ITS Campus News – KKN Community Services (Abmas) Opener Institut Teknologi Sepuluh Nopember (ITS) initiated the creation of a honey dewatering tool to advance Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (UMKM) business. The tool which aims to reduce the water content of honey was handed over directly to the partner representatives on the last Saturday (15/10).
This KKN Abmas activity has also been carried out to help honey bee breeders SMEs in Kauman Village, Kauman, Tulungagung. The Team Leader of KKN Abmas ITS, Rafif Wirareswara, said that the high water content in honey produced by local honey farmer was one of the obstacles that made it unable to last longer after being packaged.
So far, most of honey harvest from local farmers has been given to larger industries to be processed and to make it more durable. “This certainly reduces the profits that can be obtained by farmers later on,” said the student of Department of Mechanical Engineering ITS.
Rafif continued, his team also designed a dewatering tool to quickly reduce the water content and improve the quality of honey. Interestingly, this dewatering tool is equipped with an Arduino Microcontroller System which simplifies the machine automation process. “Using the tool is easier because with just a few clicks honey can be processed,” he explained.
The tool designed by the team has two modes of use, namely the mode of reducing moisture content or dehydration and the maintenance mode. In dewatering mode, the user first needs to measure the moisture content of the honey before putting it into the dewatering device. After the honey is put into the machine, the volume of the honey will be measured using an ultrasonic sensor and then the temperature will be measured using a thermocouple.
After experiencing a dehydration process in a relatively short time, this tool is able to produce honey with less water content. Even Rafif said, this electric-running tool can reduce the water content by up to 17 percent. After the tool is finished using, the user can run the maintenance mode to clean the machine.
Receiving a positive response from the local honey beekeepers, the class of 2019 student is very grateful because the tools that have been prepared since the beginning of this year are suitable for use by honey beekeepers in the production process. Even so, he revealed that his team is still continuing to improve the quality of the machine, especially in terms of safety and maintenance so that the dewatering tool can last a long time.
Later on, the KKN Abmas team which under the guidance of ITS lecturers such as Dinny Harnany, S.T., M.Sc., M Khoirul Effendi, S.T., M.Sc.Eng., Ph.D., and six more lecturers will also monitor the tool performance used by honey farmers in the village. “We are very open to carry out machine maintenance if our partners need it later,” said the student who is originally from Jakarta.
Representing 11 of his teammates, Rafif expects that the procurement of this honey dewatering device in the future will be able to open up opportunities for further technological development of the local honey industry sector. “Hopefully, within the ability to process their own honey, UMKM by honey farmers can be more developed,” he concluded optimistically. (ITS PR)
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