Gregory Penza

No. 443: On Ken Morrelly, the LIREDC’s highest hopes, Sputnik and the Queen of the Damned

  Ten-four, good buddy: Breaker, breaker, dear readers, and thanks for having your ears on as we keep the left door closed, put the hammer down and speed toward another well-earned weekend. It’s Friday out there, Oct. 4 to be precise, which of course means it’s 10-4 and National CB Radio Day, first proclaimed in 1978 by President Jimmy Carter to salute the Citizen Band as an emergency resource and to honor enthusiasts. Off the…


Purolator’s latest LI Index sparkles with positivity

By GREGORY ZELLER // Optimism abounds in the latest edition of the Purolator Long Island Supply Chain Index, with regional manufacturers especially jazzed about production and hiring. Jericho-based logistics ace Purolator International released its 2019 Long Island index data Tuesday, after surveying regional manufacturers and collating their projections for the next six months. Working on a scale of zero (complete decline) to 100 (complete expansion), the index tallied a 67.5 score overall – a “strong…


Robot manufacturer unveils int’l growth plan

By GREGORY ZELLER // Two key hires will help a leading Long Island robotics manufacturer double down on its commitment to international energy-market innovation. Hauppauge-based ULC Robotics Inc., an energy services and energy research-and-development firm serving global utilities, has recruited two energy-industry veterans – one in the United States, one in the UK – with expertise in innovative technologies and processes. Thomas Barracca – whose extensive résumé includes stints with PSEG-LI, National Grid and the…


ULC taps industry vet as U.K. robot ruler

By GREGORY ZELLER // A high-tech Hauppauge manufacturer has found the perfect human to lead its European robotics revolution. Graeme Cleeton has been named vice president of United Kingdom operations for ULC Robotics, an R&D firm providing robotic solutions for energy and utility concerns. Cleeton, who’s held executive positions with some of the U.K.’s leading utilities, will be based at the company’s U.K. headquarters in the southern English county of Kent, where he’ll play a vital role…


ULC Robotics lands FAA drone certification

A Long Island robotics developer has earned the Federal Aviation Administration’s permission to operate unmanned aerial systems below 400 feet anywhere in the United States. The Section 333 Exemption gives ULC Robotics an FAA Certificate of Authorization allowing it to pilot commercial drones in U.S. airspace without any further permissions. According to aviation law, operation of any aircraft in the national airspace requires a certified and registered aircraft, a licensed pilot and operational approval. Section…


ULC Robotics wins industry game changer award

Hauppauge’s ULC Robotics has been recognized with a Game Changer Award for its unique cast iron joint sealing system, called CISBOT, which operates underground to repair and reinforce joints in cast iron pipelines, with little excavation and without having to turn off gas service. No surprise the system is a growing hit with gas utilities in the United States and abroad. Game Changer Awards are bestowed by Robotics Business Review, with help from Robotics Trends and the International…