Thursday, March 26, 2009

Cryogenic Treatment Service Provider to Offer Brake Parts In-House

I have been distributing this press release across the web. As always I wanted to post it on our blog for even better visibility. In short, our company is now able to source rotors for our customers from various vendors. Our relationships with our vendors allow us to pass on deep discounts to our customers. Anyways, take a look at the press release below...

Cryogenic Treatment Service Provider to Offer Brake Parts In-House

Worcester, MA – March 25, 2009 – The Cryogenic Institute of New England, Inc. is pleased to announce the capability to provide brake rotors and pads for cryogenic treatment at our facility. This latest development is a result of the company’s commitment to meet the needs of auto and racing enthusiasts. The company currently provides its Nitrofreeze® cryogenic treatment service for brake rotors and pads as well as many other motorsports applications.

“We believe that adding this capability of providing our customers with brake parts will further save them money”, stated Ryan M. Taylor, Product Marketing Specialist at the Cryogenic Institute of New England, Inc. In recent times with more expensive fuel prices, shipping costs have grown exponentially. Sheering off one leg of shipment can create a significant cost-savings that can be realized by consumers, especially when a brake rotor weighs over 15 pounds. “This capability allows us to purchase brake rotors and pads at a significant discount, which we are able to then pass on to our customers”, added Taylor.

The capability to purchase brake rotors and pads on behalf of our customers allows us to pass on deep discounts. Through several local vendors we are able to source OEM and aftermarket brake parts for our customers. Brands available include AC Delco, Brembo, Raybestos, Zimmerman, Pagid, ATE and many others. Purchasing brake rotors and pads for cryogenic treatment directly through our company will be less expensive than having a customer source them and then ship them. Additionally, customers choose the type of brake rotors they want, whether they are original, cross-drilled or slotted.

In practice, brake parts will be purchased and delivered to the company’s cryogenic treatment lab in Worcester, Massachusetts, where they are subject to the Nitrofreeze® cryogenic treatment service. After cryo treatment, the brake rotors and pads are returned to the auto or racing enthusiast for final assembly. Purchasing these parts directly from the Cryogenic Institute of New England, Inc. saves on shipping, retail prices, and downtime.

Cryogenic treatment of brake rotors and pads offer many significant benefits. First, rotors will adopt a uniform grain structure which will improve thermal properties such as heat dissipation. This will allow the customers brakes to stop in shorter distances when hot. Second, residual stresses from the manufacturing process are removed. As a result, warping and cracking along the braking surface are drastically reduced. Finally, modifications within the microstructure improve toughness, part stability, and wear resistance. Rotors will last significantly longer than untreated rotors. “Our Nitrofreeze® cryogenic treatment service enables enthusiasts and everyday drivers to save money on labor costs and brake costs, while improving braking power and safety”, Taylor stated.

For more information about cryogenic treatment of brake parts, please visit our web page titled Cryogenic Treatment for Racing and Cryogenic Auto Part.

The Cryogenic Institute of New England, Inc., located at 90 Ellsworth St. Worcester, MA, 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 cryogenic services, including cryogenic treatment, heat & freeze thermal cycling, cryogenic deflashing & deburring services, 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. To learn more visit

The Cryogenic Institute of New England Inc. was founded by Robin Rhodes and he first documented the widespread use of cryogenic treatment in motor sports applications in a paper he presented at the 23rd Heat Treat Conference of the ASM Heat Treat Society, the world’s preeminent technical body on thermal processing of metals. Both Rhodes and the company have been featured in numerous stories and technical articles about cryogenic treatment. Most recently, this has included being featured in the racing industry’s leading technical journal, Race Engine Technology, for its Nitrofreeze® cryogenic treatment service.

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Monday, March 23, 2009

We Will Source Your Brake Rotors for Cryogenic Treatment

At the Cryogenic Institute of New England, Inc. we offer cryogenic treatment for brake rotors and pads. In recent times, many customers have been asking if we can supply the rotors, complete cryo treatment, and then ship them to the customer...Now we can. We can get you OEM and aftermarket rotors and pads from different manufacturers including AC Delco, Brembo, Zimmermann, Raybestos, and others. This saves our customers on expensive shipping costs one way to our facility. Plus, due to our relationship with our vendors we are able to source our rotors and brake pads at significantly discounted prices. These discounts are then passed on to our customers.

If you are ready to cryogenically treat your brake rotors or pads, then give us a call at 800-739-7949. If you would like to know why you should cryo treat then please read on.

Here are the reasons why you should treat your brake rotors.

1. Treating your brake rotors will allow for better wear resistance. They will last longer as a result; often 200% to 300% longer.
2. Your brake rotors will wear more evenly. This will allow for a smoother stopping surface for faster braking.
3. Brakes will be able to dissipate heat faster due to better thermal properties after cryo treatment. This will reduce brake fade and allow for shorter braking distances.
4. Think of the labor savings. If you do not have to change rotors and pads for 100,000 miles then you will save on the labor of two or more brake jobs, which amounts to hundreds of dollars.
5. Cross-drilled rotors will see a reduction in cracking and develop cracks much later in life. Many customers have treated these rotors and have seen a 300% increase in rotor lifetime.
6. Customers have reported that cryo treated brake systems allow for more than 50 feet shorter stopping distances when hot.

For more information about cryogenic treatment for brake rotors, please visit Cryogenics for Racing. Please remember that non-metallic brake pads should not be cryogenically treated (I.E. ceramic or semi-metallic pads).

Cryogenically treated brakes are beneficial to fleet customers, racers, and every day drivers. You will enjoy safer braking, longer brake part lifetime, and best of all you will save money. We can source rotors and brake pads for you at great prices! As always, if you would like to provide your own rotors or pads we are more than happy to cryogenically treat them.

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Tuesday, March 10, 2009

Cryogenic Treatment of Manufacturing Tooling

Years ago, cryogenic treatment was first instituted for its use on tooling used in the manufacturing process. The only problem was that the first cryogenic treatments had these parts soaked in liquid nitrogen. As a result, these parts were subjected to thermal shock, leaving them in a brittle state. Needless to say, the parts were far less useful after the original form of this treatment.

Today, cryogenic treatment is computer controlled and does not rely on immersing parts in liquid nitrogen. Rather the parts are put in a chamber that is filled with gaseous nitrogen. This lowers the temperature to -300°F and allows the temperature to be held for 24 hours. Our ramps up and down to temperature are the slowest in the industry to maximize part stabilization.

The bottom line is tooling costs money. Some pieces cost a lot of money due to their complexity and design. The U.S. economy is slow and manufacturing orders are at the lowest they have been in 25 years. At this point you may be asking, why do I want to spend any more money on tooling? Cryogenic treatment extends tooling life significantly. Our customers normally see a 200% to 250% increase in tooling lifetime. However, you can always expect between 100% to 300% increase in lifetime after cryogenic treatment. Let’s say you have a particular CNC machine used just for drilling. The carbide drills you use last 40 hours of constant use. They cost $20.00 each. Now, you decide to get the drills cryo treated. Cryogenic treatment for each drill costs $4.00. Now they last 120 hours and you only paid $24.00 for each drill. Of course, there is shipping costs, but they are relatively inexpensive. But above all, think about all the down time you are missing. There are two setups that now do not occur, saving you even more money. Overall, you will save money on both tooling and downtime.

What kind of tooling should be cryogenically treated? Here at the Cryogenic Institute of New England, Inc. we have cryo treated thousands of pieces of tooling for many manufacturing companies. Tooling parts that have been cryo treated include dies, punches, cutting blades, saw blades, molds, broaches, end mills, heat sinks, electrodes, carbide tools, and other types of tooling. Spending just a little more money upfront will benefit you through the cost savings that cryogenic treatment offers.

For more information about cryogenic treatment, please visit Another good site to visit is our engineering data sheet section at

If you have any other questions or comments about our services, please call 800-739-7949 or email us at

Thursday, March 5, 2009

Cryogenic Deflashing for Rubber and Silicone Parts

One of our service offerings, cryogenic deflashing has seen a major spike in orders lately. Many customers with silicone and rubber parts are utilizing cryogenic deflashing to clean any excess flash from their parts. For the past twenty five years cryogenic deflashing has been the most efficient way to remove flash from rubber and silicone parts. This form of deflashing can save manufacturers a significant amount of money over hand deflashing.

There are two types of cryogenic deflashing available today. The original method involves a large barrel spinning around. This form is called cryogenic tumble deflashing. The barrel is filled with the parts then cooled to cryogenic temperatures and tumbled. This form of cryogenic deflashing is good for smaller parts with excess flash on the edges. As the parts are tumbled at such low temperatures the flash flakes and rubs off of the parts. Smaller rubber and silicone gaskets are also suitable for this process. We offer cryogenic tumble deflashing in house and have for many years.

The second form of cryogenic deflashing utilizes a media to spray the parts. This process was introduced several years after cryogenic tumble deflashing. We refer to this form simply as cryogenic deflashing. Parts are inserted in to a basket which is then put into the machine. This process is computer controlled and capable of saving recipes for each particular part that is run. Variables that are computer controlled include time, temperature, throw wheel speed (rate at which media is blasted), and basket rpm. Other variables include amount of parts in the basket and the media size used on the parts. This process is more efficient than tumble deflashing for many kinds of parts. Parts with parting line flash, gate flash, ejector pin flash, and flash within cross holes and slots will be removed with this process. This form of deflashing is more effective because cycle times are shorter due the extra media blasting capability. As a result, we are able to save you more money when deflashing your parts. This particular cryogenic deflashing service has become one of our most successful service offerings.

Cryogenic deflashing offers an efficient means to remove flash from your parts. Turnaround time is typically two days after receipt which means fewer delays. Process times are often twenty minutes or less, allowing significant cost-savings. If your parts have very exquisite geometries and a fixture is required, we can design and build one. For those utilizing cryogenic deflashing in house within their manufacturing process, now is the time to outsource especially with fluctuating manufacturing orders. Think about all that wasted money spent on unused liquid nitrogen. Shipping costs are much less than the money wasted on lost liquid nitrogen. Call us today at 800-739-7949 for an efficient way to remove flash from your molded parts.

For more information about cryogenic deflashing, take a look at For a Frequently Asked Question section on the process, please visit To see the cryogenic deflashing process in pictures, go to

We will be presenting these services at the Eastec 2009 tradeshow at the Big E Exposition fair grounds in Springfield, Massachusetts from May 19th to May 21st. You can also visit us at MassPlastics 2009 tradeshow at the Royal Plaza Hotel and Trade Center in Fitchburg, Massachusetts on October 21st and 22nd. Hopefully we will see you there!

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