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Manufacturing

Due to batch manufacturing, delivery and installation is dependent on when the order is placed. Please contact us for more information.

HempTrain™ is engineered and fabricated at our facilities in Calgary, Alberta, Canada. All parts are sourced from Canada and the United States.

Specifications

~2000lbs / hour (~10-12,000,000lbs/year), depending on the feedstock. Certain types of feedstock with a higher content of bast fiber (>15% w/w) and longer bast fiber in length (>3ft), as well as certain bale configurations, may significantly affect the throughput capacity. Feed rate and manner of loading may change significantly depending on feedstock.

No, HempTrain™ has been engineered for optimal throughput size; the capacity of ~2000 lbs / hour (feedstock dependent) offers the lowest capital cost per unit of throughput as well as the fastest return on investment. The facility can service up to 5000 acres of hemp, depending on the yield. If and when greater capacity is required,  additional HempTrain™ installations are the most practical option in terms of production and operational flexibility.

With the room required for equipment access and a forklift to load hemp bales and remove the product, <1500 ft2 should be allocated for the HempTrain™.

HempTrain™ is capable of processing both round and square hemp bales, fresh/green and dry. The bale window opening is 5’ x 6’ (1.6m x 1.8m).

Both the HT-PF and HT-UF models require 480V 3-Phase power. The HT-PF requires 60kVA, while the HT-UF requires 70kVA.

Operations

Almost none! Unlike conventional decorticators (hammer mills, field decorticators, scutchers, etc.), HempTrain™ effectively converts 100% of hemp feedstock into high-value product streams; including a high-CBD extraction-ready fraction from fresh/green feedstock, as well as long structural bast fiber, size-specified hurd and green microfiber from processing dry feedstock. Our proprietary processing technology maintains the integrity of each stream and fraction.

Almost none! The HempTrain™ Advanced Processing Plant’s clean, streamlined production train efficiently separates baled hemp into high value streams with no appreciable dust generation. Conventional decorticators employ a hammer mill “beating” mechanism to separate bast fiber from hurd, generating 25-40%dust during the hammering action. This dust further contaminates all biomass streams, making clean separation impossible. Furthermore, HempTrain™ is equipped with an advanced explosion-mitigating dust collection system capturing these low quantities, leading to a cleaner, uncontaminated operation.

No, HempTrain™ is a complete hemp processing facility, intended for a stationary installation.

Only one operator is needed to operate HempTrain™ efficiently. It is required by law in Canada that a minimum of two operators are required on the premises to operate heavy machinery. Please consult with your local labour laws.

General

Conventional decorticators employ a hammer mill or a hammer mill-like mechanism, which uses a beating action to separate bast fiber from hurd. This action damages bast fiber and causes attrition to both fiber and hurd, which leads to significant losses as dust (25-40%). Damage to bast fiber destroys the structural integrity of the fiber bundles required for reinforcement applications. Attrition of hurd leads to the production of powdered hurd, contaminating the high-CBD fraction or green microfiber streams; making clean CBD-rich green mass impossible. The HempTrain™ Advanced Processing Plant employs proprietary, patent-pending mechanisms to separate hemp feedstock, fresh/green and dry, into multiple high-value streams; including a high-CBD extraction-ready fraction from fresh/green feedstock, and intact structural bast fiber, size-specified hurd, and clean green microfiber from the dry feedstock.

For the hemp industry to succeed, the hemp must be turned into high-value products. In order to implement alternative revenue streams, the hemp industry requires technological infrastructure to convert hemp crops into feedstock for high-value markets, domestically and abroad. Currently, there is a technological infrastructure gap prohibiting hemp farmers and processors from reaching high-value markets. HempTrain™ bridges this infrastructure gap, giving farmers and processors the ability to reach sustainable high-value markets. Without alternative revenue streams to commodity seeds, there cannot be a hemp industry. HempTrain™ is the ONLY hemp processing technology offering businesses immediate access to the CBD market.

The HempTrain™ HT-UF Model includes:

  • HempTrain™ Bale Opener/Processor
  • Premium Fiber Decorticator
  • Hurd/Green Microfiber Separator-Refiner
  • Electrical/Electronic PLC Touchscreen Control Unit
  • Industrial Dust Control & Collection (70 kVA)
  • Warranty

While the original HempTrain™ Advanced Processing Plant model has been discontinued, all technologies and capabilities are still available for purchase.

NO! HempTrain™ is the only state-of-the-art hemp processing technology in the world capable of processing fresh/green hemp feedstock. When processing fresh/green feedstock, HempTrain™ effectively separates out a high-CBD fraction, consisting of the bud leaves, rich in CBD, and excluding sugar leaves and anything longer. This yields a high-efficiency extraction-ready fraction, which is not attainable by any other decortication/processing technology. Learn More>>

As we are the sole manufacturer and supplier of the HempTrain™ Advanced Processing Plant, please contact us if you are interested in purchasing a HempTrain™.

Yes! Our HempTrain™ facility in Calgary, Alberta is available for viewing. Please contact us to schedule your facility tour today.

Green microfiber is the unique third stream produced by processing dry feedstock using HempTrain™. Green microfiber is rich in protein, carbohydrates, dietary fibre, and other natural bio-nutrients including cannabinoids, terpenes, lignin, glucose, hemicellulose and pectin. As a result of the unique proprietary separation mechanism HempTrain™ employs, HempTrain™ is the only hemp processing technology capable of producing this CBD-rich stream.

HempTrain™ has been specifically engineered to be a complete production solution for industrial hemp.

NForce-Fiber® FAQs

NForce-Fiber® is made from industrial hemp; more specifically, from the outer (bast) fiber produced from mature hemp stalks. It is separated from the non-structural fiber, engineered for durability, bond and size. NForce-Fiber® is the only ASTM/CSA compliant hemp concrete reinforcement fiber in the world and has been verified by accredited experts. NForce-Fiber® is accepted & used by the concrete industry.

The amount of concrete used with a bag of NForce-Fiber® is dependent on the specifications of the application. To our knowledge, most decorative concrete manufacturers use a 1lb bag of NForce-Fiber® per 40lbs of concrete, though this may vary per application.

Absolutely!  NForce-Fiber® has half the specific gravity of glass fiber. If you know how much glass fiber is needed for your mix ratio, you would only need to use NForce-Fiber® at half that dosage by mass. For example, some people use the replacement ratio of 1lb of NForce-Fiber® = 2lbs of glass fiber.

NForce-Fiber® is sized to ¾” strips and is fully dispersible.

NForce-Fiber® is available on Amazon.com, & Amazon.ca 

We are not concrete contractors, however we are always very eager to see the finished projects from our clients, with many sharing their finished decorative projects on social media; follow us online to see more!

NForce-Fiber™ can be seen in many skate parks across Canada and the United States and has been specified in the construction of the bobsleigh track for the 2022 Winter Olympics.

NO! NForce-Fiber® is a concrete reinforcement fiber made from industrial hemp requiring a concrete mix with aggregate. NForce-Fiber® is ASTM/CSA compliant and is the only hemp concrete reinforcement fiber in the world verified by accredited experts and accepted and is used by the concrete industry. Hempcrete is a bio-composite material made from a mixture of lime binder and hemp hurd.

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