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ULC Announces the Addition of Jason Herman, Vice President of Technology

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Jason Herman, VP of Technology

ULC Technologies welcomes the addition of Jason Herman, who joins the team as Vice President of Technology. Jason’s role will be key in delivering on ULC’s growth initiatives through increased support of R&D projects, better aligning innovations with market opportunities, and the introduction of new products and product enhancements.

Jason has lead engineering teams in highly technical industries and brings his strong experience as a business and technical leader to ULC. Prior to joining the team, he spent over 17 years at Honeybee Robotics where he recently held the position of Vice President and Business Unit Director with a primary focus in the space robotics industry. Jason has a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from Clarkson University and he is a licensed professional engineer.

Jason will be based out of ULC’s Hauppauge, NY headquarters.

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Virtual Event | RRES Field Trials Event with SGN

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ULC Technologies and UK gas distribution network, SGN, are approaching the end of the collaborative Ofgem funded innovation project to develop an all-electric excavation robot which will revolutionise the way that roadworks are performed, the Robotic Roadworks and Excavation System (RRES).

Under the Surface of CISBOT: A Look Behind-the-Scenes of Commercial Robotic Operations

Many who are familiar with our CISBOT work will recognize the set up in the field – our crews working at a small site with our ULC truck or eco-cabin parked and the robot deployed in the gas main.

Behind the delivery of these complex robotic operations are additional crews working behind-the-scenes every day, across the U.S. and the UK, to ensure that our CISBOT operation continues to run successfully and well into the future by evolving and improving our systems. This includes mechanical engineers, electrical engineers, electro-mechanical technicians, product managers, field training managers, operations leads, and others.

Here’s a glimpse at the work that goes on behind-the-scenes:

ULC Robotics Announces Acquisition by SPX Corporation

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ULC will join the company’s Detection and Measurement segment focused on location and inspection technologies

HAUPPAUGE, N.Y., Sept. 2, 2020ULC Robotics, a pioneer in Robotics-as-a-Service (RaaS) solutions and technology development for the energy, utility and industrial markets, today announced that the company has been acquired by SPX Corporation, a supplier of highly engineered products and technologies, holding leadership positions in the HVAC, detection and measurement, and engineered solutions markets. ULC will join the Detection and Measurement segment of SPX which will contribute to ULC’S overall growth as a business and better position the company for product commercialization.

“We are delighted to join the SPX family and look forward to the continued growth of ULC Robotics in this exciting new phase,” said Gregory Penza, CEO and founder of ULC Robotics. “SPX’s extensive resources, expertise at commercializing new products and dedication to growing its Location and Inspection portfolio create attractive opportunities for ULC’s employees and customers alike.”

SPX will support ULC in product commercialization and market development of inspection technologies. The addition of ULC Robotics will round out SPX Corporation’s Detection and Measurement segment, which encompasses businesses focused on underground locators and inspection equipment, fare collection systems, and communication technologies products.

“We are excited to welcome the ULC Robotics team to SPX,” said Gene Lowe, President and CEO of SPX Corporation. “ULC’s Robotics-as-a-Service business is a strong complement to SPX’s world-class suite of solutions for the location, inspection and maintenance of underground infrastructure; and, the addition of ULC’s R&D business further enhances SPX’s capacity to develop advanced technology solutions for customers across our platforms.”

“Becoming a part of the SPX team will support ULC’s ongoing commitment to develop and deploy advanced technology for energy and utility companies around the globe,” said Robert Kodadek, President of ULC Robotics. “The future of ULC has become even stronger through this partnership.”

More information can be found in the SPX Corporation press release: www.spx.com/investor-relations/financial-news-releases.

EC Mergers & Acquisitions acted as the exclusive financial advisor to ULC Robotics.

 

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ULC Robotics Collaborates with Facebook Connectivity to Develop Aerial Fiber Deployment Robot

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Overhead power line crawling robot to install fiber optic cable on existing electric infrastructure

More than 3.5 billion people globally are still not connected to the internet. Facebook Connectivity, in collaboration with ULC Robotics and several other partners, has been working on developing a robotic solution that can drastically reduce the cost of fiber installation.

Engineering teams at ULC Robotics are developing a robotic platform that can crawl along overhead medium-voltage powerlines and cross obstacles to wrap a specialized fiber optic cable around the power line. More information about the project can be found on the Facebook Engineering Blog and pilot programs are anticipated to begin next year.

Read more about ULC Robotics on our About Us page.

ULC Robotics Named In Builtworlds 2020 Infrastructure Tech 50 List

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BuiltWorlds, a leading technology information network, has recognized ULC Robotics as a key player in the construction and infrastructure sectors.

The Infrastructure Tech 50 List features solutions which address planning, design, construction, operation, and maintenance on a variety of infrastructure assets including roadways, bridges, tunnels, and more.

ULC Robotics was recognized for their development and use of robotics for Asset Management & Maintenance.

For more information please visit BuiltWorlds.

Webinar | Introducing RRES: Robotics and AI for the future of Utilities with ULC and SGN

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ULC Robotics and UK gas network SGN recently held their first joint webinar to introduce the Robotic Roadworks and Excavation System, an advanced system which will replace conventional excavation methods. Hosted by the Institution of Gas Engineers and Managers (IGEM) and The Pipeline Industries Guild (PIG), the webinar was led by ULC’s RRES Project Engineering Lead Dr. Ali Asmari, SGN’s RRES Project Lead Ollie Machan and SGN’s Head of Innovation John Richardson.

The Ofgem-funded project aims to lower the cost and improve the efficiency, safety, and environmental impact of utility excavations on underground infrastructure in both rural and urban environments.

Watch the full webinar below.

ULC Robotics & SGN to Hold Webinar on Robotics and AI to Introduce RRES

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ULC Robotics and UK gas network SGN are holding their first joint virtual event today. Hosted by Institution of Gas Engineers and Managers (IGEM) and The Pipeline Industries Guild (PIG), the webinar will outline how ULC Robotics and SGN are developing the Robotic Roadworks and Excavation System, an advanced robotic system which will revolutionize roadworks by replacing conventional excavation methods.

The webinar will be led by RRES Project Engineering Lead Dr. Ali Asmari, ULC Robotics and RRES Project Lead Ollie Machan, SGN. The pair will present the Ofgem-funded project, which aims to lower the cost and improve the efficiency, safety, and environmental impact of utility excavations on underground infrastructure in both rural and urban environments.

Attendees of the sold-out webinar will be able to submit questions about the project during a Q&A session. The RRES project team will continue to hold virtual and in-person events as advancements continue to be made.

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ULC Robotics Tests Drone Tech at Former Grumman Site

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LI-Based Robotics Firm Builds Unmanned Aerial Systems Locally to Support Future Windfarms

ULC Robotics, a rapidly expanding Long Island-based technology firm serving the utility and offshore wind markets, has been granted a temporary license agreement to use the inactive western runway at the Enterprise Park at Calverton (EPCAL) for testing of their unmanned aerial systems (UAS), or drones.

The request was unanimously approved at a meeting of the Riverhead Town Board on April 7, 2020 and enables ULC Robotics to use a 2,500 square foot area for flight test operations of their custom-developed, US-built blended wing body vertical take-off and landing (VTOL) fixed wing aircraft.

“Having open space away from the general public is key for us to safely perform flight testing of our new blended wing body VTOL aircraft,” said Mike Passaretti, Director of Aerial Services at ULC Robotics. “And there’s a lot of great history at EPCAL. It was the former site of the Grumman Corporation, where they assembled and tested their aircraft, so it feels like we’re reviving a little bit of Long Island’s aviation history.”

The VTOL aircraft is being developed at ULC Robotics’ Hauppauge, NY headquarters in order to support offshore wind farms, which are to be built off the coast of Long Island. By building and operating their purpose-built UAS to support wind farms, the company estimates a significant 6.8% reduction in the levelized cost of energy (LCOE) and expects a considerable reduction in or elimination of safety hazards.

ULC Robotics will deploy their VTOL aircraft to provide services including protected species observation during offshore wind farm construction, inspection of critical assets, the delivery of parts for repairs, and even search and rescue efforts.

ULC Robotics started supporting the offshore wind industry in 2018 by inspecting the wind turbine foundations of the Block Island Windfarm, the first windfarm in the US. The company has since continued work for Orsted, owner of the Block Island Wind Farm, and also currently performs unmanned aerial services for companies such as PSEG Long Island, National Grid, and Con Edison.

ULC Robotics and SGN Team Up to Build All-Electric Excavation Robot

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US Robotics Firm and UK Gas Network Develop World’s First Robotic Roadworks and Excavation System to Transform Utility Excavation

One of the largest gas network companies in the UK has partnered with a world-leading robotics company to transform the most costly and disruptive job in the industry – excavation.

With its gas pipes buried underneath Britain’s roads and pavements, excavating in the road is essential to enable SGN to maintain and upgrade its network. However, this doesn’t come without associated safety implications as well as disruption to residents and road users. SGN is committed to reducing the impact of its essential work on the public and so the company is investing in ground-breaking technology to alleviate these issues.

“Because we operate 76,000km of underground pipelines in the UK and dig thousands of excavations every year, we recognize the need for smarter roadworks,” said John Richardson, Head of Innovation at SGN. “We’re leading the effort to change utility excavation by investing in the development of technology to address this global problem.”

The Robotic Roadworks and Excavation System (RRES) project combines a powerful industrial robot, an all-electric track drive system, below-ground locating sensors, artificial intelligence, machine vision, and new vacuum excavation methods for safer, faster autonomous roadworks.

The collaborative project between ULC Robotics and SGN, which is funded by UK energy regulator Ofgem, will reduce accidental damages to buried infrastructure, minimize carbon emissions and improve the safety and speed of utility excavation and construction.

“We are at the midway point of the project and in partnership with SGN we have been able to create the world’s first functional all-electric autonomous excavation robot,” said Ali Asmari, Ph.D, Program Manager at ULC Robotics. “There is a significant amount of work remaining, including the development of additional tools and support equipment, as well as testing and validating the robotic operation in different environments, but we have an outstanding team and are confident that the robot will be ready to work come 2021.”

The RRES is currently conducting autonomous operations, including cutting of the road surface and performing a patented vacuum excavation method.

“Progress on the development, learnings and outputs of the project have gone above and beyond our expectations,” said Richardson. “We see RRES as a platform that can expand to meet the needs of the global utility and construction industries.”

Initial field trials of RRES are scheduled to take place in 2020 on the SGN network.

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