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20 July 2012

Lincoln Electric Experts to Present Technology, Innovation and Welding Education at IMTS 2012 Conference in Chicago

Two separate sessions will cover robotic vision on the manufacturing floor and the need for technology and automation to address the workforce shortage

Bruce Chantry, Director of Marketing, North America, Lincoln Electric

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

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Cleveland – Technology plays an increasingly important role for welders, from those who have been in the shop or field for years to those who are just learning the trade. Two Lincoln Electric experts will address different facets of technology in welding in separate presentations during the 2012 International Manufacturing Technology Show (IMTS), Sept. 10-15, at McCormick Place in Chicago.
Bruce Chantry, Lincoln Electric’s Director of Marketing, North America, will highlight the advantages and use of Intelligent Robot Welding during a session on Wednesday, Sept. 12, from 9 a.m. to 9:55 a.m. in Room W192A. Deanna Postlethwaite, Marketing Manager for Lincoln Electric Automation, will discuss Utilizing Technology to Address the Need for a Manufacturing Workforce on Friday, Sept. 14, from 10 a.m. to 10:55 a.m., in Room W193B.
Chantry, who joined Lincoln Electric in 1995 as a technical representative, will examine how the integration of vision into robotics has become easier and more cost effective. Vision, as Chantry will discuss, allows welding robots to “see” the location and orientation of parts, examine and verify part fit-up, find features pre-weld, measure the joint position, detect what is going ahead of the arc, and provide for real-time seam tracking and signal changes to user-defined process parameters using adaptive parameter control.
Chantry also will cover how the use of sophisticated welding waveforms and new monitoring technology provide weld data that can be tracked, stored and shared for production, inventory and diagnostic activities, in the shop or remotely.
Postlethwaite, who started her career at Lincoln Electric more than nine years ago, will discuss 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 that will 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 engage them, using innovation, technology and automation. The presentation will include examples of schools, companies and groups across the country doing just this.
To register for either of these sessions as part of IMTS conference attendance, visit the IMTS registration portal or call IMTS at 508.743.8535.
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, 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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