LS HVE Thin Film Distillation | Includes EliteLab & Fraction Finder

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This thin film unit is considered by our peers to be the most powerful in its class.

This new system by Lab Society and High Velocity Extractors (HVE) is a Stainless Steel, Single Stage, Thin Film Distillation Unit. It addresses growing industry production demands while keeping budgetary constraints in mind. It is equipped with the latest, most technologically advanced software programs.

EliteLab and Fraction Finder compatible.

In addition to the Fraction Finder, a purchase of any Lab Society short path kit includes FREE one year access to Elite Lab, revolutionary new laboratory software for real-time, cloud-based data logging.

You’ve been generating data this whole time, but until now, there was no easy way to collect and make sense of all of it. Data-driven decisions are the key to improving your processes over time. EliteLab® is the first software that lets you connect all of the control, monitoring, and data-capturing devices in your lab, creating, storing, and recalling meaningful information that you can easily visualize via your Windows-based, PC computer. Mac, Linux, Android and iOS support coming soon! The Fraction Finder integration into EliteLab is available as Beta software; public release will be soon!

Precise vacuum monitoring and analytics are provided by the LS-PVM-1BT, a Bluetooth-capable (and EliteLab compatible) vacuum gauge mounted to the rear of the high surface area, baffled Auxiliary Condenser/Cold trap, which is also constructed of Stainless Steel.


  • Approx. 6 kg/hour Input Feed Capability for Volatile Stripping
  • Approx. 2-4 kg/hour Input Feed Capability – for cutting and polishing the main body
  • 0.25 m2 Short Path Evaporator (1)
  • Virgin PTFE Wiper Blades with 316 SS Wiper Cage
  • Removable Hybrid Still Cold Finger
  • Manual Inlet Feed Tank with Heater/PID
  • Electric Heat Bands (4) with PID Control Box
  • Precision Vacuum Gauge
  • Baffled Cold Trap with Receiver (Dry Ice/Liquid Nitrogen)
  • Manual Valves
  • 80/20 Common Frame with Wheels
  • 316 Stainless Steel Construction
  • Fraction Finder (digital display, size 29 sensor, light-blocking tape, power supply, and cable)
  • HVE Fraction Finder Adapter by Lab Society (Connecting adapter, KF25 to 35/25 Ball Joint, O-Ring Style, with 29mm OD) 

The most effective and affordable in their class, these systems feature a virgin PTFE wiper basket inside of a six-inch 316 Stainless Steel evaporator body.

Heat is provided via four (4) electronic heat bands which are precisely controlled by a single, commonly mounted PID for full temperature control without the use of expensive, dangerous heating oils.

Jacketed feed tank.

Feed is provided by a jacketed feed tank, which is also heated electronically and controlled by a separate temperature controller for precise input feed temperature.

Strips volatiles at 6kg per hour.

The unit can perform volatile stripping at a rate of 6 kilograms (kg) per hour utilizing the included “cone-bottom” condenser replacement.

For high boiling point, short path distillation, the unit features a high-surface area, removable inner condensation coil that can perform at 2-4 kg per hour feed rates.

Also available with the following additional accessories:

  • Cork Stand (160mm)
  • Pinch Clamp
  • Lab Jack (Stainless Steel, 8×8)
  • Lab Society 2-Stage Rotary Vane Pump Booster Package
    • Booster Package includes: LS RV36 Rotary Vane Pump; LS120 Booster Pump UL Listed Control Panel with start/stop controls; Motor overload protection; Pump frame w/ casters
  • Booster Pump Kit for HVE / SPD
  • Pressure Control Kit for HVE Thin Film Evaporator
  • Huber Minichiller
  • Huber Hose Connector M16x1, NW 8
  • Propylene Glycol 99% (1 Gal.)
  • LS Peroxide-Cured Silicone Tubing (3/8″ID x 3/4″OD)
  • Hose Clamp 5/16″ – 7/8″
  • Dual Inline Cold Trap Upgrade for HVE Thin Film Evaporators
  • PolyScience Immersion Chiller (IP-80, 120V)
  • Peristaltic Feed Pump Kit for HVE Thin Film Evaporator
  • Discharge Pump Kit for HVE Thin Film Evaporator
  • HVE Training and Install

Specs and Requirements


  • 6400 Watts @ 240V (30 amps max) – Evaporator Heater
  • 600 Watts @ 120V (5 amps max) – Feed Tank Heater
  • 180 Watts @ 120V (1.5 amps max) – Main Motor

Additional Wattage for Vacuum Pump & Chiller/Heater not Included Here

Footprint of Common Frame:

  • Depth: 27 Inches (685.8mm)
  • Width: 45 Inches (1143mm) + 12 Inches Per Shelf (2 Included)
  • Height: 84 Inches (2133.6mm)

Additional Footprint for Shelves, Pumps, Chillers/Heaters not Included Here

High Vacuum Pump:

  • 10-30 Cubic Feet per Minute (CFM)
  • Minimum 30 mTorr/micron Ultimate Vacuum Rating
    • Ex. CRVpro16, CRVpro24, or our recommendation: CRVpro30 with Exhaust Filter or the Lab Society RV36

Chiller/Heater for Inner Coil Condenser:

  • Minimum 0-75° Celsius temperature range
    • Higher Max. Temp, between 100°C to 200°C, for Hot Condenser Applications
  • Minimum 500 Watts for Cooling at 20°C
    • 1000 watts @ 20°C for Improved Performance

Cold Trap Requirements:

  • Manual Chilling: Dry Ice + Isopropanol/Acetone for Chilling, Liquid Nitrogen (LN2)
  • Mechanical Chilling: Polyscience IP-80 with 1.75” Rigid Coil
    • Optional Additional Cold Trap: T80 with KF25 Stainless Steel Insert

Training Options Available Upon Request:

  • 1-Day Lab Society Thin Film Distillation Install & Training* – $3000
  • 2-Day Lab Society Thin Film Distillation Install & Training* – $6000

*Note: All System requirements must be present on-site prior to arrival, including electrical connection, vacuum pump, chiller/heater, & cold trap coolant.

To learn more about this Lab Society HVE Thin Film Distillation unit, visit here.

To learn more about the Fraction Finder for Wiped Film Evaporation, visit here.

Frequently Asked Questions

Which fractions can the Fraction Finder detect?

During short-path distillation, it can distinguish what is colloquially known as “Heads”, “Main Bodies”, and “Tails”. Click here for a list of molecules, such as Delta-9 and more.

Should I get a Fraction Finder for each stream?

In short, it depends on which line(s) you want to monitor. However, it is up to you as it is technically only essential to operate with one Fraction Finder. Our guide discusses this in more detail toward the very end of the document.

LS HVE Thin Film Distillation | Includes EliteLab & Fraction Finder

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Single stage thin film distillation system equipped with Elite Lab and the Fraction Finder to analyze every pass

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