryo treated will result in shorter stopping distances in emergency situations. You will also save money because your brakes will last longer and you will not have to pay your mechanic several hundred dollars in labor for brake replacement. Cryogenic treatment on brakes also results in significantly less brake fade. Therefore, your brakes will offer consistent and predictable braking until they need to be replaced; if they ever need to be.

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Paul's Testimonial:

Hi Robin,

I own a company that builds and maintains Police Cars/Fire Trucks. We recently did a brake test on several brake rotors on Police cars. I took one OEM set and had them Cryo treated and they out performed every rotor in the test-Fade and stopping distance. The officers took the data from the test to the City Admin staff and showed that if the fleet was fitted with Cryo brakes it would prevent accidents. The stopping distance “hot” was almost 50 Feet shorter than the rest!



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Monday, December 22, 2008

How To Keep That Crankshaft From Breaking, Period

This year we cryo treated many crankshafts to help our customers. These customers had recently purchased crankshafts to help assure that they would not fail like their original ones did. After seeing so many crankshafts, it makes you wonder why they fail. After a little research, it became apparent why they fail. The two main reasons can be found below.
  1. The Wrong Crankshaft: A stock crankshaft is made for a car that is left in its stock state. When a racer decides to add more torque and horsepower to their application, they put more stress on the stock crankshaft. Some stock crankshafts can handle some added power, but most cannot. There are many ways to solve this problem. One is to purchase a stronger crankshaft that is made to deal with the extra stress of higher horsepower and torque. Another is to take the stock or aftermarket crankshaft and cryo treat it to remove residual internal stresses that can contribute to crank failure. Other alternatives include the application of surface coatings.
  2. Flawed Vibration Dampers: Stock dampers tend to have moving parts. For example, some crankshaft dampers have hydraulic oil in them. As the crankshaft rotates the fluid in the damper causes inertia. The end result is more stress on the crankshaft, which in time will lead to crank failure. Many aftermarket crankshaft manufacturers have found that lighter and smaller vibration dampers are better for racing applications. A small solid piece of rubber as a vibration damper is much better than one filled with hydraulic oil, because it will not cause inertia.
The bottom line is if you are going to add a ton of power to your engine, then you should expect a failure of your original stock crankshaft at some point. The way to ensure that a failure does not happen is to purchase a stronger crank or have your OEM or aftermarket crankshaft cryogenically treated. At the same time, if you are increasing power you should look for an aftermarket vibration damper that does not cause extra stress on the crankshaft. For more information about cryogenic treatment for racing components, take a look at

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Tuesday, December 2, 2008

Cryogenic Deburring

This press release was released over the internet today. However, I wanted to add it to our blog for all of our customers to see.

Nitrofreeze® Cryogenic Deburring Service Expands

Worcester, MA - December 2, 2008 - The Cryogenic Institute of New England, Inc. is pleased to announce expanded capabilities for the removal of machine burrs from complex machined parts. The process, known as Nitrofreeze® cryogenic deburring service, has been adopted by a wide range of customers in diverse industries including medical devices, aerospace, automotive, and process control, among others. Nitrofreeze® cryogenic deburring service is ideal for today’s advanced materials, including most plastics, composites, organics, polymers and advanced synthetics.

“The adoption of these advanced materials by engineers has expanded the market for associated finishing processes and the company’s Nitrofreeze® cryogenic deburring service has filled this niche”, according to Robin Rhodes, President of the Cryogenic Institute of New England, Inc. The company first offered its cryogenic deburring process in 2003 and it has since become one of its fastest growing product lines.

Many of the parts that benefit from this unique form of burr removal have intricate shapes that are cut or milled on sophisticated CNC machines. They contain critical dimensions and have strict requirements for a blemish free surface finish. The Nitrofreeze® cryogenic deburring process is able to protect the surface finish and critical dimensions of the parts during burr removal because the parts are processed in a cryogenically frozen condition. This not only protects the part, it also promotes the clean removal of the undesired machine burrs when precisely attacked by the systems cryogenic-grade polycarbonate blasting media.

“One of our biggest challenges is that many potential customers in need of machine burr removal solutions, including machinists, manufacturing engineers and quality managers, have not heard of Nitrofreeze® cryogenic deburring,” according to Ryan Taylor, Product Marketing Specialist at Cryogenic Institute of New England, Inc. “This is despite the fact that our cryogenic deburring offers many advantages, including consistent cleaning, repeatable results, and our ability to remove burrs in recessed and blind holes as small as 0.015 inches”, he added.

The company processes parts for customers on a job-shop or service basis. Typical batch sizes range from dozens of individual components to tens and even hundreds of thousand per week. Typical turnaround time is within a few days of receipt and fast turn service for prototype of other rush parts can be accommodated for a small premium charge. The process is environmentally-friendly, clean, fast and cost effective – especially when compared to other alternative deburring processes.

More information is available at the company’s web page

The Cryogenic Institute of New England, Inc., located at 90 Ellsworth St. Worcester, Massachusetts, USA, (508) 459 7447, is dedicated to the commercial application of cryogenic technologies to serve the needs of industry, government and scientists. The firm offers a full range of Nitrofreeze® cryogenic services, including cryogenic burr removal service, cryogenic deflashing services, conventional cryogenic treatment, heat & freeze thermal cycling, shrink fitting services, and dry ice (CO2) blast cleaning. It also offers engineering services, cryogenic lab work in support of R & D, and custom equipment design for new and unique cryogenic applications. It is a corporate sustaining member of the Cryogenic Society of America and ASM-The Material Society.

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