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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 



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 

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’s CISBOT Featured on the Front Page of The Boston Globe

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ULC’s CISBOT was recently featured in The Boston Globe for our work with National Grid on Berkeley Street in Back Bay, Boston.  Globe reporter David Abel covered the story and explained the importance of CISBOT’s work with the international utility stating, “Without the robot, National Grid would have had to dig a trench every 12 feet along the main, about 133 holes in all.”   Abel then goes on to say, “Repairing the lines also reduces safety risks…and saves ratepayers money.”

To read the entire article on CISBOT visit The Boston Globe.  


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





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