Sorting Robotics, an industrial cannabis-focused AI and computer vision technologies company, launched Jiko, the cannabis industry’s first automated pre-roll infusion robot, in June 2022.
According to the company, some 70% of cannabis manufacturing is still being done by hand, and will result in about $2 billion in manufacturing labor spend in 2022, significantly eating into operators' bottom-lines.
Jiko can infuse up to 800 pre-rolls per hour while reducing waste and spillage by approximately 20% to 30%. The robot has been engineered to help operators boost margins, scale and achieve profitability.
Companies using Jiko have reported being able to scale production from 10,000 to 40,0000 infused pre-rolls per month, and saving more than $20,000 in labor and spillage costs during the first month of use, according to the company.
Nohtal Partansky, co-Founder and CEO of Sorting Robotics, is a former NASA-JPL Engineer assigned to the MOXIE (Mars Oxygen In Situ Resource Utilization Experiment) project. He co-founded the company to try and break through the toughest bottlenecks of cannabis brands and processors through a combination of real-time production data analytics, modern IoT hardware, and precision automation.