After the frames have been removed, and all the bees have been carefully separated from them, they are ready for the honey to be extracted. Using an electric hot knife, the capping (beeswax) is carefully removed to expose the honey. The frame is then put into a honey extractor that uses centrifugal force to separate the honey from the frames. Extractors come in both manual (hand-crank) and motorized varieties. The honey drips down the side walls, collecting at the bottom and then exiting through a small capped opening at the base. The honey passes through a simple filter as it drips down and is then ready for packaging.