Sam Wilson

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…


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…