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What is Short Path Distillation?

Short Path Distillation is a thermal separation process that can operate at low temperatures with a low residence time.

What is Wiped Film Distillation?

Wiped film distillation is similar to short path distillation with the main difference being the position of the condenser. Wiped film evaporators use an external condenser and short path evaporators use an internal condenser.

Who is VTA?

VTA is a specialist in thermal process engineering. The company designs and manufactures thin film and short path distillation plants for laboratory and pilot purposes. You can view a VTA laboratory model here.

Who is DEVEX?

Root Sciences is proud to announce our partnership with DEVEX, the global leader in Cryo Ethanol Extraction Equipment. Root Sciences and Devex, together, will pave the way for cryo ethanol as a sustainable solution for pre-distillation crude cannabis oil.

What is Cryo Ethanol Extraction?

Ethanol extraction has some unique characteristics which make it the most efficient and cost effective solution for any cannabis processor to make its final form of cannabinoid distillation concentrates. Contact us for any questions or additional information.

What is BHO extraction?

Butane Hash Oil, or BHO is the essential oil extracted from the cannabis plant using Butane as a solvent. BHO concentrate can be extracted from fresh or cured material. The result is a mix of waxes, cannabinoids and terpenes.

What is the throughput per hour on your short path evaporator?

The Short Path Distillation Plant VKL 70-5 can process 1500ml/hr of cannabis concentrates into a clear and odourless distillate.

Is it a continuous feed system?

Yes! Our short path evaporator, specifically the Short Path Distillation Plant VKL 70-5 is a continuous feed system since the feed tank is not under vacuum.

Is your Short Path Distillation set-up fully jacketed?

Yes, our short path evaporator is fully jacketed to help maintain a consistent temperature throughout the cannabis distillation process.

What is included with your Short Path Distillation equipment?

Root Sciences provides a commercial-scale solution for cannabis distillation. We provide full machine assembly, testing and training to allow you to produce distillate on day one!

What types of extract can the VKL process?

The VKL processes only sulfate-free, pre-processed cannabis oils derived from CO2 (Carbon Dioxide), BHO (Butane Hash Oil) or Cold Ethanol (-40˚C to -60˚C or lower) that have been fully winterized, decarboxylated and devolatized.

What exactly does the VKL system do?

VKL system quickly and efficiently distills a highly-purified, cannabinoid-rich fraction. The VKL does NOT separate individual cannabinoids and/or remove pesticides.

Are the recovered terpenes usable?

Primarily, only heavy-end terpenes are recovered during distillation. However, these terpenesmay reused if desired.

What yield will I see from the VKL?

Individual yields are highly dependent on the material used. However, the VKL system can capture up to 99% of available cannabinoids, and typical yields range from 80-85% by weight.

What potency can I expect from the VKL?

Potency is highly dependent upon the material used, but can exceed 99% total cannabinoid. Typical ranges are in the low to mid 90s.

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