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Making Foundation

Written by Airwreck on .

Making foundation can be broken down to 3 parts: 

Rendering
Cleaning and block formation
Pressing and Embossing

Rendering is boiling the old discarded comb to separate the wax from large debris and dead bees to create rough cakes of wax. This is then cleaned by remelting and filtering to remove small particulate to form large wax cakes.

These cakes are softened in a water bath then passed through a thinning press followed by an embossing press, which imprints the cell patten and cuts to width.

I was informed by Dee Lusby there are only two countries that produce foundation machines; China and Poland. Both produce manual and electric presses. The manual press is hand cranked, the electric comes with either a 220v or 110v motor.

The Chinese machine system is unique in that it appears there are a bunch of small tool shops making individual parts and then a “Bee equipment supplier” assembles them to client specs. Of the two vendors located they both produce the same machine but the Polish vendor manufactures under “One Roof”.

The Chinese sell the process in sets meaning the reduction press and embossing press, where the Polish sell the presses individually.

Depending upon volume and minimal research, a commerical wax melter seems to cost about $300 USD.

Below please see videos that show each machine in action.

After wading through all the literature and gleaning advice from Dee Lusby and other beekeepers, I have concluded that even though the Polish machine is a higher priced machine, I lean towards their machine over the Chinese machine. This conclusion is also derived from seeing both machines in action in the videos. The Polish process seems to be more suited to a very small operation.

  China   Poland
Henan Beta Bee Supplier
Factory address:
xi village
dazhou town
changge city
henan province.
Tel: 0086-371-56687645
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Web: www.hnbeekeeping.com

Lankoff
Contact: Stanislaw Lankoff Lankoff

Kielce, Ul. Sandomierska 145
Sandomierz, Tarnobrzeg-25-329, Poland

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 Manual Foundation Rollers

55 0 
Henan Beta Bee Supplier USD735/set for manual
shipping cost will be USD550

JUNYAO BEEKEEPING
450 USD for the tablet press
Manual Comb Foundation Mill
75*195mm
7 5/8 in
86*250mm
9 7/8 in
86*310mm
12 1/4 in
USD 700 USD 780 USD 900

 

 polsmoothmanual

DG(making a wax band no cells it's only a hight reductor)
 1600 euro ( 2154.24 USD )

 32 0


Comb foundation mill (beeswax foundation machine)

Model: 75*195mm, 80*245mm, 86*310mm by your choice (Designed according to requirements)

Weight: 37kg

Foundation roller material
Alloy alumimum or stainless steel

Size L*W*H(mm)
750*320*350mm

manual

engraved type D(possible cell size 4.7 4.9 5.1 5.43(normal)
2500 euro ( 3301.25 USD)

 

Electric Foundation Rollers

 46 0

 Comb Foundation Coining Mill Machine 310mm, our exw price is USD1170/set 

polsmooth

Electric rollers with motoreductor 1 phase(220V) or 110Volt
2500 euros ( 3366 USD )

 

embossed roller

electric

MD(bee cells)
3400 euro (USD 4489.70)

 

Changge Junyao Beekeeping Tools Factory

Tam (Marketing manager)
Tel: 86-1500 1123 133 Fax: 86-371-6871 6761
Address:: NO.199 Shuang Miao Li, Dazhou Town, Changge City, Henan Province 461507, China PR

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website: www.beekeeping-tools.com

takeup
One part of this process is a Takeup Reel system. The language barrier has made it diffcult, the impression I have gotton is that the spools cost 10 Euros each
wax millName: Electric tablet press machine
Model: 75*310mm
Power supply: 220V(50HZ)
Power: 0.75kw
Speed 40R/min
Weight: 75kg
Size L*W*H(mm) 900*320*700mm
USD 850






Cell EmbossingName: Electric comb foundation mill
Model: 86*310mm

Power supply: 220V(50HZ)
Power: 0.75kw
Speed 40R/min
Weight: 75kg
Size L*W*H(mm)
900*320*700mm





86*195mm
7 5/8 in
86*250mm
9 7/8 in
86*310mm
121/4 in
USD 1100 USD 1180 USD 1300

 



This look like a really neat invention they have created It's a motorized cell decaper.
There is only one vendor in the US that sells a foundation press system. It is a manual press from the China factory
 
Mann Lake Ltd.
501 S. 1st St.
 Hackensack, Minnesota 56452 US
 Phone Number: 1-800-880-7694mannlake