Turnkey is a common phrase in most industries. By definition, it's a complete product or service, ready for immediate use. For many, the "ready for immediate use" is the biggest draw, and in a society that values time and instant gratification, the idea of having a solution ready to go right out of the box is attractive.
But, when moving into more technical areas, “turnkey solution” is just another buzz phrase. In situations with multiple variables and factors, using a cookie-cutter solution can have more cons than pros. As carpenters often say, "measure twice, cut once", and in the case of technical solutions, it is usually wiser to spend time up front to get the right solution, rather than choosing Combo A over Combo B and hoping it fits.
When it comes to ancillary equipment in the extraction industry, this couldn't be more true. From initial grinding to final refinement, there are several different products that could be used, and the combination required for real success isn't likely to be found in a single, pre-packaged solution.
KNOW YOUR PRODUCT
The first question that should be answered when examining ancillary equipment is "what do I want to make". The product decision will have the greatest impact on the type of equipment needed in your processing lab.
Using a CO2 extraction system will result in a crude oil that is generally usable right from the start. Of course, many processors want to refine that oil in order to create other, more marketable products with various concentrations.
Knowing the product you want to create can help guide the ancillary process. The more refinement required, the more equipment will be necessary. As well, understanding exactly where waste can be reduced and where profit is maximized within a particular business can greatly affect what types of equipment should be employed, and at what costs.
Another variable that needs to be taken into consideration is the volume of biomass to be processed. The more volume, the greater the amount of product produced, the more that needs to be processed, and so on.
With a turnkey solution, the chances of having equipment that doesn't meet the needs of your capacity is increased. Certainly, having equipment that can’t easily process your quantities of oil can create bottlenecks, impact profits and result in frustration. Conversely, spending thousands of dollars on equipment that is far too big for your needs is just simply wasted spend and will delay a positive return on investment.
When deciding on ancillary equipment, be realistic about your capacity and goals, and work on a solution that will appropriately meet your needs both now and for the future.
FACILITY & LOCATION
Ancillary equipment takes up space. Depending on the size and layout of your lab, you may require different types of equipment, or need to examine options to utilize your square footage in the most efficient ways. Proper layout and design of your lab space can improve opportunities for positive returns and assists with workflow.
More than just your layout, the actual geographic location of the lab can have a huge impact on your ancillary needs. Regulations vary state by state, county by county, and town by town. What works in one location could be illegal in another and create huge obstacles for operations. Knowing the local regulations can impact what types of equipment are needed, the engineering of the room, and even the volumes of solvent that are allowed.
Selecting the right equipment to use in your facilities is an integral step, and a fitting solution isn't likely to be found in an out-of-the-box combination.
MAKING THE RIGHT CHOICE
Working with consultants and experts is a great first step to take when choosing ancillary pieces. A knowledgeable resource can help you navigate the challenges of product, volume, facility and location, and eliminate disappointment down the road. There's no worse feeling than uncrating your equipment, only to find it won't meet your needs or help you reach your goals.
At Vitalis, our ancillary team evaluates and works with multiple vendors to help our clients get the right equipment, every time. By having an idea of your product goals, volume needs, and the local regulations in your area, you'll ensure that our team has the correct information to formulate an optimal solution that will work for you. In an area where cookie cutter solutions aren't appropriate, a real turnkey solution is a custom-planned ancillary program, facilitated by an expert team.
To speak with somebody about your lab design and ancillary needs, contact our Ancillary Sales Team.