Take a tour of the heart of SCANPAN - our factory - where high-tech production is combined with traditional craftsmanship performed by experienced hands.
Visiting the factory in Ryomgaard in Jutland, where all SCANPAN's aluminum products are cast, is a unique experience. SCANPAN's products are modern, of high quality, extremely durable and meet the many requirements that both private and professional food lovers have for their kitchen equipment.
That's why you probably expect a highly specialised and fully automated production facility at the factory. Of course, parts of the factory are like this, because production methods have developed and been constantly updated over the past nearly six decades. Yet despite the modern techniques, pots and pans continue to be cast by hand using traditional methods.
Mads Bondesen, Production Manager at SCANPAN talks about our production at the factory:
"Our craftsmen work with the pot or pan right from liquid aluminium form to the finished product. This allows us to follow the entire procedure, so our customers are guaranteed the same high quality and standard every time they buy a SCANPAN product.
And high quality and standards don't come by themselves - these require human experience and expertise. Many of the employees who work in SCANPAN's production hall have worked here for 20 years and therefore have valuable experience and understanding of the production methods and quality control. New molders have to train for three months before they have enough experience and knowledge to be able to work on their own at the individual work stations round the factory.
"The experienced employees' knowledge and understanding of the process when making quality products such as SCANPAN's, is not only important in their everyday jobs, but also when new molders need training. The experienced molders train the new ones, which means we can ensure that all our products have the same high quality - and also means we can quickly remove any faulty products," explains Bondesen.
Each aluminium product from SCANPAN passes through human hands eight times before being packed and shipped to a store or consumer. Employees check the product at each station, before the next step can be completed.
This ensures a meticulous checking process, so that customers are guaranteed the same high quality in all SCANPAN's products.
Molding a new pan begins with approx. 600 degrees of hot, liquid aluminium, which the employee pours by hand into a cast, using a ladle. Heavy pressure of 250 tonnes onto the liquid aluminium creates the shape of the a pan - still in a very raw format. The aluminium used is also environmentally-friendly. We only use recycled aluminium, which comes from sources such as used aluminium cans.
At the next station, the item is ground and sandblasted. Then reinforcing material is applied at high temperatures, creating a tough, protective layer.
The pan is now ready for the final process; SCANPAN's world-famous nonstick coating is applied and hardened in the heat treatment kiln. This process takes approx.1 hour at around 400 degrees Celsius. The surface is now so strong that it's possible to use metal utensils on it.
The bottom is turned (a thin layer is honed off) and made concave, because the metal must be able to function when heated on a cooker.
Finally, the handle is added and after yet another quality check, the product is packed in environment-friendly packaging and is now ready for sale.
After a quick tour of our production, there seems to be a secret behind the quality of our pots and pans. That secret is the combination of high-tech processes with traditional craftsmanship, experience, “feel” and repeated quality control - all performed by human hands. Mads Bondesen summarises it as follows:
"No modern state-of-the-art automated production processes can in the same way ensure the hand-eye coordination and the critical approach to the individual steps in the process and, not least, the finished product, as much as proud and honoured craftsmanship can."