In an exclusive interview with Benzinga, Nohtal Partansky, the CEO and co-founder of Sorting Robotics, a company revolutionizing the cannabis industry through advanced automation solutions, discussed how their pioneering machines are transforming the cannabis industry.
From optimizing efficiency and slashing operational costs to ensuring compliance and elevating product quality, Partansky unveiled the multifaceted impact of cannabis automation and cutting-edge solutions on cannabis businesses.
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From NASA-JPL to Cannabis Automation
The company, founded in early 2018, initially started as a side project while its co-founders were working at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL). Their transition into the cannabis industry happened in late 2019 when they recognized the significant manual labor and lack of effective automation within the cannabis supply chain.
This eureka moment led them to collaborate with cannabis companies and launch an R&D facility in the Bay Area in early 2020. In 2021, Sorting Robotics (SR) introduced its first product designed for infusing pre-roll joints and crafting hash-infused blunts: the Jiko Automated Pre-Roll Infusion Robot.
"There was a lot of spillage, Kieff all over the floor, and it turned into a huge mess. After that production run, I shifted to the robotic side of our operations to find the best way to infuse joints with concentrates like distillate and rosin, and that's when we kind of had the idea,” Partansky said.
Innovation through Injection: The Genesis of Sorting Robotics
SR's first innovative device was born from its experience in the heart of the East Bay's cannabis industry, renowned for extraction and processing, sparked by customer demand for infused pre-rolls in …