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ULC Robotics Finalist for Utility Week Partner of the Year

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ULC Robotics was recognized for their work with Cadent and SGN, using CISBOT to remediate critical portions of their cast iron natural gas mains. The work took place in high-profile locations across the UK, including George Street in Edinburgh and Oxford Street in London.

The Utility Week Awards reward and celebrate outstanding performance and innovation across utilities. The winners of the Utility Week Awards will be announced on December 9th during a ceremony held at the Grosvenor House in London. For more information or to view the entire shortlist please visit the awards website.

ULC Robotics & SGN Celebrate Six Years with CISBOT

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Since 2013, ULC Robotics has partnered with UK gas network SGN on a variety of projects designed to drive innovation and solve daily operational challenges through ground-breaking technologies.

Our partnership had led to the commercialization of our CISBOT technology in the UK, where robotic repairs for gas mains remediation is now business as usual. Using CISBOT, SGN has been able to successfully upgrade 44 kilometers of live natural gas mains, sealing more than 12,000 joints beneath some of Britain’s most iconic, highly-trafficked roads including George Street, Edinburgh and critical portions of their southern network.

Using CISBOT technology over the past six years has really revolutionized roadworks. Robotic technology reduces the need for multiple excavations and trenches, reduces disruption on the roads and saves time and money, which is excellent news for motorists, our customers, and the local community.” -John Richardson, Head of Innovation, SGN

Read the full press release here.

ULC Robotics to Develop Leak Detection & Repair Robot to Prevent Methane Emissions

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ULC Robotics has been awarded a contract by the Department of Energy (DOE) to develop a prototype robotic system for inline leak detection and repair of live transmission and distribution natural gas mains. This Phase II award was conferred after ULC successfully completed a 10-month Phase I project to study inline leak detection, develop internal repair methods, and assess the feasibility of the robotic system.

“We are working to create a solution to quickly limit the methane emissions from leaks in natural gas pipelines and make pipelines safer,” says Aalap Shah, R&D Project Manager at ULC Robotics. “The robot will operate in pipelines that are not always readily accessible, such as pipeline below roadways or railways. By instituting temporary repairs pipeline operators will be able to maintain service and avoid loss of supply during critical periods.”

Traditionally, crews must be dispatched to perform bar-holing to pinpoint the location of a leak—a lengthy and labor-intensive process during which excessive methane may be released into the atmosphere. Conventional methods also require extensive excavation, which is costly, disrupts gas service to customers, and can cause traffic or public transit delays.

Using cutting-edge component technologies and the latest robotic design concepts, the robot will detect, locate, and classify leaks. Once identified, the robot will instantly deploy a rapid repair method to seal damaged areas and enable the pipeline to continue operating temporarily for up to two years, until permanent repairs can be made.

Because the robot will be able to perform repairs immediately and does not require traditional excavation, pipeline operators will see a significant reduction in O&M costs, as well as the amount of methane emissions being released into the environment.

After completing the project, ULC will focus on prototype improvements, pilot testing, and deployment within live transmission and distribution mains.

ULC Robotics and Cadent Win UKSTT Energy & Communications Renovation Award

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The United Kingdom Society of Trenchless Technology (UKSTT) recognized the achievements of ULC Robotics and Cadent at this year’s UKSTT Awards. The UKSTT Awards is a prestigious event that recognizes those working to advance innovation in trenchless technology.

The two companies received the Energy & Communication Renovation award for their natural gas mains rehabilitation work in the West End of London. ULC Robotics and Cadent had used CISBOT to remediate 1.3km of aging cast iron mains beneath Oxford Street, a high-profile location trafficked by 4 million people weekly. With just 12 excavations made, CISBOT renewed 357 joints under live conditions and extended the life of the critical pipeline which delivers gas to businesses and residents along the busy city street.

To read more about the project, click here.

ULC Robotics Makes UKSTT Awards Shortlist for Mains Remediation on Oxford Street

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ULC Robotics, leading Robotics-as-a-Service (RaaS) solutions provider and developer for the energy industry, has been shortlisted for the UKSTT Awards in the Renovation – Energy & Communication Sector category. The UKSTT Awards is a prestigious event that recognizes those working to advance innovation in trenchless technology.

ULC Robotics was shortlisted for their work with Cadent, using CISBOT to remediate 1.3km of aging cast iron mains in the West End of London on Oxford Street, a high-profile location trafficked by 4 million people weekly. With just 12 excavations made, CISBOT renewed 357 joints under live conditions and extended the life of the critical pipeline which delivers gas to businesses and residents along the busy city street.

The winners of the UKSTT Awards will be announced on September 17th during a ceremony held at the De Vere Tortworth Court Hotel in Bristol. For more information or to see the entire shortlist visit the awards website.

AGA Highlights ULC Robotics Technology in #NatGasInnovates Campaign

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American Gas Association, the leading voice in natural gas, has featured ULC Robotics as the first in their #NatGasInnovates campaign, a series designed to highlight technological innovation within the industry.

Ryan McGowan, VP of Field Operations, was interviewed during the AGA Operations Conference to discuss how ULC Robotics is helping advance the natural gas industry through the development and deployment of cutting-edge technology, including unmanned aerial systems and inspection and repair robots.

Watch the full video below.

ULC Robotics Announces Promotions to Support Growth of Business

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ULC Robotics is pleased to announce the promotion of Matt Danna to US Controller. Danna had begun his tenure in the ULC Robotics’ accounting department in 2017, bringing valuable experience from his time working for several small businesses, including time as the Controller for a private construction firm.

“Working at ULC has really opened the door for bigger and better opportunities,” said Danna. “I began working Accounts Payable, but have been able to steadily progress through a variety of positions in finance, ultimately leading to acting as the Controller for our US clients. It’s pretty exciting.”

Additionally, Jane Polack has been promoted from Junior Accountant to UK Controller. Polack joined ULC Robotics in 2018 after working in the accounting department at Perfumania, a local fragrance manufacturer.

“I love being able to work in such a supportive environment,” said Polack. “Everyone in my department pushes one another to work hard, and I feel as though I learn something new every day. Herman, our CFO, is great to work for and makes sure that we have what we need to succeed.”

Their individual professional experiences will help enforce strong financial policies, procedures, and controls within ULC Robotics’ transatlantic business.

“Matt and Jane are essential to our daily operations,” said Herman Kullar, Chief Financial Officer. “As ULC continues to expand, they’ll help us ensure that the financial element of the business is functioning at peak performance.”

David McLeod Appointed to IGEM Executive Board

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David McLeod, Head of UK Business Development at ULC Robotics, has been voted on to the IGEM Executive Board. In this position, David, along with other senior representatives from the UK gas networks and key suppliers, take a leading role in steering the industry on all aspects including safety, knowledge sharing, and technical guidance.

“IGEM is a tremendously valuable organization for the gas industry in the UK,” says Robert Kodadek, Chief Technology Officer at ULC Robotics. “David’s appointment to the executive board will help ensure we fully understand the needs of the industry so we can continue to deliver valuable innovation projects and robotic services in the UK.”

Prior to joining ULC Robotics in 2018, David worked with SGN as an Innovation Delivery Manager and Engineering Operations Manager with direct involvement in improving operational performance, strategy, and growth of the gas network.

Robotics Business Review Recognizes ULC Robotics as Global Robotics Influencer

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Robotics Business Review (RBR) has named ULC Robotics as one of the most influential companies within the global robotics industry for the fourth year running.

Each year RBR reviews hundreds of competitive submissions before selecting fifty of the most innovative and transformative companies that have achieved success in robotics, Artificial Intelligence, and automation. Each company is recognized for its success and potential within the industry, indicating the future of robotics as a whole.

For 2019, companies were selected from commercial and industrial robotics categories, including component makers, collaborative robotics, autonomous mobile robots, artificial intelligence, healthcare and service robotics, and more.

Chosen for its groundbreaking work conducted in the previous year, ULC Robotics’ technologies continue to advance both the energy utility and robotics industries.

“We are excited to have been included in the RBR50 for 2019,” says Gregory Penza, President & CEO at ULC Robotics. “It is an honor to be named alongside so many influential and inspirational companies.”

To view the entire RBR50 list visit roboticsbusinessreview.com.

ULC Robotics Honored for Overseas Growth

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ULC Robotics has been recognized by the BritishAmerican Business at their Transatlantic Growth (TAG) Awards ceremony as a top US small to medium enterprises in the UK.

The TAG Awards acknowledge companies that invest in the transatlantic economy, creating growth, prosperity, and employment opportunities on both sides of the pond.

“I am pleased to accept this award on behalf of all ULC Robotics employees,” said Graeme Cleeton, Vice President of UK Operations. “We are honored to have been recognized for our efforts in further expanding our business into the UK, as well as our growing success both here and in the States.”

For a full list of award recipients visit: https://www.babinc.org/transatlantic-growth-awards-ceremony-2019/

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