- Where can I get food-grade carbon dioxide?
Airgas is a reliable nationwide supplier of carbon dioxide (CO2).
- How can I ensure operator safety?
Safety and simplicity are our primary concerns in the design and development of our extraction systems. We have used the highest quality materials, implemented protective containment, performed rigorous pressure testing and quality assurance, and integrated fail-safe design into our technology. However, it is ultimately the responsibility of the operators and operations management to ensure operator safety. Pressurized equipment should be handled and operated with care. Our equipment should only be used by properly trained personnel. It is critical that personnel thoroughly review and understand the operations manual before installing or utilizing equipment from Verado Extraction Systems.
- If something breaks, what is the fastest way to troubleshoot and repair the system?
We target the solution that will lead to the least amount of downtime for your system. Should there be an issue with your system, please do not hesitate to contact us. We have a straightforward process for assisting you in recovering your operation:
- A qualified technician or project manager will work remotely with your operations personnel to identify the issue and assess the situation.
- If a component is damaged, we can ship you a replacement as soon as possible.
- If the issue cannot be resolved remotely, a technician will visit your site or the extraction system may be shipped to us for reliable internal repair.
- Are there consumables that I need to purchase?
Yes, we provide the consumables necessary for the operation of a Verado Extraction System. Our systems are designed to operate with minimal consumable use to keep you running with low operating expenditures. Consumables vary depending on the model but include O-rings, oil capture bags, and extraction bags. The vast majority of components are reusable for the life of the system. Please see refer to “food-grade carbon dioxide” to find the answer to your CO2 supply needs. Use the parts request form to obtain parts and consumables.
- Am I contributing to climate change by releasing carbon dioxide into the atmosphere?
No. In general, you are not causing a net increase in atmospheric carbon dioxide levels by running the supercritical extraction process because food-grade carbon dioxide is typically recycled from other industrial processes.
- What materials of construction are used?
All material contact surfaces are fabricated with stainless steel and food-grade polymer. Stainless steel is resistant to mildly acidic concentrates.
- Can I upgrade to a larger system later?
Yes, we offer multiple system classes designed for differing scales of output. In particular, our CX Series is adaptive, meaning that new extraction vessels can be added after your initial purchase to expand capacity up to four liters of extraction volume.
- Why use a fluidized bed reactor?
Our selection of the fluidized bed reactor design for supercritical carbon dioxide extraction is a unique characteristic of Verado Extraction Systems that allows you to excel beyond competing organic oil manufacturers. The inherent advantages of the technology include uniform particle mixing, uniform temperature gradients, and the ability to operate the extraction vessel in a continuous mode. All of these advantages combine to provide a system with top-notch product yield and CO2 efficiency.
- What is the time frame for getting a return on investment (ROI)?
The ROI time frame varies from business to business and is largely dependent on production volume and material processed. Our team of experts will work with you to determine an appropriate timeline for you to realize profits on your investment and make the best system recommendation(s) for your specific case. We offer rapid custom ROI analyses for prospective customers. For more information, visit our ROI Analysis page.
- Is it cheaper and simpler to use butane extraction?
Businesses that attempt to save money by purchasing a butane extractor will pay the price in the long run. While it might be cheaper upfront to purchase a butane extraction system, the risk of oil product contamination is substantially higher, and the risk of serious injury to operators is unacceptably high. Yields of butane extraction systems typically do not reach the yields obtained by supercritical CO2 extraction systems for most herbal and botanical feedstocks.
- As an oil-infused products manufacturer, would it be cheaper for me to buy oils in bulk?
This varies depending on your business. Our knowledgeable staff has the ability to run an ROI Analysis to determine whether it makes sense for your business to purchase oils in bulk or produce oils internally.
- How much are operating and maintenance costs?
After collecting data from your company with regard to operational parameters, we would be glad to detail your expected operating costs, maintenance costs, and revenues based on customized financial models. ROI Analysis reports are a major building block for any company interested in taking the next step to invest in their sales growth. We aim to give you the bare facts, nothing else.
- Do you have any special financing options?
No, we currently do not offer financing options, but an account manager can refer you to a few excellent means of obtaining financing.
- Can you help me get regulatory approval?
Our extraction systems are designed to be safe and effective, yet it is important that you obtain the proper certifications to operate a supercritical extraction system. Our user-friendly design makes this process simple for you and your company.
If your company does not have an EHS officer dedicated to environmental, health, and safety compliance, we strongly recommend working with a qualified consulting firm to ensure that you receive the best advice along the journey toward regulatory approval and certification. If you operate in the cannabis industry, consulting companies such as Pressure Safety Inspectors (located just outside Denver, Colorado) and the American Cannabis Company may be able to assist you.
- Do I need FDA permits?
This depends on the purpose of the extraction system. If your target product is a food, beverage, edible, or medical oil, it is strongly recommended that you consult with an experienced organization regarding FDA compliance.