Engrg students test honey processing prototype machine at NARTDI

BS Mechanical Engineering students, namely Hadrian Flores, Franco Luis Asis, Kehn Warren Bucsit, Carmela Cabading, and Dominic Sobremonte, from Don Mariano Marcos Memorial State University – Mid La Union Campus (DMMMSU-MLUC), conducted a performance test of Beeswax Capping Spinner, a prototype, to determine the optimum capacity and efficiency of the machine based on the three-pulley ratio. The performance test was conducted at the National Apiculture Research Training and Development Institute (NARTDI) on May 28 and 31, 2024.

The performance testing is a development of the collaboration of the three groups of mechanical and electrical engineering students from DMMMSU-MLUC College of Engineering with NARTDI to conduct beekeeping research for their thesis on beekeeping processing machines as a requirement in their curriculum.

Engr. Rowel M. Munar, Division Chief for Planning and Development, assisted and served as their external evaluator.

Beekeepers may soon benefit from a significant reduction in the time required to separate honey from the beeswax cappings in traditional honey processing. This time-saving can lead to increased productivity and efficiency in honey production, thereby enhancing the profitability of beekeeping operations with the help of the developed machines. (By RMV)

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