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Robot Cannabis Trimmer Claims 90% Speed Increase

"It can distinguish flower from leaf almost instantaneously."

A cannabis processing equipment company is claiming a substantial speed increase for its trimming machine.

Bloom Automation said new artificial intelligence algorithms have boosted its cannabis trimmer’s processing speed by 90%.

Bloom’s trimmer uses a robotic arm and visual sensors to trim leaves from cannabis flowers, the company said.

The machine incrementally improves its capabilities using machine learning.

Bloom said the improvement is the culmination of a larger dataset of images, thousands of hours of software R&D, and a faster graphic processing unit.

Since the machine runs mostly on its own, the company estimates one technician can operate six Bloom trimmers.

"It can distinguish flower from leaf almost instantaneously – hence the advancement in speed,” said Jon Gowa, CEO and founder of Bloom.

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