As specialists in all things blinds and window coverings for the marine industry, quality is at the very heart of our company. That’s why we’re delighted to announce that Solarglide has, once again, secured the Lloyds Type Approval for the company’s founding product SG Glider Solar Screens.

What is Type Approval?

Because all of our products are designed and manufactured for use on sea-going vessels, Solarglide and other maritime industry companies are governed by a number of class societies. Each society carries out tests and quality standard assessments to ensure ships and other floating vessels are safe and fit for purpose.

Type approval, from any of the world’s class societies, is seen as a trusted stamp of quality assurance. Type approval is not just handed out to anyone; it’s an expensive and time-consuming process to go through, but the trust and assurance it gives to our customers is well worth every effort we put in.

Solarglide’s Solar Screen renews Lloyds Type Approval

This month, May 2021, saw our successful renewal of our Type Approval for the SG Glider bridge solar screens. In a nutshell, these are retractable solar screens installed on the bridge wheelhouse of a vessel. They help improve bridge navigational safety, reduce heat and control glare in bright sunshine.

Our solar screens improve safety and make the bridge a more comfortable place to be for the crew. Not to mention the benefits of keeping equipment cool and eliminating UV radiation which can cause furnishings to fade.

Without our solar screens, life aboard a vessel in tropical conditions can become extremely uncomfortable for all concerned.

What’s involved in winning Type Approval?

Our products are tested to ensure the performance of our materials live up to the claims we make about them. Our factory was visited by representatives of the class society and we had to pull together loads of evidence submissions from our suppliers and experts in the field.

As we have four different colours of solar film in our range, all four were tested, including specific film batches, to ensure our sources and materials remained unchanged – we don’t compromise on quality, ever.

While there’s no obligation for ships to have solar screens fitted, in our experience the vast majority of mariners, captains and superintendents insist on having them fitted to ensure the health and comfort of their crew, equipment and vessels.

Our gratitude and thanks go to Mike Pringle (CEO) and Emma St Pier (HR) for all their effort in renewing our Type Approval – originally achieved by Mike Pringle before SolarGlide was established as a new company. Back then, Mike obtained the world’s first ever Type Approval for bridge navigational solar screens with Lloyds Register. This then set the framework for the industry and the Type Approval became the standard for this product globally. It also helped to raise quality standards and root out those companies selling solar film that wasn’t fit for purpose. A proud achievement, indeed.

What are the plans for Solarglide now?

We’re currently in the process of obtaining Type Approval for our adhesive window film range as well as our blackout and dim out privacy blinds – our aim is to achieve this during 2021.

Our latest renewal joins our marks of quality – IMO and MED approved products include the fabrics we use in our privacy blinds, curtains, sheers and roman blinds and the certificates take pride of place at Solarglide HQ.