Industrial Hemp Fiber Processing Equipment, Part 2)
The BOSS CO2 Extraction System, Cannabis SFE, Apeks Supercritical CO2 System and Super C Extractor are vastly different pieces of processing equipment, with price tags, capabilities and features that vary significantly.
BOSS CO2 Extraction System
- The BOSS CO2 Extraction System is a highly automated material processing unit that costs approximately $250,000.
- Advantages of the system include its relatively small footprint, modest energy costs, automated material loading and effectiveness without the use of "harmful solvents."
- Disadvantages of the equipment include its inappropriateness for small-scale processing, the need to store CO2 carefully and the fact that it operates at high pressures.
- The Cannabis SFE is a relatively flexible and capable material processing system that costs approximately $49,500.
- Pros of the system include its relatively small footprint, scalable capacity for small and average-size production and effectiveness without the use of "harmful solvents."
- Cons of the equipment include its ineffectiveness for large scale production, lack of automation for loading between runs, the need to store CO2 carefully and the fact that it operates at high pressures.
Apeks Supercritical CO2 System
- The Apeks Supercritical CO2 System is an industrial-grade processing unit, with a price that begins at $445,000.
- Benefits of the system include the fact that it is fully automated, its effectiveness for large scale processing jobs and its integrated CO2 storage tank.
- Drawbacks of the equipment include its high energy consumption, the need for "extensive scientific expertise" to operate the system and its less than ideal scale for smaller operations.
Super C Extractor
- The Super C Extractor is an "all-in-one" piece of processing equipment that can be easily expanded and costs approximately $4,000.
- Advantages of the system include its ability to effectively process small batches of material as well as the fact that the unit is one of the least expensive of its kind.
- Disadvantages of the equipment include its inability to process large volumes of material as well as the likelihood that an operator will need to purchase additional expansion packs to achieve their goals.
Please note that for the purpose of this analysis, an article published in March of 2019 by cannabis trade Analytical Cannabis was used to inform the discussion of the BOSS CO2 Extraction System, Cannabis SFE, Apeks Supercritical CO2 System and Super C Extractor. Although this article makes specific reference to cannabis, as opposed to its component parts, hemp and marijuana, the findings pulled from this resource were relevant to botanical material generally, including the specific material of hemp.