Where were you in 1983? Perhaps you were learning Lotus 1-2-3 (ask your Mom) or learning the newly launched Microsoft Word. Swatch watches were all the rage and it’s true, Spandau Ballet didn’t have any ballerinas.
In 1983, Barry Sokol, started SOLO Labs in a one-room building in the southeast corner of Pennsylvania. This primitive set-up used a garden hose as a source of water and had no heat. As winter approached, the threat of cold weather would freeze the water source. Barry moved the SOLO manufacturing operations to a local dairy farm in Kutztown, Pa. The farm offered a few more modern amenities and provided more storage space. As the business grew, the need for space grew with it.
In 1989, construction began on the first building. But quickly, storage space for the plaster casts continued to be a problem. Then in 1994, SOLO purchased a CAD/CAM system that electronically stored and calculated all the technical data for the less complicated orders. This allowed SOLO to create a superior devices quickly and accurately. In addition to being a time saver, it also introduced the long-term, electronic storage of casts. By 2001, we expanded our operations to our current building in Kutztown, Pa.
Nathan Yoder, Director of Research and Development, developed the TOM-CAT scanner and SOLO began accepting orders via the TOM-CAT in 2006. This eliminated the time and costs of shipping molded casts. Nathan continued to innovate and began developing a proprietary CAD/CAM technology that completely replaced poured plaster molds. Currently, SOLO can duplicate the most complicated plaster casts electronically.
Today, we combine SOLO’s proprietary corrections software with the convenience of the iTOM-CAT scanner to continue to be leaders in foot-scanning technology.
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