Pre-rolls are a top seller in American and Canadian markets. They’re convenient to smoke, affordable, and often a great way for retailers to move bulk flower at a higher margin.
They’re also becoming a hot sector for innovation because filling cones by hand is laborious, slow, and inconsistent.
Several companies are rolling out new technology to modernize the pre-roll process. Let’s take a look at a few of the latest innovations that drew crowds at MJBizCon 2022.
STM Canna Cone Lander
The Cone Lander is a pre-roll loading machine capable of producing 72 pre-rolled cones in just seconds. It’s part of STM’s complete one-tray pre-roll automation system.
All together, STM’s system can help businesses produce tens of thousands of pre-rolls a day. The one-tray workflow allows producers to automate every step of production from grind to close.
The Lander’s small footprint and one-button operation were popular talking points with MJBizCon attendees, according to STM COO Erik Blackerby.
He added, “[The Lander] will save production many hours in hand-loading trays with empty paper cones.”
Jiko Robot by Sorting Robotics
Pre-rolls are the perfect outlet for less-than-perfect flower. Lower potency, a tad dry, mostly shake — there are plenty of reasons why pre-rolls are a sneaky sales tactic.
But, consumers still want a quality smoking experience that packs a punch in the potency department. Infused pre-rolls offer exactly that.
The Jiko Robot automates the process with just one operator, turning regular joints into power-packed pre-rolls.
Any pre-roll or blunt can be infused with meltable concentrates such as live rosin or resin, badder, distillate, CBD, high-terpene extract, sauce, delta-8, or whatever else the producer desires.
Sorting Robotics showed off the tech at MJBiz to an eager audience of engineers, retailers, and manufacturers.
Most pre-rolls are packed rather than filled. That’s where RollPros sets itself apart.
The Blackbird is an automated pre-roll machine that offers a hand-rolled experience. Its “rolled, not packed,” approach creates uniform, consistent joints without cones.
It’s like having your very own Tommy Chong cranking out joints from a little metal box. Its one-operator system has a small footprint and works with any grind.