by Linda Williams
As the non-science member of our small but mighty team, I must admit that when I first started hearing about “cryogenics” more than a decade ago, some sci-fi images of tanks with ghostly bodies suspended in a liquid state may have flitted through my head. That, of course, would be “cryonics,” defined as “the science of using ultra-cold temperature to preserve human life with the intent of restoring good health when technology becomes available to do so.”
And then just last month someone looked at Jack’s business card, which has a representation of a snowflake on it, and wondered if we were in the business of freezing bodies. So here’s a small explanation on the minute difference in language and the gigantic difference in practice between the two—and how what we do at Deep Cryogenics International definitely doesn’t have anything to do with human remains.
Cryonics, not cryogenics, is probably best known for the process used on Red Sox baseball legend Ted Williams after his death in 2002. He is currently stored in a cryonics facility in Arizona, kept at a constant temp of -196℃. His daughter maintains that they stored him cryonically in case scientists discover a method of bringing the dead back to life. About 60 bodies are stored at the company in Scottsdale and, so far, no one has successfully been revived to live another day. One assumes further research is required...
What we’re doing at Deep Cryogenics International has nothing to do with any of that, although we are using a tank and calibrating it to a super-cold temperature to get metals down to the same -196℃. The metals are held there in a cold soak for a number of hours before slowly being ramped back up to ambient temperature. Deep cryogenic treatment doesn’t add or subtract anything to the item in terms of its size—it’s a transformative process, not a coating that adds dimension—which is why any parts, including those with tight tolerances, are perfect for this process. They don’t need to be re-machined after treatment; just put to use as planned right away.
I hope that clears up any potential confusion about our business focus and our goals. Our trademark, Making Things Last Longer®, definitely doesn’t include life itself! And as this is the final blog of the year, our best wishes to all for a warm and wonderful holiday season.