Post-harvest cannabis automation equipment: “the future of the industry”

"The cannabis industry has seen unprecedented growth in recent years as legalization has expanded to more states within the US and abroad. Global legal cannabis spending grew almost 5% in 2022 and has a projected compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 13.2% from
2022-2027. As a result of this growth, there have been numerous advances in the technologies used by growers, cultivators, and processors for the production of commercial cannabis," said Emma Levine, Marketing Manager at Mobius. 

With improved post-harvest processing techniques and equipment, cultivators can deliver consistent, high-quality results for their consumers. "Post-harvest equipment allows growers to expedite cannabis processing and greatly speed up the time from harvest to sale. As more farms adopt these automated processing technologies, it's clear that these machines are the future of the industry," Emma says.

Mobius produces post-harvest processing equipment for commercial-scale farms, including trimmers, buckers, sorters, mills, and conveyors. "From harvesting to packaging for retail sale, machines have revolutionized the industry, providing growers and cultivators with more efficient and cost-effective ways to process their plants."

Emma explains that, historically, trimming cannabis was done by hand with a team of skilled hand trimmers using scissors and shears to remove excess leaves and plant material from the buds. As a part of post-harvest production, trimming was typically very time-consuming and labor-intensive, taking up a large portion of the processing stage.

Since the introduction of machine trimmers like the Mobius M108S Trimmer, cultivators have been able to "process their harvests in a fraction of the time, with more precision and accuracy than hand trimmers. Processors have been able to lower their labor and operating costs while improving efficiency and product quality," Emma says.

The Mobius Trimmer is a throughput-style cannabis trimmer capable of processing up to 120 lbs per hour with one unit. "With three helical blades and the stainless steel bed knives, the two cutting edges remain in constant contact, ensuring no gaps or dead spots. The result is a tighter, more consistent trim, with flower spending less time in the tumbler." The flower is trimmed faster and has fewer losses than hand-trimming. The M108S can also process both wet and dry flower, making the trimmer versatile and adaptable to various cultivars and workflows.

"From increased production capacity to reduced labor risks, automation has taken over the post-harvest industry. With the increasing market demand, equipment like trimmers and buckers have become an essential part of commercial production. With improved production efficiency and quality, growers have seen increased yields with higher profits," Emma concludes.

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