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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.

CIRRIS XI and CIRRIS XR Receive Prestigious Gas Innovation Award

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ULC and SGN Win Innovation Product of the Year at IGEM and EUA’s Gas Industry Awards

The Institution of Gas Engineers and Managers (IGEM) and The Energy and Utilities Alliance recognized ULC Robotics and SGN at their annual Innovation Awards Ceremony held Tuesday, May 9th in London.  The companies were successful in winning the Innovation Product of the Year Award for the research, development, and deployment of the groundbreaking CIRRIS XI™ and CIRRIS XR™ Robotic System.

“We are honored to have the CIRRIS XI™  and CIRRIS XR™  System win the Innovation Product of the Year Award. It recognizes the development of the systems from concept to commercialization, “said Gus McIntosh, Innovation Technology Manager, SGN. “The commercialization of CIRRIS systems is groundbreaking in that it allows SGN to assess the integrity of the cast iron network providing safe, reliable service to customers.”

SGN’s Innovation Manager, Gus McIntosh and ULC’s Head of UK Business Development, Sam Wilson win IGEM and EUA Innovation Product Award.

The CIRRIS XI™  and CIRRIS XR™  are the result of a nearly two-year long project that would allow gas utilities to extend the life of large diameter cast iron pipeline infrastructure by internally assessing the condition of cast iron pipelines and then repairing and preventing gas leaks at the joints of cast iron gas main. To minimize disruption to the public, both of these groundbreaking robots can carry out their work in live gas mains.  The development of the robotic system was a partnership between the two companies based off of the successful launch of the CISBOT rehabilitation program in 2013.

“For more than 20 years, ULC has been working with gas and energy networks to provide them with cutting-edge, innovative robotic technology,” said Gregory Penza, President, and CEO, ULC. “Our systems are designed specifically to benefit gas and energy networks, their customers and the environments in which they operate. On behalf of the ULC and SGN Innovation teams, we thank IGEM and EUA for the recognition of the dedication put into the development of the CIRRIS Robotic System.”

The Gas Industry Awards is one of the largest and most prestigious events in the gas industry. Organized by IGEM and EUA, the awards honor the outstanding companies and people who make the gas industry great.

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 

 

 

CISBOT Highlighted by Robotics Business Review

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ULC’s CISBOT, which rehabilitates leaking joints, prevents joints from leaking and extends the life of large diameter cast iron natural gas mains, was recently featured in Robotics Business Review.  After visiting a CISBOT work site in Boston, editor Eugene Demaitre, wanted to share his experience with RBR’s readers.

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.”

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