Solo Containment are a global supplier of flexible containment systems to the pharmaceutical and chemical industries. Using their experience in the rigid containment sector, Solo are changing the way flexible film systems are engineered.
Founded in 2011 by Martyn Ryder, and joined shortly afterwards by Neil Cocker, their wealth of experience comes from their 20 years together at Extract Technology Ltd, where they created a number of ground breaking flexible containment applications as well as launching glove bag containment to the UK market back in 1995.
It’s their belief that innovative design and engineering is at the core of every Solo solution. By applying such a high level of detailed engineering to their flexible containment solutions, they are able to offer containment performance levels equal to that of rigid systems.
In a constantly progressive industry where profit margins and product lifecycles are being ever more squeezed, they recognise the need for innovative versatile solutions in a flexible, easy-to-use, disposable format. By applying hard shell isolator design principles to their cost effective flexible film systems Solo can bring all the required containment performance benefits to their customers at a reduced cost and a faster delivery.
Typically, a flexible isolator can be as low as 20% the cost of an equivalent stainless steel unit. The cost benefit also means pharmaceutical and chemical companies can take advantage of single use containment, removing the need for expensive decontamination and the subsequent disposal of contaminated cleaning fluids.
Manufacturing timescales for flexible solutions are much quicker than traditional rigid containment systems, meaning Solo can deliver and install quickly and efficiently enabling client’s production processes to get underway sooner.
Designed to help operators work more efficiently, Solo’s flexible systems are also very user friendly. As a direct result of their knowledge and experience of rigid isolation systems, they’ve applied the same design principles to improve the overall ergonomics and operator interfaces.
Solo’s product range is designed for a wide variety of applications from laboratory scale to primary and secondary manufacturing through to packaging operations. With over 200 installations around the world, their client list includes the likes of Merck KgaA, Boehringer, MSD, Pfizer, GSK, TEVA, Ajinomoto Omnichem, Carbogen AMCIS and Aspen.
Supported by sales partners worldwide, Solo will be assisted at POWTECH 2016 by their local representatives Adams Industrievertretungen of Gernsbach Germany and Stähli Industrieberatung GmbH of Laufen Switzerland.
Based in Cheshire, UK, Solo have a vertically integrated production facility for in-house GMP manufacture of all their flexible containment solutions. It features a state-of-the-art, computer controlled cutting table for cutting out the plastic components from high quality FDA approved anti-static (ATEX rated) PU and PVC films. The components are then fully assembled by hand to exacting standards using the latest high frequency welding equipment. All assembled equipment then undergoes a rigorous testing process for quality, including pressure decay testing of each enclosure.
Where clients have ordered a fully assembled isolation system, either a PDI or client witnessed FAT is undertaken prior to shipment. Solo can then undertake full on-site installation and commissioning, providing full IQ/OQ validation of the completed system.
Where Solo needs to provide a more bespoke solution for custom applications like Packing Line containment or existing process upgrades they can provide an upfront engineering design study. This often includes taking full scale ergonomic models to their client’s site so a review of the operator and process interfaces can be perfected before the build.