[KBIS 2008 Review]
The sleek and Eco friendly glass-ceramic cooktop panels from SCHOTT are made of shiny metallic CERAN Cleartrans. Designed specifically for use in the kitchen, CERAN cooktop panels were developed to stand up to the daily wear and tear. With the smooth, non-porous and easy-to-clean surface, such a panel keeps like-new appearance forever. Beautifully crafted, a high performance CERAN cooktop panel adds to the attractive appeal of your kitchen. Made by SCHOTT in Mainz, Germany, the panels are manufactured of a special glass-ceramic with extraordinary thermal stability and resistance to thermal shocks of up to +700°C. And your typical 4 millimeter thick CERAN cooktop panel transmits heat very efficiently, with almost no heat loss. Other remarkable physical properties of CERAN are virtually zero thermal expansion, high temperature stability and durability, high mechanical stability, system-optimized IR transmittance and low thermal conductivity.
Created to bring a new level of elegance and distinction to kitchen design, CERAN Cleartrans cooktops feature sophisticated, modern colors that incorporate thin coatings of precious metals, including gold and platinum applied to the bottom side, resulting in reflective, metallic and even 3-D effects. With CERAN Cleartrans cooktops you can find the style, design and color to perfectly match your taste, kitchen layout and decor. Cooktop manufacturers can also integrate cooktop controls under a CERAN Cleartrans cooktop, thanks to a semi-transparent metal coating overlaying the control area. This makes it possible to display LEDs in white, green or blue, instead of just the typical red. Full color LCD screen controls can even be achieved with CERAN Cleartrans.
What makes these SCHOTT CERAN panels truly Eco friendly is the total absence of hazardous metals during production. Many other brands of glass-ceramic cooktops are made with a combination of added arsenic and antimony, since these two toxic heavy metals remove bubbles that normally develop in the glass-ceramic as it cools, causing visual imperfections and mechanical cooktop failure. SCHOTT has developed a technique to manufacture CERAN panels without using these toxic heavy metals while still maintaining the highest standards of purity, thermal transmission, and durability. Whirlpool Corporation alone avoids using 60 tons of arsenic in its glass-ceramic cooktops per year because of SCHOTT advanced manufacturing techniques. Miele combisets, Verona cooktops and Thermador induction cooktops are among several brands, using Eco friendly CERAN.
Shown below are 7 out of 10 available CERAN colors, which are aluet, broncet, flash silver, flash ocean-blue, flash night-blue, flash red, flash copper, flash purple, flash green and gold.