Panasonic Microwave Ovens: A History of Innovation and Developer’s Spirit
―Inheriting 30 Years of Development Dreams―
Literally filled with the spirit to provide more abundant culinary lifestyles, convenience and comfort, Panasonic microwave ovens have continued to evolve in order to meet customer needs in every age. In 2018, inverter technologies, which are essential to microwave oven evolution, will mark their 30th anniversary since first being incorporated in microwave ovens.
When Panasonic began marketing microwave ovens in 1965, the main development topics were the oven's weight and ease of use. The desire to lessen the burden of home cooking led to the industry's first use of inverter technology and resulted in the development of lighter, easier-to-use microwave ovens.
In order to speed up cooking and increase the variety of home-cooked meals, the inverter was improved even more to allow both high-power and low-power output. This made it possible to combine microwave cooking with grill and other types of oven cooking. The output and time can also be automatically controlled with a single touch of a button, using the handy Auto Menu function.
Utilizing simultaneous cooking technology that combines an oven and a grill, a "grill pan" has been newly developed. The grill pan absorbs microwaves and changes them into heat, so food can be cooked from above with a heater and from below with the heat of the grill pan. As a result, both the top and bottom are cooked to a crispy brown without having to turn the food over.
Uneven heating is one of the most common dissatisfactions with microwave oven users. To achieve the kind of heating and defrosting that users want, accumulated microwave oven development knowhow was collected to uniformly diffuse microwaves. This made it possible to shorten cooking times and allow anybody to achieve delicious heating and defrosting.