In this interview, Gene Galyuk, Chief Technology Officer (CTO), at Capna Systems talks about why it's important to do your due diligence when it comes the extraction equipment.
Capna Systems manufactures innovative cannabis extraction machines that produce a fully dewaxed extract.
The company initially started with CO2 processing technology, but wasn't able to turn around plant material fast enough. They designed and patented an ultra-low extraction process. According to Galyuk, ethanol has an ideal temperature ranger. If you cool ethanol to that ideal temperature range you can lock out the undesirable constituents that co-extract during the extraction process.
Galyuk says that a standard CO2 system will typically yield about 30 percent fats and lipids in the overall crude extract, which means that you have to further purify it. Capna's machines produce crude oil that is dewaxed, free of chlorophyll and has a cannabinoid yield of 72 to 75 -- though the company has seen yields as high as 82 percent.
The customer base is becoming more educated in cannabis extraction, and many processors are upgrading from CO2 extraction or hydrocarbon, because those processes can't dewax.
According to Galyuk, a typical ROI on a Capna machine is just six days, but that's assuming that you can sell all of the oil you can produce.
Cannabis Equipment News (CEN) was in San Jose, CA for the 6th Annual Cannabis Business Summit & Expo to speak with equipment manufacturers about new technology.
Cannabis Business Summit & Expo is presented by the National Cannabis Industry Association (NCIA). More than 10,000 attendees visited 400 exhibitors and heard from 150 speakers at the show, and everyone was talking cannabis regulation, legalization and manufacturing.