History

1961
William Gifford moves to Syracuse, N.Y. to work for Syracuse University.
1963
William Gifford founds Cryomech.
1964
William Gifford and R. C. Longsworth publish the paper “Pulse Tube Refrigeration Process” at the Cryogenic Engineering Conference

Pulse Tube Refrigeration Progress
Presented: Cryogenic Engineering Conference, University of Pennsylvania- 1964
By: William E. Gifford and R. C. Longsworth
Published: International Advances in Cryogenic Engineering- Volume 10- 1964

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1965
William Gifford publishes the paper “Gifford McMahon Cycle” at the Cryogenic Engineering Conference

Gifford McMahon Cycle
Presented: Cryogenic Engineering Conference, Rice University – 1965
By: William E. Gifford

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1970
Cryomech develops the AL05 to liquefy air for a customer at Cornell University.

This was before the development of the membrane technology that is used for liquid nitrogen generation today.

1973
Peter Gifford joins Cryomech.
1976
Rich Dausman joins Cryomech with a focus on compressor technology. He became the third full time employee at Cryomech.
1978
Cryomech develops the GB04 (two-stage GM Cryocooler) for VLA radio telescopes.
1980
Peter Gifford assumes full leadership of the company.
1980
Cryomech moves to a larger facility on Erie Boulevard in Syracuse, N.Y.
1982
Brent Zerkle joins Cryomech as a machinist.
1986
Cryomech produces the first GB220 (two-stage GM Cryocooler) to keep up with global demands in the standard closed-cycle cryostat market.
1988
Cryomech produces 40 AL03 systems in 18 months for one end user.

As the company’s first large contract, this taught us how to be open and flexible with our manufacturing process while maintaining the highest standards of quality and reliability in our cryocoolers.

1992
The first LNP ships to Panama to be used for agricultural artificial insemination. This was a milestone installation for Cryomech.

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1992
The first AL200 ships.

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1993
The first Cold Helium Circulation System (CHCS) ships to Grenoble, France, for use on large cyclotron detection cooling.
1995
The first 2.2K JT Cryocooler ships for a custom application.
1995
Cryomech’s first LNP40 ships. This is still one of the most frequently shipped Liquid Nitrogen Plants today.

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1995
The first AL60 ships for Cryomech’s first OEM customer to be used with X-ray diffraction.

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1995
Cryomech moves to its current location in Syracuse, N.Y., with only 14 employees.

In the same year, the company develops www.cryomech.com and begins utilizing email. This enabled us to communicate with our international customers much more quickly and efficiently.

1998
Chao Wang joins Cryomech bringing nearly 10 years of cryogenic experience to the company.

He assumes the role of the director of research and development. He quickly commercialized the 4K pulse tube.

1999
The world’s first 4K pulse tube, the PT405 ships to be implemented in the world’s first nine-tesla, cryogen-free superconducting magnet.

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2000
The first PT60 ships due to OEM demands for the same cooling capacities as the AL60, but with the longer MTBM offered by a pulse tube.

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2000
The first AL330 ships for HTS applications (30K).

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2002
The first PT407 ships for MRI imaging.

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2002
Cryomech grows to 25 full-time employees.
2003
The first 1 W at 4.2K Pulse Tube cryocooler, PT410, ships for use in medical MRIs

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2003
The first AL300 ships.

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2003
The first PT810 ships for use in the cryopump market.

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2005
Cryomech expands to a second building and grows to 33 employees.
2005
The first 4 K pulse tube reliquefaction unit for South Pole 4000L dewar is installed.
2006
The first AL600 is shipped.

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2008
The first 4 K PT reliquefier for PPMS, etc, for building a closed helium loop for open cryostats is installed.

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2010
Cryomech grows to 65 full-time employees.
2010
Penn State University installs the first Helium Recovery System.

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2012
Cryomech expands to a third building and grows to more than 100 employees.
2012
Two LHeP60s installed at Rice University as part of a Helium Recovery System

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2013
Cryomech introduces the second-generation Liquid Helium Plant to the market with greater liquefaction rates and remote monitoring abilities.
2013
The company develops and ships the 1K Cryostat for use with a photon detector.

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2013
Cryomech installs a Helium Recovery System at Syracuse University.
2014
Cryomech introduces the inverter compressor.

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2014
The company establishes an ESOP to secure the longevity of the organization and benefit our "Cryofamily"
2015
Automatic Helium Purifier

Cryomech introduces the Automatic Helium Purifier to sell alongside its liquid nitrogen-cooled purifiers as part of their small scale helium recovery systems.

2015
Cryomech developed the Dual Leg Reliquefier for liquefying both nitrogen and helium.

The first unit was installed into a nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) magnet at the University of Sydney in Sydney, Australia.

2016
Cryomech builds the cold helium circulation system for magnet precooling.

This open cycle helium circulation system was designed to reduce liquid helium bath contamination and reduce costs associated with cooling large magnetic devices.