Robotics-as-a-Service & Technology Deployment

ULC Robotics, Inc. Appoints Top UK Executive Graeme Cleeton to Serve as Vice President of UK Operations

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ULC Robotics, Inc., a leading robotics, energy services, and research and development company focused on the energy and utility industries, recently appointed Mr. Graeme Cleeton to Vice President of United Kingdom Operations.

With more than 30 years of experience in the UK utility industry, Cleeton has an outstanding track record of developing, implementing and delivering first-class strategy and planning for efficiently driving growth and improving company profitability.

“The UK utility networks are constantly searching for innovative solutions that will enhance their asset’s operations, increase safety and minimize impact to the public,” said Gregory Penza, President, and CEO of ULC Robotics, Inc. “With Graeme in place as the VP of Operations, ULC’s UK business efforts will continue to address those needs while developing beneficial, strategic partnerships that will allow our innovative solutions to be successfully deployed for our clients.”

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.  


ULC Showcases Innovation at Northeast Gas Association’s Annual Gas Operations School

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The Northeast Gas Association’s Gas Operations School kicked off on Tuesday, June 7th at Bryant University in Smithfield, Rhode Island.  The annual event provides gas industry professionals with education, hands-on-training and industry networking and it is one of the most successful gas operations events in the northern United States.

ULC’s project and safety manager, Elizabeth Gillick,  along with Steven McKeefrey, engineering project manager, instructed a group of attendees and shared information on the variety of uses for  CCTV camera and crawler systems, and how to utilize robotics in live gas pipelines.  Held on Wednesday June 8th, the class provided real-life use cases on ULC’s cast iron joint sealing robot, CISBOT, the new CIRRIS XI™ and CIRRIS XR™ Robotic System, as well as the PRX250, VGCs and the DWX200 dewatering camera.

In the exhibit hall, visitors to the ULC stand were able to bring their learning full circle and see CISBOT on display, and watch mock demonstrations of the  PRX250 system.  Additional information  was available on many aspects of our work, including other innovation projects, our various pipeline robotics systems and our technical field services. 

For more details on the Northeast Gas Association’s Gas Operations School please visit





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.”

To read more from Network visit

ULC Robotics wins UK Energy Innovation Award for CIRRIS XI™ and CIRRIS XR™ Robotic System

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ULC Robotics, Inc. is excited to be the winner of the 2016 Best Innovation Award Contributing to Quality and Reliability of Gas Supply for the collaborative development of the groundbreaking CIRRIS XI™ and CIRRIS XR™ Robotic System with UK Gas Network SGN.

The UK Energy Innovation Center (EIC) presented ULC with the award at an awards ceremony on Thursday, April 28th in Manchester, England.

“After nearly two years of hard work and dedication from ULC’s and SGN’s innovation and engineering teams, we are honored to have received this award from the EIC,” said Gregory Penza. “The robotic technology we developed will provide gas networks around the globe with a means of extending the life of their large diameter gas mains with minimal disruption to communities, businesses and gas customers.”

In December 2015, ULC and SGN completed the development and successful field testing of the CIRRIS XI™ Inspection Robot and CIRRIS XR™ Repair Robot.  The robots were deployed into live gas mains in London and extensively tested to ensure all systems functioned as designed.  The outputs of the testing were reviewed by third party technical consultants and the robots are currently being prepared for commercial work in the UK.  This is a first-of-its-kind robotic system that is able to conduct this type of work in live, large diameter cast iron gas mains.

Organized by the Energy Innovation Centre, the Energy Innovation Awards provide a platform for pioneering SME’s and individuals to promote the technologies and ideas that have the potential to shape the UK’s energy future. The awards have the backing of energy leaders from across the UK’s gas, electricity and offshore renewables sectors – all of whom are committed to identifying new technologies that have the potential to benefit customers, increase efficiency and improve health and safety.

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.

FAA Issues Section 333 Exemption to ULC Robotics, Inc. for Commercial UAV Operations

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ULC Robotics, Inc. Fulfills FAA Compliance Standards to Perform Inspections and Surveys for the Energy and Utility Industries with Commercial Unmanned Aerial Systems

HAUPPAUGE, N.Y., March 30, 2016– ULC Robotics, Inc. (ULC), a leading robotics, energy services, and research and development company focused on the energy and utility industries, is proud to announce it has been granted the Section 333 Exemption from the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA). The exemption provides ULC with a general Certificate of Authorization to operate unmanned aerial systems (UAS) under 400 feet throughout the United States.

“Receiving the FAA Section 333 Exemption is an exciting development for our company and another cutting-edge innovative process we can deploy to benefit our clients and their customers,” said Gregory Penza, president and CEO of ULC Robotics. “ULC’s unmanned aerial inspection program is backed by our research and development and field operations teams, as well as a team of expert UAS consultants who will integrate professional-grade UAS with carefully selected sensors to ensure the highest quality inspections.”

ULC will utilize UAS to aid in the unmanned aerial inspection and surveys of difficult-to-access structures, monitor for gas leaks in distribution or transmission pipelines, inspect buildings and act as an emergency response assessment tool.

“Unmanned aerial systems offer a myriad of uses that utility industries and energy businesses can fully benefit from,” said Aubrey Anderson, head of the UAS program for ULC. “Using unmanned aerial inspections to monitor gas pipelines or electrical lines allows utilities to gather critical data, while reducing costs and keeping workers safe by eliminating the need to climb heights or navigate through hazardous terrain.”

Since September 2014, the FAA has issued more than 4,000 Section 333 Exemptions to businesses across the US. ULC is excited to be at the forefront of safely executing UAS operations and to bring innovative technology to the utility industry.

ULC plans to work with gas and electric utility customers and start demonstrations in June. In addition to electric and utility inspections, ULC’s UAS team has expressed their ability to expand UAS operations to other industries including construction, agriculture and commercial real estate.

For more information on ULC Robotics, Inc. and the company’s Unmanned Aerial Utility Inspection Services, please visit

Robotics Business Review Names ULC Robotics, Inc. as One of the Top 50 Most Noteworthy Global Robotics Companies for 2016

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Robotics Business Review Names ULC Robotics, Inc. as One of the
Top 50 Most Noteworthy Global Robotics Companies for 2016

Hauppauge, NY, March 4, 2016  ULC Robotics, Inc., a leading developer of robotic technology and services for the energy and utility industries, has been named as one the top 50 most influential companies in the global robotics industry for 2016 by Robotics Business Review. 

Rutgers NASTT Student Chapter Visits CISBOT Job Site in Camden

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The Rutgers University Student Chapter of the North American Society of Trenchless Technology recently visited ULC’s CISBOT job site in Camden, NJ. Led by NASTT Co-Founder George Ragula and PSEG’s Sergey Wortman-Vyan, the group of Rutgers students had firsthand experience watching and learning about the operations of the advanced robotic technology.

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