Coolearth-LaserMotive Vision Project recognized in Small Business Article


Even before the Games, LaserMotive’s work is already paying off for some team members. Carsten Erickson, CEO of Seattle-based supply-chain software maker Coolearth Software, invested in LaserMotive and joined the team in October 2006 after seeing a talk about the space elevator at a robotics conference. Since then, Erickson has worked evenings and weekends to develop a computer-based tracking system that can follow LaserMotive’s robot as it climbs the cable and steer the system’s laser to make sure the beam stays trained on the robot’s solar panels.

Erickson had never worked with laser-tracking systems before, but he quickly saw how similar technology could be used to great effect at his own $2 million company. He used his LaserMotive prototype to design a computer-based quality inspection system that can identify and reject defective products on an assembly line—a system he is already busy marketing to his clients.

“Working on LaserMotive has been inspirational,” Erickson says.

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About Coolearth Software
Coolearth is a leading provider of supply chain execution solutions to food & beverage, chemical, and other process manufacturers. Solutions from Coolearth are designed to fulfill the unique needs of hybrid production facilities requiring integrated warehouse management and shop floor execution solutions. Coolearth products go beyond traditional warehouse management systems built for distribution centers by cutting costs and improving efficiency throughout the entire production facility.

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