ULC Robotics wins industry game changer award

Aye, robot: ULC Robotics gas pipe-inspecting and -repairing automatons are rolling out in the U.K.

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 Journal of Advanced Robotics Systems. Products were judged based on design, functionality, impact and overall benefit to the robotics industry.

“With the support of our customers we have been able to make CISBOT a very successful commercial operation and we will continue to develop game changing robotic systems to aid in solving difficult operational and environmental challenges facing the natural gas and energy industries,” ULC Robotics CEO Gregory Penza said in accepting the honor.

ULC specializes in technology that helps pipeline operators and energy companies repair and inspect their infrastructure, with the goal of eliminating costly and disruptive excavation while eliminating gas leaks, reducing greenhouse gas emissions and improving efficiency for utility and other players in the energy sector. Customers include National Grid, Con Edison, BP, PSE&G and New Jersey Natural Gas.