On the back burner, but not for long
Cooking appliances: measuring performance
The household cooking appliances market is one of the few consumer goods sectors that have weathered the recent recession reasonably well. Accurate measurements of cooking appliances' performance are essential to help the industry produce more efficient appliances. IEC SC (Subcommittee) 59K: Ovens and microwave ovens, cooking ranges and similar appliances, is actively engaged in preparing new standards to meet this goal.
Essential for industry and consumers
Measuring performance for electric cooking ranges, hobs, ovens and grills for household use is essential for producers as low power consumption of appliances represents a powerful selling point. It is also important from a consumer perspective, as these appliances make up a fairly significant share of households' electricity bills.
Cookin' and steamin'
SC 59K will release two International Standards in the IEC 60350 series as FDIS (Final Draft International Standards) in coming months. It will do so after having decided to separate the current International Standard, IEC 60350 Ed. 2.0, Electric cooking ranges, hobs, ovens and grills for household use - Methods for measuring performance, into two parts. The first, IEC 60350-1 Ed 1.0, covers cooking ranges, ovens and steam ovens. The second, IEC 60350-2 Ed 1.0, covers hobs. IEC 60350 Ed 2.0 will be withdrawn once the new standards are published.
These new International Standards specify necessary methods for measuring performance of household electric cooking appliances, ranges, ovens, steam ovens, grills and hobs, but do not apply to microwave ovens or portable appliances for cooking, grilling, steaming and similar functions, which are covered by two separate International Standards.
The new International Standards list measurements, the general conditions for the measurements – including the instrumentation and positioning – and the dimensions and mass of the various appliances. Their scope includes the accuracy of the control, heat distribution, energy consumption for cooking and the ability to supply steam when relevant, as well as cleaning in the case of pyrolytic self-cleaning ovens or those with catalytic cleaning.
These standards will support the industry's efforts to produce more efficient appliances and help the public stay informed.