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Industry Insights: Marijuana Venture Magazine Interviews Thompson Duke for an Article on Automating the Cannabis Industry

We were happy to sit down with the editors at Marijuana Venture Magazine to chat about one of our favorite subjects recently: automating the cannabis industry for greater efficiency. In the article, called 5 Ways To Automate, the writers cover five companies that are manufacturing equipment to help cannabis brands streamline their operations. In the face of labor shortages, high costs and fierce competition, reducing manual labor and achieving greater efficiency is vital to success.

They write: “For many operators, filling vape cartridges with oil and attaching mouthpieces can be a painstaking and expensive process, making it a prime task to automate.” Luckily, Thompson Duke has industry-leading solutions to automate both of these steps, grounded in Portland Engineering’s (our parent company) 30 years of experience in large process automation. For the article, we focused primarily on our IZR Filling Machine (U.S. Patent No. 10,440,989 and cETLus Certified – UL 61010-1, UL 61010-2, UL508, CSA C22.2, IEC 61010-1). The IZR uses patented technology to increase output to 1,000 or more cartridges every hour, all filled to within 0.02 grams of each other.

We created the IZR to solve not only the challenges surrounding the different oils found in the cannabis extraction space, but also to proactively address the constant evolution of the industry as a whole. The machine is also backed by our U.S.-based knowledgeable technical support and ongoing commitment to innovation in the space. In the article, we also touched on our other filling machines as well as our line of mouthpiece presses, which all help to create efficiencies throughout the cartridge filling and capping lifecycle.

By removing manual steps and inconsistencies from the cartridge filling process through automation, employing a solution like the IZR or one of our other automated or semi-automated machines can keep cannabis companies competitive in a demanding marketplace.


We were in good company in the Marijuana Venture feature article. Other solutions profiled in the article were AEssenseGrows’ SmartFarm, Canapa’s JuanaOne, GreenBroz M Lite and GrowSpan’s Blackout System.

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