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Embrace the Pain!

Embrace the Pain!

I did promise that when we started this blog that from time to time we would throw in the odd nugget which had nothing to do with Valent, CBRN, EOD or anything else relevant to our work but that we (and by that I mean me) find interesting. Since the open water season...

The Munition Cannae Take It Captain!!

The Munition Cannae Take It Captain!!

Drilling into munitions and containers filled with something particularly nasty should be done only after some thought. We have been making holes or helping others to do it, for over twenty years so we have given it an awful lot of thought (claret and a good pipe...

Security & Policing 2021 9-11 March

Security & Policing 2021 9-11 March

Despite pandemic woes and working in our pyjamas a semblance of life continues - Security & Policing 2021 (virtual) from 9-11 March!! CBRN UK (of which Valent is a proud member) has a fantastic stand at the event.  Not only is it manned by a dedicated team of...

A Cautionary Tale of Angry Badgers – Part 2

A Cautionary Tale of Angry Badgers – Part 2

For those who did not read Part One, you really need to, otherwise this will sound like the ramblings of a lunatic who has spent way too long in lockdown (and you may be right!) And so the tale of the Angry Badgers continues… Like all the best Netflix dramas, a quick...

Reports from the Robot

Reports from the Robot

Phenomenal robotics system anyone? A few years ago we were introduced to the Veolia Nuclear System’s (formerly Oxford Technology) Dexter robotics system.  It totally blew us away.   A true haptic feedback system that was hugely versatile, intuitive to use and could be...

Clever Stuff – Novichok Case Report

Clever Stuff – Novichok Case Report

When Valent's Managing Director happens to also have been a Cardiologist in a previous career, folks around here tend to take an interest in the medical consequences of CW in a bit more detail. The Lancet is not a publication that we in the industry often associate...

WWI Chemical Munitions – the gift that keeps on giving…

WWI Chemical Munitions – the gift that keeps on giving…

Although WWI ended over a century ago the chemical munitions it left behind just keep on turning up when you least expect them. When they contain something persistent like Mustard then the effects are just the same today as they were in 1918. The short article in the...

A Cautionary Tale of Angry Badgers – Part 1

A Cautionary Tale of Angry Badgers – Part 1

As a kick off to 2021 and for the start of this new company blog I thought it would be good to answer some of the most common questions we get asked about the company and our technology.  When I analysed the list there were 2 clear favourites that get asked, time and...

Clever Stuff – Toxic

Clever Stuff – Toxic

Here at Valent we like to think we can be quite intellectual as well as phenomenally good engineers (ahem...)  As such we read books. That may come as surprise to some folks who have met us but it is true. Too be honest with all the lockdown restrictions it is an...

The Life of a Hermit

The Life of a Hermit

For anyone who has ever visited Edinburgh you cannot miss the Firth of Forth estuary to the north of the city.  At the mouth of the Firth lies a barren little island known as Bass Rock.  It is a wild, windswept place with no trees or habitation and surrounded by...