April 11, 2022

by Sage Vasquez

10 reasons you need an automated pre-roll system

Blackbird Automated Pre-Roll Machine

Modern automation is the power that drives innovation across many industries—from farms to retail distribution centers. In the cannabis industry, automated systems and sophisticated machinery have become increasingly available to business owners—improving performance in cannabis cultivation, harvesting, processing, manufacturing, packaging, and distribution. One tremendous advantage for today’s entrepreneurs is the fluidity that currently defines the cannabis industry. Most cannabis businesses are still growing, learning, and experimenting. Implementing automated solutions is a natural move—and also an essential requirement—in an industry where new ideas are greeted with enthusiasm more than trepidation.

10 reasons you need an automated pre-roll system

The best automated pre-roll machines help increase production, allowing businesses to grow‌ and sustain. Here are the top ten reasons for automating pre-roll production:

  • Labor and overhead savings. 
  • Faster return on investment (ROI).
  • Volume. 
  • Compliance. 
  • Quality. 
  • Efficiency. 
  • Consistency.
  • Small Footprint. 
  • Scalability. 
  • Growth.

Each Blackbird is hand-crafted and machine-tooled to meet the demands of  purveyors and cultivators

1.Labor and overhead savings. Automated pre-roll machines increase the efficiency and consistency of pre-rolled joints that staff cannot. These systems can perform the work of multiple people, streamline processes within one appliance, produce less material waste and reduce overhead costs. Further, production can continue regardless of labor shortages.

2.Faster return on investment (ROI). There are many investments pre-roll distributors can make to expand or improve business, but few have a quicker return on investment (ROI) than purchasing an automated pre-roll system. When automation solutions are centered, they lower operating costs, increase output, and reduce lead times, which quickly offset your initial investment in equipment and development costs. Automated pre-roll machines simplify ‌pre-roll production, 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.

3.Volume. Automated pre-roll machines are a great way to produce a large quantity of pre-rolls in little time. Whether you own a dispensary or a cannabis brand, finding a fast, efficient way to manufacture pre-rolls could be the difference between profit or loss. These machines can roll hundreds of joints in hours as opposed to paying staff to fill the same amount in days.

4.Compliance. Automated systems create fewer touch-points or opportunities for contamination. Federal and State governments could also introduce new cannabis related requirements associated with environmental impact, worker safety, seed-to-sale tracking, and transparency of business practices, and automated systems will be a valuable tool for compliance.

5.Quality. Pre-roll automation is a revolution in manufacturing quality control, allowing manufacturers to set certain bars or criteria for the pre-rolls products they manufacture.

6.Efficiency. Automation will improve efficiency and product quality, which will ultimately maximize profits for businesses.

7.Consistency. Since automated machines don’t tire, and when properly programmed, they function without error; they produce a more accurate, repeatable, and high-quality product.

8.Small Footprint. Another significant benefit of employing automation is their ability to work within confined spaces—ensuring valuable floor space isn’t wasted.

9.Scalability. Engineered to scale up with your business, many automated pre-roll solutions are completely modular, so manufacturers can continue to add components as their needs change.

10.Growth. It’s no secret the success or failure of cannabis businesses will depend on their willingness and ability to use technologies. This industry is hitting its stride at a time of runaway technological acceleration. In the current climate, innovation is survival. Embracing automation allows early adopters an advanced familiarity with options, more time to analyze trends or issues, and set up an infrastructure capable of adding or upgrading additional automated systems in the future. Late adoption likely means playing catch-up indefinitely, with competitors who are already steps ahead. Automation is likely to remain a core technology for cannabis, and those who don’t embrace it will be left behind.

Automation promises to streamline the total system while eliminating waste and increasing efficiency at every step—from production to the supply line. These machines empower cannabis business owners with more control and consistency in repeated pre-rolled processes so they can employ flexibility and innovation elsewhere in their business model. While a reluctance to purchase expensive machines and computer systems is understandable, over time, its impact on profits will make them brilliant investments. Since automation saves time, money, and energy, it creates an enormous number of advantages. Technology will drive the cannabis industry, and automation will be ubiquitous.

Why‌ ‌choose‌ ‌a‌ ‌Blackbird‌ ‌Rolling‌ ‌System‌ ‌over‌ ‌alternative‌ ‌automated‌ ‌pre-roll‌ ‌machines?‌
The Blackbird Rolling System produces hundreds of pre-rolled joints, similar to those rolled by hand, in a short amount of time. The system employs RollPros’ patented TruRoll™ radial compaction method to deliver uniform, high-density pre-rolled joints—similar to those rolled by hand. In comparison, alternative vibration pre-roll machines use vibratory force to fill pre-rolled paper cones. These first generation systems offer little to no customization and commonly produce inconsistent, lower-quality pre-rolls. Since the Blackbird is an industry-born system, it was specifically designed to tackle many of the quality and consistency issues currently plaguing commercial pre-roll production.
Does RollPros offer customer service?
Working with RollPros is much more than purchasing a Blackbird Rolling System–instead it's like gaining a relationship with another like-minded business who cares if our customers succeed. RollPros' customer service team works onsite, alongside our engineers, creating a unique environment equipped to provide personalized customer service to every client.
How much cannabis is in a pre-roll?
Store-bought pre-rolls typically contain a half to one gram of cannabis.
What is a cannabis pre-roll?
Cannabis pre-rolls contain pre-ground cannabis flower, rolled and ready-to-go. Pre-rolls are simply cannabis joints that have been rolled ahead of time for you. Standard pre-rolls contain three components: cannabis, wrapping (or rolling) paper, and a small filter (crutch) at the end that goes into your mouth. Sometimes, pre-rolls are infused or have other cannabis products to increase their potency or desired effect. Unlike bowls, bongs, or vapes, purchasing a pre-roll does not require any additional equipment or preparation. To smoke, a user simply lights the end and inhales.
How are cannabis pre-rolls categorized?
As with other cannabis flower products, there are different strains or varieties of pre-rolls you can purchase. The preferred type of cannabis derivative varies by customer and depends on their desired effect. Pre-rolls are typically categorized based on any combination of these cannabis plant derivatives: THC (Indica, Sativa, Hybrid), CBD, CBG, CBC, and CBN.