Virtual Reality Simulation Adds New Welding Features and Functionality

Cleveland - Lincoln Electric is pleased to announce an upgrade program release for the VRTEX® 360 virtual reality arc welding training system. The upgrade package, released in December 2011, extends the functionality and feature set of the system.
 
The upgrade package includes a new and exciting virtual environment in a motorsports garage. The instructor toolset is extended to include a panning view function. Functionality is further enhanced with the addition of scoring modules based on the American Welding Society D1.1 or ASME and a virtual bend test for multi-pass pipe and groove welds and a virtual bend test certificate upon successful completion.
 
“This release for the virtual reality arc welding system is the most exciting yet. It reinforces our commitment to creating products for the welding education marketplace that will enhance and engage instructor and student experiences,” said Deanna Postlethwaite, product and marketing manager. “This upgrade offers additions that build upon the most advanced virtual reality arc welding system and delivers functionality that instructors and students will value immediately.”

The motorsports garage environment provides students a look at where a career in welding can take them. The garage is loaded with exciting racing cars. Students can weld with the top-of-the-line POWER MIG® 350MP wire feeder/welder. To promote welding safety, a Mobiflex® 200-M mobile welding fume extractor provides weld fume control in this simulated environment.
 
The panning view enhances the instructor’s ability to view a weldment as the student welds to better coach the student on proper technique. Now three views are available: rotate, zoom and pan.

After welding a pass, the user can now see if each defect/discontinuity was within acceptable standards (passed) or not (failed). The acceptable standards are known as scoring modules. Instructors can use the Instructor Mode to enable the scoring module they would like to use (AWS D1.1 or ASME). The pass/fail appears on-screen for relevant passes (scoring modules do not cover all of the available VRTEX® 360 welds).

Many welding codes require bend tests as part of the testing required to qualify welders and welding procedures specifications (WPSs). By adding the bend test to the VRTEX® 360, a student can see what causes a bend test to pass and fail. This functionality also enhances the instructor tool set by reinforcing classroom instruction and allows students to pass and fail in a virtual environment before entering a real welding booth, saving both time and money.

The virtual bend test certificate serves as recognition of a student’s achievement on a certain level in training. The bend test certificate also adds motivation for the student in their welding training program.

The VRTEX® 360 upgrade program is produced under the continued development partnership of Lincoln Electric and VRSim. VRSim Inc. of East Hartford, Conn. is a leader in the development of training software and graphic simulation for industry and academia. The VRTEX® 360 is a software-based welding training system powered by the software expertise of the VRSim team and the welding innovation of the Lincoln Electric team.

The VRTEX® 360 Upgrade Program can be purchased from Lincoln Electric. The upgrade package is sent directly to customers who purchase the program with supporting literature, materials and curriculum components useful in any welding training environment. For more information on the VRTEX® 360, please visit www.lincolnelectric.com/vrtex360 or contact The Lincoln Electric Company - Automation Division at 22221 St. Clair Avenue, Cleveland, OH 44117-2522, via phone at (888) 935-3878 or e-mail at vrtex@lincolnelectric.com.

The VRTEX® 360 ignited a revolution in welding training with the initial release of the product presented at the Essen Fair in Germany in September 2009 and the official U.S. product launch at FABTECH in November 2009. Lincoln Electric continues to lead the industry in the innovation of virtual reality welding training through the VRTEX® programs. Lincoln Electric also continues to spearhead programs and products dedicated to the improvement of resources and materials for the training of effective, productive and quality welders.

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 and plasma and oxyfuel cutting equipment. The company holds a leading global position in the brazing and soldering alloys market.