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Development and evaluation of honey extracting machine.

Babajide, N.A.; Ogunlade, C.A.; Oke, A.M.; Aremu, D.O.


C.A. Ogunlade

A.M. Oke

D.O. Aremu


Traditional method of extracting honey leads to reduction in nutritional value and quality thus, a honey extractor; a mechanical device that extracts honey from its comb was designed and constructed using easily available materials. The main objective of this study is the development and performance evaluation of a honey extractor. The main functional parts of the machine are net frame, wire mesh (perforation size 5mm, constructed using 1.5mm thick stainless steel of dimension 180 x 225mm), driving shaft (20 x 50mm), driving gear (diameter 21 x 17mm), control lever or operating handle (made of iron rod coated with rubber material at the point of handling to facilitate the winding process) and basket (designed to hold and spin two honeycomb frames, constructed using 1.5mm thick stainless steel, dimension 180 x 255mm placed vertically into the extractor). The honey extractor is cylindrical in shape and operated by manually turning the control lever. The time taken for honey extraction had significant effect on the performance of the honey extractor; the machine capacity, efficiency and weight of honey extracted decreases as the time taken for extraction increases, optimum values of 91.2%, 8.68 kg/hr and 456g was obtained at 32 seconds of honey extraction for machine efficiency, capacity and weight of honey extracted respectively. The average values of weight of honey extracted, weight of honeycomb remaining after honey extraction, time taken, machine efficiency and capacity of the honey extractor after a set of five experimental runs were 416.2g (+ 32), 83.8g (+ 31.8), 44s (+ 8.5), 83.3% (+ 6.4) and 6.52 kg/hr (+ 1.4) respectively. The machine is portable and can be operated without any special training or technical-know-how, the machine also has the ability to reserve and leave the honeycomb undamaged after honey extraction.


BABAJIDE, N.A., OGUNLADE, C.A., OKE, A.M. and AREMU, D.O. 2015 Development and evaluation of honey extracting machine. New York science journal [online], 8(9), pages 1-5. Available from:

Journal Article Type Article
Acceptance Date Aug 26, 2015
Online Publication Date Aug 27, 2015
Publication Date Sep 30, 2015
Deposit Date May 23, 2024
Publicly Available Date May 23, 2024
Journal New York science journal
Print ISSN 1554-0200
Electronic ISSN 2375-723X
Publisher Marsland Press
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 8
Issue 9
Pages 1-5
Keywords Honeycomb; Honey extractor; Design; Evaluation; Efficiency
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