The Power Of The CO2 Extraction


The Apeks Supercritical botanical oil extraction operates by using carbon dioxide, also known as CO2. Extracting using CO2 is highly beneficial because it provides purer ad cleaner extractions without any trace of impurities, such as when the extraction processes use butane, propane or ethanol solvent mixtures. It is crucial in the extraction process, mainly when used in medicinal products.

Typically utilized in various types of commercial processing, the CO2 extraction procedure is versatile, efficient and, mostly, safe. It is also a sustainable option with closed-loop Apeks extractors recycling the CO2 into storage canisters when the extraction run is completed.

The Apeks CO2 extraction machine extracts terpenes or scents, which are utilized in vape pens and other items. Our clients will often perform a terpene run to harvest the extract, then continue running sub-critically at a low temperature and pressure. This harvest will be extracted, and it will be completed using a super-critical run with a high temperature and high pressure. By operating in this manner, the extraction machine obtains all it can from the cannabis plant while handling each of the extracts differently.

A terpene run can be used directly in a vape pen as the oils are pure, light and fragrant. When extracting oils super-critically, the material will require a post-processing procedure to eliminate and lipids, waxes, and fats with the oil.

Diaphragm Compressor Technology: The Science Behind High Quantity And High-Quality Extraction


Our company’s systems feature the Diaphragm Compressor Technology used in Apeks extraction machinery. This system operates by using cold separation power via an energy-efficient gas pump. The cold separation refers to a separator vessel maintaining cold or lower temperatures; thus preserving the terpenes in the plant oils. This maintenance of cold temperature will result in higher quality and higher quantity of oil extract. Competitor liquid pump systems are useful, but they place the oil in a dangerously high heat which “cooks” the oil resulting in thermally-damaged and dark oil.

There are numerous differences between the gas pumping and liquid pumping mechanisms. Liquid pumping is simpler because the liquid is ten times denser than gas; however, this solution utilizes far more energy over the full extraction run. While it is prevalent in the oil extraction industry, claims have been made regarding the increase in yield with liquid pumping. Claims have also been noted regarding the detrimental rise in energy consumption and high temperatures, which can result in oil degradation.

The liquid CO2 material needs to be converted to a gas format to extract plant oils. The changing will require a specific amount of cooling and heating, and this is why the Apeks Diaphragm Compressor Technology is beneficial. The Diaphragm Compressor Technology pumping system utilizes regenerative heat exchange for capturing the cold and hot air which will offset each other. This removes the requirement for additional chillers or heaters. Moreover, it consumes approximately 33% less energy than the manufacturers’ extraction equipment.

For more information on the technical aspects of the Apeks Diaphragm Compressor Technology, check this link.

Full Automation: What Apeks Systems Can Do For You

As a fully automated machine, the Apeks Supercritical CO2 extractor machine can reduce costs as it removes the need for a full-time operator to run the machine during extraction runs. All you need to do is set the specific extraction parameters, press the start button and leave it to do the work.

See how simple it is to begin an Apeks system by watching this video:

Another key advantage of utilizing these fully automated systems is the data acquisition software. This software feature allows you to enter precise data points during the extraction; thus the processor can track, verify and record the temperature and pressure variations. By doing this, the machine has a higher level of control regarding the consistency and quality of oil extraction.

Tracking of the extraction runs can also assist with troubleshooting as all the records are available via Apeks Supercritical Customer Support. This means we can access your particular system online, reviewing any past extraction runs, and identifying what problems may be happening.

Apeks is the leading manufacturer of CO2 oil extraction machinery. The company offers a plethora of extraction machines to meet all of your cannabis extraction needs. The introductory models are available to help you begin, and once you are up to scale, you can opt for the mid-range or high production equipment.