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Tuesday, July 11, 2023

The High Road: Navigating Touchpoints in Pre-Rolled Joint Production

What's up, cannabis community? Today we're breaking down a key topic that’s close to the heart of anyone in the pre-roll game: the importance of reducing touchpoints in your production process, with a special spotlight on that finicky little step - tamping. Now, if you're thinking, "Wait, what are touchpoints again?" don't worry, we got you covered.

Touchpoints, simply put, are instances where an operator's hands physically touch the product. It’s every time fingers brush against a joint, each time a hand checks the roll, and particularly when someone tampers down the cannabis. It introduce a lot of challenges in terms of efficiency and product integrity. Let's dive deeper, shall we?

Now, hands-on production might sound pretty artisanal and authentic, but when it comes to pre-rolls, less is more. Reducing touchpoints has a load of benefits that can make your production process smoother, faster, and, most importantly, can ensure that the final product is of the highest possible quality. We're talking everything from maintaining product consistency to reducing risk of contamination and damage, especially during that tricky tamping stage. Let’s take a minute to talk tamping.

If you’re not familiar with the term, tamping is the process of packing the cannabis into the pre-rolled joint. It might sound simple, but anyone who’s tried it knows that it’s more art than science. You need the right pressure: not too much to crush the cone, not too little that it leaves an uneven burn. And let's not even start on how time-consuming this process can be. Reducing touchpoints here can really ramp up your productivity game. Why? Because tamping is not just about packing a joint—it's about maintaining the delicate balance of airflow and integrity of the joint.

Imagine a pre-roll that's too tightly packed. It's hard to draw air through it, and you're left puffing like a steam engine with little reward. On the other hand, a pre-roll that's too loose can burn up in seconds. Both scenarios lead to a subpar experience for the end-user, and we certainly don’t want that. When you cut back on touchpoints during tamping, you're reducing the chances of human error. Instead of relying on individual judgments that can vary between operators, it creates a more standardized process that can lead to a more consistent end product. That means every joint that rolls out of your production line is as perfect as the last one. Doesn’t that sound great?

There's another key point we need to mention about touchpoints - hygiene. We're all aware of the potential risks of contamination when humans are involved. Even with the highest hygiene standards, fewer hands touching the product equals lower risk. We’re not just talking about visible dirt or debris either. Oils from skin, outside contaminants, all these invisible risks can potentially affect the quality of the end product. So, if we're saying, "less hands, more automation," you might be thinking: "But, wouldn't that mean compromising on the quality that hands-on checking provides?" Well, not necessarily. Automating certain parts of the production process doesn't mean completely removing human oversight. It means strategically reducing the number of times hands have to touch the product. What could this look like in practice?

Integrate machinery that completely eliminates the need for tamping, like KüngTech's GPC. By eliminating tamping all together, we're taking out the variability that comes with human touch.

By focusing on reducing touchpoints such as tamping, you're not just speeding up your production process, you're also reducing the risk of product damage and contamination. And, you’re ensuring that every single joint that comes out of your production line is a perfect balance of airiness and firmness. It's like this: we're all about creating the best experience for the end consumer. They don't just want a pre-roll; they want the perfect pre-roll. By reducing touchpoints in your production process, you're one step closer to delivering that perfection, every single time.

Now, doesn’t that sound like a high worth aiming for?