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Holland Green Science (HGS) Aeolus Touch Screen Vacuum Controller - GrowGreen Machines

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What is a Vacuum Controller and How is it Used in Cannabis Extraction?

In the cannabis industry, a vacuum controller, such as the Holland Green Science Aeolus, is a valuable piece of equipment primarily used in extraction and distillation processes. Below are several situations in which you may consider using a vacuum controller and common issues that it solves:

  1. Controlled Solvent Evaporation:

    • Problem: During cannabis extraction, solvents like ethanol are often used to separate cannabinoids and terpenes from the plant material. Controlling the evaporation of these solvents is crucial for product quality and consistency.
    • Solution: The vacuum controller allows precise control over the pressure within the extraction system, facilitating controlled and efficient solvent evaporation. This helps in achieving the desired concentration of cannabinoids without degrading sensitive compounds.
  2. Short-Path Distillation:

    • Problem: In the distillation process, precise control of pressure is essential to separate and purify different components of the cannabis extract.
    • Solution: The vacuum controller enables users to set and maintain specific pressure conditions during short-path distillation. This is vital for separating cannabinoids based on their boiling points and obtaining high-purity distillates.
  3. Automation and Efficiency:

    • Problem: Manual monitoring and adjustment of vacuum levels can be labor-intensive and prone to human error.
    • Solution: The vacuum controller automates the process by maintaining optimal vacuum levels. This reduces the need for constant manual intervention, allowing operators to focus on other aspects of the extraction or distillation process, leading to increased overall efficiency.
  4. Programmable Control:

    • Problem: Different stages of extraction or distillation may require specific pressure profiles.
    • Solution: The programmable ramp control feature of the vacuum controller allows users to create and store specific pressure and time profiles for different process stages. This customization ensures that the process is tailored to the requirements of the particular cannabis product being produced.
  5. Energy Savings:

    • Problem: Running vacuum pumps continuously can be energy-intensive.
    • Solution: The vacuum controller's ability to shut down the vacuum pump in line with process control helps save energy. The pump is only active when needed, reducing overall energy consumption and operational costs.
  6. Material Compatibility and Purity:

    • Problem: Contamination of the cannabis product by materials used in the equipment can impact product quality.
    • Solution: The use of high-performance materials in contact with the product, such as PTFE, ceramics, and silicone, ensures that the cannabis extract remains free from unwanted contaminants, preserving its purity and quality.

Vacuum Controllers are a valuable piece of equipment in the cannabis industry as they addresses key challenges related to solvent evaporation, distillation, automation, efficiency, and material compatibility. They enable precise control over the extraction and distillation processes, contributing to the production of high-quality and consistent cannabis products.

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