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Investing in CO2 Extraction Systems

August 8, 2017

–by Scott Sondles 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 goal is to extract medicinal compounds and…

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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 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 can turn into a ball of flames…

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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! Short Path Fractional Distillation The winterization process consists of 200 proof alcohol being added to the raw extract. It’s mixed well, then put in a deep freeze…

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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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Joel P.’s bittersweet farewell to his first Apeks system

July 7, 2017

Joel P. from SJR Labs LLC of Maine (who operates the cleanest system we’ve ever seen – photo above!) mentioned that upgrading to a new Apeks system would be bittersweet. We asked him about it.  What part of the country are you in?  We are located just outside of Portland, Maine. SJR Labs was the…

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