Technology is at the core of the Ullman Sails product lines and extends from the sail design office to the lamination floor and on to the finishing department. We continue to vigorously push the development of existing sail making technologies and evaluate new technologies that will make the sailing experience better for our customers.
ULLMAN SAILS TECHNICAL TEAM
Led by our Head of Technical Development, Brad Stephens, the Ullman Sails Technical Team is a collection of the top technical minds, sailors and sailmakers in the Ullman Sails group. This collaborative approach to sailmaking allows Ullman Sails to evaluate and implement improvements to our existing sails. This is based on practical feedback from the loft floor, countless hours on the water and valuable input from customers. This same collection of minds also provides unique insights into the potential of new sailmaking technologies that will see a difference for our racing and cruising customers alike.
COLLABORATION WITH INDUSTRY PARTNERS
Our ongoing partnership with industry experts is a cornerstone of delivering a well-built sail to our customers. Ullman Sails works directly with the leaders in the sailmaking industry to make sure every facet of our sailmaking process is optimized from design, materials and hardware to manufacturing equipment and sail manufacture.
Ullman Sails is uncompromising when selecting the materials to engineer our sails. We believe that you must work with the best in order to produce the best. We only use the recognized vendors in the sailmaking industry: Contender Sailcloth, Dimension-Polyant, Bainbridge International, Challenge Sailcloth, SMAR Azure, Rutgerson, Antal, C-Tech Battens, RBS Battens, and Sunbrella just to name a few.
And we never stop looking forward—we continue to research new sail materials and the latest technological developments to improve our product and better meet the needs of our customers.
SMAR AZURE – SAIL DESIGN & ANALYSIS
Ullman Sails uses AzureProject, SMAR Azure’s comprehensive suite of 3D design tools based on the award-winning technology developed by Dr. Sabrina Malpede. AzureProject enables our team to design and optimize both sail-shapes and sail-structures for the perfect flying-shape. Ullman Sails has worked with AzureProject since 2008, and has collaborated with the SMAR Azure team to optimize the software applications and develop new functionality and tools.
SMAR Azure also delivers cutting-edge numerical analysis that, if required by the client, can be seamlessly added to the Ullman Sails design phase. These services and tools, which provide a fully integrated method for optimizing sail shapes and structures provide engineered solutions long before production begins.