Aries Industries’ Mobile
Pathfinder Inspection System features a
remote-controlled tractor, a reel and a hand-held
electronic control with an LED screen.
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
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