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Can they do that?

August 10, 2017

Our competitors make some grand claims. If you asked, they’d say their system could do a backflip off a rock into a beautiful waterfall if you wanted it to! Don’t take their word for it. Ask them if their systems can do everything on this list. Apeks systems can and do! Patented Valveless Expansion Technology…

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Investing in CO2 Extraction Systems

August 8, 2017

–by Scott Sondles, west coast sales person at Apeks Supercritical Connect with Scott on LinkedIn! It’s all about the yield… or is it? When doing research on plant extraction machines business owners and investors simply want to understand the ROI. The problem is that yield is not the only part of the equation. If your…

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Fully Automated vs. Manual

August 8, 2017

There are claims that full automation is bad because it limits capability and isn’t flexible. However, this lacks context. Automation only limits the equipment if it’s poorly implemented. Properly automated systems are as flexible as manual systems and offer additional safety protection that manual systems can’t. Automation More expensive: higher capital outlay, but the cost of…

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Butane Extractions

August 7, 2017

–by Scott Sondles, west coast sales person at Apeks Supercritical Connect with Scott on LinkedIn! Butane cannabis extracts are loved in many circles and are vilified in others. On the one hand butane was the go-to extraction method of black market entrepreneurs and provided more potent medicine to patients. On the other, this extraction technique…

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Clear vs. Pure oil

August 4, 2017

Our customer, Dr. Markus Roggen writes about “clear” oil is not a good thing. Clear vs. Pure: How Fallacies and Ignorance of Extraction Misrepresent the Cannabis Flower…

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Why Not Hemp?

July 27, 2017

Ohio has legalized medical cannabis, yet hemp remains illegal. I asked one of our customers more. Scot Waring is the Extraction and Laboratory Manager at Champlain Valley Dispensary & Southern Vermont Wellness.  Why is hemp still not legal federally? Is it simply the shared family tree with cannabis or are there other factors? It’s complicated…

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Fractional Distillation/Short Path Distillation

July 27, 2017

We asked our in-house R&D guru, Joel Hatfield to explain more about fractional distillation. If you know about winterization already, then skip to the part about fractional distillation below! Starting with the initial extraction, the operator either processes it subcritically (low temperature, low pressure) or supercritically (high temperature, high pressure). If a subcritical run, the terpenes…

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We Can’t Do It Without Them!

July 24, 2017

In the manufacturing industry, there’s a serious shortage. Skilled trades are fast becoming extinct, thanks to an entire generation heading into retirement. The perception that skilled tradespeople are “dumb”, “lazy”, and “clumsy” could not be further from the truth. Tradespeople possess skills that are essential in any manufacturing facility. Parents say they don’t want their…

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What Else Can I Process with my Apeks system?

July 18, 2017

Our R&D department is constantly testing on new substances to see if we can extract something. Here’s what we’ve tried so far: Pepper seeds Vanilla Algae Kava Kava Lavender Turmeric Cacao Mangosteen (an Asian fruit) Hops Coffee Seaweed Coconut Mint Bee Pollen Our customers tell us that in addition to the obvious, they’ve extracted: Hemp…

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