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. Current & very expensive decorticators require 2, sometimes 3 passes to create a similar quality fiber. Ask any hemp pioneer why its legendary fiber is not in mainstream products today, & they will likely tell you it’s the lack of affordable processing machinery.
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- All regulated by AgCanada & US Dept. of Agriculture. Let’s do it in 2018!
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.
It’s simple, really; 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 (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. Please visit our Investor page for more details on how our entire system is designed to work.
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