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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.  


CISBOT Featured in Network Magazine

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Network magazine, a new publication focusing on the UK’s gas, power and heat networks, featured SGN’s pipeline rehabilitation program with CISBOT in the second issue.  Noting the innovative technology of the robot, the highlight stated “The technology…is repairing and remediating some of the highest risk pipes covering a distance of more than 9km.”

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First CISBOT Project in Scotland Featured in Gas International Magazine

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The first CISBOT project in Scotland was recently highlighted in UK-based organization IGEM’s Gas International Magazine. The CISBOT deployment, which was conducted on George Street in Edinburgh, was completed at the end of June.

“A Group of Scottish Section members visited a project which is enabling repairs to older gas mains from inside the pipe for the first time in Scotland.”

Gas Main Rehabilitation

ULC Products Highlighted as Innovations in Trenchless Technology

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In the April 2015 issue of Trenchless Technology Magazine, ULC Robotics’ CISBOT (Cast Iron Joint Sealing Robot)and CCTV inspection systems, such as the DWX200 Dewatering Camera, were featured in a new installation of the Trenchless Technology Innovations feature. George Ragula, past chairman of the North American Society of Trenchless Technology, updated readers on Gas Industry Innovations and ULC’s products were a highlight of his update.

ULC Robotics Ranks Among Top 50 Global Robotics Companies

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ULC Robotics has been recognized as one of the 50 most influential companies in the global robotics industry by Robotics Business Review. Every year, the RBR50 highlights the movers and shakers that are delivering innovation, developing new applications for robotic systems or showing commercial success or potential. The team at ULC Robotics is honored to be included on this list alongside other leaders in the robotics industry such as Google, iRobot, Amazon and ABB.

Direct Assessment of Cased Pipeline

ULC’s Micro-Magnetic Crawler Makes Appearance in Pipeline and Gas Journal

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The Micro-Magnetic Crawler made an appearance in the Tech Notes section of Pipeline and Gas Journal‘s December issue. Titled Robotic Inspection Tool Makes Direct Assessment of Cased Pipeline a Reality, the article explains the advantages the crawler provides to cased pipeline operators as a remotely controlled inspection device.

New federal pipeline integrity rules require utility companies to evaluate thousands of gas mains buried beneath highways, railroad tracks and airport runways – each and every one cased inside a larger pipe. The research and development team at ULC Robotics in New York has developed a robotic inspection tool that is capable of inspecting and gathering critical data about the integrity of cased pipe.

The Micro Magnetic Crawler (MMC) is a remotely controlled robotic device developed to directly assess cased gas mains. The robot magnetically attaches to the interior wall of the casing and travels in the annular space between the gas main and the casing; a space as small as 1.25” high by hundreds of feet long. The ultra-compact MMC is capable of gathering data by utilizing an array of advanced sensors and can obtain high resolution video viewable in real-time, allowing potential defects and features to be instantly analyzed. Using the MMC, gas companies can gather data from within the annular space in order to assess and locate damaged spacers, shorts, pipeline coating defects, water infiltration and pipe wall thickness.

Real-Time Visual Assessment

Front and rear mounted cameras provide real-time, full motion video of the outer surface of the cased gas main. The video feed is viewable and recorded remotely for onsite and post inspection review.

The control system incorporates integrated video measurement software that enables the operator to acquire dimensions of features found during the inspection; such as the size and location of delaminated coating.

Integrated Sensor Package

The Micro Magnetic Crawler’s pitch and roll sensors allow for remote navigation and provide the precise circumferential and linear location of defects and anomalies while integrated temperature and humidity sensors capable of remotely determining environmental conditions within the casing.

Using a double echo, ultra-sonic thickness gauge, the MMC is also capable of taking spot wall thickness measurements. The UT sensor can measure the pipe wall thickness through a variety of coatings including coal tar TGF-3, enamels and epoxies and PE two-layer coatings such as PRITEC.

The Importance of Research and Development for Gas Utilities

The Micro Magnetic Crawler is a trenchless technology that began as a research and development project funded by NYSEARCH member companies and serves as a prime example of how the development of new technology can make the gathering of difficult-to-acquire data more efficient and cost effective for gas utilities.

The research and development team at ULC Robotics specializes in developing a wide range of tools, including advanced robotic devices, which allow utility companies to reduce excavation, save money and better utilize scarce resources in order to safely maintain their critical pipeline infrastructure.

To see other R&D projects, cameras and crawlers developed by ULC or to learn about pipeline inspection and other technical services for gas utilities, please visit or call 631-667-9200.

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