As we discussed in our previous blog post, consumers have demonstrated an interest in quality handles cookware, with functionality and heat resistant properties. The buying public wants as much flexibility as possible when preparing meals, since they are wrestling with a time crunch and the desire to eat well.
A number of people see investing in the best quality pots and pans as money well spent. It means the cookware has been subjected to various quality tests to ensure that it will stand up well to the rigors of everyday use, from mechanical strength, to dishwasher safe, to stovetop and oven tests.
Look to F.B.M. for Design Advice and High Quality Products
F.B.M., as an experienced manufacturer of accessories for cookware, can advise clients about the best type pots and pans accessories for a new or updated product line. We’ve built a well-earned reputation for designing and manufacturing high-quality, oven safe pot and pans accessories over the years. Every product we make is subjected to the quality tests required by the international cookware certifications, as well as the ones made necessary based on their destination, plus further tested developed by F.B.M. during the years.
Examples of Safe Pot and Pan Tests
The following are a few examples of the tests regularly conducted by F.B.M. on its cookware accessories like knobs, side handles and handles. Along with these standard tests, ad hoc tests are developed by our team (or in collaboration with clients) to further stress the handles’ resistance.
- The resistance to burning test is used to confirm that the handles being used in a particular instance are sturdy enough that they will not melt, change their shape or show any indications of softening (melting) on exposure to the heat from a direct flame.
- A heat resistance test sets the baseline temperature for heat resistance of items, no traces of splits, cracks or blisters can be showing. The standard temperature for handles has been fixed at 150 degrees Celsius by the European Regulation.
- A torque resistance test spells out the amount of resistance that a handle must have to torsion. It is measured by applying torsional stress to the screw axis. The terms of this test specify that handle movements cannot be more than 10 degrees in any direction.
- The bending strength test measures the handle’s fixing system to the pan. It is used to confirm that the fixing system can withstand a strong bending force without experiencing a structural failure resulting in an unusable product.
- A fatigue resistance test may be performed using a special apparatus designed to stress the cookware, causing it to experience a given load. This level of stress is achieved by raising and lowering the pots and pans 15,000 times.
- The resistance to thermal hazards test is used to determine the maximum suggested temperature limits for handles manufactured with different types of materials. The temperature is measured after a predetermined cooking time; and it must not exceed a specific heat threshold.
Under the parameters for this test, if the handle temperature exceeds the predetermined limits, the manufacturer is required to state clearly that extra protection will be needed for safe handling of the cookware at higher temperatures.
Trust F.B.M. to ensure every product exceeds your expectations. Contact us to discuss your needs.