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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.

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.

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/

ULC Robotics Hosts Interactive Events for Engineering Students

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A crowd of ninety students and several educators recently welcomed ULC Robotics to the Brooklyn Technical High School for an interactive presentation on the company’s robotic and unmanned aerial technologies.

Mathew M. Mandery, Chief Education Officer for the Brooklyn Tech Alumni Foundation, had invited ULC Robotics to help further the institution’s mission of fostering an environment of hands-on learning and direct engagement with the latest technology developments.

David Antanavige, Mechanical Design Engineer, led the presentation and discussed how his high school experiences, such as how his enrollment in Project Lead the Way STEM courses (currently part of the Brooklyn Tech curricula) laid the foundation for his professional development and career at ULC Robotics.  After the presentation, Antanavige fielded questions from the students, including members of the Brooklyn TechKnights, the school’s robotics club.

Later in the week, the Society of Women Engineers from Vaughn College visited ULC Robotics headquarters to tour the facility and interface with the company’s engineering team and unmanned aircraft pilots.

The group of fifteen mechatronics majors received an in-depth view of ULC Robotics Aerial Services division and custom-crafted UAVs, as well as a demonstration of a robot built to automate the process of racking circuit breakers within electric utility substations.

“Students soon entering the workforce need as much exposure as possible to the opportunities and technologies being leveraged here on Long Island,” said Antanavige. “Introducing these students to the work achieved at ULC Robotics both inspires and creates realistic expectations for their own career paths. We hope that by engaging students in this manner that we can help build and foster the next generations of makers.”

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ULC Robotics and Cadent Expand CISBOT Deployments in London

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This week Cadent, Britain’s largest gas distribution network, announced it is expanding deployments of CISBOT across their North London network at an interactive innovation and technology showcase held at London’s City Hall.

In 2018, CISBOT was used to remediate large diameter cast iron gas mains in two of London’s busiest locations – Oxford Street and The Strand.

“CISBOT’s work in The Strand and Oxford Street last year was so successful that we’re now rolling the robots out across our London network, where they’ll help us to do work faster, smoother and more economically than ever before,” says James Harrison, Head of Operations for London at Cadent.

ULC Robotics Invests in STEM Development Through Middlesbrough College Partnership

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ULC Robotics has partnered with Middlesbrough College to bring new career opportunities to their apprenticeship and training company, Northern Skills Group.

Students studying specialist engineering and mechanics will gain experience through hands-on work on robotic technologies used for servicing natural gas, electric, and other energy utilities. Northern Skills Group will work with ULC Robotics to ensure that the program offers training which would provide the students with strong technical skills and allow them to move into high-value jobs.

Graeme Cleeton, VP of Operations at ULC Robotics, hails from Middlesbrough and looks forward to mentoring the students.

“I’m passionate about offering the next generation opportunities, and our sector must invest in skills development to ensure we have a sustainable future,” says Cleeton. “We’re excited to be partnering with Northern Skills Group to develop a program that will give us the skills and knowledge to keep innovating and adding value to our clients.”

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