HempTrain™ Advanced Hemp Processing Plant FAQ
Answers to Frequently Asked Questions
Find answers to frequently asked questions about the HempTrain™ Advanced Processing Plant.
How does HempTrain™ differ from conventional decorticators?
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 loses 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 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 feedtock, and intact structural bast fiber, size-specified hurd, and clean green microfiber from dry feedstock.
Why do I need a HempTrain™ Advanced Processing Plant for my business venture?
For the hemp industry to succeed, 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.
What is included in the HempTrain™ Advanced Processing Plant turn-key facility package?
The commercial HempTrain™ turnkey package includes a CGT bale opener, full decortication/separation process, explosion-mitigating dust collection, a dry-additive mixer system, full PLC touchscreen control, and warranty. Available to Canada and the United States, the turnkey package also includes delivery, installation, commissioning, and training in operation and maintenance.
Do my hemp bales need to be dry before using HempTrain™?
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. However, if bast fiber, hurd, and green microfiber are desired, dry processing is required. Learn More >>
Where can I purchased a HempTrain™ Advanced Processing Plant?
As we are the sole manufacturer, seller, and supporter of the HempTrain™ Advanced Processing Plant, please contact us if you are interested in purchasing a HempTrain™.
What is the estimate lead time for a HempTrain™ installation on my premises?
Due to batch manufacturing, delivery and installation is dependent on when the order is placed. Please contact us for more information.
Where is the HempTrain™ Advanced Processing Plant manufactured?
HempTrain™ is engineered and fabricated at our facilities in Calgary, Alberta, Canada. All parts are sourced from Canada and the United States.
Can I see the HempTrain™ Advanced Processing Plant operate?
Yes! Our Calgary, Alberta HempTrain™ facility is available for viewing. Please contact us to schedule your facility tour today.
What is green microfiber?
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, hemi-cellulose 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.
Can the HempTrain™ Advanced Processing Plant process other crops such as flax, juke, and corn, etc.?
HempTrain™ has been specifically engineered to be a complete production solution for industrial hemp.
What is the throughput capacity?
~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.
Do you offer larger processing units or upscale throughput capacity for the HempTrain™ System?
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.
How much facility space is needed to install a HempTrain™ Advanced Processing Plant?
With the room required for equipment access and a forklift to load hemp bales and remove product, <1500 ft 2 should be allocated for the HempTrain™.
What bale size is compatible with 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).
What is the electrical supply needed?
Three-phase electrical power, ~85 kVA; 480V 3-Phase
How much waste does HempTrain™ produce?
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.
How much dust does HempTrain™ generate?
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.
Is the HempTrain™ Advanced Processing Plant energy efficient?
Yes! Due to the proprietary mechanisms employed by our processing technology, the incredibly energy efficient HempTrain™ Advanced Processing Plant uses only ~85 kVA.
Can HempTrain™ be placed on a trailer for field operation?
No, HempTrain™ is a complete hemp processing plant, intended for a stationary installation.
How many operators are required to operate HempTrain™?
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.
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