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TE3000 Wafer Valve
TE3000 WAFER VALVE
Function: On/Off valve for the main flange on the TE3000 Extractor Tank.
Purpose: Saves time and money by preventing the need to purge pressure from or cool your lower Extractor Tank before you remove your column to empty it and refill it with new plant material. Safety is maintained when a tank can stay closed from the atmosphere. The vapors inside this tank stay put. It is not just about saving money. There is no need to expose risk when you can prevent it.
This low profile Valve I created is a FLAT Valve that I call the Wafer Valve. You have a simple entrance exit port controlled by a very simple plug operated on the side of the wafer valve. It can be easily removed for cleaning or replacement if needed.When the valve is placed on top of the Extractor Tank and Bolted on prior to placing the column flange on you now have a sealed Extractor Tank allowing you to remove the column to empty and fill without the need to purge pressure from the Extractor Tank or cool it down to reduce pressure. There is no need to open the Extractor Tank or Bottom Collection Tank at all.
NOTE: Adding a standard flanged ball valve or any valve to the bottom of the column defeats one of the many advantages of this design. I designed this system to have the easiest cleaning process available. I did this by eliminating the valve and lines from the bottom of the column of plant material.
In place of the ball valve I placed a resistor there to hold liquid in the column while only allowing air or vapors through. Basically turning the column into a giant buchner funnel with a large flat removable perforation plate that you can place a filter disc on. As with any buchner funnel we all know that liquid will not pass through the funnel at any rate of speed without the additon of pressure from above which can be created by vacuum from below. Using these pressure vacuum principles with butane instead of dangerous costly pumps is what the tamisium is all about so why not take advantage of it and extract easier, cleaner, cheaper and safer producing a higher quality product with less cost.
The idea of eliminating the lines and valves was based on the fact that once the solvent mixed with the extracted compounds extracted from the plant medium it was now unclean and contaminated. All parts that the extract flows through at that point would need to be cleaned. Cleaning can be time consuming and costly.
By using our proprietary process there is absolutely no need to have a ball valve there to fill and hold liquid in your column for the required length of time needed for a complete extraction to occur. As a matter of fact, all venting during filling is now done automatically and does not need to be monitored to ensure a proper hydraulic fill of the column.
Not having a ball valve on larger machines presented a different problem that is no longer a problem at all with the addition of this new patent pending accessory.
A key problem with flanged ball valves is the overall height and intricate small moving parts inside that can trap food particles where bacteria can grow. This is compounded by the problem of attachment to the input and output vessels which make cleaning a bit of a chore while the height can make operating the valves on the top of larger columns awkward. Minimizing Height is critical when operating the controls on top of the column especially when dealing with the taller extractors. Structural integrity is also maintained by reducing leverage on stressed joints. The weak joints in traditional valves have simply been eliminated.
Another problem adding a valve here solves is that it allows you to completely stop the extraction process while recovery of the solvent takes place. By closing the valve you can stop the output flow of any extract from solvent that has settled in the column. Stopping flow after extraction has completed can decrease the darkening effect solvent can have on plant extractions when allowed long soak times and higher temps. However note that if the bottom of the column outlet is closed recovery of solvent from the column top outlet is the only choice. Keeping them both open is ideal if possible. Then the wafer valve serves as a safety device only.
QUESTION: Can you use the Wafer Valve with the Channel Filter?
The optional Channel Filter is placed on the Extractor Tank prior to placing the Wafer Valve on if you elect to use both. The Column is then placed on top of this stacked configuration and bolted on top. Total added height of column with both accessories is under 2”.
QUESTION: Why do your competitors find it necessary to have a valve on the bottom of the column.
ANSWER: We had valves in 2001 when we made those systems too. But as we started making a variety of consumables we began cleaning more thoroughly. This got boring fast. So we eliminated them with the buchner funnel concept that allowed us to hold solvent in the column without the valve.
When copy cats look over your shoulder to copy your answers or design, they do not know why you do what you do. In their minds they could not figure out how to stop flow in their columns or did not think they could without adding a ball valve. Which really only demonstrated that they do not understand what a buchner funnel is or how to use one. Maybe they only added a valve there to allow them to take the column off to load it again. In addition they probably did not think about the cleaning issues that come with added valves and lines. I guess they did not know I was not putting one there for hygenic purposes too and thought they were improving our design not knowing we did what they are doing and dropped it for a better alternative.
What is funnier is that most people do not understand that by making a different process than us they are making a inferior system that has already been done before and therefore cannot be patented. So even if a patent is granted to them we can refute it by showing documented prior art which would give us the patent if anyone could get one. But nobody can because we did not patent it then. You only have a year. We chose not to because it was either dangerous or inferior. It brings back terrible memories when I see all these systems being built again and being sold to unsuspecting customers that have probably never used a extractor before for comparison. They will be none the wiser which will just compound their problems. Then again, if you dont know of a solution to a problem the problems are merely just seen as labor, risk and difficulty. The opposite of ergonomics.
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