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Dig it: ULC, British utility rolling out robotic excavator

By GREGORY ZELLER // One of the United Kingdom’s largest natural gas networks has partnered with a Long Island-based robotics ace to disrupt one of the costliest and most time-consuming facets of the gas-transmission industry. Natural gas utilities around the world are knee-deep in expenses, scheduling snafus and other logistical nightmares caused by excavation, and London-based SGN – which boasts some 76,000 kilometers of gas pipelines, many buried under Britain’s cobblestones and sidewalks – is…


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…