International Cryogenics, Inc. Innovators in cryogenic dewars and transfer equipment Wed, 03 Jan 2018 16:36:58 +0000 en International Cryogenics, Inc. International Cryogenics expands product line under third generation leadership Wed, 16 Apr 2014 16:39:54 +0000 ici In 1980 International Cryogenics began designing and manufacturing custom cryogenic equipment such as beryllium filter dewars, infrared detector dewars, NMR dewars, liquid helium transfer equipment and magnet systems.

Today IC is further developing its custom product line to include aluminum and stainless steel cryostats, LN2 cold trap reservoirs, helium research dewars (also used for magnets) and helium liquefying dewars for superconducting gravity meters. The liquid helium transport storage containers are now part of IC’s standard line of products.

Transfer lines for liquid helium and nitrogen, all stainless steel, rigid or flexible, are a specialty. IC is a major supplier of transfer lines for MRI and research worldwide.

IC produces a variety of related standard products: LN2 cryobiological refrigerators, dewars, LN2 inventory racking systems and vapor shippers. These standard production products serve the agriculture, artificial insemination (beef, dairy, boar goats, horses, dogs), life science (stem cell research, embryos, blood banks), medical laboratory as well as the welding and industrial markets.

The company offers accessories, including stingers, manifolds, bayonet connections, relief valves and more. IC repairs and reconditions their own equipment as well as that of other manufacturers.

After being mentored by company founder Rex Leonard, several former employees went on to found other cryogenic companies in the Midwest. For many years IC was led by Leonard’s daughter, the late Donna Jung, and is now run by Justin Jung, her son, the third generation of the family.

With distribution in 30 countries, IC products have been at work in space as well as at facilities large and small across the globe.

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International Cryogenics management team continues “can-do” spirit Thu, 04 Apr 2013 15:52:33 +0000 ici Donna Jung

It is with much sadness that we report the sudden death of our President and CEO, Donna Kay Jung, 52. Jung was a leader in the cryogenic community, as well as a second-generation business owner, taking over the business after her father’s passing in late 2002. She was a longtime Corporate Sustaining Member of the Cryogenic Society of America, as well as a longtime member of the “Cryomafia.”

In the “can-do” spirit embodied by our late President, Donna Jung, the International Cryogenics, Inc. family is dedicated to the continued support of our customers and distributors worldwide. Our customers will be served by the same core group, who have run the company under Donna’s leadership. We remain a family-owned business committed to maintaining the high-quality craftsmanship and customer service our customers are accustomed to.

We would like to introduce our executive officers going forward.

Justin Jung, VP of Sales and Engineering

Justin Jung, Vice President of Sales & Engineering, has been with the company since 2005. Since joining the team as a custom fabricator, Jung has made product quality his focus. He now oversees the custom quotation process, while working directly with customers and our in-house design team.

Louanna Ingalls, VP of Product Management

Louanna Ingalls, Vice President of Product Management, has been with us for just over 20 years. Louanna is responsible for customer relations and product development. She supervises the processing of incoming orders and outbound shipments.

Raymond Moncrief, VP of Operations

Raymond Moncrief, Vice President of Operations, has 37 years total experience in the cryogenic industry with the last 27 years with International Cryogenics. Raymond manages the day-to-day operations while making himself available for technical customer support.

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International Cryogenics: a Brief History Fri, 04 Dec 2009 18:04:00 +0000 ici The history of International Cryogenics is entwined with the origin of other Indiana companies in the cryogenic manufacturing world. The company has an interesting past and is looking forward to a very active future in this industry.

An interview with President Donna Jung gave us insight into the evolution of International Cryogenics, which was founded by her late father, Rex Leonard, on November 5, 1980.

Leonard was a Special Project Engineer in charge of the cryophysics group for Union Carbide Corp., Linde Division, from 1962-1966, engaged in the manufacture and design of custom cryogenic equipment. From 1966-1980, he was the Founder, President and General Manager of Cryogenic Associates. In July 1972, Cryogenic Associates merged with Beatrice Foods for the development of the Liberator/Stroller for home oxygen use (Leonard’s invention and patent). The company grew to sales of over $10 million, had coast-to-coast service centers and employed more than 100.

In late 1980 when it was clear that Cryogenic Associates would be abandoning the custom cryogenic work and full concentration would be on the oxygen home health market, Leonard decided to follow his passion for custom cryogenic design and manufacturing by founding a new company, International Cryogenics, Inc.

Two other Indiana-based companies were formed from International Cryogenics — Precision Cryogenics and Technifab Products.

Donna Jung, Rex’s daughter, joined the company in 1981 after completing her college degree in Marketing and Finance. Her father made sure she learned every inch of the business, testing her talent. She began by handling the finances, then took on further responsibilities of Buyer, becoming Product Manager as well in the mid-1980s, and Vice President in the early 1990s. When her father passed away in 2002, she was ready to assume the Presidency.

Over the years she has built the company to its present strength, at first conscious that she was often one of the few women in the industry. She has valued the trust and support she received from her fellow “Cryo Mafia” colleagues, a group of suppliers — many of them also second-generation company presidents — who often cooperate, refer business to one another and socialize at the various conferences, who were kind to her and grew to respect her knowledge and business sense.

International Cryogenics started out providing design engineering and manufacturing for custom cryogenic applications such as beryllium filter dewars (so-called “banjo” dewars), infrared detector dewars and NMR dewars, liquid helium transfer equipment and magnet systems — all open filled cryostats.

IC’s custom product line includes custom aluminum cryostats with fiberglass necks as well as cryostats fabricated from stainless steel.

Other interesting products are the company’s optical cryostats, and LN2 cold trap reservoirs (so-called “chicken feeders”), as well as bucket or belly style helium research dewars which are also used for magnets. IC also manufactures helium liquefying dewars for superconducting gravity meters. These units have been installed from the Himalayas to African mountain tops.

Another product line is Inventory Racking Systems, designated the Director Series.

Transfer lines for liquid helium and nitrogen, all stainless steel, rigid or flexible, are a specialty. IC is a major supplier of transfer lines for MRI and research worldwide.

The company does business with all the national laboratories and with a large number of universities with PhD departments of physics or chemistry. Customers include NASA and others in the space industry, as well as nuclear accelerator operations.

In the late 1980s, IC developed liquid helium transport storage containers, which are available in 30, 60, 100, 250 and 500 liter sizes. These are available standard or with modifications such as larger neck openings or with absolute pressure relief valves for air transport. They feature permanently fixed braking casters for safety and convenience.

International Cryogenics produces LN2 cryobiological refrigerators, dewars, LN2 inventory racking systems and vapor shippers. These standard production products serve the agriculture, artificial insemination (beef, dairy, boar goats, horses, dogs), life science (stem cell research, embryos, blood banks), medical laboratory as well as the welding and industrial markets.

The company also offers a full line of accessories, including cryogenic shut-off valves, evacuation operators and evacuation valves, brass split nuts, adapters, stingers, manifolds, bayonet connections and relief valves. International Cryogenics also offers repair and reconditioning, welding and leak check using a helium mass spectrometer, machining and refabrication of their own equipment as well as that of other manufacturers.

The company built its present building in 1994, on land with room for future expansion. With distribution in 30 countries, IC products have been at work worldwide and in space–from the African Safari for Collection of Endangered Species project, which preserves the semen of big cats and elephants, to Mt. Everest, to the Space Shuttle and the International Space Station, as well as at facilities large and small across the globe.

An official Small Business, IC will soon be obtaining the CE designation for the European Union as well as the WBE (Women’s Business Enterprise) designation. In addition to being a CSA Corporate Sustaining Member, the company is a member of the Gases and Welding Distributors Association (GAWDA) and the Indiana Chamber of Commerce and a past member of the US District Export Council.

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International Cryogenics and NASA team together to provide a prototype GN2 Vapor Freezer for the International Space Station. Tue, 01 Dec 2009 21:20:57 +0000 ici International Cryogenics, Inc. is pleased to announce its latest project for the Johnson Space Center in conjunction with Lockheed Martin Space Operations, an independent contractor of NASA. This project entails the design and development of a nitrogen vapor storage system. This storage system will potentially be used for transferring biological samples obtained from crew members and animals on the International Space Station via the space shuttle.

One of the requirements for the system includes the ability to store nitrogen in a vapor phase, since liquid nitrogen is not suitable for use in space. Also the system must be able to store the nitrogen, thus preserving the samples, for a minimum of 16 days.

The system, a 16 liter capacity dewar, is also known as a nitrogen vapor freezer. It has a necktube opening of 9.7” and stands 38 ½” high. The absorbent material, which lines the inside walls of the freezer, absorbs the liquid nitrogen and allows the temperature inside the freezer to maintain -80 degrees Celsius, or lower. The samples, stored in specially designed compartments, will be lowered into the freezer and will then be frozen or preserved. Upon returning to earth, the samples will continue to be preserved in the storage system, or transferred to another storage freezer, until they are thawed and used for scientific research and evaluation.

International Cryogenics, Inc. was selected by Lockheed Martin as the manufacturer to design and develop this system in August of 1999. The scheduled completion date for this prototype is set for November of 1999.

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Cryobiology Update: International Cryogenics offers four distinct product groups serving the cryobiology market Sun, 29 Aug 1999 19:47:20 +0000 ici Companies in Cryobiology


International Cryogenics, Inc. was formed in 1980 to design and manufacture high quality cryogenic equipment. To this day the company has maintained its standard for quality products at competitive prices. The IC Cryo-biological product line is broken down into 4 major product groups: The Refrigerator Group, Vapor Shipper Group, Dewar Group and the Director Series Group.

The Refrigerator Group consists of 11 portable aluminum cryogenic vessels, which range in size from 6 liters to 50 liters. These vessels are complete with canisters for the cryo-preservation of biological specimens. The largest customers of this product line include dairy farmers, veterinarians, hospitals and bio-labs. The features of this group are a molded handle assembly, transparent dome cover, more product capacity, better working visibility, more ruggedness, unique styling and a 5-year warranty.

The Vapor Shipper Group consists of 4 “dry-shipper” aluminum cryogenic vessels, which range in size from 2 liters to 20 liters. These lightweight vessels are primarily used for fast, economical transport of samples by laboratories and veterinarians. Advantages include a customized shipping carton that is included with each vessel, better holding time, large capacity – model for model, and a 2-year warranty.

The Dewar Group consists of 7 portable aluminum cryogenic vessels, which range in size from 5 liters to 50 liters. The primary function of these vessels is to store liquid nitrogen. Many laboratories, dermatologists and even family practitioners are using these vessels on a daily basis. The advantages of this group are unique styling, more ruggedness, ergonomic handles and a 5-year warranty. Also, a complete range of accessories is available, such as the dipper, liquid withdrawal device, rollerbase, pouring handle, transfer line and phase separator.

The Director Series Group, which is the newest group, consists of 3 larger models designed primarily for laboratory use for rack-storage of vials. These units range in size from 60 liters to 120 liters and can store from 2000 to 4000 vials. The outstanding features of this line include indexed racks, high strength aluminum shell, greater efficiency, attractive styling, and a 2-year warranty. Accessories available for these units include the rollerbase, low level alarm and transfer line.

Some of the more exciting achievements for IC this past year include the opportunity to do private labeling for several major companies, most notably NUAIRE, a multi-national laboratory equipment company located in Plymouth, MN. Also IC’s international distribution network continues to expand to dealers in Latin America, Europe and Asia with record sales to the UK, Japan and Israel. IC has also created two new products this year, the IC-2VS, vapor shipper and the IC-22R / RX, refrigerator. IC continues to strive to meet the end-users’ requirements for better technology.

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