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Ulrich Supports Hospice Event with Custom Sheet Metal

photo StarThis Holiday season the annual Light A Life Memorial Tree event through Hospice of Chautauqua County will be taking place once again. Anyone who purchases a Christmas tree ornament or makes a donation of ten dollars or more will have a metal star on the trees during the event. All of the profits go to support patients and family members of those with terminal illness. Ulrich is proud to be supporting this benevolent event.

Ulrich is happy to be involved with the Light A Life Memorial Tree Event this year through the custom sheet metal manufacturing portion of their business. Ulrich has donated 1,000 stainless steel stars that once put on the trees, will reflect the lights and make for lovely decorations. These stars were manufactured locally here at Ulrich Planfiling and will be an excellent way to decorate a tree meant to light up the night.

For more information or to support this event checkout Hospice’s webpage at:

Light A Life


Custom Sheet Metal Fabrication Featured – Manufacturing Engineering

Ulrich Planfiling custom sheet metal fabrication begins with Mitsubishi Laser

Ulrich is excited to be featured in Manufacturing Engineering Magazine. The article focuses on Ulrich’s custom sheet metal fabrication capabilities and custom line of large document filing cabinets.

Laser Upped Custom Sheet Metal Fabrication Capability

More than six years ago Ulrich upped it’s game by adding  laser cutting technology. Overall the laser resulted in much greater manufacturing versatility. In addition the laser had much faster production time. Recently, a new Mitsubishi 301eX-45CF-R laser with a 4500-W resonator replaced the old laser.  This laser creates a 40% increase in production speed.

After all the benefit of the laser it can cut the parts in small lots. Once the laser has cut the parts. They move to a state of the art press brakes, with six-axis back gauges and quick-change tooling. The laser makes precision cuts with virtually any radius. As a result, the laser can even cut letters from the steel. “You would need a different punch tool for every letter processing them on a punch press.” says Jamie Carlson, Vice President of Engineering and Manufacturing. An added benefit of the laser is little to no deburring required. Ulrich is typically cutting 1/4″ (3 mm) steel or thinner.


In addition the laser protects the steel with peel away protective film. Ulrich has used this protective film to improve product finish. “Our manufacturing for furniture grade products is held to a high standard. It’s all about finish and look and suitability for the application,” says Eric Livengood, VP of Sales and Marketing. “Stainless steel has to be handled carefully to avoid scratches or other blemishes for furniture used in libraries, Universities, and other institutions. It’s a part of our shop culture and employees  are trained to leave the protective film on as long as possible during processing with the laser–even leaving notches on corners where welding is done.”

Fabrication of Stainless Steel Tanks

Likewise, Ulrich makes a variety of stainless steel tanks. In fact, some stainless steel takes  are as big as a small car. While, labs precision clean parts in other smaller tanks.  In particular, the computer chip industry cleans silicon wafers in this type of stainless steel tanks.

Additional Production Capability

In addition custom sheet metal fabrication is accomplished using the following:

  • 95 ton Trumf TruBend 5085 press brake
    • with six-axis back gauge
    • quick-change tooling
    • and extra stroke
  • 230 ton Cincinnati Autobend hydraulic press brake
    • with six-axis back gauge
    • quick-changeholders
    • and extra stroke
  • CNC punch press
  • welders capable of MIG, TIG and resistance welding

Also, a full CAD/CAM engineering service capability provides an important service to customers. Engineering staff works closely with customers to develop high quality product designs.


Read more in Manufacturing Engineering 

pdf of Manufacturing Engineering Article

Custom Sheet Metal Manufacturer Improves Customer Service

Factory of Ulrich Planfiling a custom sheet metal manufacturer. Manufacturer of Large Document Filing Cabinet and Custom Sheet metal fabrication

Ulrich – focus on the customer

Ulrich Planfiling has launched a new project to improve service to it’s Planfile as well as our custom sheet metal fabrication customers. President Dan Berry describes the changes, “Today’s current business environment is more complex than ever. Customers are ordering smaller production runs on a more frequent basis. Causing most businesses to have to process many more orders just to maintain the same volume of sales. Of course, this has put a strain on our business systems.”

Custom Sheet Metal Manufacturer

Ulrich is a custom sheet metal manufacturer with an expertise for high quality custom product. Notably, Ulrich’s large engineering staff has a great deal of design and production knowledge.  As a result allowing them to create the best most producible product. Consequently, saving time and money in production. While the highly trained production staff creates a high finish quality product.

Press Brake used by staff at Custom Sheet Metal Manufacturer - Ulrich Planfiling

Partnership for improved customer service

Custom sheet metal manufacturer, Ulrich is partnering with Insyte Consulting. Together they will analyze current business system requirements and map future system needs. This is a detailed analysis. Which will lead to the selection of a new state of the art computer system. This system will dramatically improve customer service and improve profitability.

There are two programs, each providing a portion of the funding for this project. Namely, Senators Charles Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand sponsor the first portion of the funding. In particular, this program supports small and medium-sized manufacturers in Allegany, Cattaraugus and Chautauqua counties. While this Manufacturing productivity improvement program provides technical assistance to businesses in manufacturing, process improvement and customized training.

In addition, NYS Senator Cathy Young secured funding for trans-formative investment programs in upstate NY as the second source of partial funding.  Of course, funds from these programs will make many Southern Tier Manufacturers more competitive and create high paying jobs in the area.

To read more about Ulrich and the ARC award go to the Post Journal.

Out with the old…In with the new – Ulrich Planfiling completes $600,000 laser upgrade.

Ulrich has been making the Ulrich Planfile – Blueprint Storage Cabinet for over 100 years. But what you may not have known is that Ulrich is a High quality manufacturer of complex sheet metal fabrications.   One of the reasons we have been successful in doing this is by staying current with modern technology.  For our laser cutting we partnered with Mitsubishi 5 years ago and the process has been so successful we decided to trade in our old machine on a new Mitsubishi 4500 watt laser.  Ulrich President Dan Berry commented  “By investing in top notch equipment and great employees Ulrich has been able to adjust to a marketplace that requires high quality and fast lead times at competitive prices”.  “This new laser represents just one of several investments in the future of our company, our employees, our families, and most importantly our customers”.

Ulrich removes 5 year old Mitsubishi laser to make room for new laser technology.
Ulrich’s 5 year old laser comming out …………….

Mitsubishi 4500 watt laser  for complex sheet metal fabrication.
Ulrich’s new Mitsubishi laser going in.