The production of “essential oils” has traditionally involved using heat and distillation to extract volatiles. However, many of the key volatiles are sensitive to heat and/or pressure, and their essence is lost using traditional techniques. A new solution that uses harmless refrigerant gas can extract the finest oils from even the most delicate flowers to enhance product quality and potency.
The FC Extractor from Timatic uses the properties of HFC 134 to extract all the natural oils and volatile compounds of low molecular weight. No pre-treatment is required, and extraction can occur from any biomass, whether fresh or dried, including flowers, leaves, seeds, bark, roots, and more.
The fully automatic extraction process takes place in anaerobic conditions, preventing any oxidation, and using carefully controlled temperatures and pressures. The gas used in the process is filtered continuously, and when the extraction is complete, it is automatically recovered so it can be reused for subsequent batches.
Because the plant material is never heated beyond room temperature, even the most volatile flavour and aroma components are conserved. This produces oils of a much higher quality than traditional “essential oil” extraction techniques.
Available in two formats, three models for lab-scale and small production, three for medium and large-scale production, the FC series can suit your exact production requirements.
The fully automated FC extractors feature easy-to-use real-time graphical displays. These enable operators to see the status of all functions and variables, including extraction time, temperatures and pressures, and the solvent status.
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Tecnolab, also known worldwide under the brand name Timatic (http://www.timatic.it/) manufactures a range of extraction technologies from lab to industrial scale. Timatic extractors are used for natural oils, herbs, essences, fragrances, active ingredients, plant extracts in cosmetic, pharmaceutical and food industries.