Article by Tess Allen, Civilized
Why spend hours hunched over a table nudging buds into baggies when you could get a robot to do it for you?
This is the idea behind BudBot, the cannabis packaging robot invented by Seattle entrepreneur Steve Chandler.
The machine, which officially hit the market in early August, purports to “automatically weigh, sort and pack cannabis buds” and increase cannabis processors’ productivity by “up to two hundred percent.”
The robot includes state-of-the-art light curtains for operator safety, performance reporting, and only requires one person to operate – which Chandler claims can reduce costs “up to sixty percent.”
It’s a tall order, but Chandler – whose resume includes high-profile stints at companies like Starbucks, Frito Lay and Kellogg – is confident BudBot can meet it. The machine was developed, after all, following ample research with cannabis processors and the exhaustive efforts of seven engineers.
“I contacted cannabis processors in the Washington State area with the simple question of, ‘what is your pain point in processing and packaging cannabis flower?’ They all mentioned the tedious, brain-straining activity of packaging the small-gram bags,” Chandler told Civilized of the product’s conception.
“Cannabis is so delicate and varies so much in density and size that you can’t just cram it into equipment designed for other products like tea or coffee and expect it to come out in a reasonable form that consumers will pay top-dollar for.”