Throughout TigerChef.com you will notice many terms that we use to describe products and services. Some of these terms are industry-specific and some are manufacturer-specific and some are used exclusively by TigerChef. Here is a list of the terms used on our site, as well as their definitions.
Where appropriate, terms used on products will be hyperlinked to pop-up windows.
On items where dimensions are posted with initials (H, W, L, D), the following key is used:
- H - Height
- W - Width
- L - Length
- D - Depth
For unit measurements and volume, we use the following abbreviations:
- " - Inches
- ' - Feet
- oz - Ounce
- Qt - Quart
- Gal - Gallon
- L - Liter
- lb - Pound
- doz - Dozen
- case - a full case of items, commonly equal to a specific dozen in quantity
- S/S = Stainless Steel
- Stainless Steel is an iron-carbon alloy mixed with chromium. Somel stainless steel is stain-proof; and some requires care to maintain it's finish. Lower-end series (403) stainless steel can corrode and rust without proper care.
- 300 Series Stainless Steel is the most common used stainless steel in the commercial line, and its construction is noted by composition of chromium and nickel (18/10 is 18% chromium and 10% nickel). Commonly, the higher the number in the series or construction, the more sturdy the component and less prone it is to corrosion and staining.
- AL = Aluminum
- Aluminum is a soft, lightweight, malleable material with a standard appearance is silvery to dull gray. Many manufacturers may polish it with a finish, and its esistance to corrosion is a major factor in its popularity. Aluminum is one of the best metals for baking sheets and pie pans because it promotes even heating and prevents over-browning.
- ACM = Aluminum Composite Material
- ACM is a composite sheet metal with high strength and rigidity. It ia capable of being easily formed and
- resulting in a smooth, attractive finish. Aluminum composite material is used to make serving counters and outdoor signage..
- Clad Bottom
- Some cookware has a clad bottom, which is an extra layer on the bottom of the pan composed of an aluminum alloy material (and sometimes mixed with stainless steel) that results in a high strength, excellent corrosion resistant product.
- Silver Plated
- Silver plated means the item is coated with a thin layer of silver on the surface that is bonded, through an electrical process, to the base metal core. It is much less expensive than pure silver, yet still enhances the piece with a silver luster. Silver plated items need care as mishandling can cause flaking, which invites corrosion. You can find all types of silver plated products at TigerChef, including trays, chafers, serving utensils and more
- Heat Treated
- Heat treated glassware is created through a special heating and rapid cooling process after the glass is actually formed. The result is an increased resistance to thermal and mechanical shock.
- NR = Narrow Rim
- Narrow Rim is a term used to describe the outer edge of China and Glass Dinnerware, such as a plate or saucer. A narrow rim is a rim that tapers off thinly, giving the piece a more delicate look.
- RE = Rolled Edge
- Rolled Edge is a term used to describe the outer edge of China and Glass Dinnerware, such as a plate or saucer. In this case, the edge of the peice is "rolled", providing more stability and a stronger look.