Backup Generators for CBD Processing Facilities
With the legalization of zero THC CBD products throughout the United States, there has been an increased effort in the production of CBD products, such as oils and edible products like gummies, chocolate, brownies, cookies, and even e-liquids for vaping. While the manufacturing of these products can bring a whole slew of benefits, it’s often an intricate process that requires equipment and techniques to truly create a winning product.
What is CBD?
CBD is the latest wellness product to hit the markets and been creating quite the buzz. CBD is the acronym for cannabidiol, which is a chemical compound extracted from the Cannabid sativa plant. Unlike marijuana, CBD is not psychoactive as it does not contain THC. This means that the product will not get you high or cause sedative effects, but it can impart a lot of the calming and relaxation benefits.
The Role of Backup Generators in CBD Processing
The processing of hemp to manufacture CBD products is an intricate process that involves many delicate steps using specialized equipment and techniques to produce an acceptable product.
A sample walkthrough of the process would entail:
Processing Raw Hemp
After harvesting, the hemp plants need to be dried and stored in a warehouse. When the dried hemp plant is ready for production, it is taken and milled into a coarse powder. Once the milling process is completed, it’s ready to move onto the next step.
Separation of Solids & Extraction
Phytocannabinoids, terpenes, and flavonoids are preserved during the extraction process and purified to remove undesirable compounds found within the milled hemp, while also preventing natural molecules from degrading. This type of process ensures that the CBD product will maintain many of the naturally beneficial compounds during extraction.
A common process of extraction is cold CO2 extraction, which is known to be one of the most effective and environmentally friendly ways to extract CBD oil. There are many systems that use liquid CO2 to separate a range of cannabinoids and terpenes from the hemp plant.
Due to the variable and often inconsistent qualities of harvest cannabis plants, CBD components need to be properly isolated and separated from other cannabis components before being infused into a product. This is because different strains and evolutions of a strain can have a different taste, smell, and potency in CBD. If this process is not properly executed, there can be inconsistencies in the end product.
Through distillation, the hemp oil is distilled to separate the hemp extract from ethanol products used in the extraction process. The isolated CBD distillate can then be used to infuse into CBD products.
Isolation of THC
When processing and manufacturing CBD products, it’s important to remove every possible trace of THC. As explained earlier, THC is the compound known to cause the “high” when dealing with hemp and cannabis. The THC isolation process usually is run to remove any undesired compounds that are still left in the oil from the distillation process.
Though this is just an example of the process to produce & manufacture CBD products to end users, it’s a good indication that there are many steps involving specialized equipment to deliver a refined product. If a manufacturing or processing facility were to lose power, the light going out would be the least of their worries.
Power Outages Impact Production
While power outages that last a few seconds may seem insignificant, they can add up over time. Power outages lasting even seconds can cause disruptions to an entire day’s workflow. Potential losses not only include loss of inventory or product, but can result in delays in packaging, prep, and logistics. A complete halt in employee productivity means you’re still paying wages, just without the results. Missed deadlines are a huge issue that a manufacturing or processing facility can face, which can even result in a cancellation request on orders.
If processing and manufacturing equipment goes out due to power outage, does the equipment resume from the exact same step of the process as when it shut down? If not, products could end up being defective or production lines may have to be halted and already produced goods disposed of in case of any defects. This would require employees having to physically inspect the products and could result in increased delays to operations. Product components that are temperature sensitive in a controlled environment before being processed can also spoil, causing loss in stock and inventory.
Benefits of Backup Generators
Power loss due to power outage can occur at any time and for any reason. It could be due to inclement weather, natural or man-made disasters, component failure, planned power outages for utility upgrades or to handle a localized disaster or even rolling brownouts/blackouts due to overdraws of energy from the main utility grid. The fact is that manufacturing facilities & processing plants need a reliable source of backup power to safeguard against operational loss. When dealing with manufacturing facilities & processing plants of productivity, mitigate profit loss, and ensure there is a maintained safe working environment for staff members. Power outages that last an extended period of time could lead to missed project deadlines or delivery dates on products, which can result in loss of trust in your company or allow for a competitor to edge in and take over your market share.
Having a backup generator on-site can help mitigate downtime of power loss due to power outage, enabling manufacturing facilities and processing plants to continue operating even when power is lost from the main power grid. Commercial/industrial generators are larger than their residential counterparts and can vary in size, as well as power output. Depending on the size and power rating, these generators are able to either power only key equipment & systems or can even power the entire facility for a set duration of time. This provides employees with the capability of continuing day to day operations or to maintain controlled temperature environments for perishable goods.
What if there’s no one on-site and a power outage occurs after hours? When a commercial generator is paired with an Automatic Transfer Switch (ATS), the generator will be prompted to kick in immediately after a power outage occurs and shut down when power to the main grid is restored. The ATS will ensure that there no one will need to be on-site to turn the generator on and off in this instance, saving a lot of time, coordination, logistics, and keeping employees safe if they are unable to make it to the facility due to inclement weather or other hazardous conditions.
If you are looking for a backup generator for your CBD manufacturing & processing facility or plant, but don’t know where to start, review some of our resources on how to buy a used generator. Every manufacturing plant and processing facility has different needs and different power requirements. You can always call us for consultation and we can help you evaluate your needs, as well as recommend a generator that fits within your needs and your budget.
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