When you hear cryogenics you may think of being frozen in time. One Mount Pleasant company is looking to expand the life not of people, but of metals. Desiree Jordan visits the company for our On the Map tour this week, on Michigan manufacturing.
If you don’t like to keep buying parts for your lawn mowers, drills, chainsaws, gun barrels or any machinery you may use, you may be interested in Industrial Cryogenics Engineering.
“It’s very typical to established a 3 times life value. Gary Moegenberg is President and CEO of Industrial Cryogenics Engineering. So let’s say you have a motor blade that is good for one summer, we’ll get you through the third summer. So it’s really a good return on your investment.”
Moegenberg has 40 years experience in construction. Now he’s interested in figuring out a way to extend the life of parts.
“I had heard about it. I researched it, I actually researched it for a couple of years, and it really just took my interest, and as time progress I got more involved.”
Moegenberg created what he calls a vessel, sort of like a giant deep freezer he uses to change the molecular structure of metal.
“There are some things that we have done that were told to me cannot be done. But apparently it’s not true because we have created the vessel and it does what it is supposed to do at a superior level.”
Moegenberg said it does a superior job on potentially a lot of metal.
“It has a capacity of 20,000 pounds, 54 inches wide, 54 inches tall, 13 ft long in the interior.So we can put some pretty major parts in that unit, and we have the ability to blend. We can take a 1280 pound big loader by Cat and we can put it in there with quarter inch by 4 inch drill bits with a gun barrel with brakes…so it makes us more efficient.”
The vessel uses liquid nitrogen. The nitrogen reaches 329 below zero 3 times in full cycle. Moegenberg said the process takes 48 hours. Just one step for the operator and the vessel takes care of the rest.
“So it’s all really self regulating, once you put it in there you close the lid and really just walk away. You don’t do anything to it because there’s nothing to do but wait.”
After Moegenberg showed me the vessel I asked how was it for him to start his business. He said he ran into some trouble and Central Michigan University Research Corporation helped him out.
“Initially I started working on my own, struggled a little bit there. It was a lot to deal with.Then I was made aware that the CMURC existed, and I did make connection with CMURC.”
CMURC has been around since 2000.
“The organization was created in partnership between the community and university to really hold the intellectual talent of this community right here in Michigan.”
Erin Strang is President and CEO of CMURC. She said CMURC offers programs for entrepreneurs who have just started their business, and for business owners looking to increase sales and efficiency.
“CMURC we have accelerator programs which include different services that we provide that brings a program from an idea into the marketplace, so all the way into sales. And then we have our incubator program which is for companies that need physical space. We have the smartzone development, and we’re sitting within 300 acres which is set aside for commercial development.”
Gary Moegenberg has good things to say about his experience with CMURC and how they helped him grow his business.
“They have been very instrumental. A wealth of knowledge. If I get into a position I don’t know what to do or how to do, they have the answer. And they have repeatedly helped me move forward. So i really appreciate that particular entity. I have a very close relationship with them.”
Moegenberg established his business four years ago. He has already expanded once and is looking to expand again.
“We are finally on the brink if you will. And it’s so nice to be here, and we have some things that are going to happen here shortly that will substantiate that we exist. We also have a vessel in Plover, Wisconsin and we’re hoping by the end of the year to expand put another one into Dubuque, Iowa.”
Moegenberg said he loves what he does.
“Number one, It’s fun. It is absolutely fun. I wish I could of started it 20 years ago. It’s exciting, the people you get to meet, the intent of the company to be able to apply your beliefs. To me it’s the best thing that ever happened.”
With all the success that Gary Moegenberg has had in such a short amount of time, Industrial Cryogenics Engineering has put Mount Pleasant manufacturing on the map.