Q: What is your smallest system?

Vitalis’ engineering is specifically focused on industrial, high capacity extraction systems. The smallest system that we build is the Vitalis F Series, an introductory level system with 45-liter capacity, 7.5 kg/min flow rate, and ASME certified pressure vessels and equipment.

Q: What is your largest system?

Vitalis’ largest production series system is the R-400, a twin frame setup of 200L systems operating off a single power and control system. Though this system represents the company’s largest standard production system, Vitalis works with customers on larger-scale, custom extraction deployments, with larger production models set for the near future.

Q: Do you have a turn-key solution?

Every customer is unique. Our skilled team of account managers, technical salespeople, engineers, scientists, and tradespeople are happy to discuss your specific needs. Depending on your input product and desired output products, we can recommend a complete and customized solution, specifically for you.

Q: What is the expected processing capacity of your machine per day?

Processing capacity can be affected by the parameters of the extraction (pressure, temperature, flow rate, time), but also by the type and preparation of the input plant material. However, as a conservative estimate, the F-Series will process about 75lbs per day; the Q-Series will process about 175lbs per day; the R-Series will process about 250lbs per day. To fully understand the processing capacity of your Vitalis system, please speak with a member of our sales team who can help assess your needs and business goals prior to making an appropriate solution recommendation.

Q: What is the yield on your systems?

The question of yields is common in extraction circles, but depending on the context, can be misleading. Yields can be greatly affected by the starting botanical material, particle size, total extraction runtime, and the parameters used during extraction. For more information on yields, have a look at our "Understanding Yields" infographic.

Q: What makes your machine different?

Vitalis' highly-acclaimed CO2 extraction systems are a dominant mix of versatility and engineering, built to exceed industry standards for safety and continuous operation.

All systems are built at our ASME accredited facility in Kelowna, BC, and all pressure equipment meets ASME and CSA standards for Boiler, Pressure Vessel and Pressure Piping Code, and carry CRN and NB registration numbers as confirmation.

With exceptional extraction capacity, Vitalis systems also include innovative designs for phase management, separation technology, and multiphase extraction capabilities.

Q: What makes your company different?

Dedicated to an exceptional customer experience, Vitalis maintains direct-to-client relationships, servicing customers across the globe. With more deployments of industrial-scale CO2 extractors into the market than any direct competitor, Vitalis has won back-to-back accolades as Top Extraction Equipment at the 2017 and 2018 LIFT & Co. Awards.

Vitalis’ current customer roster includes many repeat purchasers, companies choosing to expand their operations thanks to the performance of the equipment as well as the industry leading standard of support afforded each member of the Vitalis family. Please browse our list of testimonials and success stories to learn more.

Q: What are the electrical requirements?

The Vitalis extraction systems are designed for industrial scale and therefore require a 3-phase electrical service. See product pages for more details on equipment specifications.

Q: Where do you get your CO2 Pump?

Vitalis’ proprietary dual-piston pump was designed in-house by our accomplished team of engineers. Designed for high-flow of liquid CO2, easy maintenance, and industrial-scale duty cycles, the Vitalis pump allows the system to maintain a leading edge in performance, efficiency, and reliability.

Q: What is the benefit of pumping liquid vs compressing gas?

Compressing gas is highly inefficient from a standpoint of productivity and movement of solvent. In laboratory environments where commercial production capabilities are not an objective, gas systems are used. All industrial scale CO2 extraction applications should utilize liquid CO2 pumps to move the solvent through the system.

Q: Is a CO2 System environmentally friendly?

CO2 as a solvent is inert, non-toxic, and non-flammable. Vitalis equipment is a closed-loop design and does not introduce any new CO2 into the atmosphere. It’s also notable that CO2 as a solvent is far more environmentally friendly than other solvents which are derived from petroleum products.

Q: Is CO2 considered Generally Recognized As Safe (GRAS)?

The United States Food and Drug Administration declare that extraction processes which use CO2 as a safe method for food, and is compliant with good manufacturing practices (GMP). CO2 alone is so inert that it does not even have classification with the FDA.

Q: Are products derived from the supercritical CO2 extraction process certified organic?

The process of supercritical CO2 fluid extraction is certified organic. The defining factor is dependent on the input material and associated certifications.

Q: What are the benefits of CO2 as a solvent?

CO2 is a clean, natural solvent - at standard room temperatures and pressures, CO2 evaporates resulting in a pure crude oil with no residual solvent present. As well it can be tailored to selectively dissolve specific compounds, giving extractors the greatest flexibility for product options. The ability of CO2 to perform at mild operating temperatures also contributes to better product quality by reducing the risk of damaging thermolabile compounds. From a safety perspective, CO2 is a non-flammable, chemically inert solvent, and CO2 extraction systems do not require explosion-proof rooms or specifically engineered facilities.

Q: What are the benefits of CO2 as a solvent over Butane? Ethanol?

Though much can be said about the different solvents used in extraction, one of the main benefits of using CO2 as opposed to Butane or Ethanol is in the relative cost benefits. CO2 costs pennies per liter, and (as mentioned above) the use of CO2 equipment does not require extra expense in specially constructed and engineered facilities. The volatility of organic solvents can create health and safety risks from explosion, inhalation, or prolonged exposure.

While opinions vary on consumption experience and taste, and despite rigorous quality controls and testing to ensure products don't exceed safe limits for residual compounds, many consumers prefer CO2 extracted products due to its perception as a natural, greener extraction method.

Q: Do you conduct training on the Vitalis Extraction Systems?

Vitalis is committed to the highest quality customer experience, deploying our service technicians on company sites specifically for install and training. As part of the purchase of a Vitalis system and during the commissioning process, Vitalis technicians will assemble and install the equipment, manage initial on-site testing, and conduct training with your extraction team. Post commissioning, our service teams are standing by 24/7 for service, support, and guidance.

Q: What other applications use Supercritical and Subcritical CO2?

There are a number of applications for the use of sub/supercritical CO2 including but not limited to; aroma extraction for the flavor industry; hop extraction for the brewery industry; pesticide remediation; sterilization and cleaning; extraction of essential fatty acids; and decaffeination.

Q: What are the particular safety requirements for using a CO2 extraction system?

CO2 is a non-flammable, chemically inert solvent, thus eliminating the need to construct explosion-proof rooms or specially engineered facilities for the operation of CO2 extraction equipment. However, the systems are pressurized and standard safety precautions for working around pressure vessels and equipment should be observed.