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ULC Robotics’ VTOL UAV for Commercial Applications in the Utility Industry Successfully Completes Flight Testing

Hauppauge, NY August 9, 2017 – ULC Robotics, Inc. is advancing the state-of-the-art in commercial utility industry aerial inspection after successfully flight testing a newly developed vertical take-off and landing (VTOL) fixed-wing unmanned aerial vehicle last week. As a leading robotics, energy services and research and development company focused on the energy and utility industries, ULC Robotics’ commercial-grade VTOL fixed-wing UAV was specifically developed to meet the inspection needs of electric and gas utilities.

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.

New Hires at ULC Robotics, Inc. Signal Company’s Commitment to Innovation in the US and UK Energy Markets

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Noteworthy Utility Industry Professionals Thomas Barracca and Sam Wilson Join ULC’s Business Development Team

Hauppauge, NY, June 21, 2017 – ULC Robotics, Inc., a leading robotics, energy services and research and development company focused on the energy and utility industries, is expanding its ability to provide the US and UK energy markets with innovative technology and processes by appointing two industry experts to the company.

ROBOTIC INNOVATION IN THE ENERGY AND UTILITY INDUSTRY BRINGS GLOBAL RECOGNITION FOR ULC

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ROBOTICS BUSINESS REVIEW RECOGNIZES ULC ROBOTICS
AS A TOP 50 INDUSTRY LEADING ROBOTICS COMPANY

ULC Robotics, Inc., a leading developer of robotic technology and services for the energy and utility industries, has been named for the third time as one of the most noteworthy companies in the global robotics industry by Robotics Business Review (RBR).

ULC Named A 2017 Innovator of the Year by Innovate LI

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Innovate Long Island announced the winners of its annual Innovator of the Year awards, which recognize Long Island’s best and brightest ideas and the incredible people behind them. ULC Robotics and CEO, Gregory Penza, were named one of the winners in the Makers and Manufacturers category.

“We are honored to be recognized by Innovate Long Island for our work in the robotics industry,” said Penza.  “ULC’s team of engineers, machinists and field crews are committed to developing robotic systems that solve operations and maintenance problems while reducing costs, increasing efficiency and improving safety for our clients.”

This year’s list includes winners in software development, biotechnology, clean energy, science and technology, invention, craft food & beverage and manufacturing.  ULC was chosen after a two-month nomination process and will be honored with the other innovators at an awards breakfast at Crest Hollow Country Club on March 21.

To read more about Innovate Long Island’s Innovator of the year awards visit www.innovateli.com 

 

 

ULC, SGN and RPS Group Win Engineers Ireland Technical Innovation Award for the CIRRIS XI™ and CIRRIS XR™ Robotics Project

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On Friday, November 4th, ULC Robotics in partnership with SGN and RPS Group, received the Engineers Ireland Excellence Award for Techincal Innovation for the CIRRIS XI and CIRRIS XR Robotic Systems developed under the Network Innovation Competition Robotics Project.

Completed in 2015, the CIRRIS XR™ and CIRRIS XI™ Robotics Project pioneered the development of a new me thod for gas networks to internally assess the condition of cast iron pipelines, collect critical pipeline integrity data and renew and repair lead/yarn and mechanical joints, as well as internal mechanical seals.

The innovative technology measures wall thickness, stress, and strain in pipelines and will allow gas utilities to extend the life of cast iron pipeline infrastructure.

Use of the robotic system will also allow pipeline inspection and joint repair operations to take place with minimal disruption to customers, with fewer traffic restrictions, lower road reinstatement costs and no disruption of gas service to customers.

 

Pictured above: Graeme Cleeton (ULC Robotics), Maurice Buckley (NSAI – award sponsor), Ciarán Butler (RPS), PJ Rudden (RPS) and Caroline Spillane (Engineers Ireland). (Image: Engineers Ireland)

 

CISBOT and CIRRIS XI™, CIRRIS XR™ Robotic Systems Featured on Cover of Gas International

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The past year has given the gas industry a rise in robotic technology, placing the industry in the forefront of innovation.

Gas International’s August issue gave readers insight into the new era of gas operation with a cover story on ULC’s CISBOT and CIRRIS XI™ and CIRRIS XR™ Robotic Systems.

The article outlines the progress of SGN and ULC’s innovative partnership that allowed them to utilize and refine ULC’s CISBOT system, and then together develop the groundbreaking CIRRIS XI™ and CIRRIS XR™ system.

“The CIRRIS XI™ Inspection Robot is able to internally assess the condition of cast iron pipelines and collect critical pipeline integrity data that, before now, network operators were unable to obtain from inside the pipe.”

To learn more about ULC’s partnership with SGN visit ulcrobotics.com 

ULC Robotics, Inc. Appoints Top UK Executive Graeme Cleeton to Serve as Vice President of UK Operations

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ULC Robotics, Inc., a leading robotics, energy services, and research and development company focused on the energy and utility industries, recently appointed Mr. Graeme Cleeton to Vice President of United Kingdom Operations.

With more than 30 years of experience in the UK utility industry, Cleeton has an outstanding track record of developing, implementing and delivering first-class strategy and planning for efficiently driving growth and improving company profitability.

“The UK utility networks are constantly searching for innovative solutions that will enhance their asset’s operations, increase safety and minimize impact to the public,” said Gregory Penza, President, and CEO of ULC Robotics, Inc. “With Graeme in place as the VP of Operations, ULC’s UK business efforts will continue to address those needs while developing beneficial, strategic partnerships that will allow our innovative solutions to be successfully deployed for our clients.”

ULC Showcases Innovation at Northeast Gas Association’s Annual Gas Operations School

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The Northeast Gas Association’s Gas Operations School kicked off on Tuesday, June 7th at Bryant University in Smithfield, Rhode Island.  The annual event provides gas industry professionals with education, hands-on-training and industry networking and it is one of the most successful gas operations events in the northern United States.

ULC’s project and safety manager, Elizabeth Gillick,  along with Steven McKeefrey, engineering project manager, instructed a group of attendees and shared information on the variety of uses for  CCTV camera and crawler systems, and how to utilize robotics in live gas pipelines.  Held on Wednesday June 8th, the class provided real-life use cases on ULC’s cast iron joint sealing robot, CISBOT, the new CIRRIS XI™ and CIRRIS XR™ Robotic System, as well as the PRX250, VGCs and the DWX200 dewatering camera.

In the exhibit hall, visitors to the ULC stand were able to bring their learning full circle and see CISBOT on display, and watch mock demonstrations of the  PRX250 system.  Additional information  was available on many aspects of our work, including other innovation projects, our various pipeline robotics systems and our technical field services. 

For more details on the Northeast Gas Association’s Gas Operations School please visit www.northeastgas.org.

 

 

 

 

ULC Robotics wins UK Energy Innovation Award for CIRRIS XI™ and CIRRIS XR™ Robotic System

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ULC Robotics, Inc. is excited to be the winner of the 2016 Best Innovation Award Contributing to Quality and Reliability of Gas Supply for the collaborative development of the groundbreaking CIRRIS XI™ and CIRRIS XR™ Robotic System with UK Gas Network SGN.

The UK Energy Innovation Center (EIC) presented ULC with the award at an awards ceremony on Thursday, April 28th in Manchester, England.

“After nearly two years of hard work and dedication from ULC’s and SGN’s innovation and engineering teams, we are honored to have received this award from the EIC,” said Gregory Penza. “The robotic technology we developed will provide gas networks around the globe with a means of extending the life of their large diameter gas mains with minimal disruption to communities, businesses and gas customers.”

In December 2015, ULC and SGN completed the development and successful field testing of the CIRRIS XI™ Inspection Robot and CIRRIS XR™ Repair Robot.  The robots were deployed into live gas mains in London and extensively tested to ensure all systems functioned as designed.  The outputs of the testing were reviewed by third party technical consultants and the robots are currently being prepared for commercial work in the UK.  This is a first-of-its-kind robotic system that is able to conduct this type of work in live, large diameter cast iron gas mains.

Organized by the Energy Innovation Centre, the Energy Innovation Awards provide a platform for pioneering SME’s and individuals to promote the technologies and ideas that have the potential to shape the UK’s energy future. The awards have the backing of energy leaders from across the UK’s gas, electricity and offshore renewables sectors – all of whom are committed to identifying new technologies that have the potential to benefit customers, increase efficiency and improve health and safety.

FAA Issues Section 333 Exemption to ULC Robotics, Inc. for Commercial UAV Operations

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ULC Robotics, Inc. Fulfills FAA Compliance Standards to Perform Inspections and Surveys for the Energy and Utility Industries with Commercial Unmanned Aerial Systems

HAUPPAUGE, N.Y., March 30, 2016– ULC Robotics, Inc. (ULC), a leading robotics, energy services, and research and development company focused on the energy and utility industries, is proud to announce it has been granted the Section 333 Exemption from the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA). The exemption provides ULC with a general Certificate of Authorization to operate unmanned aerial systems (UAS) under 400 feet throughout the United States.

“Receiving the FAA Section 333 Exemption is an exciting development for our company and another cutting-edge innovative process we can deploy to benefit our clients and their customers,” said Gregory Penza, president and CEO of ULC Robotics. “ULC’s unmanned aerial inspection program is backed by our research and development and field operations teams, as well as a team of expert UAS consultants who will integrate professional-grade UAS with carefully selected sensors to ensure the highest quality inspections.”

ULC will utilize UAS to aid in the unmanned aerial inspection and surveys of difficult-to-access structures, monitor for gas leaks in distribution or transmission pipelines, inspect buildings and act as an emergency response assessment tool.

“Unmanned aerial systems offer a myriad of uses that utility industries and energy businesses can fully benefit from,” said Aubrey Anderson, head of the UAS program for ULC. “Using unmanned aerial inspections to monitor gas pipelines or electrical lines allows utilities to gather critical data, while reducing costs and keeping workers safe by eliminating the need to climb heights or navigate through hazardous terrain.”

Since September 2014, the FAA has issued more than 4,000 Section 333 Exemptions to businesses across the US. ULC is excited to be at the forefront of safely executing UAS operations and to bring innovative technology to the utility industry.

ULC plans to work with gas and electric utility customers and start demonstrations in June. In addition to electric and utility inspections, ULC’s UAS team has expressed their ability to expand UAS operations to other industries including construction, agriculture and commercial real estate.

For more information on ULC Robotics, Inc. and the company’s Unmanned Aerial Utility Inspection Services, please visit www.ulcrobotics.com.

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