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Setting up a cannabis milling system? Get production off to the best start

Published on Oct 12, 2020 7:00:32 PM

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Using CBD in a variety of different therapeutic products is set to see a surge in the next 5 years. Many companies are venturing into this market space.

But when designing your first industrial cannabis grinding process, the options can be overwhelming. It’s easy to be tempted by quick solutions that deliver instant results, but often these quick wins can’t perform at commercial scale.

Also, with FDA and government regulations on cannabis products still evolving, it can be difficult to ensure that your cannabis processing machinery will continue to meet future legislation without incurring more cost.

Quadro aims to help you develop a stable and sustainable system to safely support your industrial cannabis processing.

What does efficient cannabis milling look like?

Milling cannabis buds and flowers at industrial scale is a tricky process. The ideal profile of milled cannabis is a fine powder, free of lumps, with a uniform particle size.

Dry cannabis can be stored after milling for later use, before it is extracted and incorporated into end products such as beverages, capsules, emulsions, tinctures, or in CBD isolate.

With heat-sensitive cannabinoids and terpenes to protect, it’s important to have a well-controlled and low operating temperature.

The primary barrier to efficient industrial cannabis processing is overly complex equipment and machinery, often with ancillary parts. Complexity makes equipment difficult to maintain effectively, also leaving it vulnerable to overheating and breakdown, and subsequent product loss.

For more information about reducing product loss while milling, see our recent blog on increasing product yields.

What does efficient cannabis milling look like?

The primary barrier to efficient industrial cannabis processing is overly complex equipment and machinery, often with ancillary parts. Complexity makes equipment difficult to maintain effectively, also leaving it vulnerable to overheating and breakdown, and consequent product loss.

This becomes an even more difficult process when milling the more delicate parts of the plant at an industrial scale and trying to maintain the ideal milled particle profile.

For most applications, milled cannabis works best when it is a fine powder, free of lumps and with a uniform particle size. Therefore, when size reducing heat-sensitive cannabinoids and with terpenes to protect, it’s important to have a well-controlled and a low-temperature operating milling step

For more information about reducing product loss while milling, see our recent blog on increasing product yields.

Robust, future-proof cannabis grinding equipment

Quadro’s Overdriven Comil® series addresses these challenges with its industry-leading conical mill.

The Overdriven series is perfect for dry milling, with a range of changeable impellers and screens that can be selected in order to achieve your target particle size. With a low operating temperature, the Comil® protects the delicate terpenes and cannabinoids for a better final product quality. Particles are deagglomerated in-flow, removing the need for sieving.

With Comil® sizes to suit all capacity ranges, our solutions are easily scalable from lab testing right through to thousands of kilos per shift, meaning we are well equipped to help you navigate the coming increase in demand.

What’s more, because Comil® is already the industry standard for food and pharmaceutical processing, it complies with FDA and GMP regulation, leaving you prepared for future legislation.

For wet hemp milling equipment, our sister company Fitzpatrick are experts in whole plant milling and more.

Why choose Quadro?

Quadro’s excellent support teams are perfectly poised to help you become specialists in industrial milling. We’ve spent decades creating superior milling solutions in the food, pharma, and nutraceutical industries, and proudly bring this expertise to the cannabis industry.

What’s more, our fellow teams can help you expand beyond milling. With expertise in processing emulsions, Hemp plant milling, and isolate powder milling, our Material Processing Technologies segment has industry-leading methods and machinery to create superior cannabis products such as CBD water or CBD isolate.

Contact our team today for advice on how to establish or upgrade your cannabis production equipment.

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Posted by Kathryn Perry
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