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ULC’s Innovative Robotic Systems Receive Two UK Business Awards

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ULC Robotics’ CISBOT, CIRRIS XI™, and CIRRIS XR™ Robotic Systems have once again received accolades for their revolutionary technology in the gas industry. Last month, ULC’s UK Innovation partner, SGN submitted the collaborative robotics project into the nationally recognized UK Business Awards and received two awards in both the Innovation and Utilities categories. The robotics project, which began in 2013 and was completed in November 2015 competed against major UK Banks, telecom companies, and retailers throughout the UK.

Under the robotics project, SGN implemented the use of ULC’s CISBOT system in the UK to internally rehabilitate the cast iron pipelines within SGN’s network. The robot now operates on a daily basis for SGN in southern England and Scotland.

ULC Robotics, SGN and project partners RPS and DNV GL  developed the CIRRIS XI™ and CIRRIS XR™ as part of the larger robotics innovation project and developed the industry-leading sensor deployment process for assessing wall thickness and stress of a cast iron pipeline wall while under live gas conditions.

CISBOT, CIRRIS XI™, and CIRRIS XR™, of which all operations are maintained for SGN by ULC, are groundbreaking innovations for the gas industry that allow gas networks to determine the useable life of their cast iron pipeline assets and extend that lifespan through internal rehabilitation.

ULC’s Pipeline Robotic Systems operate in some of the largest cities in the world including New York, Boston, and London so gas networks can safely avoid costly and disruptive replacement of their large diameter iron gas mains.

The UK Business Awards are designed to recognize and celebrate exceptional business performance. Awards were presented across a wide range of categories including Financial Services, Retail, Utilities, Business Change or Transformation, Customer Centric Organization, Disruptive Business Model, Innovation, Inspirational Leader and Best Place to Work.

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.

ULC Shortlisted for EUA and IGEM 2016 Gas Industry Awards

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Adding to their growing list of industry recognitions, ULC Robotics was shortlisted on Tuesday, April 12, for the Gas Industry Awards in the Innovation Project Award Category.  Hosted by the Energy Utilities Alliance (EUA) and Institute of Gas Engineers and Managers (IGEM), the Gas Industry Awards is a prestigious annual event that honors the outstanding companies and people working to advance the gas industry.

With more than 100 entries, ULC Robotics was shortlisted for their work with SGN on the innovative CIRRIS XITM  and CIRRIS XRTM  Robotics System which was successfully field trialed in November 2015.

The winners will be named at an awards ceremony which will be attended by nearly 600 UK gas industry professionals gathering to celebrate the achievements of the industry.

For more information or to see the entire shortlist visit the EUA website.

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