Aries Industries competes for ‘Wisconsin Coolest Thing Contest’

By Freeman Staff

August 28, 2017

Aries Industries’ Mobile Pathfinder Inspection System features a remote-controlled tractor, a reel and a hand-held electronic control with an LED screen.
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WAUKESHA — A lot of nifty things are made in Wisconsin and Aries Industries Inc. hopes its Mobile Pathfinder Inspection System will be named the coolest.

The system was nominated for the “Coolest Thing Made in Wisconsin contest” and can even be found working in sewer pipes under Waukesha streets.

According to the Waukesha-based company, municipalities use sewer inspection systems to identify problems and to plan sewer maintenance and repairs. The remote-controlled equipment, Mobile Pathfinder Inspection System, eliminates inconvenient and expensive excavation of roadways and resulting traffic disruptions.

Aries’ Pathfinder is a self-propelled robotic tractor with a camera that records video of pipe conditions. The complete system includes a reel with 1,000 feet of cable and a hand-held controller that operates the tractor, the pan-and-tilt zoom camera and a powerful LED light array. An operator can view the video on an 8-inch screen.

“Our employees are excited to have our high-tech electronic products showcased in a state-wide contest,” said Aries President/CEO Nick Kroll in a statement. “This program is also an opportunity to highlight the rewarding careers available in manufacturing companies such as Aries.”

The contest is sponsored by Johnson Financial Group and Wisconsin Manufacturers & Commerce Anyone can vote to determine the top 16 coolest products, with a three-round, bracket-style tournament to follow. Voting starts Friday online at