Friday, January 18, 2013

Lincoln Electric Launches VRTEX® Family of Virtual Reality Training Products



Lincoln Electric announces the official launch of the VRTEX® family of virtual reality arc welding (VRAW™) training products, which includes the respected VRTEX® 360 and the new, easily portable VRTEX® Mobile – ideal for on-site training and recruitment events. These solutions are just two of the offerings in the VRTEX® virtual reality arc welding technology product line – training that’s engaging, realistic and cost effective.

These interactive teaching tools work equally as well for introducing new welders to the trade in a traditional classroom or in a manufacturing facility – both as an HR screening tool or for existing workforce training. VRTEX® virtual training systems from Lincoln Electric allow students of any age to learn and train in a safe, virtual environment with realistic imagery and scenes, thanks to a specially equipped virtual reality welding helmet and rich, vivid graphics.

Key Features:
  •     Two Models Available – The new, easily transportable VRTEX® Mobile, featuring a basic GMAW (MIG) (SMAW stick add-on package available), is compact and assembles quickly. It’s easily movable from place to place in a classroom environment, an industrial facility or recruitment event. The VRTEX® 360 delivers best-in-class virtual reality welding with 360-degree immersion in environments and applications, including SMAW, pipe welding, GMAW (including aluminum and stainless) multi-position welding and a continuing expansion of features with the VRTEX® Extensions™ software upgrade program.
  •     Real-World Welding Experience, Fun “Gaming” Approach – The VRTEX® family of VRAW™ training systems delivers hands-on training that’s consistent with standard industry methodology and evaluation criteria. Featuring actual machine set-up replication and a realistic welding puddle, sounds and effects, the system measures and records students’ training results in real time, allowing trainers to identify welding deficiencies. When students walk away from a VRTEX® machine into a real welding training booth, they can put on their helmets and pick up their welding guns feeling confident about set-up and welding procedures.
  •     Reduced Costs, Improved Safety – VRTEX® virtual reality welding systems eliminate the cost of hands-on initial learning – material waste and scrap – while creating a more proficient student. They can practice repetitive welding without the time needed to tack plate and toss scrap because the coupon isn’t real – it’s virtual, appearing with a press of a button.  VRAW™ training with Lincoln Electric’s VRTEX® system also allows students to become comfortable with using a welding gun and with the various body positions needed for even the most challenging welding applications, increasing confidence and overall safety in the real welding booth.

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