Why does SPIRIANT Burn Lasagna?

Crew & Service

By Cheryl Armstrong

Posted: August 30, 2017

If you visit the SPIRIANT office there’s a big chance you’ll smell something burning. What is this mysterious burning smell, you may ask? If you follow your nose to outside our engineer’s office, you’ll find him regularly burning lasagna in the oven!

Joachim Froschle burn lasagna_1But why? Well, for actually a super smart reason… and not just to make us hungry before lunch!

Our engineer, Joachim Fröschle, has to submit our products to rigorous tests to make sure we know how they react under pressure, high temperatures, and the impact this might have on the food.

What’s the test?

Joachim sees first-hand how our products like casseroles, meal boxes, and porcelain bowls react. He’s looking at many varying factors: do the adhesives dissolve? Does the plastic melt? Is there smoke? Does it smell weird? We need these answers way before we start pitching our products out to clients! Reportage-Joachim-Fröschle-0073_cyan

Products have already been frozen with the lasagne inside. Then they’re cooked together, brought up to temperatures between 200-250°C, depending on the product. Joachim then checks in at intervals of 10, 20, and 30 minutes to see how they’re reacting to the heat.

What’s so good about lasagna?

Well, apart from being Garfield’s favourite food, the properties of lasagna are perfect for testing when it comes to comparing our products. Lasagna has lots of oil and liquid, which reacts when heated. This means we can check for smells, smoke, or any deformation of the product itself.

Why do we test?

We do this to make sure that the products are safe for crew to handle on board. It’s also about making sure we practice what we preach. We wouldn’t want to give a product to an airline without knowing it does what it needs to do! Plus, we have high SPIRIANT standards. We only work with products that we are satisfied with and that have passed our level of inspection.

We’re quality controllers – and Joachim’s burnt lasagna is all part of the process!

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