Frame: Vacuum Formed Scale: A Plastic/Aluminum Hybrid

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The vacuum formed scale utilizes a combination of plastic hive rail with a reinforced aluminum undercarriage. The general concept behind this scale was to produce an affordable light-weight scale that was able to accommodate both ten frame and eight frame Langstroth beehives. An additional aluminum undercarriage was added as extra reinforcement was needed to support the weight of the cantilevered load cells.

Production of this scale started out by creating a very accurate wooden mold that was able to be used in a commercial vacuum forming machine. The plastic used was 1/4" thick and possesses UV resistant properties that could handle the exposure to weather elements. After the plastic form was produced additional work was done to remove the unneeded flashings. Holes were drilled and aluminum bars were cut to size and added to properly secure the load cells.

HiveTool Scale: HawaUbee02

Parts List
Below is a list of parts that will produce a system that is very close to what is at the HawaUbee Apiary. Keep in mind that this system is way above and beyond a typical system it is also completely off the wired grid, utilizing solar power and a hotspot for wireless internet connection. This cost does not include tools, labor, Hivetool Development Kit, and actual scale construction. The hotspot is a 5GB/month plan and roughly costs $50 per month. To see a breakdown click on the PartsList - HawaUbee.xlsx link that is below this image.
File:PartsList - HawaUbee.xlsx

Soldering/Construction Manual
If you have decided to assemble your own board below is a manual to aide in the assembly of your HiveTool v0.3 board.
File:HiveToolV0.3Board - Construction.pdf

EZ Connector for the DHT22 (Temperature) Sensor
Soldering the DHT22 is not an easy thing to do, even for the savvy solder-er utilizing a high-end iron and a convenient clamp. I have found a connector/cable combo that will take the headache out of making/repairing/replacing your temperature sensors. The wire leads off the connector are much easier to solder, I even accomplished this in-field with relative ease. This cable can be purchased at for around $6.00 for a quantity of ten.
Search: "'TronicsPros RGB LED Light Strips Female Connector RGB LED Strip Connector Cable" I am going to call the connector the DHT-EZ for the descriptors below.

Lightbulb Lux Sensor
This is a creative play off of the ping pong ball setup of the Sensi of Sensors, Adrian Ogden. This model utilizes a carefully disassembled 60W Sylvania LED light bulb. I probably should have included a desiccant in the construction of this which should be considered in future models. Take note of the clear piece of plastic that I added between the back of the sensor and the metal piece on the light bulb (pictured below).

Solution to Overheating Hot Spot
If you are in areas of extreme heat during the summertime, you may have problems with your equipment overheating. Fortunately the only gadget I was having problems with was the AT&T Velocity Hotspot. After tossing around a few ideas, inclusive of using a super mini refrigerator I decided on using a CPU air cooler as a viable option. You will undoubtedly have to have an exterior container to take advantage of this option. I also had to make a wooden mount to hold the air-cooler upright.

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