The client was using a European supplied bee box that did not meet its requirements. The closing lid required a glued and stapled mounting ring that did not sit flat and allowed bees to escape. The bee hive bodem did not mount well inside the box, resulting in longer assembly times, operator stings, and loss of bees during the assembly process. The customer also had to purchase a one year supply at one time.
MMI ES designed a custom box to meet the client’s specialized needs. A lid on a living hinge attaches with two snap closures on the engineered box of injection molded plastic. The bee hive bodem now slides into specially designed guide ribs with a four way locking mechanism. The unit is now locally supplied, allowing just in-time delivery.
Total labor and assembly costs reduced by 40%. Cost savings were realized by eliminating the gluing and taping of the top lid mounting ring. Assembly labor was reduced by half. The install operation of the bee hive bodem was made safer, quicker, and more efficient.