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1. WO2020198722 - EQUIPMENT AND METHOD FOR CONTINUOUSLY PROCESSING PLANT MATERIAL

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CLAIMS

What is claimed is:

1. A system for separating or extracting trichomes from plant material, the system comprising:

a metered feed system or hopper configured to mix plant material with a fluid to form a slurry;

a turbulent processor configured to receive and agitate the slurry to remove trichomes from the plant material to form a mixture of fluid, trichomes and plant material; a coarse filter configured to remove some plant material from the mixture to form an interim mixture; and

a second filter is configured to remove other plant material from the interim mixture and form a resultant mixture comprising fluid and trichomes.

2. The system of claim 1, wherein the turbulent processor comprises at least one of a shear blender, liquid ring pump, in-line turbulent mixer, solids handling pump or particle reducer.

3. The system of claim 1, further comprising a grinder configured to grind the slurry to reduce a size of the plant material prior to processing in the turbulent processor.

4. The system of claim 2, further comprising at least one additional shear blender configured to be coupled between the shear blender and the coarse filter and configured to process the mixture through the additional shear blender prior to coarse filtering.

5. The system of claim 1, further comprising at least one medium filter having a filter size and position between the coarse filtering and the second filtering, and configured to filter the resulting mixture with the medium filter prior to pumping the interim mixture through the second filter.

6. The system of claim 1, further comprising a liquid spray system configured to comprise an additional fluid and configured to move the mixture through the coarse filter with the additional fluid.

7. The system of claim 1, wherein the turbulent processor comprises a pump configured to be located upstream from the shear blender.

8. The system of claim 1, wherein the fluid of the system is configured to be water.

9. The system of claim 1, wherein the fluid of the system is configured to be solvent.

10. The system of claim 1, wherein the fluid of the system is configured to be ethanol.

11. The system of claim 1, further comprising equipment configured to process the resultant mixture to remove the dissolved cannabinoids from the solvent.