Watch a few episodes of how it’s made or something similar I always get a ton of ideas watching how common items are made industrially.
I know typically farmers dealing with volume will use conveyor systems setup for the item (boxed or with dividers or textured) and then adjust the height of the steps so that it works out. I know bags can be hooked and then moved around as well in a similar sense through a processing plant from room to room.
Yup, I’m actually looking at something not incredibly dissimilar to that for phase 2 of our facility when we build out at least the next 6 extraction rooms. Probably going to use a vacuum system but the same concept applies.
I just don’t have the funds to shell out for the full system right away, and it’s also more expensive than you’d think and difficult from a regulatory perspective because it has to be engineered to be within our “secured storage” area - all cannabis that isn’t in someone’s hands or in a room with an authorized person needs to be under lock and key.
It’s easier from a regulatory perspective to make pharmaceutical cocaine or ketamine than it is to work with cannabis. Go Canada.
Seems like the flexible conveyors like above are one of the best bets for now for each extractor until I get the whole facility dialed in.
We’re looking into something like that, the problem is that kind of system is somewhat problematic for various regulatory reasons here in Canada. We have to be able to know exactly where every single gram in our entire facility is, who is in control of it, etc.
Cannabis is more tightly controlled from a regulatory perspective than fentanyl.
I’m leaning towards some kind of pneumatic type system but not set on anything just yet.
I think the margin where the regulator starts to give you the hairy eyeball is something in the region of +/- 0.5-1% unexplained losses, so with the volumes we’re looking at a single decent nug per batch probably wouldn’t move the needle much.
Thankfully, we’re not on the cultivation side of things, so they’re not a huge issue for us. Though I think those kind of things are accounted for through measurement and process inspections and as such don’t fall under “unexplained.”
Losses are tracked on the cannabinoid side of things, so if you’ve got a process that consistently gives you 75% yield (for example mg THC in biomass to mg of THC in distillate) and then you’re dumb enough to have a repeat of that process give you say 25% yield because some went out the back door (or 125% because you brought some in), the regulator might come looking for that 50%.
So, theoretically, small amounts of variance are not an issue, but big ones are.
With cannabinoids in the legal market commanding 2-10x or more than their black market versions, the general thing they watch for is yields that mysteriously increase rather than when some that go missing though. I think two operators have now had their licenses pulled by shifting black market material into the legal supply. I guess when you can buy a pound for well under $800 and it’s selling in the legal market for at least $5/g wholesale, the temptation is pretty big.
Do you mind putting up a layout of your facility as is/planned build out, providing a link/copy of the ‘chain of custody’ regulation, and a rough estimate of feedstock volume per day you process. Also, if you could throw up some photos of how product is currently delivered to the facility that would help.