Hemp Processing

ABM offers vertically-integrated, field-to-package systems for a number of end products. From handling and drying to extraction and edible manufacturing, we bring the automation and scalability of the food industry to cannabis.

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Hemp Drying

Testing, design, integration, and supply of complete drying solutions. Circular fluid bed dryers process up to 3,500 lbs/hr of homogenized product with up to 94% CBD retention. Microwave dryers process up to 1,000 lbs/hr of premium whole flower with up to 97% CBD retention.

Hemp Dryer
Falling Film Evaporators

Hemp Extraction

Supply & integration of current-best extraction equipment. ABM manufactures and distributes the Yellowstone falling film evaporator, which recovers up to 80 gallons per hour of solvent at 99% efficiency and no chiller.

Edible Manufacturing

Our fully automated, interfacable production lines drastically reduce labor costs and improve margins. Food and pharmaceutical-grade, USDA and FDA certified, our versatile offerings can deliver an array of top-quality end products that stand out in the cannabis market.

Edible form filler machine

Hemp Extraction

Supply & integration of current-best extraction equipment. ABM manufactures and distributes the Yellowstone falling film evaporator, which recovers up to 80 gallons per hour of solvent at 99% efficiency and no chiller.

Falling Film Evaporators

Browse Products

Browse some of the individual pieces you will find in a complete system.

Weighbelts

Weighbelts are flat belt conveyors with weighbars beneath the belt to measure product flow. Knowing product weight and convey-rate, weigh-belts precisely meter product into the dryer by communicating with up-stream equipment and adjusting speed. Weigh-belts are critical between the shredder and the dryer because consistent feed-rates are critical for any continuous-flow hemp drying processes to prevent burning product or leaving wet spots. They can also be used in various parts of the process to provide a number of data points such as moisture weight-loss.

Batch Cookers

The Batch Cookers are the market-leading solution for weighing, mixing, and cooking pectin or gelatin syrups for volumes of up to 25,000 edibles per hour. GMP-forward and FDA-approved, the Jellycook is made to accommodate a wide variety of recipes and scenarios. Among other features, a variable, high-shear mixer ensures consistent dispersion, scrapers ensure even heating, and easy-access points allow ingredients to be added automatically or on-the-fly. All lines and bins after the cooking vessels are insulated so the cooking temperature can remain as low as possible.

Hemp Dryers

Fluid beds use evenly distributed airflow to suspend and fluidize product, like ping-pongs ball over airstreams. Heat is used to improve performance, but because it is not the primary driver of evaporation, does not burn the oils like other popular methods. Because fluid beds perform best with shredded material, they are ideal for pre-rolls and extraction biomass. Trichomes lost to abrasion are captured and returned to product in real time.

Dual Stage Falling Film Evaporators

Dual stage falling film evaporators apply higher heat to incoming slurry when it is protected by extra solvent, and lower heat to outgoing crude when it is more temperature-sensitive. By using different levels of heat at different stages, dual stage falling films are able to further increase throughput, improve efficiency, and better protect yields. And with heat from the first column being used to heat the second, the system is able to recapture heat more effectively. As with the single stage units, these custom dual stage falling films operate without chillers and are significantly less costly to operate than any competing offering. Two-stage falling films are available in a number of configurations and virtually any size. Reach out for more information or to obtain a quote.

Cannabis Dryers

When most people think of microwaves they think of indiscriminate radiation blasting, uneven heating, and hot bowls with cold food. But comparing consumer to commercial microwaves is like comparing a nuke to a nuclear reactor. The Marion WaveMixe uses vacuum to reduce the moisture’s boiling point and tightly controlled microwaves to hold product, to the exact desired temperature within less than 1°F variance. This has the primary benefit of allowing us to ensure virtually no loss of CBD or THC, and the secondary benefit of being able to decarboxylate pellets.

Edible Slurry Cookers

The edible cookers we offer are GMP-forward and FDA approved, easy to clean, and designed to protect active ingredients. Coming from the food industry and optimized for cannabis, these Baker Perkins units are the world’s leading solution for starchless edibles. They can be used with many different types of products, including gummies, and bring a number of built-in efficiencies which significantly reduce costs in the long-run.

Hemp Shredders

Shredders slice hemp it into small, homogenized particle sizes in preparation for drying. Shredders are preferable over mills for wet product because mills crush instead of cut; crushing inflicts unnecessary damage, makes screens difficult to clean, and compacts the flower which further reduces drying efficiency.

Our high-throughput, super-sturdy hemp shredders come with variable controls to accommodate any drying method. They’re available in various sizes from 1–400 HP, with maximum throughputs ranging from 100–10,000 lbs./hr., and optionally available in stainless.
Most dryers will perform best with particle sizes between 3/4 and 1/4″, with the latter being ideal for ABM solutions. 1/4″ shred carries the added benefit of being suitable for extraction, allowing extractors to skip the mill. ABM provides turn-key integration and 24/7 emergency support for all components and systems in our wheelhouse.

Edible Depositors

The Edible Depositor is a starchless depositor developed specifically for cannabis that brings precise, accurate, and automated dosing to the industry. Starchless depositing has many advantages over other forming methods. It creates edibles of uniform size, shape, and weight, with a glossy finish and no sharp edges or air bubbles; this produces a smooth, high quality “mouthfeel”. The process is ideal for any kind of edible including jellies, gums, hard candies, lollipops, toffees, fudges and fondants. The Edible Depositor efficiently adapts to these products simply by changing the mold. Two colors or flavors may be combined as stripes, layers, or center-fills with the added option of using a softer filling. With no starch involved, the process is extremely hygienic, which makes it ideal for low volume functional, medicated, and pharmaceutical products alike.

Hemp Sifters

ABM’s Hemp Sifters remove stalks and stems from premium biomass with far greater speed & precision than human hands, buckers, or other mechanical options. They are low-maintenance, easy to clean, and extremely long-lasting.

Using flow-assists and screw feeders to control the flow of shredded cannabis into the separating chamber, it uses specially-shaped paddles to propel it against the surrounding sieve. This pushes the desirable fines out through the apertures while the over-sized stems are rejected.

Screw Conveyors

Screw conveyors are one of the oldest and most universally useful conveyance methods around. Though screw conveyors and augers are technically synonymous (any conveyance method driven by rotating threads,) the processing industry typically reserves the term “screw conveyor” for larger executions.

Screw conveyors are used for a huge array of products as long as they’re not too abrasive, fragile, stringy, or are solid and sticky. They’re highly popular in chemical, meat, agriculture (excluding produce), plastics, waste, and many other industries. Their simple & rugged design makes them cost-effective, versatile, and able to accommodate numerous inlets and outlets or act as a live bottom to a bin.

High-grade and polished surfaces can be used to reduce it, but friction is inherent in screw conveyor design. For this reason they’re not to be used with delicate or extremely abrasive materials, such as aggregates, which can eat through any metal over time.

Surge Hoppers

Hemp storage hoppers, or surge hoppers, stabilize product flow between sorting and bagging and allow processes to continue to run while bulk bags (super-sacks) are interchanged. These powder-coated or stainless hoppers can come in any shape or size required and come equipped with flow-aids to ensure smooth flow and prevent product from bridging.

Magnets

Magnets are a cheap and effective way to catch metals that may have been introduced to the field or the harvested cannabis. By passing hemp across extremely strong magnets, metals that would otherwise damage the shredder and cause problems during drying or extraction are captured. Though magnets are typically placed immediately after the intake conveyors, they can be placed in numerous stages of the production line depending on the state of the product and the equipment involved. There are various simple and auto-clean types available, they are easy to install, and they last indefinitely.

40+ Years' Experience

ABM Equipment has been optimizing & integrating bulk biomass processing systems for over 40 years. ABM has implemented and researched bulk drying & handling solutions for producers and co-ops in the hemp space since legalization.