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Ullman Sails T-Shirt Night
Wed, 20th Jun 2018
It was a great night out sailing Ullman Sails T-Shirt Night during the CRA Beer Can Series.  Thank you all that participated.  Do not forget about Ullman Sails CRA Halloween Regatta in Oc
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T-Shirt Wednesday
Thu, 31st May 2018
Wednesday June 20th is Ullman Sails night at the CRA Beer Can Series.  The Ullman Sails Team members will be out photographing and the pictures will be posted here immediately after the r
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Seattle POD Regatta
Thu, 26th May 2016
May 21-22 2016 The Second Annual POD Regatta (Puget Sound One Design) was a great success with 54 boats over 8 classes.  Winds were 5-10 on Saturday with some large shifts coming thr
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Oregon Offshore 2016
Tue, 17th May 2016
The 2016 Oregon Offshore from Astoria Oregon to Victoria BC is an annual event that has seen some growth in the last few years.  This year it was a great event with wind from the start and lot
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Rodrigo Cuellar Dipp to Manage Ullman Sails PV
Fri, 13th May 2016
Ullman Sails excitedly announces the opening of Ullman Sails Puerto Vallarta.  The full service loft on Mexico’s west coast offers new sails, canvas and sail service to the local sailing
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Ullman Sails Carefully Planned Expansion

From Design to Build to Customer Satisfaction

Thu, 23rd Apr 2009
By Chuck Skewes

Ullman Sails Carefully Planned  Expansion From Design to Build to Customer Satisfaction

At Ullman Sails we have been growing at an alarming rate due to our high quality and superior designs.  We have been using two popular and the best practices for achieving product quality.  The first is Design for Manufacturing (DFM) and second is Design for Assembly (DFA). Together they are referred to as DFMA. These best practices give our designers a structure for considering the downstream costs and high quality of the materials and sails they design.

This began with a discussion of the sources of quality in our products. It emphasizes design best practices that can lead to quality products while minimizing errors and time to manufacture. This is part of our quality product design program.

Our worldwide testing program and a structured design and test evaluation system has been developed to streamline the time from testing to market.  Evidence of this is our CAL (Custom Axis Laminate) and Fiberpath sails that we brought to market 2 and 4 years ago respectively.  This has been a huge success for the performance cruiser to Grand Prix racer.

Ullman Sails is also the exclusive user of the SOS sail service tracking software that tracks the sails from the customer through the service and delivery.  SOS also keeps the information from each customer so that it can be queried in the future.

The sail design software Ullman Sails is now using is the Azure Project.  This is a comprehensive program that allows stress analyzing, load path stringing and very detailed rules checks to maximize the advantage of each sail.  We can model sails for like type boats and apply what we learn over the entire range of boats.  Dave Ullman and Yancy Smith have been instrumental in the recent improvements in this software.


This article was posted on Thu, 23rd Apr 2009