Cannabis Spotlight: Incredibles Innovation
by DJ Reetz
Incredibles may soon emerge in the world of high-end extractors with a brand new closed-loop extraction system of their own design. The company has already started to sell the extraction system, which comes in a variety of configurations capable of handling anywhere from a quarter ounce all the way up to eight pounds of cannabis. The sleek system is built completely up to the strictest of regulatory standards, and meets all of the latest health, safety and MED regulations, says Incredibles’ Creative Director Derek Cumings.
“It’s a truly unique option in the extraction world,” says Cumings. The design came about after years of making due with less than ideal systems, says Cumings. “From the very beginning we were trying out all the closed loops.”
Cumings, who has been working with Incredibles since 2010, felt that the other options on the market weren’t meeting the needs of the growing company. Having tried out several different systems, both during his time with Incredibles and throughout his prior experience in the cannabis industry, he decided to apply his decade of extraction experience and come up with his own. At first, this meant a mutually beneficial partnership with a company already making extractors, an arrangement that would allow his team at Incredibles to provide much needed real world feedback to the manufacturers while putting the extraction team on the cutting edge. But after struggling with many of the new models, Cumings says he decided it would be better to just move the design and manufacturing in house.
“It was taking a lot of the manufacturing out of our hands, and a lot of the quality control,” he says.
The team set about creating their own machine, one that would be built from the ground up by cannabis extractors, for cannabis extractors. A rough sketch soon turned into sophisticated design models compiled by an engineer, and the finished prototype soon followed.
Incredibles now has a capable machine shop attached to their lab in southwest Denver, employing a professional welder to make expert welds, and the finished product is quite literally a shining testament to the expertise of all those involved in its design and fabrication.
The model sits only a few feet tall depending on configuration, allowing for tubes of plant matter of varying size as well as easy disassembly. At a glance the design might not look too different from other closed-loop systems, but there are a few small differences that may give it an edge For instance, butane that is flushed across the plant matter is injected into the cylinder via a dispersed head that forces it evenly across the interior, rather than creating a stream through a path of least resistance in middle of the plant matter as some models (as well as the dreaded open blasting) do. The system can also be hooked up to a nitrogen tank, allowing for cold pressurized butane.
If all goes well, Cumings says the system has an 85 to 90 percent butane recovery rate. The collection chamber can even be detached and placed directly into a freezer for de-waxing.
Cumings says their system is already in place not just at Incredibles, but also at several local labs, as well as independent caregivers. A model has even been sold to a company in California.
It’s all part of Cumings’ desire to keep moving forward, to keep developing the next big thing in cannabis.
“We’ve been stagnant in a lab that wasn’t as focused on [research and development],” says Cumings of past experiences with companies that were happy to sit on their laurels. “Now we’re back in an open environment where R&D is encouraged.”
With a line of extracts launching soon, Incredibles will no doubt continue to be one of the companies leading the scene in Denver.
“Originality is what’s going to lead this game,” says Cumings.
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