ULC Robotics

Giving the LI innovation economy plenty of STEAM

By ROSALIE DRAGO // Employers in technical trades lament the loss of “shop” class and its hands-on maker skills. Business owners complain that candidates possess minimal work experience. But there is tremendous work-readiness power in STEAM – enough to fuel a 21st century workforce. Beginning in elementary school, education institutions are using STEAM (for science, technology, engineering, arts and math) to contextualize core classroom subjects in a way that aligns with skills required by 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…


No. 344: Blowing in from Denmark, droning on at PSEG and star trekking in Garden City (plus, your Cocoa Puffs origin story) 

Friday morning and the mood is high: Welcome to the end of another busy workweek, dear readers. It’s Sept. 28 out there, and the first full weekend of autumn is upon us. Friday night and the lights are low: To get you in the proper mood, check out this list of the top 15 Friday songs, courtesy of our friends at MetroLyrics. Freedom rocks: It’s International Right to Know Day, the 16th anniversary of a…


ULC Robotics, PSEG-LI send in the drones

By GREGORY ZELLER // Look, up in the sky – and you just might see a fleet of flying robots checking out PSEG Long Island’s power lines. The Uniondale-based utility has deepened its ongoing relationship with Hauppauge-based ULC Robotics, calling in ULC-operated UAVs to inspect PSEG-LI power lines and equipment. The drones are 4.5 feet wide and weigh about 25 pounds each, and while on PSEG-LI duty are operated by licensed UAV pilots and engineers…


No. 270: Med-tech in China, shorter mastheads in Uniondale and New York’s front-line role in America’s ‘economic civil war’

Any Kiowa Indians in the house? If so, have an especially peaceful and pleasant Jan. 5, known also as “The Night the Stars Fell” to the Kiowa and other Northern Plains tribes, in reference to an unusually intense meteor shower – the second such “storm” in six weeks – recorded on this date in 1834. Speaking of bomb cyclones: Winter Storm Grayson lived up to its bitter billing this week, but take a bow (carefully)…


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…


A lot more than pipe dreams for ULC Robotics

By GREGORY ZELLER // Two steps ahead of “the next big boost to the U.S. economy,” there is ULC Robotics. The “big boost” in this case is robotics, and the bold prediction comes from Greg Penza, the president and CEO of the Hauppauge-based R&D firm, who sees robotics as the next great economic evolutionary step after the PC revolution of the 1980s and the buildout of the nation’s cellular systems, which occurred largely in the…


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…