The EXTRACTION FINDER is Arometrix’s real-time molecular monitoring system for botanical extraction, which is essential for consistently maximizing the amount of extracted compounds within a given plant material. This robust model will serve hydrocarbon and ethanol extractions. Not rated for use with C02 extractions.
Forget the old ways of relying on eyesight, guesswork, or fixed recipes alone – now you can improve extraction efficiency with our patent-pending approach to extraction process monitoring.
The robust housing, which fully encloses the molecular sensor, can be easily installed in-line in the extraction design on sanitary flange end clamps. A 30′ sensor cable feeds this information to a high-quality touch-screen, which displays real-time levels of Cannabinoids, Chlorophyll and Lipids.
The EXTRACTION FINDER’s digital readout can be used to help operators learn about and dial-in their process, such as optimizing flow rate, solvent amount, filter efficiency, and general quality assurance and control. In the long run, this system will be your best friend in dialing-in the most effective standard operating procedures (SOPs).
DON’T JUST DO YOUR PROCESS. KNOW YOUR PROCESS.
The Arometrix Extraction Sensor
The Arometrix Extraction Sensor Housing
The Arometrix Extraction Digital Display
Key Software Features
The purpose of botanical extraction processes, regardless of solvent used, is essentially to introduce a solvent to the biomass that will bind to, strip, and help obtain as much of the desirable compounds as possible. However, extraction operators have no solid metric to base their success on, aside from color in sight glasses or laboratory testing. While observing color can be done in-line, it is a subjective metric at best. While lab results are an objective metric, it is nearly impossible to correlate in practice and can take days or even weeks to obtain after a run.
While both of these are helpful techniques that should be utilized during the process, they should not be solely relied upon since they lack real-time objectivity. Subjective monitoring that is based on perception or guesswork is imprecise, inconsistent, and difficult to scale.
What is the effect of this lack of molecular monitoring during extraction? Batches that are sub-optimally extracted, resulting in either low yields or potency, and even wasted solvents and time.
Improve Extraction Efficiency Using Real-Time Molecular Monitoring
With our new EXTRACTION FINDER, Arometrix is completely revolutionizing botanical extraction. By tracking molecular levels, and how they increase or decrease over time, we give power to the processor and a path to greater extraction efficiency.
The most popular applications of the EXTRACTION FINDER are hydrocarbon and ethanol extraction. The system can be installed in-line on extractors where there are 1.5” or 2” sanitary flange connections. Multiple units can be placed at multiple points of the extraction design.
Hydrocarbon extraction: The unit can be installed in-line between the material column and collection column. Pre-filtration or CRC, the unit’s live data can help you determine what flow rate optimizes both solvated mass & time. Post-filtration or CRC, it can confirm that Chlorophyll is not making it past the filter.
Ethanol extraction: The unit can be installed in-line at the recirculation area. It can be used to determine solvent saturation by seeing when the solvent has absorbed the majority of Cannabinoids.
The unit is so sensitive that it can even be helpful for confirmation of removal of molecules during a cleaning run.
Where is the sensor?
Our intrinsically safe sensor is installed inside of the Extraction Sensor Housing. This housing fully encloses the optical sensor from C1D1/D2 environments. The housing is designed for the high pressures and conditions that are used during hydrocarbon extractions. C1D1/D2 peer review from Pressure Safety Inspectors is currently in progress and certification is anticipated for late-April 2021.
Real-time molecular monitoring system to optimize extraction processes and efficiency