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Beehave, den snälla bikupan

Alverbäck, Anton and Holm, Lisa (2013) In Diploma work IDEL01 20131
Industrial Design
Abstract (Swedish)
The aim with this project is to renew the traditional beehive into a modern and easy to use device. Many people who are interested in becoming beekeepers hesitate due to a number of problems. One is the amount of time that you need to spend working with your bees, it’s also costly to buy all the things that you need for keeping bees and harvesting the honey. You usually need a shed where you can store your tools and take care of the harvest. Another problem is the contact with the bees, they do sting and this is not very pleasant, neither for the beekeeper nor the bees (they die after stinging). By reducing the work where you have contact with the bees we would like to decrease the stress levels both inside the beehive but also for the... (More)
The aim with this project is to renew the traditional beehive into a modern and easy to use device. Many people who are interested in becoming beekeepers hesitate due to a number of problems. One is the amount of time that you need to spend working with your bees, it’s also costly to buy all the things that you need for keeping bees and harvesting the honey. You usually need a shed where you can store your tools and take care of the harvest. Another problem is the contact with the bees, they do sting and this is not very pleasant, neither for the beekeeper nor the bees (they die after stinging). By reducing the work where you have contact with the bees we would like to decrease the stress levels both inside the beehive but also for the beekeeper.

Today it is common to use smoke to calm the bees, this is needed because you have to open the beehive to access the frames. This is where the bees live, lay their eggs and store their honey. To be able to harvest you need to take the frames out one by one, shake off the bees and/or brush them briskly off with a broom. This is very stressful for the bees, to keep them calm the smoke is used to simulate a fire. This scent makes the bees ready to abandon the hive, as a preparation they fill their stomachs with an emergency stack of honey. This makes them heavy, slow in motion and less likely to sting. The new idea is to enable the beekeeper to harvest without any contact with the bees using no smoke and no or little security clothing.

This will be solved by using a bee evacuator, this is a one way passage that enables the bees to escape down to the broad room (yngelrum) when it’s time for harvest. This part of the hive will never be touched by the beekeeper. This is where the queen lives and lay all her eggs, this is also where the bees will keep their stock of honey for winter survival. It is the only part of the hive that will be open during wintertime, the main reason for this is to enable the bees to keep the heat in the hive when it chilly outside.
Through an online survey it was found that a lot of beekeepers are starting by the time of their retirement and the one reason that could make them stop keeping bees is their own death with this in mind we wanted to minimize heavy lifts and make the working posture as ergonomic as possible.

One of the greatest changes of the hive is the procedure of harvesting, the bees will build freely without any frames inside a soft textile cabin. The whole cabin will be possible to take out like a bag. We will recommend switching the bags twice per season once in the beginning of June to get the early summer honey and once in the end of the summer, to get the darker honey. The bags are neat in size to avoid heavy handling, and also to make the storage easy. The solution with the bags enables the extraction of the honey to be done by pressure. To avoid time consuming steps of stirring and bottling we let the honey stay in the preserving waxcombs until its needed, then the user will press out wanted amount of honey that will be filtered and ready to consume straight away. (Less)
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author
Alverbäck, Anton and Holm, Lisa
supervisor
organization
alternative title
Beehave, the caring bee hive
course
IDEL01 20131
year
type
M2 - Bachelor Degree
subject
keywords
Bisamhälle, Bitömmare, Dragområde, Fluster, Skattlåda, Yngelrum
publication/series
Diploma work
report number
ISRN: LUT-DVIDE/ EX--13/50207—SE
ISSN
ISRN
language
Swedish
id
4003021
date added to LUP
2013-08-28 16:04:28
date last changed
2013-08-28 16:04:28
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  abstract     = {The aim with this project is to renew the traditional beehive into a modern and easy to use device. Many people who are interested in becoming beekeepers hesitate due to a number of problems. One is the amount of time that you need to spend working with your bees, it’s also costly to buy all the things that you need for keeping bees and harvesting the honey. You usually need a shed where you can store your tools and take care of the harvest. Another problem is the contact with the bees, they do sting and this is not very pleasant, neither for the beekeeper nor the bees (they die after stinging). By reducing the work where you have contact with the bees we would like to decrease the stress levels both inside the beehive but also for the beekeeper.

Today it is common to use smoke to calm the bees, this is needed because you have to open the beehive to access the frames. This is where the bees live, lay their eggs and store their honey. To be able to harvest you need to take the frames out one by one, shake off the bees and/or brush them briskly off with a broom. This is very stressful for the bees, to keep them calm the smoke is used to simulate a fire. This scent makes the bees ready to abandon the hive, as a preparation they fill their stomachs with an emergency stack of honey. This makes them heavy, slow in motion and less likely to sting. The new idea is to enable the beekeeper to harvest without any contact with the bees using no smoke and no or little security clothing.

This will be solved by using a bee evacuator, this is a one way passage that enables the bees to escape down to the broad room (yngelrum) when it’s time for harvest. This part of the hive will never be touched by the beekeeper. This is where the queen lives and lay all her eggs, this is also where the bees will keep their stock of honey for winter survival. It is the only part of the hive that will be open during wintertime, the main reason for this is to enable the bees to keep the heat in the hive when it chilly outside.
Through an online survey it was found that a lot of beekeepers are starting by the time of their retirement and the one reason that could make them stop keeping bees is their own death with this in mind we wanted to minimize heavy lifts and make the working posture as ergonomic as possible.

One of the greatest changes of the hive is the procedure of harvesting, the bees will build freely without any frames inside a soft textile cabin. The whole cabin will be possible to take out like a bag. We will recommend switching the bags twice per season once in the beginning of June to get the early summer honey and once in the end of the summer, to get the darker honey. The bags are neat in size to avoid heavy handling, and also to make the storage easy. The solution with the bags enables the extraction of the honey to be done by pressure. To avoid time consuming steps of stirring and bottling we let the honey stay in the preserving waxcombs until its needed, then the user will press out wanted amount of honey that will be filtered and ready to consume straight away.},
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  note         = {Student Paper},
  series       = {Diploma work},
  title        = {Beehave, den snälla bikupan},
  year         = {2013},
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