Who We Are & What We Do.

Drilling Chemical Weapons for a living since 2000…

Valent is the world leader in the development and deployment of invasive technology for the investigation and disposal of wide range of targets in the CBRN, Hazmat and decommissioning environments. Our experience is built on nearly two decades of inventing, manufacturing, supplying and training some the leading organisations involved in the investigation and removal of hazardous materials. Invasive technology offers the ability to drill through the outer wall of a target without allowing the hazardous internal contents to escape. The technology allows for investigative and disposal procedures to be carried out whilst preventing any leakage.

Valent first developed equipment in this area in 2000. Since then our systems have been used by the military globally and with international organisations such as OPCW, UNMOVIC and UNOPS in the investigation and disposal of CW hazards. In addition Valent has developed bespoke solutions for other organisations for hazmat and toxic industrial chemical (TIC) operations.

Valent also has years of experience in integrating systems with its equipment in defence and civilian markets.  Projects have included remote systems for civil nuclear and with partners from other industries as well as with defence users.  Over 60% of Valent’s work is in R&D projects, creating bespoke engineering solutions to very challenging problems.  We are experienced in the execution of innovative projects from concept through to field deployed equipment and operator training.

We are also known for our wide range of skills and knowledge.  Due to our ability to deliver innovative technical solutions many of our customers commission us to undertake conceptual projects well outside our current product portfolio.  This was recognised in 2006 with a Queen’s Award for Innovation. Further awards were given to the company for our work assisting the UK and US missions with a series of high tempo, innovation projects for the disposal of Syrian CW agents and precursors.

Although a small company our team includes members who have;;

  • Worked in CW munition and TIC destruction
  • Highly qualified engineers who have worked on F1 Motorsport teams
  • High level engineering design, prototype manufacture and testing for MoD and DoD
  • Direct EOD/CBRN experience as an Army EOD operator
  • Operational experience with DSTL on CW operations
  • Explosive and shaped charge expertise

Safe, fast and flexible solutions for the disposal of hazardous materials

Our solutions are safe, fast and flexible, with multiple capabilities for the investigation and disposal of most vessels, munitions and closed systems, regardless of size, shape or material.

The use of non-invasive techniques such as X-ray or PINS, are well known in the CBRN and Hazmat environments. When circumstances allow these are effective but they are not always the best option. Invasive technology, which safely penetrates the device, giving access to the internal contents,offers many advantages. The external walls or shielding of any sealed vessel or closed system do a simple but important job – keeping the hazard safely contained.

 

Typical applications include:

Investigation of legacy containers/munitions and systems by sampling, endoscopes or other detection equipment 

Sampling of working pipes and vessels without interrupting work flow. 

Introduction of materials into systems for decom- missioning, neutralisation or decontamination.

Drainage of hazardous materials for off-site disposal.

Reduce Costs and Project Time

Unfortunately, non-invasive techniques also prevent access to the contents for investigation or remediation work. Projects that need to penetrate the target wall often require complex containment systems to cope with the inevitable leakage that occurs. This is in turn increase costs and project time.

Invasive technology offers the ability to penetrate a vessel wall without allowing the contents to escape. The equipment is capable of allowing sealed access through most common applications. Originally invented for the defence market, it is now available to all hazardous material operations in any sector.

Valent invasive equipment is designed to insert a gas-tight self-sealing probe through the target casing. It can deal with a wide range of materials including metal and plastics over a considerable range of wall thickness. Once installed the probes give fully sealed access for sampling, extraction and in-situ neutralisation of the contents. This can be repeated as often as required. Power can be either electric, hydraulic or compressed air.