Innovation From Concept to Commercialization
Field Deployment of Advanced Technology

Concept to Commercialization Research and Development for the Energy Industry

The energy and utilities industries are at an exciting intersection where decade old business problems are now being addressed with technological possibilities. ULC Robotics works closely with our clients to turn these possibilities into commercialized products and services that transform the way underground pipelines and energy infrastructure are inspected, maintained and repaired.

For more than 20 years we have worked closely with the natural gas, energy, industrial and electric distribution markets to deliver innovative robotic technology, inspection systems, customized tooling and improved processes that makes energy network maintenance and repair operations less costly, while reducing environmental impact and public disruption.

Robotics Business Review RBR50 List

ULC Robotics was named one of the top 50 most influential companies in the global robotics business by Robotics Business Review in 2018.

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Our R&D Team

ULC Robotics has a team of more than 20 people in our research and development department who are dedicated to developing solutions to energy and utility industry problems. Our mechanical engineers, electrical engineers, sensor scientists, expert machinists, software engineers, electro-mechanical technicians and robot field operators work together to turn ideas into commercialized solutions.

Award Winning Expertise

Both ULC Robotics and their clients have shared accolades for developing some of the most innovative products in the energy industry. Recognition includes a 2018, 2017, 2016 and 2014 Top 50 Global Robotics Companies by Robotics Business Review, Robotics Business Review 2015 Game Changer Award in Construction, Mining and Energy, and 2014 Energy Innovation Award for enabling gas utilities to deliver a safe and reliable supply of energy to customers.

Innovation Based in Reality

Through the three distinct divisions of ULC Robotics – Research & Development, Pipeline Robotics and Energy Services –we bring extensive knowledge of real-world utility experience into every research and development project. ULC employs highly trained, operator qualified crews who carry out field tasks ranging from changing gas meters and performing main valve inspections to deploying complex robotic and inspection systems that operate in live gas mains.

This experience allows our innovation teams to understand the real-world conditions that our technology and processes can be applied; ensuring we develop commercially viable solutions that will work in the field and not just a lab environment.

We Deliver Innovative Solutions

We work collaboratively with our clients to develop technology and solutions that makes energy network maintenance and repair operations less costly, while reducing environmental impact and public disruption.


Robotic Systems

Our company has developed unique robotic systems that perform complex, yet highly effective assessment and repair functions from within live gas pipelines, high temperature pipelines and small spaces. These technologies get more work done in less time and at a much lower cost than traditional methods.


Inspection Systems

ULC Robotics has developed a range of custom camera and crawler inspection equipment that allows energy and utility networks to collect critical visual, sensor and measurement data from hard to access locations.


Custom Tooling

We work closely with our energy and utility industry clients to develop solutions for unique operational and maintenance challenges. We have developed a wide array of custom tooling from hand tools and machinery to fittings and no-blow entry systems.


Process Design

Our team has taken outdated, resource-intensive processes and developed updated no-dig and core/vac methods to get the same work done at a much lower cost, in less time and with significantly less disruption to the public and environment.


Technology & Development Areas

No-Dig and No-Hole Processes

 No-Blow and Gas Free

 Trenchless Technology

 Technology for Pressurized Environments

 Custom Crawler Development

 High Temperature Robots and Tools

 Measurement Devices

 Re-Imagination of Failed Projects

Who We Work With

ULC Robotics works with some of the largest global energy and industrial clients to develop robotic technology, new tooling and cost-cutting processes.







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