Do You Need An Automated Pre-Roll System?

by Sage Vasquez November 21, 2021

Do You Need An Automated Pre-Roll System? | RollPros
Automated and semi-automated machines have made a tremendous impact in cannabis pre-roll production over the past few years. Previously, if you wanted to create a high volume of pre-rolls (hundreds a day), it was a tedious, manual process requiring dedicated personnel to carefully load, fill, pack, and close each pre-roll by hand. Automated pre-roll machines simplify this process by filling and packing pre-rolls, sometimes dozens at once, maximizing production efficiency and capacity. The return on investment (ROI) is achieved in a matter of weeks, making them a substantial investment for cannabis operations. But, before you settle on a specific pre-roll machine, there are several points you’ll need to consider before making a purchase. First, you’ll want to decide on your budget and production goals while also keeping in mind future growth and expansion, which will hopefully occur.

First, determine your budget.

The best pre-roll machines will help you increase production, allowing your business to grow and sustain. The difference in prices can vary greatly and typically, the higher priced machines use superior grade components and have a higher output. When comparing costs, consider what is offered in the machine’s base package. Automated pre-roll machines are generally part of larger systems. Supplementary features can add up, overall making a seemingly lower-priced machine less cost effective for the long run.

Next, determine your production goals.

Manual cone filling systems are suited for light-duty production. However, if you want to scale and grow your pre-roll output, you will eventually need to consider a commercial-grade machine. If you only need to fill 50 or 60 pre-rolled cones a week, you may want to do it manually or use a shake-box. If you need to fill over 60 pre-rolled cones a week, an automatic pre-roll machine is a necessity. Automated pre-roll machines are a great investment for:
  • Smaller cannabis production facilities looking to do a few hundred pre-rolls a week.
  • Retail and medical cannabis dispensaries produce their own joints in-house.
  • Large cannabis production facilities looking to do boutique runs.

With so many pre-roll solutions available, how do you choose the right one?

Much of this depends on what you expect out of your solution. Within a given amount of time, how many pre-rolls do you plan to produce? For hand-wrapped pre-rolled joints, you’ll need to hire skilled laborers to hand roll each, one at a time. If you are considering automation, you’ll want to familiarize yourself with the latest pre-roll technologies such as the Blackbird Rolling System by RollPros.The Blackbird is an automated pre-roll joint machine, designed to mimic the design and quality of those rolled by hand. In contrast, an automated cone-filling machine uses either vibratory force, gravity, or volumetric filling to load ground flower into pre-made cones.

Sage Vasquez
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