In 1985, Dr. Solas Y. J. Lin set out to create a company that could make world-class components for boats and personal water crafts with a focus on propellers and impellers. A talented design team was recruited and the manufacturing plant was built to the strictest standards. After almost thirty years, SOLAS propellers have exceeded all expectations and the name is now among the most recognized brands in the industry. The headquarters in Taiwan serves as the heart of the operations which handles research and development, personnel training, material sourcing, and advanced manufacturing. The location enables it to function in a very cost-effective manner while still adhering to the relentless pursuit of quality that has made the brand famous the world over.
Stainless Steel Propellers
SOLAS produces precision cut stainless steel propellers. They have all gone through a rigorous process of design and testing to perfect every single element before they go into mass production. Designers use the latest CAD technologies to leave no room for error while field testers subject the prototypes to a sequence of assessments to iron out any flaw. Customers can be confident that their exact specifications will always be met down to the smallest detail.
The company doesn't cut corners when it comes to materials. SOLAS prides itself with using high grade metal for its range of products. The stainless steel propellers, for instance, contain the largest percentage of molybdenum, nickel and chromium in the whole industry - yet another proof of the commitment to excellence. This purposeful blend of metals makes the propellers in this series incredibly resistant to rust despite constant exposure to saltwater and allows the blades to run in a more stable manner. The durability of these propellers is second to none.
The stainless steel propellers are made through an investment casting process. This tried and tested method has several benefits including an impressive degree of accuracy, ease of repeatability, versatility, and component integrity when dealing with various metals and alloys. While it is more expensive than die casting, it allows the company to generate complex shapes that would otherwise be impossible and thus lets creativity to flourish.
There is a constant push to improve manufacturing processes for SOLAS propellers whether it's with increasing the yield, using better automated equipment, boosting the efficiency of space utilization, or ensuring that inventories are never stale. As such, customers will be able to expect adherence to manufacturing deadlines, product delivery commitments, and quality standards. Examples of the stainless steel propellers include the Titan, the Lexor, the Saturn, the Scorpion, and the Rubex L3, L4, NS3, and HR4.
SOLAS aluminum propellers, on the other hand, are produced using the advanced squeeze casting process. To understand why this is important, it is best to describe the difference between it and the most commonly used method. Die casting is usually accomplished by pressing two dies before the hot metal is poured in. In contrast, squeeze casting involves having molten metal poured into the bottom die before the upper die squeezes things down. Only after the metal has cooled and taken the desired shape will the upper die be lifted. The advantages of this method include greater strength, less metallic shrinking, and better grain compared to traditional die cast.
To the naked eye, there is no discernable difference between squeeze cast and die cast propellers. However, using a powerful microscope and setting it to 400x magnification will clearly show that the former has finer grains that are nearly impenetrable while the latter has larger grains and glaring holes. The solid microstructure of SOLAS aluminum propellers is one of the reasons why they are among the toughest and most durable products in this class.
As an additional precaution against corrosion, SOLAS propellers are treated with up to 4 layers of performance paint through a sophisticated process that ensures even coating and 100% surface area coverage. Quality control sees these propellers being subjected to more than 500 hours of abuse by a salt water spray tank, an equivalent to over half a year of regular exposure to salt water in normal conditions.
Deep Blue Yacht Supply carries the entire line of SOLAS aluminum and stainless boat propellers. The prices on SOLAS propellers at Deep Blue Yacht Supply simply can not be beat. Deep Blue ships SOLAS propellers to over 140 countries world-wide.