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CEN at MJBizCon: Simple Trellis Tool Saves Hours During Harvest

Canna Innovations co-founder Alex Burnett says operators have low-hanging fruit that could provide a massive payoff.

The Cannabis Equipment News team recently traveled to MJBizCon, held in Las Vegas from November 28 through December 1. At the show, we interviewed equipment manufacturers, cultivators, operators and new product developers to learn more about what they bring to the cannabis industry.

Alex Burnett is the co-founder of Canna Innovations, a company that specializes in helping cannabis operators improve operational efficiency. He is also the inventor of the Trellis Trap, a simple tool that saves cultivators up to two hours of labor during harvest.

Burnett was working with several growers when he realized that they wasted a lot of time handling trellis netting during the harvest process. It seems like a simple fix, but trellis netting is hard to handle and dispose of. That's when Burnett came up with the idea for the Trellis Trap, a tool about the size of a five-gallon bucket with a patented rubber membrane that lets the trellis in and wipes the sticky netting off your hands. 

A series of combs inside the trap are specially designed to make sure the trellis netting doesn't come back out with the worker's hand. The trap also acts like a trash compactor. The netting compacts at the bottom of the tool and comes out looking like a tightly woven bird's nest, which is much easier to handle. It also creates about 80% less volume of material waste. 

Burnett is inspired by the cannabis industry, but he sees a great deal of low-hanging fruit when it comes to efficiency. For example, he sees a lot of wasted labor that starts with excess walking and keeping tools in the same place. He says cannabis operators who focus on improving efficiency and reducing cost could see a massive payoff in the long run. 

The next MJBizCon will be held from December 3, 2024, through December 6, 2024, at the Las Vegas Convention Center.

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