Innovation From Concept to Commercialization

ULC Technologies has developed and engineered a wide range of technology and robotics solutions.

Our engineers combine cutting-edge design, complex custom software, world-class mechanical equipment, advanced machine learning algorithms, and top talent to deliver innovation. Our business model provides customers with a clear path to turning R&D into business-as-usual.

Our Customers and Collaborators

Robotic Roadworks & Excavation System:

The Future of Roadworks

In collaboration with UK-gas network SGN, ULC Technologies developed an all-electric robotic system to revolutionize the way that utility companies, energy networks and other industries carry out roadworks. The Robotic Roadworks and Excavation System (RRES) combines below-ground locating sensors, artificial intelligence, and machine learning for safer, faster, and smarter roadworks.

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CISBOT: Cast Iron Sealing Robot

CISBOT technology enables gas networks to safely extend the life of large diameter cast iron gas main assets with no disruption of gas service to customers and reduced environmental impact. The technology remediates all joints in the main by injecting an industry-proven anaerobic sealant into the joint which can repair existing leaks and prevent new leaks from forming for 50 years.

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PRX250 Live Gas Main Inspection Camera System

Designed to enter pressurized natural gas distribution mains, the PRX250 is used by some of the largest gas utilities in the US to respond to a wide range of operational challenges. Learn More

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Large VGC Live Gas Main Crawler Inspection System

The Large VGC Crawler enters live 18″ to 48″ gas distribution mains to deliver detailed visual inspection and mapping data. This technology is deployed through ULC Pipeline Robotics as a commercial gas main inspection service.

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Gas Main Drawdown Compressor

ULC Technologies’ Drawdown Compressor utilizes cross-compression methods to eliminate the need for pipeline operators to vent or flare gas. Natural gas supplies can be transferred from an isolated section of pipe back into the active system. Learn more

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Gas Main Damage Prevention:

X-ID Cross Bore Detection System

This solution for detecting cross bores from within PE gas mains and services was developed by ULC Technologies in collaboration with major U.S. gas utilities. The patent-pending technology utilizes an acoustic sensor to pick up sound patterns, which detect and locate cross bores.

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High Volume Purge Unit

The High Volume Purge Unit was developed for gas distribution utilities to negate the need to calculate and supply large quantities of bottled nitrogen to inert the gas main. The technology reduces costs, eliminates delays and allows utilities to avoid making wrong calculations during traditional purging.

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Small VGC Live Gas Main Inspection Crawler System

The Small VGC is deployed by ULC Pipeline Robots to conduct internal inspections and mapping in live metallic and PE gas mains ranging from 12″ to 16″ in diameter.

Leak Detection & Repair Robot

Leak Detection & Repair Robot uses cutting-edge component technologies and the latest robotic design concepts to detect, locate and classify inline gas leaks and to repair the damaged areas. ULC Technologies was awarded the contract for this project by the Department of Energy (DOE).

EMAT Guided Wave Sensor Development

Electromagnetic Acoustic Transducers (EMAT) technology uses a permanent magnet and electric coil to generate ultrasonic waves, allowing it to measure pipeline wall thickness and detect, assess, and characterize defects or material properties. Since being awarded the project by The Department of Transportation (DOT), ULC Technologies has made significant advancements in the research, development, and commercialization of this technology.

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M1 Live Gas Main Inspection Crawler System

Our live gas main pan/tilt camera crawler was developed specifically to inspect 24” – 48” mains. The crawler system is primarily used in the UK and can locate features in the pipe such as WEKO Seals.

Vent Line Inspection Tool

ULC Technologies is developing next generation technology to inspect high pressure vent lines in the UK to determine the type of remedial works that need to be performed. Field testing of the technology is set to begin in 2021.

Magnetic Casing Crawler

ULC Technologies developed the Micro-Magnetic Casing Crawler (MCC), a remotely controlled robotic inspection tool to directly assess cased gas mains. By utilizing the ultra-compact MCC, gas utilities can gather data from within the annular space to assess and locate damaged spacers, shorts, pipeline coating defects, water infiltration and pipe wall thickness.

CIRRIS XI

CIRRIS XI™ is the first robot that makes wall thickness and stress data available to gas network operators. The technology provides a means to assess the structural integrity of the pipe through these measurements to improve the way gas distribution utilities measure risk and ensure their assets are a good candidate for rehabilitation.

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CIRRIS XR

CIRRIS XR™ Repair Robot can renew up to 100 mechanical and lead/jute joints and internal mechanical seals to stop and prevent leakage. The robotic solution allows this to be done from just one small excavation in the street, at a lower cost and with less disruption than pipe replacement or other rehabilitation methods.

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APT Automated Pressure Testing Technology

ULC Technologies is developing and commercializing the APT technology to enable utilities to ensure building piping, services and mains are safe to operate and free of leaks.

Aerial Engineering:

UAS Inspection Technology

Our team works with electric utilities to conduct UAV inspections over transmission facilities and right-of-ways to find and fix issues and improve system reliability. Our data helps identify outdated or problematic components for change-outs, tree limbs on power lines, unsecured conductors and more.

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H1000 Multirotor UAS

ULC Technologies’ H1000 UAS was developed from the ground up to deliver the safest flights in a range of sensitive utility and energy industry applications.

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V3000 Blended Fixed Wing UAS

Our V3000 is a large-scale UAS platform being developed to conduct long range inspections and surveys both on- and off-shore. 

AI-Powered Utility Mapping:

AIM: Asset Identification & Inspection

Asset Identification and Mapping (AIM) combines machine learning and a vehicle-mounted data collection system to autonomously generate an interactive database of utility poles and assets, create GIS mapping and conduct inspection of overhead electric distribution system.

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powerline crawling robot

CTR: Powerline Robot Platform

Facebook Connectivity, in collaboration with ULC Technologies 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 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.

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Breaker Racking Robot

ULC Technologies teamed up with Con Edison to develop an Autonomous Mobile Robot (AMR) capable of racking of medium voltage circuit breakers within electric distribution substations, providing a safer operation for electric utility workers.

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Autonomous Cable Splicing Machine

Developed in collaboration with Con Edison, the Cable Splicing Machine enables utility personnel to remotely prepare a cable and install a Cold Shrink Cap or Live End Cap on cables. The technology contributes to improved worker safety because it allows for an autonomous splicing operation.

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