Automated Welding Takes Center Stage at Lincoln Electric Exhibit

Lincoln Electric Co. showcases welding automation in Booth N-6618, with high-speed gas-metal-arc-welding (GMAW) systems, systems designed to tackle difficult aluminum welding and technologies that make robotic welding a cost-effective option for job shops.

Article From: 9/10/2012 Modern Machine Shop, from MetalformingFacts.com

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Lincoln Electric focuses on automated welding technology with numerous systems and live demonstrations.

Lincoln Electric Co. showcases welding automation in Booth N-6618, with high-speed gas-metal-arc-welding (GMAW) systems, systems designed to tackle difficult aluminum welding and technologies that make robotic welding a cost-effective option for job shops. The company also provides resources for the NIMS Student Summit and conducts presentations at show seminars.
 
“At IMTS, we are focused on customers’ needs for productivity, quality and lower cost,” says Deanna Postlethwaite, marketing manager of Lincoln Electric’s Automation Division. “Our booth features multiple automated welding systems, which exhibit increased travel speed and low spatter. We also address automated aluminum welding, focusing on the need to control appearance and repeatability. In addition, the booth shows how customers can apply robotic welding in their facilities.”
 
Besides live demonstrations of automated welding technology, the booth showcases new products such as the Power Wave R500 robotic, multi-process, 500-amp welding power source; the Vernon Tool Razor, a robotic system designed to consolidate tube/pipe fabrication processes; Guardian fire-safety solutions for fume-exhaust systems; Magnum Pro robotic torches (including torch giveaways each day of the show); and CheckPoint production-monitoring software.
 
As part of the show’s NIMS Student Summit, Lincoln Electric has equipped the American Welding Society’s Careers in Welding trailer, which provides young prospective fabricators with a virtual welding experience.
 
“We present tools to attract and engage the next generation of the manufacturing workforce,” Postlethwaite says.
 
Summit attendees interact with Lincoln Electric training equipment in the AWS trailer, including the company’s Robotic Welding Education Cell and new GMAW aluminum-welding capability on the VRTEX 360 Virtual Reality Arc Welding Trainer.
 
Postlethwaite also is one of the Lincoln Electric experts speaking at IMTS seminars, sharing insights on the importance of modernizing in her presentation: “Utilizing Technology to Address the Need for a Manufacturing Workforce.” Bruce Chantry, Lincoln’s U.S. equipment portfolio manager, will present “Advances in Intelligent Robotic Welding.”
 
Also at IMTS, Lincoln Electric cooperates with Local Motors to showcase the IMTS Rally Fighter, reportedly the world’s first open-source production vehicle, which was designed by an online community of designers, engineers and auto enthusiasts. One of the Rally Fighters was assembled before the show, while the other is being built live in the IMTS Emerging Technology Center.

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