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Stone Age Guitars x Vape-Jet Contest

Happy 710 Day from Vape-Jet! We’re excited to celebrate the second biggest cannabis holiday of the year with a special partnership featuring one of our own crew members, Patrick Thaler, who also happens to be the owner of Stone Age Guitars

On 4/20, we launched a giveaway for all Vape-Jet machine operators. To participate, you had to create a 15-second video showcasing your Vape-Jet, Dab Dispenser, Jet Fueler, or Squish-o-Matic equipment in action. The grand prize? A custom-built, Vape-Jet branded guitar crafted by Patrick himself. We were blown away by your creative submissions, making it a tough decision, but congratulations to our first place winner, Alex!

Alex had the opportunity to visit Vape-Jet headquarters, where they were warmly welcomed by the team and received their one-of-a-kind, Vape-Jet x Stone Age guitar.  

Our second and third place winners were also in for a treat. Each winner received a comprehensive Vape-Jet x Stone Age merchandise package that perfectly encapsulated the essence of both brands. A big congratulations to all the winners and thank you to everyone who participated with their incredible submissions!  

Vape-Jet x Stone Age Guitars 

To kick off 710, we had the pleasure of sitting down with Patrick to discuss his passion for cannabis and his commitment to supporting small businesses.  

— Patrick, tell us how the Vape-Jet x Stone Age contest came about. 

“The guitar giveaway came about when our CFO, Brian Kuo, mentioned that a VJ guitar could be a really cool idea. I got to designing and after presenting that design to the team, it was decided that one guitar would be built for the office and another to give back to our community.” 

— How did Stone Age Guitars get started and how long has it been around? 

“I started Stone Age in 2013 as I was beginning my journey into guitar repair and modification. In 2020 I got the itch to start building my own instruments and today, I make my own bodies with my CNC router and 3D printer. The guitar market is pretty insane right now and there are a lot of very talented builders doing new and innovative things every day. It’s been very exciting to be a part of that developing world and start to make my mark on it as well. Keep an eye out on the Stone Age Guitars Instagram and Facebook pages, we’re going to be launching an Indiegogo campaign very soon and appreciate all the support we can get!” 

— How did you come to work at Vape-Jet and what do you do here? 

“A good friend, who I worked with in the past, joined VJ first and spoke highly of my work ethic. At VJ, I’m what they call, the final-mile guy. I take the machines when they are still just a frame, a bundle of wires, have only been booted once or twice and complete the nice package that our customers receive. I install panels, accessories, clean up all the wiring and complete final testing before the machines go out the door. 

— How does the work you do support the success of Vape-Jet machine operators? 

“In my mind, the foundation of any project is the most important part that everything else is built upon. In my position, I provide our customers with that foundation to build their success with the machine and I take great pride in producing the best product I can to set them up for that success. In the same way, when I’m building a guitar for someone, my goal is to make not only a visually interesting product, but I want the instrument to play effortlessly. Creativity is easiest when you don’t have extra barriers in the way to hamper it.” 

— How do you handle the hustle between Vape-Jet and running your business? 

“Carefully, and it’s not without its sacrifices. I work hard every day to put my all into everything that I do, and I don’t give myself many days off. It can be a difficult balance at times to support a team that is counting on you and also step into a world full of unknowns. However, in our world today, I believe that you have to really chase your dreams and not be afraid to get knocked down at times. Success feels good because of the fight to get there.” 

— What Inspires you as an entrepreneur? 

“Innovation and putting my mark on the world. I don’t aspire to be an industry giant, but I have a great respect for mom-and-pop style businesses. I like the idea of building a community and following around a brand and I think that we see less and less of that today with big companies like Amazon. Buy local, support small businesses!” 

— For funsies, sativa or indica? Or does it depend on the occasion? 

“Indica, haha, I’ve got a very high tolerance, and that couch-lock weed is what I reach for every time!” 

The Vape-Jet crew invites you to celebrate 710 this holiday by uplifting the remarkable small businesses that enrich our community. Discover the exceptional craftsmanship of Stone Age Guitars and show your support for Patrick’s incredible work. Visit StoneAgeGuitars.com to learn more about his unique creations and follow his inspiring journey on Instagram @Stone_Age_Guitars. By supporting artisans like Patrick, we contribute to a vibrant and thriving community. 

If you want to become the next Vape-Jet partner and success story, reach out to our crew, and we’ll find the best solution for your business.   

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Level Up Your Filling Game: Get To Know The Dab Dispenser

For any manufacturer, efficiency and efficacy are the names of the game. To master these and produce a quality product to edge out your competitors, you’ve got to be on top of your game. Or in the cannabis concentrates industry, you’ve got to level up your filling game to continue to play – and win. 

Simply put, the machine you choose can make or break your productivity. So, how can you sift through the market’s current options today and make the right decisions for your business?  

This guide is a good start. Here we’ll dive deeper into the factors you should consider for selecting a semi-automatic dab jar filling machine. So, strap in and hold on tight – let’s get into all the basics you need to know for choosing your next best cannabis extract dispensing machine.

Key Considerations When Automating With a Dab Dispenser

With any big investment, there will be a set of factors to consider. For the Dab Dispenser, here are the crucial considerations to review for your operation:

1. Quality Control & Compliance 

Reduce steps in your operation’s process and ensure compliance with Vape Jet’s Dab Dispenser. The Dab Dispenser has an integrated scale that does a weight check for every jar during the filling process, saving you the manual labor required to weight-check products when using competitor models. 

2. Accuracy 

Ask yourself; do you have room for error when it comes to profits? One of the factors you should explore most in-depth when searching for a semi-automatic jar-filling machine is accuracy. For instance, the Vape-Jet Dab Dispenser  is the only machine with NTEP-certified, digitally recorded, and verifiable weight and accuracy data for each jar. 

3. Temperature

Thanks to the machine’s nitrogen-pressurized fluid path, many concentrates require zero heat application and can fill at room temperature, or with gentle heat applied to the reservoir and pump body.

If needed, the versatility of the Dab Dispenser comes through with two independent, digitally-controlled heat zones for the reservoir and pump body.

4. Materials 

Don’t let your dab dispenser hold you back when it comes to the type of extracts it can handle. The Vape-Jet Dab Dispenser seamlessly dispenses badder, butter, sauce, jam/jelly, and most extracts with crystals under 3mm swimming in terpenes.

How Vape-Jet’s Dab Dispenser Works

Why tell you when a video is worth 1,000 words – or, approximately 16 seconds of your time? To quickly illustrate just how simple the Vape-Jet semi-automatic dab jar filling machine is to use, here are the basic steps to operate it – 

  1. Load reservoir
  2. Pressurize with nitrogen
  3. Select profile
  4. Prime pump
  5. Start filling

Of course, there’s nothing simple about what makes the Vape-Jet Dab Dispenser so elite. So, next, let’s cover why the leading extract companies choose Vape-Jet by covering its advantages, features, and reviews.

Why You Should Use the Dab Dispenser

Who doesn’t love dabs with benefits? The Vape-Jet Dab Dispenser is the most advanced of its kind. To get more specific, here are Vape-Jet’s most talked about advantages and features that fuel the productivity of extractors across the US.

Advantages

Beyond its features that will optimize your operations as a whole (we’ll get into those next), the Dab Dispenser is backed by industry-leading support and service. The machine comes with a one-year warranty and SLA that includes access to a team of dedicated product support technicians. This helps operators minimize downtime with quick response times, live video support, and overnighted parts.

Even better? Your employees will be happier, too. Any time you replace a manual process with automation, you not only increase efficiency but also improve the experience for those working by freeing up your team to focus and excel at the difficult and interesting tasks that need a human touch.. As found by our Pilot Program, the Dab Dispenser pilots have been cranking out jars and having a great time doing it.

“The Dab Dispenser helps reduce the amount of burnout that the packagers feel from sitting there and repetitively gramming by hand,” Joy Kintz from Sugar Tree Farms explains.

Features

The Vape-Jet Dab Dispenser comes equipped with a software-integrated scale and improves precision dispensing via its pharmaceutical pump. By integrating weighing during the dispensing process, operators save valuable time by removing a secondary workflow. 

As for speed, a toolless reservoir supports quicker changeovers and as a whole, the Dab Dispenser has minimal maintenance, avoiding any downtime. To be more technical, here’s a list of Vape-Jet’s most notable features – 

  • An integrated NTEP Class II scale for maximizing yield and authorizing legal-for-trade dispensing.
  • A nitrogen-pressurized fluid path that protects products from oxidation and degradation,  helping to maintain extract quality and consistency.
  • Dynamic color-changing LEDs that help operators maintain optimal speed and consistent fills. 
  • A touch-screen interface that customizes dispense parameters lets you review and track dispense reports and access remote support for seamless operation. 
  • Auto-calibration helps ensure the pump consistency stays stable even as the material changes
  • Ludicrous Mode allows you to turn the scale off, saving time per dispense cycle for the fastest possible throughput without weighing each jar.

The NitroKnife

The NitroKnife works flawlessly to separate the extract from the Dab Dispenser’s nozzle for touchless dispensing. 

It does so through a puff of nitrogen that offers high-precision and repeatable cutting, resulting in unrivaled dispense accuracy. Reducing touch points and operator variability boosts throughput, allowing your operation to make the process much more efficient by removing the need for manual scraping.

Reviews

But don’t just take it from our team of industry experts; we know who you really care to hear Vape-Jet praise from; our customers. Here are just a few words from some of the best. 

“The Dab Dispenser is not boring, like gramming by hand. It’s like I’m playing a video game. I don’t have to listen to podcasts or music to keep my day interesting.” -Dab Dispenser Pilot 

“We understood that starting small wasn’t an option in today’s competitive market. By investing in advanced equipment like the Vape-Jet, we could ensure consistent quality and meet consumer expectations.”  -Joy Kintz, General Manager – Sessions

“For the good majority of our strains, [the Dab Dispenser] is freakin’ perfect.” -Dario Flynn, Extractor Expert – Dab Factory

Take Control Of Your Filling Process Today

Say goodbye to hand gramming concentrates and take control of your filling process once and for all. It’s likely that your biggest competitors already have or will soon. 

So get the best for your best cannabis concentrates. 

Explore Vape-Jet’s Dab Dispenser more in-depth, or get in touch with our team to ask specific questions about your formulations. We’re always down to help. Our team is passionate about elevating the industry, one dab product at a time. 

Learn more about the automated gramming machine and cannabis cartridge and device filling machines you need to optimize operations with Vape-Jet

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Vape-Jet Know-How: How to Make Live Resin Vape Carts Efficiently

As vape cartridge markets mature and consumers develop more discerning tastes, manufacturers are switching from botanical terpene flavored distillate to true-to-strain cannabis-derived terpene, “live resin” formulations. While this might seem like an easy switch, producing live resin is a complex process that demands, like everything cannabis, we follow best practices. 

Who am I to discuss such complexities? Vape-Jet CSO Devon Reid, at your service. I am a chemist and engineer with a passion for optimizing workflows for the live resin process and fostering better customer experiences with science.  

Are you here because you’re wondering how to make live resin more efficiently? Perfect! Making vape cartridges has never been easier or more efficient than with our Vape-Jet 4.0; I’m here to share my expertise to ease the switch to or level-up your existing live resin vape cartridge process.
If you want to produce some pure, Walter White-esque cannabis cartridges with your Vape-Jet, you’ve come to the right place. Get ready for the ultimate guide on how to produce live resin vape carts more efficiently, predictably, and with higher quality than the competition.

Devon Reid on the set of Breaking Bad.
Speaking of Walter White, here’s a shot of Devon on the set of Breaking Bad from Walter’s brother-in-law Hank’s backyard.

Let’s talk chemistry. 

How to Make Live Resin: Common Problems

If a manufacturer already produces dabbable live-resin extracts in-house—via hydrocarbon (BHO) or rosin extraction—using these extracts as a feedstock for vape cartridges may seem simple.. However, the unrefined (i.e. not purified via distillation) nature of live resin extract presents some unique challenges when preparing it to produce vape cartridges. These nuances make efficient live resin vape cartridge production even harder to achieve than efficient distillate vape cartridge production.  

Vape-Jet: The most advanced fully-automatic vape cartridge filling machine. Click to learn more.
Why are pure distillate operations easier than live resin formulations? 

Filling vape cartridges with distillate-based formulations is a breeze with Vape-Jet. Since THC distillate is incredibly pure (typically over 90%), it performs reliably from batch to batch, especially when formulated with known quantities of isolated, botanical terpene blends. Why? Because THC distillate contains few extraction byproducts, making it thermally and chemically stable. 

In short, when we mix distillate with isolated terpenes, there is not much else in the formulation that can change how it behaves under heat and pressure. As a result, the formulation is chemically simple, which is why distillate performs so well during filling.  

Because of chemical simplicity and process predictability, Vape-Jet operators can use as little as 50C of heat and 50 to 60PSI of nitrogen pressure when filling distillate cartridges. This is almost half as much heat as other vape cartridge fillers, which cannot operate under pressure. With the ideal filling conditions made possible by a Vape-Jet, cannabinoids and terpenes are preserved from thermal degradation and oxidation, ensuring consistent product quality and filling speed. 

Unlike simple distillate, live resin and rosin extracts are unrefined, containing a complex mixture of extraction byproducts like lipids, phospholipids, chlorophyll, and carotenoids (in addition to cannabinoids and terpenes). These extraction byproducts result in a highly variable mixture depending on batch, strain, growing conditions, and extraction variables—never a good thing for quality control or scaling your production process.

How to decarb live resin for carts: can I just start filling?

First, we’ll start with the basics. Decarboxylation is the process of removing a carboxyl group from the cannabinoid, converting THCa to THC. Removal typically takes place before or during the distillation process, during which vacuum conditions efficiently remove the carboxyl group, in the form of carbon dioxide gas, from the oil.

If you simply decarboxylate bulk extract in an oven, you can make vape cartridges with the resulting oil, but the optimal filling parameters will vary wildly from batch-to-batch and your overall efficiency will suffer as a result. Some cons of bulk decarbing in open air could be degraded terpenes (burnt taste), degraded cannabinoids (appearance), not to mention reduced filling throughput. In the extreme case, several critical dispensing errors—from pump stalling to bubbly cartridges and lost product—can result.

Can I decarboxylate bulk, unrefined extract without vacuum pressure? 

Not a great idea. Without a vacuum, you’ll need a very long stirring and heating process to remove CO2. This usually means a substantial loss of terpenes to evaporation and oxidation, muting the flavor and darkening the color of the vape cartridges.  

Because cannabinoids are degraded and terpenes are lost, increased oil viscosity results in slower fill times. Furthermore, if this “no-vacuum decarboxylation process” is rushed, CO2 left in the solution will be agitated during the filling process, potentially leaving cartridges riddled with bubbles in the best case and spilling out of the cartridge in the worst case.

Up next? The unpredictability of the live resin process vs. distillate.

The Solution: Upstream Changes 

The complexity of live resin formulations, especially rosin, makes them less predictable than distillate and isolated terpene formulations. For example, live resin formulations with terpene concentrations over 10% are more susceptible to nitrogen absorption under pressure, potentially resulting in bubbly cartridges. As such, it is crucial to implement some upstream processes to prepare unrefined extracts for filling. Such processes control the formulation constituents and reduce variability, resulting in high-quality cartridges with a premium taste and better customer experiences.   

Live Resin Process Production Changes: Hydrocarbon Workflows

Since hydrocarbon producers usually have all the equipment for traditional wax, shatter, or diamonds-in-sauce extract production, they are well prepared to implement upstream changes to gain control over their live resin vape cartridge process. Yet some of our customers who produce hydrocarbon extract might not be familiar with the “liquid diamonds” approach to preparing extracts for vape cartridge filling machines, a multi-step solution with profound benefits. 

So next, we’ll go step-by-step on how to decarb THCA diamonds for vape cartridges (getting back into our yellow hazmat suit, Breaking Bad references again!). 

  1. Winterize during extraction to reduce lipids present in the bulk extract. A bit of color remediation media (such as carbon or silica) aids in reducing unwanted compounds in the bulk extract. 
  2. Purge the extract of solvent as usual in a warm vacuum oven and let crystals form.
    1. PRO TIP: place a cold trap between the oven and vacuum to reserve the evaporated terpenes for use later. These terpenes will be almost 100% pure.
  3. Separate the crystals from the sauce with gravity or assistance from a centrifuge.  
  4. Decarboxylate the crystals in an open container under vacuum in an oven. Processed in this way, the resulting THC will be greater than 95% pure (CC: Walter White). 
  5. Obtain Certificates of Analysis (COA) for both portions, sauce and liquid diamonds, then do some math to mix up a formulation with a consistent content of terpenes and cannabinoids; use some of the cold trap terpenes too to get the full-spectrum of terpenes. Aim for a cannabinoid to terpene ratio of 95:5 to 90:10.

A quick note on vacuum purging: as with all vacuum purging processes, when purging hydrocarbons from the separated sauce and decarboxylating isolated diamonds, closely monitor heat and vacuum to prevent foaming and loss of product. 

My suggestion: when decarboxylating the diamonds, start at a lower temperature and vacuum pressure until carbon dioxide begins to bubble. Once you have bubbling, slowly increase the temperature and vacuum pressure; the bubbling will start to subside until it ceases entirely.

What is the live resin filling process like?

When loaded into a Vape-Jet, this formulation behaves much more like a refined distillate and botanical terpene formulation. Why? Because when we separate the sauce and process the diamonds separately, we gain control of terpene content; we reduce batch and strain variability.  

Controlled Process vs Uncontrolled Process

The filling parameters on your Vape-Jet can be milder as well, resulting in a more flavorful and true-to-strain vape cartridge for connoisseur cannabis consumers. The leftover sauce can even be used to flavor more easily sourced cannabis distillates, generating options for a value-oriented SKU targeted toward more budget-conscious consumers.  

Distillate-with-sauce cartridges offer huge flavor improvements over botanically flavored distillate vape cartridges and are cheaper to produce than liquid-diamond-with-sauce vape carts. You can also use the leftover sauce in an MCT or coconut oil mixture to make strain-specific, precision-filled edible capsules with your Vape-Jet.

Rosin Workflows

Unlike hydrocarbon producers, rosin producers may have to obtain equipment that is not common to their process, like a precision oven (a toaster oven won’t cut it!). Since rosin is so valuable and usually has smaller batch sizes, the separate-decarboxylate-mix process might not be as appropriate due to the complexity and time needed to produce rosin diamonds.  

Are there other differences between hydrocarbon and rosin workflows?

Since there are no added solvents in rosin (only terpenes), the primary difference is the time needed to crystallize THCa; typically rosin requires partially decarbing the THCa so that the resulting THC and terpenes can act as a solvent that allow the remaining THCa to crystalize. Therefore, decarbing rosin in bulk, without separating cannabinoids and terpenes, is generally advised.

Okay, we have our equipment. Now what?

Generally speaking, you should heat bulk rosin in a sealed jar (Rosin Jar Tech) until it begins to liquify, separate, and decarboxylate. The first key to success here is to burp the jar frequently until the decarboxylation is complete, perhaps 24 hours at 70C (decarboxylation can happen hotter or colder, with less or more time accordingly; use your COAs to determine good times and temperatures!). To burp, simply loosen the lid until gas is heard rushing out, then tighten the lid; burp the jars at least 4-6 times while decarbing. Keeping the burps short with the lid still “on” will minimize terpene loss, minimize oxygen ingress, and maximize CO2 expulsion. If done correctly, the terpene content will actually increase at the end of the decarb, since CO2 is most of what leaves the extract.

Once the decarb is complete, the second key to success is to degas the warm rosin. Gently stirring by hand will release the rest of the dissolved CO2 from solution; the rosin should look nice and flat with few bubbles after a few minutes of stirring. PRO TIP: schedule your production schedule so that the rosin can be filled into vape cartridges immediately after the decarb and degas are complete to avoid multiple hot/cold/hot swings on the rosin and help reduce degradation.

Now, you can start filling with precision and confidence on your Vape-Jet, knowing your customers will receive a reliable, quality product that will satisfy all cannabis connoisseurs.

Start Filling: The Live Resin Process Finale

Coupled with our Vape-Jet, fully-automatic vape cartridge-filling machine, you can easily fill a variety of high-quality, great-tasting, and highly efficacious cannabis-derived vape cartridges, capsules, Dablicators, and precision-sauce-dosed diamond extracts. 

Sound good? I think so too, so why not contact us and optimize your vape cartridge production with the best filling machine in the game. I mean, you’ve already learned how to make live resin more efficiently than your competitors… So put the information to good use.

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Get the Smartest Vape Cartridge Filling Machine for Sale to Scale Efficiently

The cannabis industry is one of the most competitive and difficult to navigate and scale efficiently. The plant itself is incredibly complex, as are its extracts, which are increasing in popularity among the market’s growing group of consumers. 

Today, one of the biggest challenges for extractors, vape cart and all-in-one device manufacturers is maintaining efficient operations. Many of these operations still use manual labor to fill the carts, one by one, with staff working robotically side-by-side.

This can lead to an increase in human error and issues that risk environmental contamination, etc. Hence the emergence and growth of cartridge filling machines for sale to produce high-quality cannabis products. 

Of course, not all cartridge filling machines for sale can be treated equally, and some can even cause more issues. This means selecting the right vape cartridge filling machine for sale for efficient operations to seamlessly scale is crucial.

Is your operation seeking to improve efficiency or your filling cart capabilities? This is the guide for you. Keep reading for tips on selecting the best cartridge filling machine for sale for your operation.

Best Cartridge Filling Machine For Sale

Why mess around with the rest, when we can get started with the best? In today’s industry, Vape-Jet offers the smartest cartridge filling machines for sale and other machines to improve efficiency and quality, including –

  1. The Vape-Jet – a fully automatic vape cart filling machine. 
  2. The Jet Fueler – a semi-automatic cartridge filler machine. 
  3. The Dab Dispenser – a semi-automatic jar filling machine. 
  4. Squish-o-Matic 1000 – a cartridge capping machine.
  5. Drop Tank – a reservoir pre-heater.

Many in the industry agree that the Vape-Jet is the most advanced cartridge filling machines. So, next, let’s dive deeper into its unique capabilities to support efficient operations.

Vape-Jet Vape Cartridge and Device Filling Machine

The Vape-Jet is one of the most advanced fully automatic machines to fill vape cartridges and all-in-one devices. It fills between 5,000 and 10,000 units per shift with the lowest labor inputs of any machine on the market. 

Unlike other machines that fill carts based on predetermined x- and y-coordinates, Vape-Jet uses its advanced software platform and machine vision system to identify the ideal needle placement on 510 cartridges, all-in-one devices, and more.

The Jet Fueler, on the other hand, is an advanced semi-automatic machine that fills 510 cartridges and all-in-one devices. It fills between 5000 and 9000 units per shift and has an easy-to-clean design that won’t clog up like repeater syringes or error-prone check-valve systems.

Pros And Cons of Vape-Jet Cartridge Filling Machine

With any purchase or decision made, there are bound to be pros and cons. For Vape-Jet cartridge filling machines, here are advantages and potential drawbacks to consider –

Pros
  • Lowest labor cost 
  • Highest production capacity 
  • Consistent and accurate fill volume 
  • Flexibility in handling a wide range of fill volumes and viscosities 
  • Increased reliability with minimal room for operator error 
  • Limited exposure to environmental contaminants 
  • Operator can multitask during filling process 
  • Supports multiple configurations 
  • Remote operations and repairs
  • Industry-leading product support 
  • Data reporting 
  • Training included 
  • Active deployment 
  • Clean in place procedures
  • Temperature controls 
  • CSA certified 
  • Safe fluid paths 
  • Adaptability
Cons
  • Can be cost-prohibitive for smaller operations 
  • Largest physical footprint 
  • Requires additional operator training

Are you still unsure if a fully automatic cartridge filling machine is for you? Use this guide to compare varying types of machines, to consider the advantages and disadvantages for yourself.

Vape-Jet Customer Reviews

There’s nothing like word-of-mouth from your peers or real-world feedback to help you make a purchasing decision. Here are just a few things we’re hearing from our customers about how the Vape-Jet machine works and how our company supports their business: 

“One of the things I’ve been super impressed about is not only have you guys had our back with our facility, but you’ve gone above and beyond to communicate with AVD,” -Dario Flynn, Sessions

“All of our touch points with Vape-Jet as a company have been above and beyond what we’ve experienced with any equipment supplier in this industry.” -Alex Sukos, Meli Group 

“The Vape-Jet has been a huge asset in our lab, it’s almost like a team member.”- Larry Decristofaro, Proper

Don’t just take our customers’ word for it; call our crew directly, and we’ll be happy to discuss how Vape-Jet can support your specific operations.

Other Types Of Cartridge Filling Machines

Of course, when investing in equipment to fill cartridges and vape pens, it’s always best to do your research. To help, we’ve compiled a list alternative cartridge filling machines features to compare against Vape-Jet products.

Fully Automatic Filling Machines

In comparison to other automatic filling machines on the market, Vape-Jet offers more advanced technology at a better value. It also minimizes labor more effectively and increases throughput.

Other fully automatic filling machines limit your business potential with the restrictions of rigid automation. Filling machines designed to fill only a single type of hardware or style per loading jig can create delays (anywhere from days to months) when transitioning to something new.

Semi-Automatic Filling Machines

When compared to semi-automatic filling machines or cartridge filling guns made by other companies, it is clear how sophisticated the Jet Fueler is.  

The Jet Fueler is equipped with a fluid path made entirely from fluoropolymers, Viton, borosilicate glass, stainless steel, and ceramic that ensures your oil and products only touch the highest quality and safest materials available for the utmost quality.

Manual Filling Machines

Overall, manual filling machines are only viable in today’s industry as a cost-effective or temporary solution for startups and small-scale operations.

Need more help comparing other brands to Vape-Jet? We’ve got you covered with a complete breakdown of the most important differences to review.

Factors To Consider When Choosing A Cartridge Filling Machine For Sale

So, in the end, how can you answer the question, “Which Kind of Cart Filling Machine Should I Consider?” there are a few key factors that can help make that decision.

The Scale Of Your Operation

The first factor to consider is the scale of your operation. Does your facility produce enough extract to justify the need to fill more carts quickly? Will you need to expand your operations and scale over time? Also review the time it takes for employees to manually fill cartridges and compare the cost savings for labor, etc.

What Type Of Products You’re Filling

One of the biggest problems with automatic and manual cartridge filling is the consistency of the extracts and the vape product you’re filling. 

If the vape hardware you’re filling isn’t standard or if you plan to offer other products in the future, having a machine like Vape-Jet that can automatically identify where to fill and adjust accordingly is highly beneficial. 

As for live resin and live rosin, these extracts are thicker and much harder for most common machines to handle filling, which is a definite factor to consider.

Budget

Since you’re in the cannabis industry, you know better than most that sometimes it all comes down to the price of what you can buy within your budget. 

However, when filling carts more efficiently, investing in the right machine can help you increase profits and scale exponentially. While other filling machines may hold you back or create more costly issues, investing in your facility today can pay off for your company tomorrow.

Have more questions about selecting the right cartridge filler for your operation? Or on how our customer service and product support work? Before you buy, check out our complete FAQ section for the most common questions and answers.

Summing It Up: Why Buy From Vape-Jet

Now that you’ve learned more about cartridge filling machines for sale, you’re can make the best informed decision. 

So, if your operation is ready to take efficiency to the next level with the reliable support you need to succeed, there’s no better cartridge and device filling machine to choose than a Vape-Jet. 

Our crew is dedicated to providing industry-leading service and support for your vape cart filling operations while continually improving upon our technology to grow with you. Have questions? We’re here to help!

Get in touch, or call us directly, and stay tuned for more guides to increasing efficiency in the modern world of weed.

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Vape Cartridges: History & Future of Cannabis Vaping

Vaping has been around for longer than you think, and its use case has morphed drastically from decreasing nicotine consumption to indulging in cannabis products. As the hysteria caused by the lack of facts and misinformation from the recent EVALI crisis subsides – vape cartridges are slated for increased demand as the cannabis industry continues to rev its powerful engine.

What does the inside of a vape cartridge look like?

There’s no better time than now to incorporate industry-leading automated concentrate cartridge filling technology to reap the benefits of tomorrow

Before making your mark on the future of vaping, it’s important to learn about its past. So, here, we’ll catch you up on the history of cannabis vaping, including the answer to the question, when were weed carts invented? and when they were improved upon, too. 

Read along to learn more and understand how to scale up your vape cartridge production process to effectively reduce overhead and increase revenue while improving consumer safety and quality control.

The History Of Vape Pens and Who Invented Them

Joseph Robinson created the first electronic vapes in the 1930s, long before there were vape carts as we know them today. Although it’s unknown whether he created a prototype, he is credited as the first person to come up with the idea.

From that point onward, many iterations of vaping devices came and went. However, it wasn’t until the early 2000s that vaping became a commercial success, thanks to the invention of the vape cartridge. However, all of these products were geared towards nicotine consumption in the form of e-cigarettes, neglecting the burgeoning market for cannabis oil and THC oil [1]

As we fast-forward through time, vaping became a rapidly rising trend as of 2011, with over 7 million users. It’s since ballooned to over 41 million users as of 2018. [2]

It’s likely that the dramatic rise in use is the culmination of new and more reliable vape products and the convenience of the vape cartridge as a consumption device. Vape devices are unmatched in consumer preference when it comes to form-factor and ease of use.

Modern-Day Inventions of Cannabis Vaping Devices

Currently, oil cartridges can be filled with any type, whether it’s THC, CBD, or nicotine-based. These extracts should be produced according to regulations that demand safe production practices and ingredients. However, taking short cuts during the product formulation stage can have disastrous consequences, as the recent EVALI crisis demonstrated.

Aside from the vape oil itself, vaping hardware and filling techniques are the most widely scrutinized aspects of vape cartridges. The reason behind this is the prevalence of the black market, which continues to distribute faulty and ill-equipped vaping cartridges, or utilize filling processes that expose the oil to toxic materials. Poor handling techniques during the filling process can lead to product contamination, illness, and, in severe cases, injury and death.

The vaping scandal of 2019 was the result of the black market selling tainted THC cartridges, which are widely believed to be the compound vitamin E acetate, a significant health risk when inhaled. Vitamin E was used to ‘cut’ the THC distillate, reducing the potency and reducing production costs. [3]

Since the EVALI crisis, the FDA and federal regulators have tightened their grip on the vaping industry, which means everything if your business incorporates or produces vape products.

Vaporizers and the Cannabis Community: A Growing Demand Despite Hesitations

According to Grand View Research, a leading market analysis group, the vape industry will reach over $67 billion by 2027.

Global Vape Cartridge Users by Year
The vape industry, which is tied with both the tobacco and cannabis industry, is currently worth $12 billion as of 2019. Source: Euromonitor International via BBC

While the EVALI health crisis caused a public perception hit to the perceived safety of the vape cartridge, it is a good idea to remember why consumers chose them in the first place. Even though personal vaporizer devices for nicotine consumption list health and safety as their primary motivating factors in purchasing decisions, those consumers consuming cannabis and hemp-derived products overwhelmingly select them for convenience and form factor, not perceived health effects.

In fact, companies in the cannabis vape tech space, like KandyPens and Dr. Dabber, recorded between 350 and 500 percent growth in 2017. [6] Even more, former Apple product developers and Silicon Valley types are credited with launching some of the highest-tech and most successful vape devices on the cannabis market today. [7]

As consumer confidence rebounds and proper QA techniques are adopted, the potential is sky-high for your vape-based businesses.

What Is A 510 Thread Cartridge?

If you’re now wondering, when did cannabis carts become popular? It’s around the time 510 thread cartridges launched in legal markets. So, for the industry newbies, next let’s answer the question: What is a 510 thread cartridge exactly? 

A 510-threaded cartridge is a universal vapor product that’s filled with cannabis oil. When attached to a vape battery, and powered on or activated by draw, the oil is heated and inhaled by the consumer. 

In today’s world of weed, 510 thread cartridges are available in .5 gram and 1 gram and are viable vestibules for a wide variety of extract types from distillate, to live resin and rosin.

The Future of the Vape Market & What Does This Mean for Your Business?

With increased regulations and rapidly rising demand, your vape business is looking towards a crossroads. How will you incorporate heightened quality control checks while managing the pressure of increasing demand?

The answer lies in consolidation and scalability. However, the idea of revamping your entire production process may sound daunting and, quite frankly, difficult to incorporate.

However, consolidation and scalability are accomplished with the help of automation. Automation can take many forms, but typically, when we think of automation, we think of production and manufacturing devices such as the Vape Jet automatic distillate cartridge filling machine.

The process of filling and checking the quality of cartridges is incredibly time-consuming when done manually. However, automated systems, such as the Vape-Jet, incorporate a pharmaceutical-grade fluid handling system and advanced machine vision alignment capabilities.

With the use of an automated vape cartridge filler, multiple tasks are accomplished effectively and up to regulatory standards. By using a cartridge filler for CO2, rosin, or distillate, your business can quickly consolidate resources and scale according to the demands of the market.

No longer will your business suffer from the love-hate relationship of increased demand. Instead, an industrial vape pod filler  will streamline the production process while simultaneously ensuring quality control and the integrity of vapor products.

Vape Cartridge Users Projections
Source: Grand View Research

The Future of Cannabis: Reduce Your Cartridge Production Overhead Through Automation

If you have yet to incorporate automation into your vape business, you’re likely paying more than you have to. Without automation, your payroll is dedicated to individuals who are hard-capped as to the number of vape pods they can fill per day.

Automation opens the horizon to thousands of carts filled per day in comparison. This means that you’ll never miss out on a large order because you aren’t producing at scale. Instead, your clients will never lose confidence in your company’s ability to generate any amount of vape cartridges at any time, ensuring a consistent supply for consumers looking to vaporize.

The result of producing products at scale is that you’ll never miss a profitable opportunity. Furthermore, your overhead will plummet as you incorporate automation into your oil cartridge filling process.

Let’s take a look at how your business can reduce overhead while increasing revenue with Vape Jet.

  • Reduce labor cost
  • Increase production of vape cartridges
  • Decrease the cost of each cartridge
  • Reduce overall operational cost
  • Decrease the number of wasted cartridges
  • Find defective cartridges before the filling process

As you can see, the Vape Jet system single-handedly reduces the need for a large workforce while simultaneously increasing output. Overall, the Vape Jet system consolidates your entire vape cartridge filling workforce under a single automated machine. In other words, pure efficiency.

Distillate Vape Cartridges
Distillate Vape Cartridges from Highland Provisions filled with Vape-Jet

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Exploring the Frontier of Terpene Science with Abstrax Tech

As the world of cannabis evolves, the pursuit of quality and innovation is a constant endeavor. Abstrax, a leader in terpene production, stands at the forefront of this quest. Known throughout the industry for their scientific approach to crafting terpenes, Abstrax’s expertise is not just in manufacturing; it’s in pioneering the understanding of cannabis and terpenes. Through their recently released four-part white paper, “The Science of Exotic Cannabis,” Abstrax offers a deep dive into the intricacies of cannabis science, a treasure trove of insight and information for processors and connoisseurs alike. 

Abstrax | The Leader of Flavor Science and Research | Click to Learn More

The Abstrax Terpene Process 

The journey of crafting perfect terpene profiles at Abstrax starts with a discerning selection of cultivars. They prioritize unique and flavorful cultivars over trendy ones, understanding that the consumer’s repeat purchase hinges on this crucial choice. The process then unfolds through advanced analysis, outpacing the industry norm by identifying over 500 compounds in cannabis compared to the usual 30-40. This approach establishes a new standard in authenticity and precision. 

Abstrax’s philosophy centers around the sensory impact of terpenes, focusing on aroma and taste rather than just purity percentages. This guides their formulation process, where expert chemists use advanced analytical data to recreate authentic terpene profiles. Each product, from their Native Series to Cloudburst, resonates with the essence of the original plant, crafted entirely in-house. 

Our mission at Abstrax is to demystify the flavors and fragrances of cannabis and provide knowledge that not only enhances the consumer experience but also opens new avenues for product development.
Max Koby, CEO & Co-Founder of Abstrax 

The Science of Exotic Cannabis  

In their groundbreaking series, “The Science of Exotic Cannabis,” Abstrax delves into the evolving aroma of cannabis, identifying unique compounds that define the scent profiles of exotic strains. The first part of the series, “The Science of Exotic I: The Dawn of Flavorants,” reexamines terpenes and their role in scent generation from chemical and sensory perspectives, questioning the effectiveness of terpene profiles in discerning aromas. Learn More 

The Absrax Periodic Table of Flavorants

“The discovery of these compounds will play a crucial role in validating cannabis’ authenticity and accurately classifying cannabis varieties in the future. It also enables Abstrax to create the most flavorful and authentic cannabis flavors utilizing these previously undiscovered cannabis compounds. This research is important for consumers, researchers, brands, cultivators, labs, regulators, and everyone in between.” 
Max Koby, CEO & Co-Founder of Abstrax

The second paper, “The Science of Exotic II: The Curious Case of Chem,” explores the chemistry behind distinctive aromatic characteristics, particularly the funky, chemical, and savory notes found in strains like GMO and Chemdawg. It spotlights pivotal compounds such as Indole and Skatole, linking them to other naturally occurring compounds and their role in psychedelics. Learn More 

Abstrax'x Exotic Cannabis Aroma Spectrum

“This new chemistry will open the doors for exciting new avenues of research and classification schemes that are grounded in the very thing that makes so many cannabis varieties unique – their aroma. While this research may answer many questions, it opens just as many new possibilities for this incredible plant.” 
Kevin Koby, Chief Science Officer at Abstrax 

These white papers provide an in-depth understanding of the aromatic compounds in cannabis, allowing Abstrax to create terpene blends that authentically capture the plant’s natural essence, enhancing the consumer’s sensory experience. 

“Cannabis is used medically for many health ailments, but there are so many questions remaining as to how it works and if we can enhance those properties by creating new varieties with specific chemistries. We hope our work will open new avenues of research for others to better understand this unique plant and harness its full therapeutic potential.” 
Dr. Iain Oswald, PhD, Principal Research Scientist at Abstrax 

Vape-Jet’s Mission of Terpene Preservation 

Following the impactful research and product development by Abstrax, it’s essential to consider how the consumer experiences these advancements in the final product. This is where Vape-Jet steps in, with its cutting-edge filling machines designed to maintain the integrity and quality of cannabis oils, especially those rich in Abstrax’s terpenes. 

Vape-Jet’s technology is engineered to protect the delicate balance of these oils. Our fully-automatic and semi-automatic filling machines feature three independently controllable heat zones, ensuring that they operate at the lowest possible temperatures. This meticulous temperature control is crucial for preserving the intricate flavors and aromas of the terpenes, preventing any thermal degradation. 

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Each of our filling machines includes a nitrogen pressurized fluid path that plays a vital role in safeguarding the quality of even the thickest oils, including live resin and rosin. The nitrogen pressure minimizes oxidation and evaporation, ensuring your vapes are filled without compromising the quality of cannabis concentrates.” 

The collaboration between Abstrax’s terpene expertise and Vape-Jet’s technological innovation creates a perfect synergy. This partnership ensures that the nuanced qualities of the terpenes are not just created with scientific precision but are also delivered to the consumer in their most pristine form. 

“Vape-Jet dispensing technology was engineered for mild operating conditions from the beginning. This newfound understanding from Abstrax about the delicate and nuanced chemical composition of cannabis highlights the benefits our filling systems can provide for consumers who seek true-to-strain vaporizer alternatives for their favorite flowers.” 
Devon Reid, Chief Science Officer and Co-Founder of Vape-Jet 

Abstrax’s Impact on Your Business 

Abstrax’s products and research are instrumental for cannabis processors, enhancing the appeal of their end products to consumers. By offering a diverse range of terpenes, Abstrax caters to varied consumer preferences, ensuring that every product meets the highest standards of quality and experience. 

Abstrax’s dedication to advancing cannabis science is not just about product development; it’s about shaping an industry where quality, experience, and innovation coalesce. Their partnership with Vape-Jet reflects a shared commitment to excellence, ensuring that the best of science and technology come together for the benefit of the cannabis community. 

For an in-depth understanding of their groundbreaking work, we highly recommend reading the full white papers and other research released by Abstrax.

We invite you to explore Vape-Jet’s innovative vape cartridge and device filling machines to discover how we can elevate your product quality and increase your production efficiency. 

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MJBizCon 2023: Vape-Jet Returns to the Arena

MJBizCon 2023 has wrapped, and it’s clear that this year’s event was more than just a gathering – it was a testament to the resilience and progress of the cannabis industry. The Vape-Jet team was excited to return, showcasing our latest innovations and reconnecting with our community.

This year’s booth set up.
Carol and Jonathan from the Inferno team dropped by the booth.

This year, we observed a shift in the atmosphere. Despite a strong presence of exhibitors, overall attendance was noticeably lower than in previous years. However, this didn’t detract from the experience; it seemed to enhance the quality of interactions. The attendees who were present appeared more invested and established in the industry. Unlike past years, where curiosity led many to explore, this year’s crowd was distinctly serious and committed to the business.

A look at our crew in action on the 2023 show floor.

Vape-Jet’s Showcase Highlights

This year at MJBizCon, Vape-Jet showcased our latest technological advancements. Our booth featured the latest iterations of our Vape-Jet fully automatic and Jet Fueler semi-automatic vape cartridge and device filling machines, prototypes of our Fuel Injector pre-roll infusion solution, and the sleek new Flight Deck base cabinets. But what truly stole the show was the first iteration of our Dab Dispenser – a glimpse into the future of cannabis processing and packaging efficiency.

The response from attendees was overwhelmingly positive, reflecting the hard work and dedication we’ve poured into these products. As Sawyer Sheppard, our Sales Lead, aptly put it, “MJBiz 2023 was the culmination of a year of hard work. It was a moment to celebrate what we as an industry have done this year.

Vape-Jet 4.0 fully automatic cartridge and device filling machine.
Dab Dispenser semi-automatic jar filling machine.

Networking and Partnerships

Networking at MJBizCon 2023 was a highlight, with the Vape-Jet team forging new relationships and reconnecting with valued clients. The power of customer satisfaction was evident, as our loyal clients enthusiastically introduced us to potential partners. Brian Kuo, our CFO and Co-Founder, reflected, “We had a fantastic time reconnecting with our valued clients and forging new relationships within the industry.

After hours at this year’s convention was prime networking time. Vape-Jet brought a one of a kind experience to the Good Life Gang’s much-anticipated annual event. Embracing our innovative spirit, our CEO and Founder Ryan Hoitt (along with several members of our manufacturing crew) transformed our latest product, the Dab Dispenser, into a one-of-a-kind attraction: the first-ever dab dispensing slot machine. This endeavor involved retrofitting the design with a 1960s era slot machine arm, custom coding, all complemented by an e-nail and a bespoke dab rig, ingeniously designed by John Mark from the Sci Phy Systems team using extraction equipment parts.

This invention was not just a showpiece but became a focal point for interaction, drawing in both extractors and consumers. It offered a novel way for attendees to engage and connect, embodying the inventive and collaborative spirit of the cannabis industry. The dab dispensing slot machine, a blend of technology and fun, resonated with the Vegas vibe, making it a crowd favorite and a topic of conversation throughout the rest of the week.

Reflections on Growth and Community

Looking back at our journey since our first MJBizCon in 2020, the evolution of Vape-Jet has been remarkable. Devon Reid, our CSO and Co-Founder, reminisced, “The first time we attended MjBizCon in 2020, we easily blended into the crowd. Three exhibitions later in 2023, some of the most doubtful people we met in 2020 have become some of our best customers.” This transformation from newcomers to recognized industry leaders is a testament to the quality of our products and the strength of our community.

Elena from Cilicon talking tech with Vape-Jet brand rep Demetre.
Vape-Jet Sales Lead Sawyer showing an attendee the software side of our Jet Fueler semi-automatic filling machine.

MJBizCon 2023 was a testament to the spirit of innovation and collaboration that drives us at Vape-Jet. We’re grateful for the opportunity to connect with our industry peers, celebrate our customers’ achievements, and look forward to continuing to push the boundaries of cannabis technology.

Stay tuned for more updates from Vape-Jet, and if you missed us at MJBizCon, reach out to learn more about our cutting-edge cannabis processing solutions or sign up to receive our monthly newsletter of industry news and company updates.

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Proper Brands: Customer Feature

Where do cultivation, manufacturing, and retail intertwine to create a comprehensive cannabis experience? Proper Brands, a fully vertical marijuana company in Missouri, handles all three, offering a diverse product range that few can match. With product variety, quality, and volume being the most important, Proper trusted Vape-Jet filling machines to do what they do best—fill vape cartridges with industry-leading accuracy.  

Proper Brands at a Glance 

With an extensive brand catalog consisting of Proper Cannabis, Ratio Vapes & Microdose Mints, Honeybee Edibles, Goodnight gummies and vapes, and vape cartridge operations powered by our semi-automated Jet Fueler 3.0 and fully automated Vape-Jet 4.0, we checked in with Larry Decristofaro, Proper’s Director of Processing, to see how things were going. 

See what we learned:  

Before Vape-Jet  Filling Machines

Before they switched to Vape-Jet, Proper used an A10-Hotshot semi-auto filler. As they began manufacturing live resin and rosin, Larry recognized they would have to increase volume.   

“On a good day, during an 8-hour shift, we were doing around 2,000 pens for a distillate product,” Larry says. As far as capping, Larry recalls using screw tops for a short time, but switching to AVD Eazy Press has made everything easier. “AVD has really changed the game with the Eazy Press,” he says.  

Switching to Vape-Jet

After switching to Vape-Jet, Proper fills and caps up to 7,500 vape cartridges per shift, with a single operator. That’s right, one person using a Vape-Jet (for distillate or live resin SKUs) and a Jet Fueler (for rosin) more than tripled their daily throughput.  The Vape-Jet has been a huge asset in our lab, it’s almost like a team member.”

What is Proper currently filling?  

  • Distillate with botanical terpene blends   
  • 100% live resin blends   
  • Distillate live resin hybrids   
  • 100% rosin blends   
  • Distillate and isolate hybrids   

What has improved?   

“Everything from volume to overall quality, to shot size,” Larry says. “Our workers are happier working with [your] machinery. It’s also an easier piece of equipment to learn, so I can have more people using it.”  

“We have really high fill volumes, in my opinion; our shot sizes are super accurate. And our batches are always within 2-3% of what we’re reflecting, which is great.”   

What are Larry’s favorite features?  

“You can clean the machine with a solvent easily.” And the reservoir size, Larry mentions—compared to their last filler, ”it’s huge by comparison.” Larry also notes the nitrogen-pressurized fluid path is helpful for limiting oxidation and assisting with temperature control. 

“The amount of work that goes unnoticed on the Vape-Jet vs. the competition is unmatched. Especially being able to hot swap reservoirs on the Vape-Jet; you can fly,” Larry says. “We have the Drop Tank, and it’s well worth it if you’re a high-volume producer.”   

Growing with Vape-Jet Filling Machines

As Proper transitioned from strictly medical markets to recreational cannabis markets, Vape-Jet emerged as the ultimate growth catalyst for expanding production capacity. “We were a 3000-4000 package a week lab,” Larry reflects. “Now, we’re a 12,000-15,000 package a week lab.” 

This transition wasn’t just about increased production volume; it also empowered Proper with precise control over their vape cartridge automation, allowing for fine-tuned formulations and improved operational procedures. “It’s really interesting how [Vape-Jet] has helped us grow. And it’s not just helping us grow by the numbers, it’s helping us grow in our thought processes,” Larry says. “The Vape-Jet really helped put us over the top.” 

Vape-Jet Support

Vape-Jet’s commitment to technical support is critical for bolstering production volume, especially as companies transition to recreational markets. The accessibility of Vape-Jet Support played a crucial role in getting Proper up-to-speed, from machine training to rapid troubleshooting. 

Accessible Support 

“[With Vape-Jet] you get this incredible support team, which is very valuable,” Larry says. “Our whole lab has interacted with most of your team when we were getting trained on the machine.”  

“So many of these companies are huge one day, then they’re not answering phones the next. Vape-Jet’s service has been phenomenal. They’re going to overnight a part, and they’re going to work through it with you.”  

Remote Installation

“[Vape-Jet] sends you all the tools, stays on the phone the entire time, and has techs that will go out and physically show what you’re trying to do.”  

Improved Uptime

“The other fillers I’ve had, you had to ship back to the manufacturer if you wanted anything done,” Larry says. “You could be out for weeks if they were backed up or if something got messed up in the mail. Vape-Jet overnights you parts, gets you a technician immediately, and you’re able to do it yourself.”  

The Vape-Jet crew understands the potential loss that comes when your vape cartridge filler is down. For example, if you’re filling 7,500 vape pens a day and you’re down for two weeks, that’s 75,000 pens worth of profit lost. Vape-Jet gets you back up and running in no time.  

Feedback, Tips, & Tricks from Proper Brands

Since repeatability is at the core of Vape-Jet filling machines, we turn to the expertise of experienced operators like Larry to share insights and time-tested strategies that can be universally applied to elevate your vape cartridge production. 

Bubbling 

“A lot of people blame their fillers [for] bubbling,” Larry begins. “[The issue] often lies in the processes before getting to the filler. The Vape-Jet comes with the nitrogen boost, that’s going to kill a lot of those bubbles for you if your oil is right and it’s been exposed to temperatures similar to what you’re filling at.”  

Heating  

Temperature control plays a pivotal role in the oil filling process, and different oil types require precise temperature controls for premium quality. 

  • In general, the longer your oil is exposed to heat, the more variability.    
  • Distillate, on the other hand, maintains a more consistent viscosity across a range of temperatures. 

Vape-Jet Tips

“Our rosin gets put into the Jet Fueler at a higher temperature than we produce the rosin pens at. We’ve realized that if we put the hopper below the 350g mark, we’re able to fill [carts] fast enough that it does not decarb more in the hopper.”  

“Listen to the people that are teaching you how to use this equipment. A great example I have is on the Vape-Jet when we were first getting started,” Larry explains. “One of our techs was using the machine, and we had to take the oil out of the machine for whatever reason. That person disconnected the fluid line before the nitrogen. If you listen, you won’t run into major issues.”   

Optimize Your Filling Operations

Whether it’s improving from 10,000 vape carts a week to 37,500 or the consistent quality of Vape-Jet filling machines, Larry is excited for what the future holds. “We’ve only started optimizing processes over the last two weeks,” he says. “We haven’t fully utilized the Vape-Jet to its fullest extent.”  

How likely are you to recommend Vape-Jet? I have always recommended Vape-Jet and will continue to do so,” Larry says.  

If you want to ramp up production and maintain premium quality products, reach out to our crew, and we’ll find the best solution for your business.   

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Introducing Vape-Jet’s Renewed Partner Program

From our inception, Vape-Jet has experienced tremendous growth, much of which was driven by unwavering support and word-of-mouth endorsements from our valued customers and machine operators. We are deeply humbled by the amount of positive feedback we have received about the work we do and the products we offer. And now we would like to give back by introducing our revamped three-tier partner program. This innovative program is designed to recognize and reward our brand advocates at every level of the industry. Let’s delve into what each tier offers. 

Tier 1: Brand Rep 

Designed For: Current Vape-Jet and Jet Fueler machine operators and industry professionals with firsthand experience of our products. 

Description: Our reps have the unique opportunity to contribute to Vape-Jet’s growth by sharing valuable leads, receiving a referral bonus for every lead that results in a closed deal. 

What’s Included? Brand Reps will receive Vape-Jet branded merch and apparel to proudly represent our brand. Educational marketing materials will also be provided to assist them in understanding and promoting our products effectively. There will be special incentive offers for referred leads to motivate continued support, and a referral bonus for every deal closed to reward their hard work. 

Tier 2: Brand Consultant 

Designed For: Equipment manufacturers and independent consultants engaged in facility build-outs, networking, and industry events. 

Description: These key players leverage their expertise to align with Vape-Jet’s mission of delivering efficient filling solutions, promoting growth and innovation within the industry. 

What’s Included? Brand Consultants will receive introductory sales training to understand our products deeply. They will also have access to educational marketing materials to support their promotions. With personalized referral forms, a listing in our partner directory, and incentive offers for referred leads, consultants have all the tools they need for success. Furthermore, a commission rate for each deal closed adds a rewarding financial aspect to the partnership. 

Tier 3: Brand Partner 

Designed For: B2B or D2C brands with a shared customer base that has found success using both brands’ products and services. (Note: For hardware manufacturers, we require references for customers who are successfully filling your hardware with one of our filling machines.)

Description: This partnership fosters mutual growth and collaboration in the competitive cannabis market. It’s more than just a business relationship; it’s a shared journey to customer satisfaction. 

What’s Included? Our brand partners will enjoy a feature on the Vape-Jet crew blog, where we will highlight our collaboration and success stories. In addition, shared social media content will enhance our online presence together, coupled with a special feature in our monthly newsletter. Partners will also be listed in our partner directory, have the option to develop a custom partner feature page on our website (example), and benefit from collaborative marketing opportunities. Co-branded sales collateral will strengthen our joint marketing efforts, and a commission rate for each deal closed will ensure mutual financial growth. 

Ready to join the crew?

Our renewed partner program structure is more than just a reward system; it’s our way of building a community, fostering collaboration, and most importantly, showing our appreciation to those who have contributed to our success. If you believe in what we do, and you want to be a part of our growth story, we invite you to explore the tier that fits you best. 

Your belief in Vape-Jet is what keeps us going, and we’re thrilled to offer these exciting opportunities to collaborate, grow, and celebrate our shared success.

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Think Automation is a Thing of the Future? 

This article was developed by an AI copywriter. The future is now, so join the revolution or risk getting stuck in the past. If you’re ready to integrate automation into your workflow reach out to our crew with your questions to see what Vape-Jet automation solutions can do for you.

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Industry Insight: New Markets and Old Myths

In the world of cannabis, three industry veterans, Devon Reid, Jack Naito, and Sean Duffy, got together for a discussion about the ever-changing landscape of emerging markets. Using their vast experience, the trio brings their excitement and expertise to emerging markets and debunks some of the myths that permeate the industry.   

Devon, COO of Vape-Jet Automated Vape Cartridge-Filling and Capping Solutions, emphasizes the holy trinity of efficiency, quality, and process control that reigns supreme in this competitive realm.   

Jack, the President of Luna Technologies Automated Solutions for Cannabis Extraction, leads a company that offers Automated Solutions for Cannabis Extraction. Luna Technologies specializes in state-of-the-art extraction equipment and has established itself as the benchmark for safety, quality, consistency, and customization within the industry. 

Sean, CEO of Media Bros, leads a company dedicated to providing premium color remediation media for cannabis extraction. With a methodical approach backed by extensive market research and strategic planning, Sean offers valuable insights into the ever changing cannabis industry. 

Read what this gathering of some of the finest minds in cannabis had to say, and see how you can apply it to your own process to increase customer satisfaction and fine-tune your workflow.  
  

The State of New Markets  

As the industry expands and new markets emerge, the dynamics of the cannabis space have undergone significant changes. With perspective from Oregon’s recreational cannabis journey, Sean lends perspective on what’s coming for other states. “The market space has changed,” Sean begins. “Current needs require us to focus more on the business of extraction, processing, and producing end-consumer products to the point where they can remain viably competitive.”  

Recently, one of the primary drivers of change is the drop in the cost per gram of oil. Sean attributes this decline to consolidation, competition, saturation, and supply. In response to this trend, producers are shifting their focus toward explaining the efficiency of their products. 

“We have 40-something separate markets in the US,” Jack says. “Do you think in the new markets that’s the case too? Seems like margins aren’t squeezed as much in those.”  

“Yeah, the margins are definitely not as squeezed in new markets,” Devon begins. However, there is still a significant influence from established markets, such as California, Colorado, and Oregon, Devon explains. Professionals from these established markets often lend their expertise to help new businesses set up in emerging markets.   

Reflecting on the rapid pace of change in new markets, Jack suggests that knowledge and experience from established states quickly permeate these emerging regions. He posits that businesses in new markets have the advantage of making profits more rapidly due to high demand and relatively higher prices. However, as knowledge and expertise flow in, prices are likely to stabilize and drop.  

Frozen biomass waiting to be processed and extracted.

The Truth About Terpene Content  

When it comes to terpenes in cannabis extracts, there’s a common misconception that more is better. However, as Devon explains, this legacy viewpoint doesn’t necessarily hold, especially when processing extracts for cartridges. Devon points out that variability between different cartridge manufacturers can lead to harsh flavors and leaky cartridges if there are excessive amounts of terpenes.  

Jack emphasizes that terpenes are not only harsh on the taste buds but also caustic in nature, explaining that the more terpenes you add, the harsher the experience becomes.   

“And it’s expensive,” Devon states. “Having these conversations with customers, I get a lot of feedback like, ‘Oh, we want to do 20% terpenes in this oil.’ Okay, well you can try that,” he says sarcastically. “There’s definitely cartridges that are designed to handle that. And you know, some people have good effects with that. But if you bring it down to 5%, you can make four times as many cartridges.” This increased production capacity doesn’t compromise the quality of the end product.   

From their experiences with pitfalls in the market, Devon and Jack agree that it’s less about the number of terpenes and more about the quality and profile of the terpenes being used. The focus should be on selecting the right combination of terpenes that deliver the desired flavor and effects while maintaining product stability and customer satisfaction.  

Filled vape cartridges waiting to be packaged.

The Importance of Process Control  

In the cannabis industry, maintaining consistency and quality throughout the supply chain and manufacturing process is essential. Jack emphasizes the importance of process control, emphasizing the need for consistency from cultivation to extraction and post-processing. 

According to Jack, achieving consistent growth starts with the cannabis strain itself, where it is critical to anticipate consumer tastes, ensure product diversification, foster relationships with farmers, and plan for year after year growth. The extraction process plays a vital role as well, determining the terpene profile and components carried into subsequent stages. 

Devon agrees, acknowledging that the post-processing phase presents opportunities to compensate for any variables encountered during cultivation and extraction. Downstream processes—like decarboxylation and terpene formulation—can ensure consistency from batch to batch and year to year, Devon suggests. He also points out that starting with a live resin product helps retain most of the terpenes from the growing process while cautioning against the common practice of decarboxylating bulk extract and directly filling cartridges, as it can lead to the loss of terpenes due to the violent nature of the decarb process.  

Relying on mechanical and chemical processes can help achieve control, even with the existing limitations. The physical act of THCa crystallization and the separation from the non-crystallized components as an example of a simpler and more effective control mechanism. 

Luna Technologies extractor interface.

The Craft of Vape Cartridge Production   

Creating a perfect strain-specific vape cartridge may require a different process than most producers are used to, but it’s certainly achievable. The key lies in separating and decarbing the crystals, mixing in a measured amount of sauce (not just using all of it) to ensure optimal flavor. Leftover sauce from the extraction process can be added to distillate for vape production, resulting in a product that tastes almost as good as fully live resin.  

Devon spotlights the control vape cartridge producers have over their offerings: “You can sell it at a different price point to attract different customers and have different SKUs for different pocketbooks.”   

A diagram breaking down how to produce a vape cartridge for every customer taste and price point.
Note: this is a simplified diagram for illustrative purposes, it makes some assumptions and may omit certain details.

In new markets, Jack highlights the presence of experienced cannabis producers who have been creating high-quality products but on a smaller scale. As consumer preferences shift towards quality, technological advancements like automated extractors and equipment make it easier to produce high-quality products at a more affordable price for producers.  

Sean mentions how labs reach a point where they need to scale their craft production. Extraction automation, reliable media, and automated vape cartridge-filling systems become crucial in maintaining the quality that makes a producer successful in the first place. The ability to replicate the craft consistently and scale effectively are where innovative automation solutions like Vape-Jet play a vital role.  

“So these products always exist in new markets, they’re just usually a really high price point,” Jack summarizes. “Then consumer preference shifts toward higher-quality products, and then the technology starts coming into that marketplace, like our extractor and [Vape-Jet] equipment. It makes it easier to produce those high-quality products at a lower price point. Then, [high-quality products] gain popularity.”  

The Challenges of Color Remediation (CRC) in Cannabis  

Color remediation presents a unique set of challenges that can impact a customer’s perception of product quality and safety. “In the early days of CRC, people would just say, ‘throw some silica into the CRC column, nuke the product as it’s coming out, and then you end up with limonene and pinene terpenes and that’s it,’” Sean explains. This misinformed approach contributes to the negative perception of butane hash oil (BHO) extract and CRC products, leading to a general skepticism toward filtration.  

“If you have a mistake—you over process or under process at any point—it’ll affect all of your processes,” Jack adds. The importance of precision and attention to detail at each stage of production cannot be understated.  

Sean also stresses the responsibility of industry professionals to prioritize cleanliness and safety throughout the entire production process. “It’s important for all of us to pay attention to what’s happening from upstream and downstream process[es] and then help provide the cleanest, safest possible product in that space,” he asserts. By focusing on quality and safety, valid arguments against the use of color remediation techniques will ultimately lose their ground, paving the way for a more informed industry.  

Media Bros CRC media next to examples of unremediated and remediated product.

The Value of Data  

As our trio notes, the value of data is becoming increasingly recognized by industry professionals. “Data speaks volumes, and I think that’s something that people are becoming more and more cognizant about,” Devon says. He mentions the reporting feature of Vape-Jet, which tracks crucial information such as temperature, time, and images of filled cartridges. However, it was only recently that users began questioning how to utilize these reports effectively to monitor production and detect potential issues.  

Jack shares a similar experience, explaining “We data log everything… 30 parameters once every 5 seconds.” For a long time, this wealth of data went unused. It was only in the past 18 to 24 months that people started recognizing the value of this data, either for process improvement or compliance purposes.  

Sean brings attention to the importance of data in the context of color remediation in cannabis (CRC) in Canada. He explains that there is a demand for Certificates of Analysis (COAs). While the cannabis industry doesn’t have HPLCs (high pressure liquid chromatography) like other industries, Media Bros does meticulously test their products.  

“We saw that in Canada immediately,” Sean explains. “We test all of our products, not just through examination of the product itself, but we run biomass through that product. We actually run it in some cannabinoid product to make sure that co-solvents in there, such as the terpenes, THC or CBD or whatever is being processed, that those are all finalized.” Yet, even though Sean’s team provides this data on every single batch of product nobody really asks for the information.  

A Vape-Jet fully automatic filling machine interface.

Dispelling Myths   

The Myths of Color Remediation   

Color Remediation (CRC) is a frequent subject of debate in the cannabis industry, with various myths surrounding its use. “[For] every single myth out there, there is a grain of truth, right?” Sean asks rhetorically. “The genesis of [CRC] myths can be traced back to the very beginning, where inexperienced operators were trying to make good-looking oil out of oxidized biomass and using whatever they thought could improve it.”  

However, in this hasty process, operators unintentionally overprocessed the biomass without a full understanding of their effects. Silica, for example, acts as a potent remediator, capable of extracting and absorbing various compounds. As a consequence, only specific flavor profiles, such as limonene or pinene, prevailed in the THC products, making all products taste similar. 

This led to a misconception that CRC was responsible for stripping away desirable aromatics, resulting in a less desirable product. “All of those really nice aromatics from the high-quality weed that existed are no longer present,” Sean says. “And in people’s minds, they just equated that as being somehow bad. No one wanted a dab or a cart that just tasted like pine sol.” Sean further explains that some processors responded to this perception by offering alternative products like live resin carts or live rosin carts, claiming they didn’t use CRC or used it correctly. Unfortunately, this created a negative image for those who were using poor CRC methodologies. These early experiences shaped the narrative around CRC, leaving room for misunderstandings.  

Jack brings a different perspective, viewing CRC as just another filtration process within the cannabis extraction realm: “Filtration CRC is just another filtration process. It’s just a different method using an adsorbent media instead of traditional filters.” Filtration is a common practice across various extraction methods, and CRC simply employs an adsorbent media instead of traditional filters. It’s important to remember that filtration itself is a fundamental step in the extraction process, regardless of the technique used, Jack says.  

While it’s true that CRC cannot magically transform low-quality biomass into top-tier products, “you can certainly take good biomass and make it worse by improper extraction techniques,” Sean says. Devon agrees, stating that fundamental changes occur during the extraction process itself, so adding CRC is just another step that can enhance the final product: “If adding CRC makes for a better end product, that should always be the focus.”  

The group agrees that understanding the nuances and dispelling the myths surrounding CRC is crucial to foster informed discussions and decision-making within the cannabis industry.  

Media Bros media being poured into a color remediation column.

The Myths of Extraction and Filling Temperatures  

When it comes to BHO extraction, there are numerous myths floating around. Jack points out that many of these myths arise due to the lack of industry data and improper temperature measurements. “Half the myths that around BHO that we deal with on a regular basis are just because the data doesn’t exist in the industry and no one is collecting it,” Jack says.  

According to Jack, one of the biggest myths is about extraction temperature. Many folks in the industry measure their temperature indirectly, and there are numerous steps where the temperature can change before it goes back to the chiller where measurements occur, Jack explains. “So you’re collecting data really indirectly; collecting data by looking at the chiller every once in a while saying, ‘okay, I’m extracting at -80°, my chiller set temp is -80°.’ Really, that’s not the case at all because there’s a ton of heat gain and energy transfer between your actual extraction and your chiller.”  

Jack also notes that many people believe that lower extraction temperatures result in higher-quality products. However, there’s a threshold temperature where the product quality stops increasing or increases very slowly. Below that threshold, the yield drops dramatically. Jack explains, “Everyone wants to extract at -120º. Technically, our chillers will go down to -120º Fahrenheit, but the problem is at -120º your yield drops dramatically, and there’s really no increase in product quality.”  

Devon agrees that lower extraction temperatures may not be worth the hit to overall yield. Devon also explains that automating the process may not necessarily translate from a manual process, and “you may actually shoot yourself in the foot.” Proper measurement and data can lead to higher-quality and more efficient extraction processes.  

Luna Technologies extractor interface.

The Myth of Craft Cannabis and Automation  

“There’s this myth in the industry that you can’t make a high-quality craft product with automation,” Jack says. Many believe that a high-quality craft product requires the expertise of a knowledgeable extractor who can make decisions based on their understanding of the biomass and the extraction process. When you dive into the details, the myth doesn’t hold up, Jack explains. The actions of an experienced extractor are essentially the same as what automation does. They observe the process, often using indirect methods, and make decisions based on that information.  

However, there are limitations to human decision-making. As Sean points out, “the error rates start going up because of human factors.” Extractors need to balance multiple variables, such as pressures and temperatures, which becomes challenging.   

Automation, on the other hand, can measure these variables accurately and make decisions much faster. Automation doesn’t diminish the role of a craft extractor, either; it simply enhances their capabilities. “All we’re really doing is building people’s decision trees into logic and having it follow that,” Jack clarifies. Sean agrees, adding, “You’re really not taking anything away from the craft extractor. You’re just saying, ‘hey, let me just allow you to make this repeatable.’”  

Devon highlights the cost of manual labor and the need for quality control in the absence of process control. Without control over the extraction process and other crucial factors, Devon explains, manual intervention becomes necessary at every step. However, with controlled processes, automation ensures consistent results, saving money, reallocating labor, and reducing errors. 

When processes are predictable, automation becomes a catalyst for growth and exploration. “If you do things the same way every single time, it becomes predictable,” Devon says. “And then once you have something that’s predictable, automation is going to allow things to explode in a good way.”  

Close up of a Vape-Jet fully automatic filling machine filling disposables.

The Myths of Vape Cartridge Filling  

“There’s no such thing as the artisanal-filled vape cart, doesn’t exist.” Sean begins. While the oil itself may be artisanal, the filling process should not be treated as a boutique or handcrafted endeavor, Devon elaborates. It is a skill or task at best, lacking the expressive nature found in other aspects of the cannabis industry such as extraction or growing. Instead, vape cartridge filling is a necessary step that requires precision and knowledge.  

One challenge that arises during the cart filling process is the homogenization of oil. Devon shares his experiences of troubleshooting issues with bubbly or oxidized cartridges and highlights the significance of proper mixing and homogenization. One common culprit? A hot plate with a magnetic stir bar, a piece of equipment found in almost every lab.  

Uneven heating causes problems. “The bottom of whatever jar you have gets superheated, and the stir bar won’t spin because it’s magnetically coupled, and it doesn’t have torque,” Devon explains. In an attempt to overcome this, operators often increase the heat and speed of the stir bar, which leads to undesirable consequences.  

When the stir bar creates a vortex in the oil, it incorporates air, and if the oil is superheated, oxidation occurs at an accelerated rate. This results in the loss of terpenes, which are released into the surrounding environment, creating the world’s most expensive air freshener. Additionally, the absorbed air in the oil causes the vape cartridges to develop an unattractive champagne-like appearance.  

Moreover, prolonged exposure to heat on the hotplate increases the oxidation rate to the point where the oil may turn red, rendering it unattractive to potential buyers. Devon shares an anecdote about cartridges turning red within a day or two due to improper mixing practices. He advises against relying solely on hotplates for oil mixing, stating, “That’s maybe not the best way to do that.”  

Filled vape cartridges waiting to be capped.

Key Takeaways   

“It’s all about data, data and control. [Data] gives you unprecedented insight into the process of filling cartridges. So, even though it’s not something that I would call ‘craft,’ having the ability to see what’s happening in there is still going to give you an idea of what’s happening and what needs to maybe change.”  

Devon Reid of Vape-Jet 

 “A lot of what we talked about today is how lack of data in the industry has led to a lot of inefficiencies. You have to start looking at margins a little closer, and what can you do to increase margins or maintain your margins in a tough market where prices are dropping. All of our products help do that. At Luna, we do that by putting in an automated solution for extraction where you can reduce your operating costs by moving labor to more effective areas like in food processing.”  

Jack Naito of Luna Tech

“At Media Bros, we really emphasize simplifying and demystifying that CRC process. Processing through a Luna, through our media, and then right into a Vape-Jet is the shortest distance from biomass to cart. Eventually, the market’s going to realize, ‘I’m in a really competitive space. I need to create the best possible products, and they need to taste good, they need to look good, and they need to present well.’ That’s the biggest takeaway for me: all of these components need to work well together. Good process flow will save you.”   

Sean Duffy of Media Bros

Jack Naito, Devon Reid, and Sean Duffy

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