Category Archive: Honey Sticks

Nov 15

Honey Stick Machine – Part 3

IR Detector Transistor

I’ve already covered the outputs required from the Phidgets Controller in previous articles. But you can’t forget the inputs. While the Honey Stick machine could be setup to simply run on timings when to do what, and assume that each task is done correctly, it would be prone to problems if anything varried. Even …

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Nov 09

Honey Stick Machine, Part 2b

One other problem using the Phidgets USB interface is that it simply doesn’t not have enough outputs to control all the devices I want to control. We could simply use a second USB interface, but in the interest of minimizing cost I’m trying a different method. Instead I will use the following circuit to control …

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Nov 03

Honey Stick Machine, The Manual Version

Impulse Sealer

Making honey sticks (or maple syrup) sticks is a straitforward and simple process. The basic steps involve filling a straw with honey and then sealing both ends. The difficulty arises in actually getting the honey into the straw and doing it efficently (so that the time it takes to make them isn’t more than the …

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Nov 01

Honey Stick Machine, Part 2a

4 Input to 8 Output driver

Some of the outputs of the Phidgets USB interface will be used to drive AC voltage. For these I’ll simply use a solid state AC/DC relay because it provides reliability and isolation from the AC line. Plus it’s much cheaper than building your own circuit unless more than an Amp or so needs switched.

The …

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Oct 26

Honey Stick Machine, Part 2

Solenoid

As previously mentioned, I intend to use the Phidgets 8/8/8 USB interface and a computer to control the honey stick machine. Before I get too much into the actual mechanical design, I need to define the steps involved and all the output’s and inputs required.

First the outputs…. I intend to use solenoids for …

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Oct 24

Honey Stick Machine, Part 1

Phidget InterfaceKit 8/8/8

As I mentioned in a previous post, I am attempting to build my own automated honey stick machine. After making observations making hundreds of honey sticks using a manual method, and studing the machine the use to be on the market, I’ve decided to take a bit different approach. Of course any automated honey …

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Oct 22

Honey Stick Update

To give credit where it is due…. Anthony of www.anthonysbeehive.com recently made an apperance on Beesource.com. Apparently he has had the problem most small business owners and some hobbiests only hope to have. Too many orders and customers that he has fallen behind filling orders. He has promised to make it right and is …

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Oct 06

Honey Sticks

Honey Sticks

My wife and I have been making honey sticks (or honey stix) for some 6-9 months now and they do seem to be fairly popular. But that’s where the problem lies. We basically make them by hand. This is fine for making a small number for samples, but really does get tedious when making them …

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