You might have seen stories about on the news about people blowing up their apartment building tying to make butane hash oil or other concentrates. The explosions result in injuries, plenty of property damage and other times death. While these seem like crazy flukes and people not understanding how to use chemicals, it is not only people’s homes who are having these incidents. Higher Level Concentrates in Oregon had a recent explosion as well. These cases have caused Oregon Health Authority to lay down the law and enforce strictly the recent regulations put in place concerning the production on concentrates.
“In Oregon, as of January 1, if your operation is not in compliance with state public safety regulations working with volatile gases — butane, hexane, any of these gases that can create hydrocarbon gas — you are going to be out of business,” Dano Keys, CEO and Founder of FlexMod Solutions, told The Marijuana Times.
“Across the nation, hundreds of licensees that have gotten by with the equipment they had, are now not going to be able to. When they were just ‘getting by’ they were lucky no one got hurt. When an accident occurs with butane gas and you read about people blowing themselves up, they’re not following protocol and they don’t have a safe environment.”
The real problem facing companies is figuring out a way to meet the regulations while maintaining the company’s bottom line. However, it isn’t cheap to find materials or spaces to make cannabis concentrates, after all you can’t just go to Lowe’s and pick up a shed. This is why FlexMOD designed their modular extraction labs. Imagine everything you need to be compliant with the laws and safe rolled into a space where you can work. Like the Easy-Bake oven provides a safe space to create, is compliant with government laws, and is the most cost-efficient option, the FlexMOD does the same.
Most cannabis business owners don’t have the time or expertise to create their own compliant extraction rooms. That is why FlexMOD did the research and work for them. As Dano explained to us, compliance and safety cost money.
“The components that are built into these labs, are very expensive and getting them engineered to work together in this system is difficult,” he said. “The components are manufactured for Class 1 Division 1 hazardous environments and are built not to create a spark. Our labs also have a specialized computer system that regulates it all. You put all these together and you know you got a pretty specialized room.”
Dano described some of the modular extraction lab’s key features:
“Let me give you a little bit of the mechanics of this room, so you get a better idea. Everything in here is very specialized for preventing an explosion or a blast. The way the room is designed is to also create an environment that’s conducive for cannabis extraction. We made sure this works well for someone working with plant material and so it’s been specially designed for that, and there’s a slight breeze that’s constantly flowing through. It’s enough wind current to disperse gas.”
The FlexMOD modular extraction labs are armed with a gas detection alarm system. When minimal levels of hazardous gas are detected, the alarm system will initiate an indicator on the alarm. If gas levels continue to increase, the system will trigger a loud alarm, initiate an auxiliary exhaust system, and shut down power to the equipment inside the room. These things will take place long before the regulatory standard dangerous gas levels are reached.
The lab is designed to prevent sparks that cause explosions and everything in the lab works towards preventing dangerous occurrences. Every unit has spark-proof exhaust fans. These fans, along with the temperature controlled air unit, use 100% outside fresh air to deliver the essential air flow rate over the equipment. The system uses slightly negative pressure within the lab to stop hazardous gasses
gasses from leaking into nearby areas.
The electrical distribution panel is weatherproof and located on the exterior of the unit, therefore out of the hazardous area. The entry door is made of steel and has an automatic close, panic exit device, and more weather seals. The creators of this product thought of everything and nothing was left to chance. The FlexMOD is the future of safe extraction labs.
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