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.

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

We manufacturer a number of different systems. Factors that affect processing time are flow rate, temperature, and pressure. Additionally, the types of material and material preparation have an effect. Here are some conservative numbers: 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; and the Z Series will process about 1,000lbs per day. These are average numbers based on real results, and given the variables mentioned above; you can base your business decision around these real results.

Q: What makes your machine different?

Other than the sheer size, Vitalis has over 18 unique patent claims and industry leading design. Key areas of differentiation include flow rate, phase management, separation technology, and multiphase extraction capabilities. All of these components combined give our equipment the ability to create a full spectrum extract.

Q: What makes your company different?

Over 70% of our current customer base are now repeat customers, coming back to purchase additional equipment because of the customer experience and equipment performance. Actions will always speak louder than words, so we urge you to talk to our customers and hear their stories. Vitalis now has the most deployments of industrial-sized extractions systems in the world.

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?

The Vitalis engineering team has designed a CO2 pump specifically for this application and it’s manufactured in-house to maintain quality control. The pump has been designed for high flow of liquid CO2, and easy maintenance.

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: Benefits of CO2 as a solvent.

Clean/natural; CO2 evaporates entirely resulting in a pure end product; can be tailored to achieve highly concentrated products; gentle - mild operating temperatures retain product quality by reducing risk of damaging thermalabile compounds; the solvent is completely recyclable; pressure manipulation will change the solvating power allowing you to selectively dissolve compounds; benign in normal atmospheric conditions; non flammable; chemically inert.

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

Absolutely. After your Vitalis Extraction System is delivered, you’ll have our team on site to commission the equipment and conduct a couple days of training. This service is provided at no cost. It’s important to Vitalis to ensure that you are confident with the equipment you’re operating.

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.