In a highly competitive landscape like the cannabis industry, laboratory build-outs can make or break a company. While the green revolution continues to evolve and change, more and more people are finding themselves in over their heads. Business owners, many of whom are chasing the next entrepreneurial dream, suddenly find themselves in a position of being blinded by real science. And like many things in industrial chemistry, what you don’t know can hurt you… So how can you prevent the most common mistakes? Should you go it alone, or should you find a partner?
For starters, the decision to build an industrial laboratory - for any reason - should never be taken lightly. Researching the equipment your business requires can be a full-time job in and of itself. For example, even something as relatively simple as selecting the correct size and type of equipment is of the utmost importance. Lacking the proper equipment, you may not achieve the best results -- or possibly any usable results at all! Variables such as scale, desired output, complexity, room size, safety precautions, and quantity and type of gear are critically important. Just look at this list of vacuum pumps to see what a monumental task you may have in front of you…
Because of the seriousness of the situation and the potentially large cost of equipment, we strongly recommend that you consider bringing in an expert to help you get the job done right the first time. Lab Society, a manufacturer and leading consultant in the space, specializes not only in the manufacturing of the right equipment, but in consultation and training as well.
Based on the size of the building, they take schematics from your lab site and create a step-by-step plan for building your lab flow in a way that will make sense for your business. “Lab flow” is the most economical way to set up a laboratory such that it will “flow” efficiently and operate as intended. Lab Society avoids a one size fits all approach, as everyone’s needs are and will continue to be unique.
Lab Society can help you select the correct equipment for the job based on scale and your future needs. You don’t want to get a laboratory set up today only to have to replace everything just a few short months down the road…
When purchasing complicated chemical equipment, even setting it all up can be hard to understand. Doing it alone, or without the proper scientific background, is a potential recipe for disaster and the dangers here are real. You should seriously consider enlisting help from someone who is experienced it all before -- from which rotary evaporator to choose to which vacuum oven and more.
What if you already have your lab set up but don’t know how to quite master the equipment or processes? Lab Society is partnered with a top consulting company, Elevated Research Solutions (ERS), which can train you on specific processes in industrial cannabis laboratories. These services will help ensure you have the correct parameters, and what’s more, that you understand exactly what is happening on the molecular level!
Professional laboratory consultation means:
- Custom-developed concepts that will meet your functional needs.
- Placements of instruments and machines, where they need to go, where they can logically fit, and what kind of instruments or machines will achieve your desired outcome and budgets.
- A clear understanding of how to scale and what next steps might be.
- Technical support on equipment (in case of unforeseen errors).
- Achieving the most economical lab flow possible.
- Securing the right equipment the first time, with no wasted time and money.
Other factors to consider include whether you want an “open” or “closed” lab? Open labs are designed to be collaborative and can have multiple researchers working as a team and communicating with each other. Closed labs, on the other hand, mean a large area is portioned off into several smaller labs, where only a few researchers fit and operate.
In some cases, smaller groups of teams will be less distracted, and the individual spaces will be close by but still distinctly separate.
The bottom line is this: as more and more people jump into new sectors of the cannabis industry, they find themselves in areas of potential danger to both themselves and their business. At the end of the day, the decision to jump into making concentrates or distillates is not one that should be taken lightly, especially if you don’t have a strong, academic background in science or chemistry.
This Sponsored Editorial was written by Lab Society and published in conjunction with LabX.
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