6 September 2010
MEDIA RELEASE FROM SMENCO PTY LTD
Heading: Virtual welding will appeal to GenY
Copy: Raised on a diet of computer games and X-Box, GenY welding apprentices
have no trouble in adapting to learning manual skills on this newly released
Fronius virtual welding training simulator.
The arc and weld seam, with all the right sound effects, are virtual creations but
are a much safer alternative than facing a 2000°C live arc for the first time.
According to manufacturer Fronius, virtual welding reduces the material-
intensive sessions needed when training welders on "real" welding equipment,
resulting in an estimated 25% savings in time, space, materials, gas, filler
material and energy.
Fronius, for 60 years the world leader in the development of welding equipment
and technology, says the virtual welder is a more cost-effective way of teaching
welding, a safer alternative to traditional methods and better for the
environment with less waste and reduced emissions.
The system caters to all levels of welding experience starting at beginner level
where the trainee receives visual and audible prompts of the correct torch
position and speed to help them learn quickly.
The trainees weld is recorded and can be replayed showing a ghost of the
correct torch position which also assists learning. A score is given for the
accuracy of the weld performed with the top score displayed just like a computer
Sensors in the torch, work piece and helmet keep track of the torch and trainees
head position, detecting even the slightest hand movements and transmits these
to the virtual world.
The virtual weld is displayed on the 3D glasses in the trainees helmet as well as
the units touchscreen display and can even be projected onto a large screen or
LCD monitor for all to see.
As the trainee guides the torch along the sample work pieces they mentally
process the visual and audible signals to determine whether the welding speed,
torch distance and angle are all correct.
The "training workshop" comes either as a stand-up terminal or as a mobile case
that is easily transportable to the training location.
Dave Smith, Manager SMENCO Pty Ltd, Australian distributors for Fronius, said
the virtual welder had created a lot of interest from the TAFE and training sector.
At half the cost of now-superseded training simulators on the market and with
the very latest in computer technology it also represents very good value, he
Fronius Welding Equipment is distributed in Australia by SMENCO Pty Ltd, 1300
731 873 or www.froniuswelding.com.au
Caption: Virtual welding allows the trainee to learn the manual skills needed in a
safe and fun-filled environment before being let loose with a torch and having to
face a 2000°C arc for the first time.
For further information:
SMENCO Pty Ltd 1300 731 873
Released for SMENCO by VPR/ Drew Valentine 0414 353833