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An Introduction to Modular Laboratory Homogenizer Systems

Homogenizers as the name suggests perform a homogenizing function. A common example is homogenized milk, a function performed to avoid separation of cream from milk.  This is done with production-line homogenizers.  In R&D labs and for initial pilot plant operations lab homogenizers are put into play.  This post introduces you to modular laboratory homogenizer systems…

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The CAT X1740 / DK40 Inline Benchtop Homogenizer

A compact, quietly operating benchtop in-line homogenizer capable of processing cannabis tinctures, beverages, syrups, and other solutions up to 83 liters/min (22 gallons/minute) is demonstrated in a new video produced by CAT Scientific. This homogenizer ensures cannabinoid and terpene uniformity. The average cannabinoid potency deviation is 1% – 1.5%.  This is achieved by controlling the…

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X1000 Homogenizer with DK30 Flow-Through-Chamber Attachment

How to Turn a Lab Homogenizer into an Inline Device Laboratory homogenizers represent a significant investment for research organizations engaged in developing new processing procedures across a broad range of industries.   Integrating or adding a flow through chamber to the homogenizer mixer greatly increases its functionality by enabling inline processing or extending the exposure of…

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How to Create Stable Cosmetic Emulsions With a Lab Homogenizer

Researchers developing new cosmetic formulations for consumer markets often work with immiscible ingredients resisting transformation to stable emulsions important to lotions, crèmes and similar products designed to be absorbed by the skin.   We emphasize stable emulsions because cosmetics that separate in the jar are a sure sign of product failure.  This post describes how researchers can create stable…

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How and Why to Decarboxylate Cannabis

Decarboxylation is a crucial step in the process of creating nearly any cannabis product. Methods to incorporate this ‘decarbing’ step into an existing operation can vary, but its importance in creating valuable product is paramount. Failure to properly decarboxylate cannabis can limit potency and impact cannabinoid profiles – turning a productive crop into a bust…

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How to Select a Laboratory Homogenizer

Scientists in research laboratories and pilot plants are often challenged to find ways of processing small or limited-sized samples in the quest to develop then refine procedures leading to production-scale operations.  Several tools are available to help in this quest, one of which is called the laboratory homogenizer.  This post explains how to select a…

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Overhead Stirrer, Magnetic Hotplate Stirrer, or Both?

Depending on your specific application, you may discover that it is necessary to process active ingredient, extracts, or concentrates that are highly viscous. Viscosity poses obvious challenges when it comes to the blending, stirring, and mixing of disparate substances. Start With a Magnetic Hotplate Stirrer So what specific equipment will you need to process these…

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The Pitfalls of Blending Distillate and Terpenes with a Hotplate Stirrer

When manufacturing cannabis distillates, such as CBD or THC, processors have discovered it makes sense to reintroduce an appropriate measure of terpenes. Blending distillates and terpenes helps make a more appealing product. It also happens to make a substance that’s easier to work with during processing and packaging. That’s because natural cannabis terpenes help reduce…

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Mixing Distillate and Terpenes: How to Achieve a Uniform Blend

Properly mixing distillate and terpenes safeguards consumers and businesses, but how do we achieve uniformity? We’ll get into that in a minute. First, we must understand the concept of what particle reduction is. Particle reduction is where two substances; distillate and terpenes have inconsistently sized particles and when a rotor-stator homogenizer is used it reduces the particle…

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Temperature Control is Crucial for Blending Distillate and Terpenes

Blending distillate with terpenes is an important step in the creation of various cannabis products intended for retail sale. Of course, terpenes are aromatic compounds that occur naturally in whole cannabis plants. Their retention — or reintroduction — to select products may contribute to the flavor and final character profiles of these products. Perhaps more…

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