SCHOTT solutions no. 2/2014 > Fire Viewing Panels
Certified safety in front of a fire in the fireplace: with the TÜV PROFiCERT seal (right), SCHOTT now has proof of the quality of its entire manufacturing process for ROBAX® fireplace panels. Photo: SCHOTT
Quality – signed and sealed
SCHOTT became the first manufacturer of fire viewing panels to be presented with the TÜV PROFiCERT seal which was awarded for the production and product testing process used for ROBAX® glass-ceramic.
Safety and reliability are extremely important when viewing a fire in the fireplace through protective viewing panels and are equally important in their manufacture. As a company that observes the highest standards for quality, SCHOTT sets out to substantiate this. For example, the ROBAX® glass-ceramic brand is highly respected in the industry, and SCHOTT arranges for independent testing to be performed on a regular basis in accordance with the ISO standards 9001, 14001 and 50001. SCHOTT even went a step further and subjected ROBAX® glass-ceramic windows to yet another rigid certification process in 2014. To further strengthen the brand, the company had its high quality certified by an independent and globally recognized testing institute.
In February of 2014, initial preliminary negotiations were held with the TÜV (Technical Inspection Association) Hessen, an organization that performs technical tests internationally. A two-day test of the production and product testing processes followed in June. TÜV inspected a precisely defined product line and the entire process chain starting with the delivery of the melting ingredients all the way to the final product ready for delivery. Here, they focused on questions such as: How does SCHOTT make certain that the right ingredients are actually used in the manufacturing process? How is traceability of the process ensured? Not at all easy questions considering the high complexity of products under the ROBAX® brand including hundreds of different shapes of fire viewing windows.
Following this intensive audit, SCHOTT became the first manufacturer of fireplace viewing panels to receive the TÜV PROFiCERT seal certification certificate for its ROBAX® glass-ceramic in July 2014. In order to visibly communicate this, the TÜV logo will be used as a seal of quality when presenting SCHOTT ROBAX® to the public. ”We hope consumers will then be able to recognize SCHOTT quality and reliability even more easily in the future,” concludes Christina-Sofie Riegermann, Product Manager for SCHOTT ROBAX®. <