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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’s Innovative Robotic Systems Receive Two UK Business Awards

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ULC Robotics’ CISBOT, CIRRIS XI™, and CIRRIS XR™ Robotic Systems have once again received accolades for their revolutionary technology in the gas industry. Last month, ULC’s UK Innovation partner, SGN submitted the collaborative robotics project into the nationally recognized UK Business Awards and received two awards in both the Innovation and Utilities categories. The robotics project, which began in 2013 and was completed in November 2015 competed against major UK Banks, telecom companies, and retailers throughout the UK.

Under the robotics project, SGN implemented the use of ULC’s CISBOT system in the UK to internally rehabilitate the cast iron pipelines within SGN’s network. The robot now operates on a daily basis for SGN in southern England and Scotland.

ULC Robotics, SGN and project partners RPS and DNV GL  developed the CIRRIS XI™ and CIRRIS XR™ as part of the larger robotics innovation project and developed the industry-leading sensor deployment process for assessing wall thickness and stress of a cast iron pipeline wall while under live gas conditions.

CISBOT, CIRRIS XI™, and CIRRIS XR™, of which all operations are maintained for SGN by ULC, are groundbreaking innovations for the gas industry that allow gas networks to determine the useable life of their cast iron pipeline assets and extend that lifespan through internal rehabilitation.

ULC’s Pipeline Robotic Systems operate in some of the largest cities in the world including New York, Boston, and London so gas networks can safely avoid costly and disruptive replacement of their large diameter iron gas mains.

The UK Business Awards are designed to recognize and celebrate exceptional business performance. Awards were presented across a wide range of categories including Financial Services, Retail, Utilities, Business Change or Transformation, Customer Centric Organization, Disruptive Business Model, Innovation, Inspirational Leader and Best Place to Work.

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/

NBC News Features ULC’s Vertical Take-Off and Landing Fixed Wing Unmanned Aerial System

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Our vertical take off and landing fixed wing UAS was featured as part of an NBC News segment on the multi-billion dollar growth in the robotics industry. We developed this unmanned aerial system from the ground-up to accommodate a range of utility applications including long range inspection of electric and gas right-of-ways.

Watch the segment here: http://www.nbcbayarea.com/on-air/as-seen-on/A-Look-Into-the-Rising-Robotics-Industry-in-Bay-Area_Bay-Area-448378963.html

 

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ULC Aerial Services Team Conducts UAV Demonstration Flights for Pennsylvania Gas Utility

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Gas transmission pipelines can run through almost any type of terrain. While some terrain is fairly easy to navigate, the process for inspecting pipelines in difficult to access areas is time-consuming, costly and can pose a safety threat to utility workers.

ULC’s Aerial Services team recently visited a Pennsylvania gas utility to conduct a series of unmanned aerial inspection flights to visually inspect gas pipelines located in hard-to-access areas and demonstrate the capabilities of the company’s H1000 Hexacopter UAV.

The customer identified four gas pipeline right-of-ways (ROWs) that needed to be inspected with two primary concerns. First, the pipelines which are located on the side of a mountain range and one at a river crossing needed to be visually assessed for vegetation management and encroachment. Secondly, the utility was concerned with the safety aspect of inspections for utility personnel.

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.

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