Rumor of the Week: Melting Plates

Rumor of the Week: Melting Plates

I guess there will always be something new out there – I was shocked when a potential customer forwarded a document to me that claimed that the plates in non-Enagic high-wattage machines would melt.

If you apply just a bit of logic you will realize that the likelihood of these plates melting inside the units is just not very likely.  I won’t say “impossible” – anything is possible – I am saying unlikely.  Very unlikely.

First of all consider the melting temperature of both Platinum and Titanium.  Both very high.  All of the casings around the plates would melt before the actual plates melt.  To find the melting point of both Platinum and Titanium please visit WebElements.com.

Next, as competitive as this industry is you would find pictures of melted plates all over the internet with the manufacturer named.  While this industry is competitive for the most part all of the companies work together to maintain certain safety standards.  One bad manufacturer could cause problems for the entire industry.

At this point the industry standard for plates is the use of either medical or food grade materials.  “Food Grade” means that a substance is safe for use in preparation of human consumable goods.  Most stainless steel pots, cookware and silverware will be “food grade.”  Food grade materials are considered safe for food/beverage storage and preparation without the risk of leaching.

“Medical Grade” means that a substance is safe for use within or on the human body.  Implants and surgical instruments have to meet medical grade standards.  Medical grade materials are considered safe for application on or within the human body.  A good example would be titanium implants often used in orthopedic procedures.

If you’re still not sure, go pick up a piece of titanium and/or platinum.  You should be able to purchase a simple “band” from a jeweler.  Then find a piece of hard plastic.  The titanium and platinum you find will NOT be food or medical grade unless you specify this grade.  Still, dump your metals and plastic into a stainless steel pot, put it on the stove top and turn it on high.  How long does it take those items to melt?  How much heat does it take?  Which melts first, the plastic or the metals?