Canfiber has, over the last 7 years been developing a cost-effective method to produce spools of carded, high-quality ribbon fiber with a system called Ribbon Decortication (RD). This machinery, coupled with a double-cut windrower & flax baler create a unique system that will drastically reduce the cost to purchase fine hemp fiber. Following the flax textile market collection model, we are able to produce a lightly retted, golden ribbon that can be scaled easily according to demand & cut to end-users desired length. The system also produces (as a by-product) 1″ chipped hurd. Canfiber is moving forward with plans to become a bulk distributor of high-quality fiber & chipped hurd.
What’s needed to facilitate the re-emergence of hemp in North America in a meaningful way? A revolution in processing industrial 0.3% THC hemp & all of its components, namely flowers, seed, fiber & woody hurd. Health Canada relaxed all hemp handling regulations in the fall of 2018 & the USA followed shortly after, signing into law the US hemp farm bill- Paving the way for ribbon decortication in North America.
Exploiting the high tensile strength of the outer fiber is the secret, allowing for a low energy input to operate the machine. The machine needs less parts, & therefore less expensive to build. The peeled ribbon is guided onto a carding machine then drawn into thimbles to twist the fiber into raw cordage for manageable downstream cottonization for composite & textile applications.
By pre-processing the leftover stalks post-seed harvest into two more useful commodities (ribbon bast fiber & chipped hurd core), nearby value-adding facilities could easily be established, instead of investing in a primary processing facilities that are limited to a 40km radius.
Designed to fit inside a standard mobile trailer, the system is scalable as more RD units could be stationed near each other to process more ribbon fiber. Test results from the fiber were very positive with a report from the NRC’s advanced biomaterials division confirming that the fibers were of suitable quality to be whitened to cotton standards when treated by their heat tolerant enzyme (currently available to the public). The Composite Institute also tested the fibers & concluded that if the fibers were first degummed (removal of the flaky epedermis similiar to bark) then treated with a whitening agent they would be of suitable quality to be used in composite panels.
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