For smaller commercial operators looking to scale up as best they can, Apeks’ ingenious Fleet platform is recommended. The Fleet is an industrial-strength chiller that can be installed outside a cannabis processing facility, after which it can be linked to Apeks’ CO2 extraction equipment installed inside the building.
Traditional supercritical CO2 technology relies on high temperatures to complete the extraction process, with the liquefied carbon dioxide acting as a solvent. Yields with this methodology are good, but the heated CO2 can damage terpenes and other vital phytochemicals and diminish the CBD oil’s full-spectrum profile.
The use of microwaves on hemp and cannabis has proven to be a highly effective innovation. Through this methodology, heating input can be precisely controlled to produce extracts with specific chemical formulas. Up to 99 percent of desirable cannabinoids and terpenes are preserved by the MAP Extraction System, which is significantly higher than the 70–80 percent success rate achieved by most standard extraction technologies. MAP technology can finish processing hemp or cannabis oil more quickly than other systems, mainly because it eliminates the need for post-extraction winterization.
Integrated Extraction Solutions from Apeks Supercritical
Developed in coordination with AMG Engineering, the Vulcan is an industrial-scale, modular extraction platform that can process a remarkable 10,000 pounds or more of hemp or cannabis biomass in a single day. This feat puts the Vulcan in a separate category from most other retail hemp oil extraction systems, which aren’t built to handle such heavy loads.
The market for CBD extracts will be driving much of this growth, as industry prospectors are well aware. But tapping into the CBD gold vein requires hemp extraction technology that can function at commercial scales.
The Fleet can be integrated with up to three Apeks extraction machines at a time, creating a unified system that will triple output with no further intervention required. Through the Fleet, all heat generated by the integrated extraction machines can be vented outside, eliminating the need for budget-breaking air conditioning systems that smaller operators might struggle to afford.
Growers who contract with Mile High agree to have the Monster installed on their property. But Mile High retains ownership of the extraction system, paying the grower for the right to process their hemp. Other farmers who grow hemp in the area can also be recruited as customers, with Mile High Labs acting as a wholesaler for the massive quantities of CBD extract they are ultimately able to produce.
Ablaze Mini Closed Loop Extractor
The price: approximately $10,000
The price: $175,000
Ice Water Extraction
Built more like a home chemistry set than an industrial extractor, Across International’s Rotovap might be the perfect choice for a savvy buyer. Plus, thanks to its smaller volume, the Rotovap offers much more control over the evaporation of liquid phase materials. Any downsides, of course, stem from the extractor’s stripped back design. For example, any cooling system will have to be purchased separately.
The price: unknown.
Like CO2, alcohol is one of the most commonly used solvents for cannabis extraction. Cheap to source, the ethanol soaks up the prized compounds, which can then be separated via evaporation. But this cheap solution doesn’t come without its challenges. Ethanol is highly flammable, and any temperature change can drastically alter the final product. Luckily, these machines come with instruction manuals.
* Actual amount of material per run and recovery times on any Precision® extraction
system varies depending on composition, cut and moisture of input material, humidity and environmental factors, processing temperatures and operator experience.
Solvent retention, yield maximization & re-proofing make the Vulcan the ONLY industrial scale processing solution for marijuana or hemp. The patent pending systems contained within the KPD Series, such as the countercurrent ethanol-based extraction and propriety filtration, are scaled technologies that exclusively exist within the KPD. The scalability is essentially boundless.
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The KPD Series is the solution for industrial cannabis processors and the next step of evolution in the extraction industry.
The KPD line of extractors include a series of right sized degassing, distillation, and crystallization equipment based on the client’s end use needs. This is done with a continuous flow methodology, allowing for the highest throughput and most efficient workflow.