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BBC: Made in America, Operating in London

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BBC visited with ULC Robotics on New Cavendish Street, the site of a Cadent CISBOT project in London.

“Made in America, these state-of-the-art robots are deep underground, maintaining London’s gas pipes,” reported Alice Bhandhukravi of BBC. “Thanks to this technology, the work can be done without closing the roads.”

CISBOT rehabilitates large diameter cast iron mains under live conditions to strengthen UK gas networks and prevent future leaks.

“ULC Robotics was set up in New York to meet the growing challenges of the busy city, and it’s now doing the same here in Central London,” said Bhandhukravi. “This is one of thousands of US companies creating jobs in the UK, which includes tech giants expanding their footprint in the Capital.”

Facebook has doubled its workforce in the UK, with large companies like Google and Apple also planning on investing billions of pounds into transatlantic business. In just one year, US companies had been responsible for the creation of 24,000 jobs in London, many of which are in technology.

The segment can be viewed online at BBC.co.uk.

Spire Deploys CISBOT for Safe, Reliable Delivery of Natural Gas

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Spire is constantly looking for ways to improve the safe and reliable delivery of natural gas to their customers. Through a partnership with ULC Robotics, Spire has integrated the use of innovative technology into their daily operations with the deployment of CISBOT, a cast iron joint sealing robot designed to reinforce the integrity of natural gas mains.

CISBOT operates under live conditions—meaning that customers stay connected to their gas service—and requires fewer crews and heavy construction equipment: efficiencies which help avoid costs for Spire customers.

“Using this technology, we’re delivering on our promise to customers to always provide a reliable system while keeping our rates as low as possible,” said Tim Goodson, Vice President of Operations at Spire.

Watch the video below to see how Spire is using ULC Robotics’ CISBOT technology to strengthen their network, prevent gas leaks, and extend the life of their large diameter cast iron mains.

T&D World Recognizes ULC Robotics in DistribuTECH Top Technology List

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In February 2019 ULC Robotics exhibited at the DistribuTECH Conference in New Orleans, LA, where the latest in innovation and energy utility technology was on display.

In a list published by T&D World, ULC Robotics’ custom-built V3000 vertical takeoff and landing aircraft and Cable Splicing Machine, a collaboration with Con Edison, were featured as two of the top ten products and technologies.

Click here to see the full list.

CISBOT Featured on Cover of Network

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Network, the magazine for engineering leaders in the UK’s energy networks, featured Cadent’s pipeline remediation work with CISBOT in their most recent issue. James Harrison, Head of London Operations, says “CISBOT has enabled us to deliver the work in weeks rather than months and with fewer and smaller excavations. We were also able to keep the gas mains live while doing our work. Using CISBOT also helped us keep costs down.”

Cadent is currently using CISBOT for repairs beneath Oxford Street. To read more visit network.online.

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BBC: Robots Fix Gas Mains in London

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BBC visited Cadent Gas and ULC Robotics on the Oxford Street CISBOT project site in London. “Traditionally, it would take two years to dig up and refurbish one kilometer of gas pipe,” reports BBC Transport Correspondent Tom Edwards. “With CISBOT it takes two to three months.”

Deployment of the technology at gas networks in the UK such as Cadent and SGN are also delivering social and environmental benefits back to gas customers. “[CISBOT] enables us to keep the roads open, it enables the residents to keep the gas on at all time and it massively reduces the duration of the project,” says Jonathan Rowing, Head of Highways Inspectorate at Westminster Council.

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.”

Read the full article here:

 

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

 

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.

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 

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