Lincoln Electric Launches VRTEX® Family of Virtual Reality Training Products


The new VRTEX® Mobile joins the respected VRTEX® 360 as engaging learning solutions for today's skilled labor shortage - training new students in the classroom or screening applicants or existing workforce at a manufacturer's site

Cleveland - Lincoln Electric announces the official launch of the VRTEX® family of virtual reality arc welding (VRAW(TM)) 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(TM) software upgrade program.

· Real-World Welding Experience, Fun "Gaming" Approach - The VRTEX® family of VRAW(TM) 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(TM) 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.

For more information on Lincoln Electric's VRTEX® virtual reality welding systems, request brochure MC12-90 by calling (888) 355-3213 or visiting www.lincolnelectric.com. For resources and additional information on the VRTEX® virtual reality welding systems go to www.vrtex360.com or send questions and inquiries to vrtex@lincolnelectric.com.

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.

Media Contacts:

Greg Coleman - Greg_Coleman@lincolnelectric.com or 216.383.2462

Robin Suttell - rsuttell@fallscommunications.com or 216.696.0229

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