The very best in quality
Our factory is ISO 9001 accredited by Det Norske Veritas (DNV) and all our window blinds delivered with a 5-year warranty as standard. Our anti-glare blinds are type approved by Lloyds Register of Shipping (LRS) and our films independently tested by a UKAS approved test house. This guarantees the quality of the film and separates us from inferior quality films available from other suppliers.
Our blinds have a damper in the spring mechanism that provides a controlled cushioned mechanism when the blind retracts inside the cassette. This prevents the bottom rail from smashing into the cassette and over time, becoming damaged. The speed of retraction can also be adjusted externally even after the blind is installed. A neat feature unique to Sola-Cure.
3rd party UKAS approved testing
As part of our type approval process, Sola-Cure tests every new batch of film against the calculated data provided by the film manufacturer. This is important in ensuring compliance of the product as advertised. Where calculated data suggests for example, the film provides 90% glare reduction, we believe it important to test the film independently and certify it as such. Testing the film clarifies the quality of the product. Below is an example of test results from a recent batch of our best-selling film; Grey/Silver.
|Characteristic||Calculated data||Test result|
|Solar direct transmittance||10%||6%|
|Solar direct reflectance||59%||63%|
|Solar direct absorbance||31%||31%|
We see that in this example the film exceeded the calculated data. This batch of film was accepted through our QA process for manufacture. Films that do not comply with the calculated data are rejected as unsuitable for the clients’ purpose. We encourage clients to ask for certified test data before ordering blinds and in doing so, ensure the blinds will protect crew and staff as expected.
ISO 9001 accreditation: Management System Certificate
In December 2012, our manufacturing facility was certified as conforming to the quality management system standard ISO 9001:2008/GB/T 19001-2008. The certificate was issued by DNV-GL and is valid for the following scope of supply: Manufacture of marine accessories and blinds.
Our ISO 9001 accreditation was renewed on 3rd November 2015 and runs until 2018.
Type approval: Lloyds Register of Shipping
In May 2011, Sola-Cure received its type approval certificate from LRS. Our certificate covers type approval and design appraisal. Whilst class approval is not a necessity, it is often used as an indication of the quality of the supplier’s quality assurance system and consequently the quality of the product.
Our type approval certificate was renewed in July 2016 and expires in 2021.
SOLAS (Anti-glare blinds for navigation windows)
In respect of navigational safety and the use of sun screens, SOLAS regulations refer directly to ISO8468:2007. Below is the relevant extract.
ISO8468:2007 Ships and Marine Technology – Ship’s bridge layout and associated equipment – Requirements and guidelines.
“To ensure a clear view in bright sunshine, sunscreens with minimum colour distortion should be provided at all windows in front of workstations. Such screens should be readily removable and not permanently installed.”
Fire retardant materials and compliance (Blackout blinds)
Sola-Cure blackout blinds comply with the latest IMO regulations concerning fire retardant materials. Our blackout material has been tested and certified to comply with IMO A563 (14) part 7. IMO regulations are more stringent than domestic fire resistance certificates and we would guard against reliance on domestic certification being suitable for maritime use. The standard domestic fire-retardant accreditation is NFPA 701 / M2. Our blackout blinds also comply with this regulation.Our experience shows that compliance with NFPA 701/M2 does not guarantee compliance with IMO regulations.instrumentation on board, always.
The cost of blinds is a fraction of the electronic navigation and operational equipment on board. We would always recommend the use of anti-glare blinds to maximise the usefulness of that investment