The use of Thermo Scientific™ single-use systems for storing or holding in-process and production sterile buffers and process liquids is well established. Our portfolio of in-process and production-use outer support containers includes stainless steel container systems, industry-standard cylindrical plastic tanks, and drums.

These in-process outer containers are designed to fit Thermo Scientific™ BioProcess Container (BPC) systems for use in biopharmaceutical and bioproduction applications. These applications include buffer and media preparation, sampling, pooling of non-sterile solutions and fluids, feeding sterile media into bioreactors and buffers into purification systems, and receiving and storage of harvest.

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If custom media or standard liquids are required for your bioprocessing needs, we routinely deliver liquid media and buffers in our BPCs in outer support containers to customers around the world.

Thermo Scientific™ HyPerforma™ Smartainer II™ Stainless Steel Outer Container Systems

Large volume outer container systems are simple, durable, and economic containers constructed in 304 stainless steel.

Key features:

  • Simple, durable, ergonomic, and economic design constructed in 304 stainless steel
  • Available in non-jacketed or jacketed options for applications where heating or cooling are required
  • Modular system with optional accessories for mobility and BPC handling
  • Movable by forklift, pallet jack, or available carts
  • Suitable for both top and bottom discharge
  • Smooth surfaces for easy cleaning
  • Standard BPC chambers and configurations available to match design of these large volume stainless steel containers


  • In-house applications in critical areas
  • Sterile media and buffer storage and transport within a facility
  • Feeding sterile media into bioreactors, and buffers into purification systems
  • Receiving and storage of bioreactor harvest

Large volume systems are not intended for shipping applications. For shipping applications, see our large volume stainless steel shipping systems.

Thermo Scientific™ Accent Plastic Outer Container Systems

The Accent plastic outer container systems are designed for safe intra-facility fluid handling and storage. This platform gives users the flexibility to add options to the standard product without extensive lead times or cost.

Key Features:

  • Standard sizes: 100 L, 200 L, 500 L, and 1,000 L. (wide configuration option available in 1,000 L).
  • Easy-of-use and operation.
  • Clean room grade swivel casters (available up to 500 L).
  • Smooth, clean room grade plastic.

Cylindrical tanks

Commonly used industry-standard tanks are economic, in-process outer container systems for BPCs and tank liners.

Key features:

  • Economic outer container system for short-term, in-process applications
  • Industry-standard design
  • Available as a top drain option
  • Standard BPCs and tank liners available to match design of these tanks


  • In-house applications in non-critical areas
  • Hydration of powdered media and buffers
  • Pooling of non-sterile solutions and fluids

Standard cylindrical drums

Standard cylindrical drums are economic, validated shipping systems for BPCs and tank liners.

  • Constructed of linear low-density polyethylene (LLDE)
  • Available in a range of volumes
  • Available in top- or bottom-drain options
  • Support a range of standard BPCs and tank liner designs


  • In-house applications such as harvesting and storage in non-critical areas
  • Shipping and in-house handling needs

BioProduction resources

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