Industry Overview and Trends

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Industry Overview and Trends

Plastic foundation will probably never completely replace lireswax foundation, but commercial beekeepers may turn to lie plastic one-piece combination frame and foundation as a way to save time

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All-Plastic Foundation

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All-Plastic Foundation

Probably the most widely used all-plastic foundation is that sold by Arnaba Ltd. of Hawaii. It was first advertised in the February 1978 issues of both Gleanings in Bee Culture (page 54) and

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Plastic and Plastic Core Foundation

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Plastic and Plastic Core Foundation

Following World War II, beekeeping supply houses began to manufacture various beehive parts of plastic. Acceptance of these by the beekeeping industry was slow, mostly because beekeepers expect

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Metal Comb. Part 2

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Metal Comb. Part 2

We have several of the metal combs from the 1920s in our collection of beekeeping paraphernalia at Cornell. One had been cleaned of all wax and cocoons recently in a steam chest. We put it on a

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Press

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Press

History is said to repeat itself. Foundation presses were used before the mill was developed. Sheet wax was placed between the mold halves, and pressure was applied with mechanic leverage to

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Cake and Mill

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Cake and Mill

A more complicated way to get sheet wax is to make cakes about one half inch thick in pans four or five feet long, and feed the warm cakes through a set of smooth rolls to reduce their thickness

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Aluminum-Based Foundation

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Aluminum-Based Foundation

Alan Eby (Hyland Apiaries Inc.) developed and patented a foundation with an aluminum base coated with beeswax; the core had cell bases but the aluminum cell walls were not well- defined or sharp;

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