If you have run wiped-film equipment before, you likely have run into vacuum issues at least once in your career. Weak vacuum can often be caused by a leak in your system, which can be very frustrating to fix. However, if your system is vacuum tight and the pressure increases dramatically above the desired range when feeding material to the still – what might be the issue? The cause likely is the presence of volatiles in your feed material.
In the latest issue of Cannabis Business Times, Dean Segal, vice president of sales and marketing for Pope Scientific, explains why it's important and how to effectively remove volatiles and solvents prior to, and early in the distillation process to improve yield and quality.