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18 January 2013

Lincoln Electric Experts to Discuss Technology, Innovation and Welding Education at Automate 2013 in Chicago

Deanna Postlethwaite, Virtual Welding Training Business Unit Manager, Lincoln Electric

Heath Suraba, Lincoln Electric’s Automation Application Technologist

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Cleveland – Technology plays an increasingly important role for manufacturing, from those who have been in the factory for years to those who are just learning fabrication skills. Two Lincoln Electric experts will address different facets of technology in welding during separate “Expert Huddle” group discussions during Automate 2013, Jan. 21-24, at McCormick Place in Chicago. The Expert Huddle provides a different approach from a conference presentation. These discussion groups, led by industry experts, are held and moderated on the show floor during exhibition hours rather than in a conference center classroom.
Deanna Postlethwaite, Business Unit Manager for Lincoln Electric Virtual Welding Training, will discuss Utilizing Technology to Address the Need for a Manufacturing Workforce on Monday, Jan. 21 at 3 p.m., in Booth #1060 - Huddle #4. Heath Suraba, Lincoln Electric’s Automation Application Technologist, will discuss Considerations in High Speed Welding on Thursday, Jan. 24th at 1 p.m., in Booth #208 – Huddle #1.
Postlethwaite, who started her career at Lincoln Electric more than nine years ago, will address how the manufacturing industry needs to attract a new generation of skilled workers. Through education and engagement, the manufacturing industry can create a much-needed cultural shift to help to change the mindset of parents, educators, counselors, as well as students, and create interest in the skilled trades. The key to this cultural shift, according to Postlethwaite, is technology. She will discuss how the manufacturing industry needs to implement tools and curriculum that feature interactive elements and creative designs to not only challenge students but to also engage them, using innovation, technology and automation.
Suraba, who has been with Lincoln Electric for 12 years, will provide a comprehensive overview of the new technologies available for today’s automated welding world. Suraba will discuss the method and theory required to change from average welding speeds to maximum welding speeds. He also will cover how to incorporate the use of other welding factors, such as the choice of power source, process selection, torch angles and wire diameter, to name a few. 
For a complete schedule of discussion topics and to register for the Expert Huddle sessions, visit or call 734.994.6088.
About the Show Organizer
Automate 2013 is organized by the Association for Advancing Automation, the not-for-profit umbrella corporation of the Robotic Industries Association (RIA), AIA – Advancing Vision + Imaging, and the Motion Control Association (MCA). Together these associations represent nearly 700 member companies from 32 nations. Members include suppliers, system integrators, end users, universities, consulting firms and others involved in automation.
About Lincoln Electric
The Lincoln Electric Company, headquartered in Cleveland, Ohio, is the world leader in the design, development and manufacture of arc welding products, robotic arc welding systems, weld fume control systems, plasma and oxyfuel cutting equipment and has a leading global position in the brazing and soldering alloys market.

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