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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:


Our Recognition

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

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.”

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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.

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10 cool robots at this year’s RoboBusiness Conference

September 2017

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.

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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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.

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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.”

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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.”

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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.”

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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.”

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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.

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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.

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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.”

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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.”

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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.”

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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.”

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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.”

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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.

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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.”

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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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