In today’s marketplace there are several products and treatments produced from botanical oil extraction. Outside of cannabis, there are lucrative markets in rose, mint, sea buckthorn, and lavender oil extracts, and the market is continuing to grow and evolve as more research is conducted on their health benefits.
To get the most out of your extraction efforts and maximize the return on your equipment investment, there are a few simple things that can be done. The following five tips will help operators improve extraction efficiency and help keep the equipment in top working order.
1. Preventative Maintenance and Cleaning
Follow regular preventative maintenance (PM) and cleaning schedules. A well-maintained machine will result in better efficiency and less un-scheduled downtime.
Know what proportion of target compounds are extracted and what proportion are left behind. Understanding inputs and outputs allows operators to maximize efficiency and reduce processing times.
3. Pre-Processing: Decarboxylation
Decarboxylation of feedstock material before processing will increase extraction efficiency as non-acid-form cannabinoids have a higher solubility in supercritical CO2. This will also help to remove water from the extraction process which can affect machine performance, efficiency, and output quality.
4. Pre-Processing: Grinding
Reducing grind size will increase the mass of feedstock that can fit into a given volume. Further, the distance solvent must travel to reach the center of a particle is decreased, making it easier for target compounds to make their way into solution.
5. Follow Manufacturer’s Instructions
Operating equipment outside of the manufacturer’s recommended specifications may damage the equipment or lead to downtime. Make sure to familiarize yourself with the user manual published by the manufacturers.
As well, education and training are important. Take advantage of learning opportunities provided by the manufacturer to get familiar with the equipment, and ensure you’re following proper operation techniques and best practices.
By following these tips, you are taking steps to get the most out of your extraction equipment. If you have any questions about how your machine is functioning, what you can do to improve operation, or if you’d like to learn more, reach out to the Vitalis Service Department.