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ULC Robotics to Develop Pipe Dwelling Robot with Funding From the US Department of Energy

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ULC Robotics is taking the first steps toward developing a robot that will permanently reside within high pressure gas transmission mains so that it can be called up to instantaneously repair emergency leaks and perform routine inspection and maintenance activities.

With funding from the Department of Energy’s (DOE) Small Business Innovation Research program, ULC will evaluate the feasibility of developing this smart pipeline inspection robotic system, as well as its integration with existing supervisory control and data acquisition (SCADA) networks. Once mobilized by the SCADA operator the robot would conduct rapid repairs within live conditions, as well as execute inspections for the prevention of leaks.

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ULC, tRIIO, and Cadent win IGEM Innovation Product of the Year Award

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The Institution of Gas Engineers and Managers (IGEM) and Energy & Utilities Alliance (EUA) recognized the achievements of ULC Robotics, gas network Cadent, and utility partner tRIIO at this year’s Gas Industry Awards.

The three companies received the Innovation Product Award for their collaboration on the research, development, and deployment of the M1 Live Mains Inspection Crawler. With funding by Transport for London, ULC worked with Cadent and tRIIO to develop the M1 crawler to traverse and map the network’s internal seals and features that had historically prevented the passage of inspection robots.

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ULC Robotics, Inc. and Los Gatos Research Partner to Test New Aerial Gas Leak Detection Sensor at Stanford University Event

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New UAS-based Sensor Tested at Mobile Methane Monitoring Challenge

ULC Robotics, a global leader in innovation and technology development in the energy and utility markets, and Los Gatos Research (LGR) participated in the Mobile Methane Monitoring Challenge hosted by the Environmental Defense Fund (EDF) and Stanford University’s Natural Gas Initiative. ULC Robotics and LGR deployed their patented UAV-based sensor to identify the source of controlled methane leaks. The data obtained by the UAV and sensor will be compared to eleven other ground- and aerial-based technologies.

ABC News Visits New York City CISBOT Project

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In a news segment that aired this month on ABC News, reporter Tim Fleischer highlights the work being carried out by ULC Robotics’ CISBOT robot under the streets of New York City. The benefits of deploying this technology are discussed through interviews with Con Edison Project Specialist Stephen Sweeney and ULC Robotics’ President Gregory Penza.

Watch the news segment below and read the full story on ABC7NY.com.

New York Times calls ULC’s CISBOT “21st-Century Repairman”

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CISBOT pipeline rehabilitation work with Con Edison highlights innovation and benefits to Con Edison customers

ULC Robotics’ CISBOT was recently featured in a New York Times article highlighting the robot’s work to rehabilitate the cast iron gas mains for Con Edison.  The article highlighted the innovative work carried out by the robot and the benefits of Con Edison using the system.

“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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ULC Participates in The Mentor Project’s ‘Mentor for a Minute’ Program

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On Saturday, December 9, ULC’s Project Manager Mike Passaretti welcomed two students to our company headquarters to give a hands-on day of learning on robotics and other innovative technologies.

The tour included information on ULC’s Aerial Services division and Robotics program.  Olivia and Eric learned that robots fly, go underground, into pipes, and solve big problems. 

Mike acted as the program’s ‘Mentor for a Minute’ and opened Olivia and Eric’s eyes and minds to the possibilities engineering offers.

“It was amazing to have Olivia and Eric here and show them the incredible things ULC’s engineers get to do on a daily basis,” said Passaretti.  “Passing on my knowledge to the next generation of makers was a fulfilling experience that was not only inspiring but entertaining as well. We had loads of fun!”

The MENTOR Project brings top leaders in the field of science and technology into the classrooms for weekly demonstrations, instruction, and mentoring. For more information visit: https://www.thementorproject.co/

Utility-Specific Fixed-Wing VTOL Drone Takes Flight

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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 

 

 

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