System solutions with intelligent controls
Dacor is the first customer
The system was first implemented by Dacor Inc. Located in Los Angeles, California, the leading U.S. manufacturer of top-of-the-line cooking appliances presented a cooker with a “Ceran” cooktop panel, touch-sensitive keypad and a relay control system at the KBIS, the U.S. trade fair for household appliances, in April 2003. This project is an example of the strategy to pool know-how in order to be able to offer products and complete solutions from a single source as quickly as possible. “As part of our ‘One-Stop Partner’ philosophy, we can thus provide our customers worldwide with innovative and cost-effective solutions for their product generations of the future,” explains Dr. Hoche.
Short development times
This extensive experience and expertise was already used for the development of touch systems for ovens, which SCHOTT has supplied worldwide since 2002. This technology provided the basis for follow-up products and allowed short innovation cycles.
After the launch and wider distribution of the system in North America, the next target region is Europe. Based on market analyses, there is a high potential for the application of touch control systems in cooking appliances in the North American market. According to these findings, up to 10 percent of the glass ceramic cooktops in this market are currently equipped with touch control systems – and this trend is increasing. The future also looks promising for other target markets. TouchSensor Technologies has already sold more than one million touch sensors for application in a wide range of areas including fitness equipment, coffee and espresso machines, medical and laboratory devices, vending machines and cooking appliances.