Time Capsules

Custom Time Capsule Manufacturer

it's about time

There's no telling who may be reading over our shoulders 500 years from now. That's why contemporary documents and memorabilia that are to be passed on to future generations deserve very special attention. Time Capsules, Inc. will custom build a container especially for you to protect your items from the effects of time. The capsule is extraordinary!

500 Years of Integrity with Our Time Capsule. We Promise.

The capsules we design are more than just a container to protect your materials from the effects of time. Each capsule is constructed to withstand humid and/or slat laden atmospheres or urban atmospheres containing sulphur dioxide or corrosive pollutants. The capsule also withstands the pressure extremes to which it is subject during the atmosphere exchange cycle.

Our patented Vapor Phase Deacidification process is what has our time capsules go beyond extraordinary. This process chemically treats the contents with a mild organic alkaline substance which neutralizes the acidity of paper and renders its life expectancy 25 to 40 times greater than untreated paper. No one else can deliver that kind of effectiveness. That's why our capsules are guaranteed for 500 years.

How our Time Capsule Works

When ready to use, a predetermined amount of Hexamethalyne Teramine (HMT) - a mild organic alkaline - is weighed into a fine mesh cotton sack and sealed in the capsule with the items to be preserved.

When the oxygen is later evacuated and replaced with dry argon gas, the HMT slowly transforms from its solid state into a gas which permeates the contents.  The HMT vapor neutralizes the acidity of the paper and extends its life expectancy from 25 to 40 times that of untreated paper.

This process is called Vapor Phase Deacidification, and its the key to the time capsule's preserving capability.  This chemical process is patented in the U.S. and in four foreign countries

Sealing is accomplished via a special Viton rubber gasketing material and an inert silicone "grease" around the perimeter of the portal.  The access cover of both the inner capsule and the out container (if used) are held in place by 1/4" X 20" stainless steel hex-head cap screws on approximately 2" centers around the sealing periphery.  When sealed, the capsule is air and liquid tight.

After sealing, a quick connect manifold withdraws the air by a vacuum pump.  The air is then replaced by the argon gas to eliminate the effects of oxygen on the contents.

Deterioration and how Our Time Capsule Technology protects against it

Time Capsules, Inc. has developed a technology to preserve books, documents, metals, plastics and archival materials of almost any type for as long as the capsule itself lasts.

For many years researchers have sought answers to the causes of deterioration of book paper, documents and other cellulose containing archival materials.

Five major causes for deterioration have been identified:

  • Acid catalyzed degradation of the cellulose fibers.

  • Oxidation of the cellulose molecules.

  • Ultra-violet light catalyzed degradation through highly complex mechanisms.

  • The attack of fungus or bacterial organisms which may thrive on chemicals that remain in paper after its manufacture.

  • Insect infestation.

The time capsule is a unique container, custom built to your specifications, with a controlled environment to protect and preserve virtually any material for centuries. The construction of the capsule enables us to guarantee it for 500 years against fire and flood damage should such natural disasters occur where the capsule is stored.

Items you might enclose in a Time Capsule

There are many different items you can enclose in a time capsule. A suggested list of contents might be:

  • Photographs

  • Signature scrolls

  • Essays

  • Telephone Books

  • Credit cards

  • Current newspaper and magazines

  • Flags

  • Clothing

  • State-of-the-art electronic equipment

  • Seeds

  • Forecasts of what life will be like from educators, legislators, students, theologians and businessmen.

Time Capsules, Inc. - Already a part of the Tricentennial

Our product is so reliable that 56 time capsules were used to capture our nation's history during the Bicentennial celebration. Those capsules will be unearthed around the United States and its territories as part of a planned Tricentennial celebration in 2076.

Individual communities, church and civic organizations, museums, and businesses now have a thoroughly tested, scientifically proven way to safely store vital records and artifacts for the future. Regardless of who may be joining our future generations in discovering what made man tick in the 21st century, Time Capsules, Inc. can make you a part of history.