Hemp Processing Technologies
A surge in growth in the US hemp industry creates a new demand for specialized processing facilities.
With the 2018 US Farm Bill (Agricultural Improvement Act of 2018) now in effect, the US is now permitted to grow industrial hemp (after an 81-year ban). With this new opportunity, there has been a surge in demand for specialized hemp processing facilities.
While hemp seed is a commodity product, alternative and/or additional revenue streams can be achieved from the waste hemp stalk. With the correct technological infrastructure, the entire hemp field can be harvested and converted into high-value products, for sale domestically and internationally. One of the most valuable derivatives of industrial hemp is CBD. This market is projected to dwarf the CBD from the marijuana market within only a few years. Without advanced hemp processing technologies for converting the whole hemp plant into value products, there can be no industrial hemp industry.
Decortication is the separation of hemp’s outer layer (bast fiber) from the inner core (hurd). Current decortication uses the same hammer mill or hammer mill-like mechanism that has been used for over a hundred years; which uses a beating action to break down hurd and fiber, significantly damaging both, while creating a substantial amount of dust. This damage is a severe limitation of conventional hammer mills, limiting the hemp fiber produced to low-value markets.
The high-speed kinematic mechanism employed by the HempTrain™ Advanced Hemp Processing Plant is far less damaging to the fibers and hurd and creates no appreciable dust. The products produced can be used in high-value markets such as reinforcing fiber, consumer products, and CBD from industrial hemp.
The Future of Hemp Processing
The HempTrain™ Advanced Hemp Processing Plant is a high-speed kinematic hemp processing platform, bringing new technological innovation and market potential to the industrial hemp industry. HempTrain™ is capable of decorticating and processing hemp feedstock into three high value product streams; long structural bast fiber, size-specified hurd, and green microfiber, rich in CBD and bio-nutrients.
HempTrain™ can convert the entire hemp plant into three high value product streams: fiber and hurd streams for value products such as long, structural fiber, cat litter, garden products, food preservation, and a clean biomass (green microfiber) stream, rich in bio-nutrients such as CBD, for various very high value applications, such as hemp-infused food and beverages as well as skin care products.
This robust, fully-automatic, self-contained stationery facility operates with higher efficiency and has lower energy consumption than any conventional hammer mill and field decorticator, with almost no dust and waste production.
The HempTrain™ Advanced Processing Plant creates community opportunities, enabling farmers, businesses, and entrepreneurs to monetize the whole hemp plant; increasing margins and lowering production costs. HempTrain™ is the future of hemp processing.