Author Archives: Patrick

Momentum is building with US patent now filed for RD30

With every new technology, there are growing pains. Luckily, the brunt of them were absorbed by only 1 employee. After over 10 years of development & failure, we finally cracked the code on peeling stalks of different sizes & lengths while demonstrating a scalable way to feed the machine. US Patent Application No. 17/511566   Filed:

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Latest design concept validated with bench model

We are proud to announce that we have finally cracked the code on mechanical ribbon decortication. Different diameters can stand together while not being precise on the height of each stalk have been adressed, along with a feed system that mimics cross-cutting a field grown similar to conventional corn. Plans are in the works to

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Emergency call to hemp fiber farmers for samples

We believe we have a winning design to produce ribbon hemp & call upon the iHemp community at large in an attempt to obtain green stalks of monoecious or other dual-purpose variety to sample in our ribbon decorticator.  The stalks should be dry but not retted & sown between 30-40 seeds per square foot. Ideally,

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RD2.0 Feed system update

A simple yet elegant design is all that was required to allow multiple rows of stalks to be fed into the RD2.0. Simulating what would happen if a mobile unit cross-cutted the rows, we were able to figure out the row spacing to allow for timing of the ribbon decorticating process to reset. By utilizing

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RD 2.0 project update

After a series of settbacks due to COVID supply chain issues, we were finally able to begin testing in earnest. Unfortunately, with all new technologies there were bugs to work out.  It wasn’t until Christmas that all the bugs were ironed out & a series of successful tests were recorded using a limited amount of

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Loss of fiber crop due to over-retting

After all the issues that we had to overcome, we overlooked the fact that the cut tops would allow rain to enter the stalk more readily than if theplant was still entact. This oversight resulted in the loss of most of the acre that we had anticipated would see us through testing of the RD2.0

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