For many products a well-applied enamel coating is essential for the functionality of the product. A cooking pan with a base which is not flat, may be well enamelled, but will not perform well on an electrical heating plate. It is even possible that that the non-uniform heating of the base damages the enamel. Because surface flatness is an essential condition for a proper use of the pan and at the same time for the durability of the enamel layer, EEA specifies quality requirements for surface flatness of cookware. Another example refers to heat exchanger plates. These plates are packed in large quantities. During packing in the baskets no damage may occur, since the plates will corrode after installation. Therefore requirements have been included for the enamelled plates after packing.
Enamel has to comply with many requirements. In the EEA Quality Requirements the following subjects are included:
This is an extensive list, asking a lot from the producer and from the product. It is a list that can be updated and extended regularly. Each party wanting an addition or adjustment of the requirements can apply to the EEA. The Executive Committee of the EEA decides on the adjustments and additions of the quality requirements. Every 3 years the requirements will be updated to the “state of the art”. A request for adjustment or extension of the requirements is certainly not restricted to the enamel producers wanting to obtain an EEA label for their products. A customer, regularly purchasing enamelled ware and desiring standardised requirements can also make a request.
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