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News Article | May 3, 2017
Site: co.newswire.com

Cura Cannabis Solutions, the leading provider of cannabis vape cartridges and oil in Oregon, recently announced the expansion of their high-quality products to the California market. Cura Cannabis Solutions, the leading provider of cannabis vape cartridges and oil in Oregon, recently announced the expansion of their high-quality products to the California market. The line features premium oils, concentrates and cannabis products. “We are thrilled to share the Cura brand with our California neighbors,” Cura President Cameron Forni said. “We feel this is the ideal market to take our products to the forefront of the cannabis industry and plan to integrate the same cooperative approach we use with growers and processors in Oregon. We take pride in knowing that not only will California consumers have access to one of the safest vape cartridges on the market, but the state will also benefit from tax revenue from the sale of our products.” Following the passage of Proposition 64 by California voters in 2016, cannabis has become the fastest growing industry in the country. The popularity of vaping is here to stay because it contains fewer toxins than smoke, dosage is easy to control, it is more efficient (uses less herb than smoking), and it produces less odor, allowing users to be more discreet. In May 2017, the company will begin offering Select branded CBD (cannabidiol hemp oil) cartridges, which will be produced at a new facility in South East Portland. Select CBD will be available online and retail locations and will allow consumers across the country access Select’s premium vape experience. The Select vape cartridge brand is the top-selling cannabis product in Oregon and provides consumers with the most flavorful, effective, safe and enjoyable vape experience on the market. The Select brand features an American made- Kanthal steel coil, unbleached Japanese organic cotton and pure CO2 and distillate oil extracted from the very finest cannabis. A second brand, Luckey’s Pre-Rolls, grows high-grade cannabis by harvesting only the best buds using no chemicals or additives. Consumers may choose between Indica, Sativa or Hybrid strains. Cura currently operates three facilities in Portland and has grown from a modest 15-person workforce to approximately 125 employees over the past year. Expansion plans for California include a new 10,000 square-foot facility in Sacramento with plans to open another in Los Angeles. Twenty-five employees will be hired with a goal of adding 125 more employees by the end of year. “We have undergone extremely fast growth since we started in 2016 and we attribute it to the fact that consumers absolutely love our product,” stated Nitin Khanna, CEO of Cura. “We are excited to start offering our Select products to savvy Californians who wish to relax or medicate with cannabis. Sales of Select brand products began April 17 in Sacramento and the Bay Area. Residents within those areas should be able to find Select vaping products in most dispensaries within the next month. To learn more about Cura Cannabis Solutions go to https://curacan.com/. For more information on where to buy visit http://selectstrains.com/. Cura’s mission is to be the leading provider of cannabis oil to both consumers and premium edible brands in legal US and international markets. Select brand products include: Select CO2 vape cartridges, Select Elite THC Distillate and cannabis terpenes, Select Dabbables and Select CBD to be launched in May.


News Article | May 4, 2017
Site: co.newswire.com

Northwest Premium Vaping Products now Available in California Cura Cannabis Solutions, the leading provider of cannabis vape cartridges and oil in Oregon, recently announced the expansion of their high-quality products to the California market. The line features premium oils, concentrates and cannabis products. “We are thrilled to share the Cura brand with our California neighbors,” Cura President Cameron Forni said. “We feel this is the ideal market to take our products to the forefront of the cannabis industry, and plan to integrate the same cooperative approach we use with growers and processors in Oregon. We take pride in knowing that not only will California consumers have access to one of the safest vape cartridges on the market, but the state will also benefit from tax revenue from the sale of our products.” Following the passage of Proposition 64 by California voters in 2016, cannabis has become the fastest-growing industry in the country. The popularity of vaping is here to stay because it contains fewer toxins than smoke, dosage is easy to control, it is more efficient (uses less herb than smoking), and it produces less odor, allowing users to be more discreet. In May 2017, the company will begin offering Select branded CBD (cannabidiol hemp oil) cartridges, which will be produced at a new facility in South East Portland. Select CBD will be available online and at retail locations, and will allow consumers across the country access to Select’s premium vape experience. The Select vape cartridge brand is the top-selling cannabis product in Oregon and provides consumers with the most flavorful, effective, safe and enjoyable vape experience on the market. The Select brand features an American-made Kanthal steel coil, unbleached Japanese organic cotton and pure CO2, and distillate oil extracted from the very finest cannabis. A second brand, Luckey’s Pre-Rolls, grows high-grade cannabis by harvesting only the best buds using no chemicals or additives. Consumers may choose between Indica, Sativa or Hybrid strains. Cura currently operates three facilities in Portland and has grown from a modest 15-person workforce to approximately 125 employees over the past year. Expansion plans for California include a new 10,000 square-foot facility in Sacramento, with plans to open another in Los Angeles. Twenty-five employees will be hired, with a goal of adding 125 more employees by the end of the year. “We have undergone extremely fast growth since we started in 2016 and we attribute it to the fact that consumers absolutely love our product,” stated Nitin Khanna, CEO of Cura. “We are excited to start offering our Select products to savvy Californians who wish to relax or medicate with cannabis. Sales of Select brand products began April 17 in Sacramento and the Bay Area. Residents within those areas should be able to find Select vaping products in most dispensaries within the next month. To learn more about Cura Cannabis Solutions, go to https://curacan.com/. For more information on where to buy, visit http://selectstrains.com/. Cura’s mission is to be the leading provider of cannabis oil to both consumers and premium edible brands in legal US and international markets. Select brand products include: Select CO2 vape cartridges, Select Elite THC Distillate and cannabis terpenes, Select Dabbables and Select CBD, to be launched in May.


Pang W.K.,Curtin University Australia | Low I.M.,Curtin University Australia | Hanna J.V.,University of Warwick | Palmquist J.P.,Kanthal AB
Ceramic Engineering and Science Proceedings | Year: 2010

This paper describes the use of secondary-ion mass spectrometry (SIMS), nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) and transmission electron microscopy (TEM) to identify the amorphous silica in Ti3SiC2 oxidised at 500-1000°C The formation of an amorphous SiO2 layer and its growth in thickness with temperature was monitored using dynamic SIMS. Results of NMR and TEM verify for the first time the direct evidence of amorphous silica formation during the oxidation of Ti3SiC2 at 1000°C.


Sonestedt M.,Chalmers University of Technology | Frodelius J.,Linköping University | Sundberg M.,Kanthal AB | Hultman L.,Linköping University | Stiller K.,Chalmers University of Technology
Corrosion Science | Year: 2010

The oxidation behaviour of Ti2AlC bulk and high velocity oxy-fuel spray deposited coatings has been investigated for temperatures up to 1200°C. X-ray diffraction and electron microscopy show that bulk Ti2AlC forms a continuous layer of α-Al2O3 below a layer of TiO2 at temperatures as low as 700°C. Oxidation of the Ti2AlC coatings is more complex, and also involves the phases Ti3AlC2, TiC, and TixAly, formed during the spraying process. α-Al2O3 is observed, however, it is unevenly distributed deep into the material, and does not form a continuous layer essential for good oxidation resistance. © 2010 Elsevier Ltd.


Sonestedt M.,Chalmers University of Technology | Frodelius J.,Linköping University | Palmquist J.-P.,Kanthal AB | Hogberg H.,Linköping University | And 2 more authors.
Journal of Materials Science | Year: 2010

The microstructure formation and phase transformations in Ti 2AlC-rich coatings deposited by High Velocity Oxy-fuel spraying of Maxthal 211® powders is presented. High resolution electron microscopy analysis, using both scanning and transmission electron microscopy with energy dispersive spectrometry and energy filtering, combined with X-ray diffraction reveals that the coatings consist of Ti2AlC grains surrounded by regions of very small TiC grains embedded in Ti x Al y . The composition of the Ti x Al y depends on its surrounding and varies with size and distribution of the adjacent TiC grains. Impact of spray parameters on coating microstructure is also discussed. Two spray parameters were varied; powder size distribution and flame power. They were found to greatly affect the coating microstructure. Increasing powder size and decreasing flame power increase the amount of Ti2AlC, but produces thinner coatings with lower cohesion. Larger powder size will also decrease oxygen incorporation. © 2010 Springer Science+Business Media, LLC.


Pang W.K.,Curtin University Australia | Low I.M.,Curtin University Australia | O'Connor B.H.,Curtin University Australia | Peterson V.K.,Australian Nuclear Science and Technology Organisation | And 2 more authors.
Journal of Alloys and Compounds | Year: 2011

The thermal stability of Ti2AlC at elevated temperature (1000-1550 °C) in vacuum has been investigated using in situ neutron diffraction. At temperatures above 1400 °C, Ti2AlC became unstable and began to decompose via sublimation of Al, resulting in a porous surface layer of TiCx being formed. The apparent activation energy for Ti2AlC decomposition was determined to be 85.7 ± 2.6 kJ mol-1. The kinetics of isothermal phase decomposition was modelled using least-squares linear regression fitting and the Avrami equation. The corresponding least-squares regression exponent (R2) and Avrami constants (k and n) for isothermal decomposition were determined to be 0.89, 0.268 min-n and 0.1, respectively. © 2010 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.


Lewinsohn C.A.,Ceramatec Inc | Anderson H.,Ceramatec Inc | Wilson M.,Ceramatec Inc | Sunderberg M.,Kanthal AB | Brangefalt J.,Kanthal AB
Ceramic Engineering and Science Proceedings | Year: 2010

Ceramic microreactors are suitable for containing a variety of high temperature reactions for applications such as hydrogen production, fuel processing and reforming, synthetic chemistry, and point-of-use synthesis of hazardous material. In many of these applications, not only are the high-temperature structural properties of ceramics beneficial, but also their resistance to various forms of chemical corrosion. Although a number of materials are candidates for use in these demanding applications, the behavior of many of these materials under conditions anticipated during operation are unknown. Therefore, high temperature exposure tests were used to characterize the effects on mechanical strength and the formation of corrosion products on silicon-based ceramic materials and on certain intermetallic materials. Corrosion was investigated in vapour environments, and in boiling, liquid-sulfuric acid. Based on the results that will be discussed, non-oxide ceramics that form protective silica layers in oxidizing environments show promise for use in corrosive environments, especially at high temperatures.


Takami K.M.,Mälardalen University | Danielsson O.,Kanthal AB | Mahmoudi J.,Mälardalen University
Applied Thermal Engineering | Year: 2011

The high power reflector is a new heating solution for use in high power heating systems. It consists of a vacuum formed ceramic fibre hood with an integrated Kanthal® Super ceramic heating element. This paper describes simulations that have been performed to optimise characteristics of the high power reflector with respect to output heat power and temperature distribution. The main motivation for this task is to use this system in the annealing furnaces of Surahammar Bruks AB. Simulations of heat transfer were performed with different reflector configurations in the COMSOL® software environment. We examined six different types of proposed reflector using a two dimensional model approach. The temperature variations with distance above the reflectors and the temperature profiles in surfaces 20 cm above the elements were simulated. Optimum shapes and dimensions were found that produced the highest peak temperature, mean temperature, and uniform temperature distribution in the surface above the element. 3D simulations were performed to verify the accuracy of the 2D simulations. The maximum difference between the 2D and 3D results was about 5%. The results showed a satisfactory fit with average furnace temperatures. © 2010 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.


Pang W.K.,Curtin University Australia | Low I.M.,Curtin University Australia | O'Connor B.H.,Curtin University Australia | Studer A.J.,Australian Nuclear Science and Technology Organization | And 3 more authors.
Journal of Physics: Conference Series | Year: 2010

The susceptibility of four MAX phases (Ti2AlC, Cr 2AlC, Ti3AlC2, and Ti3SiC 2) to high-temperature thermal dissociation in vacuum has been investigated using in-situ neutron diffraction. In high vacuum, these phases decomposed above 1400°C through the sublimation of M and A elements, forming a surface coating of MC. The apparent activation energies for the decomposition of sintered Ti3SiC2, Ti3AlC2, and Ti2AlC were determined to be 179.3, -71.9, and 85.7 kJ mol -1, respectively. The spontaneous release of Ti2AlC and TiC from de-intercalation during decomposition of Ti3AlC2 resulted in a negative activation energy. © 2010 IOP Publishing Ltd.


Ingemarsson L.,Chalmers University of Technology | Halvarsson M.,Chalmers University of Technology | Hellstrom K.,Chalmers University of Technology | Jonsson T.,Chalmers University of Technology | And 3 more authors.
Intermetallics | Year: 2010

The oxidation behavior of a (Mo,W)Si2 composite with boride addition was examined at 300-1000 °C for 24 h in dry O2. The oxidation kinetics was studied using a thermobalance, and the oxide scales were analyzed using a combination of electron microscopy (SEM/EDX, FIB, BIB) and XRD. Accelerated oxidation was found to occur between 500 °C and 675 °C, with a peak mass gain at 625 °C. The rapid oxidation is attributed to the vaporization of molybdenum oxide that leaves a porous and poorly protective silica layer behind. At higher temperature (700-1000 °C) a protective scale forms, consisting of a dense SiO2/B2O3 glass. © 2009 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

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