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Awards and Recognition

From complex robotic systems to daily field operations, ULC takes great pride in the awards and recognition we’ve received. Some of our accolades include:

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Our Recognition

Drone Inspection of Offshore Wind Turbines – Deepwater Wind

October 2018

Deepwater Wind, who began commercial operation of the first U.S. offshore wind farm in 2016, recently authorized deployments of drone technology to capture high-resolution data of all five of its offshore wind platforms just off Block Island. Imagery and data obtained during the flights will be used as a baseline for comparative data following future flights.

 

Article Link: Wind Business Intelligence

UAV Inspections Allow Deepwater Wind to Continue to Be a Pioneer in Offshore Wind Development

October 2018

“Conventional inspection typically requires a team of engineers to board the platform and use a series of ladders to climb to the platform,” says Captain John O’Keeffe, manager of operations and maintenance and marine affairs at Deepwater Wind. “Using drones, ULC Robotics’ aerial services team was able to deliver more detailed data without the risks associated with climbing up to the platform, improving the safety of our team.”

 

Article Link: NA Wind Power

Deepwater Wind and ULC Robotics Collaborate to Conduct Successful UAV Flights Over Deep Water Wind 

October 2018

“This initial collaboration between Deepwater Wind and ULC Robotics resulted in a very successful set of flights and data,” comments Gregory Penza, president of ULC Robotics. “Our team of engineers and pilots are already building advanced prototype vertical takeoff and landing UAS that will be capable of servicing the growing offshore wind market.

 

Article Link: Unmanned Aerial Online

ULC Robotics, PSEG-LI Send In The Drones

October 2018

Look, up in the sky – and you just might see a fleet of flying robots checking out PSEG Long Island’s power lines. The Uniondale-based utility has deepened its ongoing relationship with Hauppauge-based ULC Robotics, calling in ULC-operated UAVs to inspect PSEG-LI power lines and equipment.

 

Article Link: Innovate LI

Cadent is Using Innovative ‘Gas-Bots’ to Carry out Repairs to gas Pipes in London

October 2018

Controlled by a trained team of operators working in an above ground vehicle the ‘Gas-Bot’ enters the gas mains via a special insertion tube. Once inside the main, it carries out its work rehabilitating the gas main joints by injecting a special sealant into them.

 

Article Link: Network

Capturing Better Data of Long Islands Transmission & Distribution Systems 

September 2018

“This week, we are using this innovative technology to assess a substation and right-of-way, as well as segments of our transmission and distribution system,” says John O’Connell, vice president of transmission and distribution operations at PSEG Long Island. “Compared to using helicopters or ground-based observation, UAVs give us better data on the electric system, which directly improves system reliability and employee safety.”

 

Article Link: T&D World

ULC Robotics & PSEG Work Together To Carryout UAV Inspections on Critical Electric Infrastructure 

September 2018

The drones being used for the inspections are developed and deployed by licensed UAV pilots and engineers at ULC Robotics. The UAV being used is 4.5 feet wide and weighs 25 pounds. ULC’s pilots use a commercial-grade command and control system to operate the drones.

 

Article Link: Electric Light & Power

PSEG LI Teams With Tech Company on Drones to Scan Power Grid

September 2018

PSEG Long Island is showing off some new tools that it’s using to keep the lights on. The power provider teamed up with ULC Robotics to use drones to scan Long Island’s power grid. PSEG says the data allows them to determine which parts of its system need to be storm-hardened.

 

Article Link: News 12 Long Island

Expanding the Role of UAVs in Utility Operations

September 2018

In addition to routine and challenging inspections of difficult-to-access infrastructure, PSEG Long Island is preparing to integrate the use of drones into its storm and emergency response efforts, which require accurate surveys of post-storm equipment damage for crews to be properly assigned.

 

Article Link: UAS Vision

Utilizing Drones to Further Improve System Reliability

September 2018

“Storms appear to be happening more frequently in our region and getting more severe. This enhanced aerial data is going to help us further harden our system before major storms and assist with emergency response after storms.” – John O’ Connell, vice president of transmission and distribution operations at PSEG Long Island.

 

Article Link: PSEG Newsroom
Video Link: PSEG Media

Hauppauge-based ULC Robotics Helping PSEG-LI Inspect Hard-to-Reach Equipment

September 2018

“UAV systems are a real game changer for utilities such as PSEG Long Island,” says Tom Barracca, Manager of Business Development at ULC Robotics. “Whether we’re helping to identify an outage waiting to happen or expediting post-storm electric service restoration, our pilots and engineers are helping PSEG Long Island keep the lights on.”

 

Article Link: NBC News

Drones Soon to Survey Possible Storm Damages

September 2018

“We believe this is a very valuable tool to help us get the power back on quicker after an event, whether it’s a storm or any type of outage,” says Patrick Dempsey of PSEG Long Island. The power company hopes the drones, equipped with extra sensitive sensors, will create a more reliable system for customers by providing valuable camera footage.

 

Article Link: Fios 1 News

Robots are Now Being Used to Fix Gas Pipes in The Capital

September 2018

“It’s complex, but utilizing CISBOT is becoming more mainstream now. We’re not taking people out of work, but rather changing up the job market in the gas industry with more highly sophisticated methods of working on our gas network.” – Richard Sansom, London Network Manager at Cadent

The Future of Robotic Inspections

August 2018

“In the very recent years, the technology of UAVs has grown rapidly, with the use of microcomputers, more accurate and sensitive gyros, and multirotor platforms. Standard organization companies like ASME can benefit greatly within the utility marketplace on the aircraft side, as we see a lot of different platforms and equipment and there is no standardization. If there was a standard for inspections, then there would be no questions, it would be safer and more efficient for everybody.” – Chris Maier UAV Pilot, of ULC Robotics

Article Link: ASME

Robots to Help Roadworks

August 2018

It’s hoped new technology could drastically reduce the number of roadworks that Londoners have to contend with. A utility firm, ULC Robotics says it’s now rolling out a new fleet of robots, which can carry out repairs and checks on gas pipes, without lifting the tarmac. Cadent is currently using the devices underneath one of London’s busiest roads, The Strand.

Article Link: London Live

PSEG Uses Drones to Pinpoint Power Outages

July 2018

PSEG Long Island crews told News 12 that they were able to pinpoint the cause of the outages. Crews found the problem near a transformer in the area by using a drone. “They’re looking for things that would short out that high-voltage power line, a tree limb laying against it, evidence of sparking or arching or burning,” says John O’Connell of PSEG.

Article Link: News 12 Long Island

Innovation Product of the Year’ for the ‘M1 Live Mains Inspection Crawler System

May 2018

A joint effort between Cadent, gas distribution strategic partners tRIIO and ULC Robotics earned the trio ‘Innovation Product of the Year’ for the ‘M1 Live Mains Inspection Crawler System’. The cutting-edge camera system can detect problems inside gas pipes without the need to shut off gas supplies and with fewer excavations than traditional inspection methods.

Article Link: Network

ULC Robotics, Los Gatos Research Test Aerial Gas Leak Detector at Stanford Event

May 2018

Leak surveys are traditionally carried out by vehicle or by foot, which can be inefficient and dangerous to utility workers,” said Michael Passaretti, UAV Program Manager at ULC Robotics. “By using Los Gatos Research’s new aerial gas-leak detection sensor, our team is able to reduce the cost of these surveys and ensure these critical pipelines are free of leaks.”

Article Link: Robotics Business Review

Joint-Filling Robot is Game-Changer for Gas Utilities

February 2018

The cast-iron sealing robot, or CISBOT, can crawl as far as 1,500 ft through a single 5-ft x 5-ft hole, eliminating the need to tear up streets every 12 ft to access the pipe’s joints. The operator-controlled CISBOT fills in the joints with an anaerobic sealant while the natural gas is still flowing through the pipes.

Article Link: ENR

Rise of the Drones: Q&A on the Use of UAVs in the Pipeline Industry

January 2018

“North American Oil & Gas Pipelines conducted an interview with ULC Robotics’ head UAV pilot, Christopher Maier, to better understand how drones can be used in the industrial sector and how they can be deployed in the oil and gas pipeline industry specifically.”

Article Link: North American Oil and Gas Pipelines

New Fixed-Wing VTOL UAV Completes Flight Tests

August 2017

ULC Robotics, Inc. has successfully flight tested its newly developed vertical take-off and landing (VTOL) fixed-wing unmanned aerial vehicle. As a robotics, energy services and research and development company focused on the energy and utility industries, ULC Robotics’ commercial-grade VTOL fixed-wing UAV has been specifically developed to meet the inspection needs of electric and gas utilities.

Article Link: Unmanned System Technology

Successful VTOL Flights Focus on Furthering Utility Inspections

August 2017

The UAV was designed and built from the ground up by ULC’s Aerial Services and engineering teams.  As a result, it is a powerful and versatile platform with a 10-foot wingspan and a sensor payload capacity of 10 pounds for conducting fully-autonomous aerial inspections and assessments of a variety of utility structures and properties, including electrical transmission lines, gas transmission pipelines, and right of ways.

Article Link: UAS Weekly

US Armed Forces’ new robots, utility inspection drones, and a new long-range UAS

August 2017

Using the VTOL UAS, utility inspectors can assess infrastructure health from the safety of their desk using the data that is collected from the UAS, which is a safer alternative to electric utility infrastructure inspection methods that are currently used.

Article Link: Vision Systems

ULC’s Fixed-Wing, VTOL Drone Designed for Utility Inspections

August 2017

Because the drone can take off and land from almost anywhere without a runway, it can be dispatched from difficult-to-access terrain, heavily forested areas, and densely populated neighborhoods, where long stretches of utility infrastructure, such as gas transmission right-of-ways, can be time-consuming or unsafe to inspect on foot or with a manned aircraft.

Article Link: Unmanned Aerial

New Fixed-Wing VTOL for Electric and Gas Utilities Inspection

August 2017

The new UAV was custom developed by ULC Robotics’ UAV and engineering teams and has a flight time of up to 5 hours and a 10-pound payload capacity for integrating sensors and imaging systems including radiometric thermal camera, LiDAR and in the future, gas leak detection sensors.

Article Link: sUAS News

Innovations Help Utilities Overcome Challenges of Cast Iron Pipeline Assessment

April 2017

New technologies provide operators with the ability to identify the integrity of their pipelines from the inside and under live gas condition. The systems identify features including connections, new mapping, and also providing high-resolution visual inspection and data-rich sensor inspection.

Article Link: NA Oil & Gas Pipelines

10 cool robots at this year’s RoboBusiness Conference

September 2017

#7:  The CIRRIS XI and CIRRIS XR
The CIRRIS XI and the CIRRIS XR robots by ULC Robotics were developed to allow gas utilities to extend the life of large diameter cast iron pipeline infrastructure. Specific? Absolutely. But those pipelines are expensive to replace and difficult to manually repair, making them prime territory for robots.

#8: VTOL UAV
Also by ULC is this commercial-grade fixed-wing UAV. Like the company’s other bots, this drone was developed to meet the inspection needs of electric and gas utilities. Designed and built from the ground up by ULC’s Aerial Services and engineering teams, the VTOL UAV is a powerful and versatile platform with a 10-foot wingspan and a sensor payload capacity of 10 pounds for conducting fully-autonomous aerial inspections and assessments of a variety of utility structures and properties, including electrical transmission lines, gas transmission pipelines, and right of ways.

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There’s a Robot that Fixes Leaky Gas Pipes in NYC 

December 2017

“The benefit of utilizing this ’21st Century Repairman’ is that the gas supply to buildings doesn’t have to be cut off. This is worlds easier compared to the traditional way of replacing faulty gas mains, which generally requires a team of jackhammer-equipped workers to shut off the gas, block the roads and drill through the streets.

Article Link: UntappedCities.com

21st-Century Repairman: The Robot in the Gas Main 

December 2017

“The robot is also less expensive than the old methods of maintaining the mains. John Ciallella, Con Edison’s section manager for gas engineering reliability, said that hiring ULC Robotics for the work with the robot on West End Avenue cost $400,000. To do the job the way such work used to be done would have cost $1.5 million to $1.8 million, he said.”

Article Link: NYTimes.com

Deploying Sensor-Technology ‘Inspection and Repair’ Robots in Live Gas Distribution Mains

December 2017

The award-winning Network Innovation Competition Robotics Project allows gas utilities to identify mains condition and extend the life of large diameter, cast-iron pipeline infrastructure in a way never attempted before

Article Link: Engineers Journal

To fix buried gas mains, a robot dives in 

May 2016

“One of the main benefits for utilities is that the robot lets them allocate their crews and resources elsewhere, said Nathan King, a spokesman at ULC Robotics, in Hauppauge, N.Y., which built and operates the 3-foot aluminum robot, known as CISBOT. National Grid began testing the robot in 2010 and now uses it as much as it can to repair its aging network of lines, many of which have been leaking for decades.”

Article Link: Bostonglobe.com

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ULC Robotics Lowers Pipeline Maintenance Perils and Costs

March 2016

“While pipeline operators strive to provide efficient and reliable service, regular inspections are difficult, dangerous, and expensive to conduct, typically requiring ground excavation and time-consuming visual inspection. ULC Robotics Inc. was founded with the goal of helping utilities providers by making pipeline inspections safer and easier to do, so they could be more frequent.”

Article Link: Roboticsbusinessreview.com

Send in the Robots

February 2016

The successful CISBOT operations for National Grid and SGN helped to transform the way both utilities work in the street and proved CISBOT’s ability to address the issue of leaking joints, one of the most prevalent risk factors associated with operating cast iron pipelines.

Article Link: Trenchless Technology

Robotic Technology Extends the Life of Gas Pipelines

January 2016

“By improving upon the success of CISBOT and working closely with gas utility SGN to develop the CIRRIS XI and CIRRIS XR Robotic System, ULC is building the next generation of live gas pipeline robotics. As the robotic technology continues to develop and address the issues of aging large diameter cast iron pipelines, the gas utility industry will see the long-term benefits.”

Article Link: NAPipelines.com

Innovative Robot Services From ULC Avoid Breaking Ground

December 2016

Robots have already entered our daily lives, but not necessarily in ways people expect. Unheralded heroes toil around us, extending human capabilities and demonstrating new business models around robot services. CISBOT crawls beneath busy city streets, patching live natural gas lines and reducing traffic disruptions.

Article Link: Robotics Business Review.com 

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Falling CO2, Rising Natural Gas Reserves Mean Climate Talk Isn’t All Terrible

December 2015 / Bill Tucker, Contributor

“The folks at ULC Pipeline Robotics this week announced a new product capable of doing something other robots can’t do yet; measuring the thickness of pipeline walls in cast iron pipes. The data is transmitted back to gas companies who will now have one more tool in their data set to make a decision about their infrastructure.”

Article Link: Forbes.com

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A lot More Than Pipe Dreams for ULC Robotics

December  2015 / Gregory Zeller, Editor

Two steps ahead of “the next big boost to the U.S. economy,” there is ULC Robotics.

The “big boost” in this case is robotics, and the bold prediction comes from Greg Penza, the president and CEO of the Hauppauge-based R&D firm, who sees robotics as the next great economic evolutionary step after the PC revolution of the 1980s and the buildout of the nation’s cellular systems, which occurred largely in the 1990s.

“Robots will be used every day in our homes and businesses,” Penza told Innovate LI. “We’ll see them everywhere and we’ll interact with them everywhere, and they will drive the next boom in the global economy.”

Which is terrific news, obviously, for ULC Robotics, which incorporated in 2001 and has grown into a leading international provider of automatons and related systems for the energy and utility industries.

Article Link: InnovateLI.com

Robot Makes Repairs on Live London Gas Mains

November 25, 2015 / Andrew Wade

We’re thrilled to be trialling CIRRIS on live gas mains in London,” said Gus McIntosh, SGN innovation and new technology manager. “It’s all part of us transforming how we work in the street – we want to develop innovative solutions to repair pipes that are causing us issues now and identify others before they cause issues in the future.

Article Link: TheEngineer.co.uk

Up in the Air: Unmanned Aircrafts for Pipeline Safety and Monitoring

September 2015

“Innovation is the future of pipeline and utility inspection and the key to what has made ULC’s Research and Development Robotics Program so successful,” Anderson says. “We’re taking more than 15 years of gas leak inspection and robotic development experience and focusing it towards creating a new realm of aerial innovation customized for the gas and utility industries.”

Article Link: NAPipelines.com

SGN Uses Robot to Repair Live Gas Main in Scotland

May 19, 2015

SGN team manager Matt Ferguson said the technology would “minimise disruption” to the public, as only two excavations in the road would be needed.

“In fact, 96 per cent of our work will be invisible as it will take place under the ground,” he added. “CISBOT provides the opportunity to mend non-leaking joints.”

Article Link: UtilityWeek.co.uk

Robots Go Where No Man Has Gone Before

March 2014 / Claude Solnik

“We’re developing new robots that will allow us to repair more underground pipe with less excavation, faster and cheaper,” Penza said. “It allows us to fix them rather than replace them and extend the life of these assets.”

Article Link: LIBN.com

Rise of the Repair-Bots: New Movie Shows How Camden Gas Main was Fixed with a Whole Lot Less Digging Using New Robo Technology

October 3, 2014 / National Grid

Phil Clarke, National Grid Head of Gas Operations in London, said: “This is a major leap forward.  In this trial we’ve been able to fix over fifty gas mains joints using just one small hole in the carriageway rather than digging fifty excavations. This means a massive reduction in traffic disruption and CISBOT also means we don’t have to shut off the gas while doing the repair so supplies don’t get interrupted.”

Article Link: NationalGrid.com

Get Ready for the Robots

January 2014 / David McLeod, SGN

“CISBOT minimises SGN’s environmental impact, providing reliable information on asset conditions, removing risk from the gas network and providing an enhanced service to SGN’s customers.”

Hi-tech Robot Costing £1m Used to Repair Gas Mains Without Digging or Disruption

November 12, 2013

Isabel Dedring, deputy mayor for transport, said: “We’re delighted to see major utility companies such as SGN responding to our lane rental scheme and using new technology to help reduce the disruption caused by roadworks. Charging the utilities for using our busiest roads has been a key factor in helping them to choose more innovative, less disruptive techniques – some of which have never been used in the UK before. Measures like this could save Londoners thousands of hours of disruption each year if rolled out across the capital and we’ll be pressing more companies to adopt them as a matter of course.”

Article Link: Standard.co.uk

Robot May End Some Roadworks

November 13, 2013 / Dan Hewitt

They can be the bane of the morning commuter, causing traffic jams and delays throughout the capital. But could roadworks soon be a thing of the past? A new robot has been built that can repair leaking gas mains without the need to dig up our roads. Today it was given its first test ride in London, and Dan Hewitt went along.

Article Link: ITV News

Robot Repairs Live Gas Main in UK First

November 1, 2013

The new technology allows the company to fix joints on large iron gas mains without digging multiple holes in the road. The CISBOT, developed by New York firm ULC Pipeline Robotics, can carry out repairs while the gas is still flowing, so the pipe does not need to be taken out of service.

Article Link: UtilityWeek.co.uk

Thousands of gas leaks under Boston and San Francisco

July 6, 2011

“Now the Cast Iron Joint Sealing Robot or CISBOT, developed by ULC Robotics in Bay Shore, New York, is sealing leaky pipes from the inside. Gas workers inject the bot into active gas pipes and use on-board cameras to guide it to pipe joints. CISBOT then drills into the joint and adds sealant.”

Article Link: NewScientist.com

NYC Inside Out: Energy

August 26, 2010 / Discovery Channel

Segment features the use of Small Diameter CISBOT to make repairs to a cast iron gas main in New York City’s Times Square.

“With the help of the CISBOT the job that used to take weeks is now an 8 hour surgical strike. It’s arthroscopic surgery for a gas pipe …”

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