One of 3C’s key service offerings is our Efficiency and Productivity Audit, which employs the trained eyes of our Subject Matter Experts to evaluate all aspects of an operation. This audit takes into consideration:
– Facility design
– Pest and contamination risks
– Regulatory compliance issues
– Business plans and projections
This case study exhibits 3C’s ability to conduct audits that maximize cannabis yields and increase shareholder value by bringing focus to critical areas of improvement. 3C was recently hired to advise a client running a vertically integrated, infused-products operation that was already seeing some success. The team at 3C was able to offer guidance related to all of the functional areas listed above and made specific recommendations to modify light fixture spacing and positioning, cultivation methodologies, and SOPs. This allowed our client to realize a 63% gain in cultivation productivity, all while more than doubling the production of cannabis concentrates being produced.
The primary issues our client was experiencing included poor initial facility design and equipment installation. These factors contributed to systemic productivity inefficiencies throughout the entire cultivation operation. Another major problem involved lights being spaced improperly, an issue affecting the vegetative stage through to the flowering rooms (the full footprint of reflectors was not being utilized). In addition to these findings, 3C learned that light fixtures could not be raised or lowered, resulting in wattages not being able to be controlled effectively. This presented various issues for plants at all stages of development.
For the purposes of this case study, we will focus specifically on flowering plants and the adjustments made to the spacing and manner in which light fixtures were hung, as well as complimentary adjustments to the trellises and trellising procedures employed by the staff in an attempt to maximize the production of each plant. Additionally, automatic irrigation systems were constructed and installed in flower rooms, which allowed plants to receive irrigation and fertigation more consistently, contributing further to higher yields.
One distinguishing feature of this client was that they were growing product specifically for extraction, and their license limited them to 500 plants total. This made optimal efficiency and productivity all the more essential. Prior to 3C’s recommendations being implemented, the operation was producing roughly 1.9 pounds of untrimmed plant material per light fixture, while employing an 8-week flower cycle that allowed for six harvests per year. The facility consisted of four flower rooms containing 30 lights each, totaling 120 lights. Based on these metrics, the facility was producing roughly 1,368 pounds of un-trimmed flower and plant material per year.