Commemorates the centennial anniversary of the company’s legacy welding school

Commemorating the 100th anniversary of its legacy welding school, Lincoln Electric® will open its new Welding Technology & Training Center, on its Euclid, Ohio, campus in January. Classes begin in the new facility on Jan. 8.

The center’s opening maintains the company’s role of running the oldest continually-operating welding school in the world. The facility further reflects Lincoln Electric’s 100-year commitment to leading welding education and innovation in an era of strong demand for skilled trades.

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“This new Welding Technology & Training Center reinforces Lincoln Electric’s dedication to education and the future of welding,” says Jason Scales, manager, Education Solutions, Lincoln Electric. “We design our welding curriculum and programs to meet the needs of students and educators at every level – from basic welding and teaching techniques through advanced processes, such as robotic automation, specialized code certification, welding theory, welding procedure specifications and more.”

The two-story, 100,000-square-feet-plus facility doubles Lincoln’s welding education capacity. The building features a virtual reality training lab with 10 VRTEX Virtual Reality Web Simulation Trainers, 166 welding and cutting booths, six seminar rooms, 13 welding school classrooms, a 100-seat auditorium, an atrium and a reception area.

The Lincoln Electric Welding Technology & Training Center is equipped to help students focus on career pathways and looks to the industry’s future in its programming offerings. It also will showcase and integrate Lincoln Electric’s latest technologies and solutions into a comprehensive welding curriculum – making it the industry’s most advanced facility of its kind.

“We know the demand for comprehensive skills and knowledge is higher than ever and we’re committed to preparing the next generation of welders, managers and industry leaders,” adds Scales.

For more information, visit Lincoln Electric’s Education Solutions website.

Lincoln Electric is the world leader in the design, development and manufacture of arc welding products, robotic arc welding systems, plasma and oxyfuel cutting equipment and has a leading global position in the brazing and soldering alloys market. Headquartered in Cleveland, Ohio, Lincoln has 63 manufacturing locations, including operations and joint ventures in 23 countries and a worldwide network of distributors and sales offices covering more than 160 countries. For more information about Lincoln Electric and its products and services, visit the Company's website at www.lincolnelectric.com

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Welding innovator, seminar leader, author and long-time Lincoln Electric engineer memorialized for industry impact and leadership

Welding industry pioneer and Lincoln Electric’s Employee of the Century, Omer W. Blodgett died on Jan. 11. He was 99.

Blodgett, a world-renowned authority on the design of welded connections, spent 60 years working at Lincoln Electric, retiring as a senior design consultant. During his tenure, he authored numerous manuals and textbooks for the arc welding industry and his seminars on welding were known throughout the welding industry.

2017-01-30 084338“We are indebted to Omer, who was a mentor to many,” says Christopher L. Mapes, Lincoln Electric’s chairman, president and chief executive officer. “He left a lasting legacy in our industry and will be fondly remembered with great honor. We extend our heartfelt condolences to his family.”
Blodgett became involved in welding when he struck his first arc at the age of 10 with his father’s Lincoln Stable-Arc welding machine in Minnesota. Through his high-school years, Blodgett worked as a welder at his father’s company and became certified as a welder for high-pressure applications in 1938. 
 
He earned a Bachelor of Science in metallurgical engineering and a master’s degree in mechanical engineering from the University of Minnesota and then became a welding superintendent at the Globe Shipbuilding Company. Under demanding war-time production conditions, Blodgett learned firsthand how to solve welding-related problems, such as distortion and cracking and met James F. (“JF”) Lincoln, with whom he would share a lifetime friendship.
 
After World War II, Blodgett joined Lincoln Electric at JF’s urging, first serving as a technical representative and later as a design consultant – working in both the mechanical and structural fields. In this role, he became the primary presenter of the Lincoln Electric Welding Design Seminars, which continue today and are named in his honor. Additionally, Blodgett frequently spoke on welding design at the American Welding Society (AWS) sectional and national meetings and conducted welding design seminars all over the world.
 
During his career, he authored numerous technical articles and handbooks on design, including Design of Weldments and Design of Welded Structures. He was a licensed professional engineer in the State of Ohio, a fellow of the ASCE (American Society of Civil Engineers), ASME (American Society of Mechanical Engineers) and the AWS. Other affiliations include Tau Beta Pi and Sigma Xi.
 
Blodgett also was a long-time member and contributor to a number of professional organizations, including the AWS D1 Structural Welding Committee, the American Institute of Steel Construction (AISC) Committee on Specifications, and the Welding Research Council (WRC) Task Group on Beam-to-Column Connections. 
 
AWS recognized his contributions in 1962, 1973, 1980 and 1983, when he was awarded the A. F. Davis Silver Medal for his work in structural design. From the AISC, he received the T.R. Higgins Lectureship Award in 1983, the Engineering Luminary Award in 1997 and AISC’s Lifetime Achievement Award in 1999. 
 
In 1995, LeTourneau University awarded Blodgett an honorary Doctor of Science degree, in addition to naming the Welding Engineering chair in his honor. In 1999, he was named by Engineering News-Record as one of the construction industry’s top 125 innovators over the past 125 years, a distinction also given to John Roebling, Buckminster Fuller, Thomas Edison, Frank Lloyd Wright and R.G. LeTourneau. 
 
For more information on Lincoln Electric, visit www.lincolnelectric.com

Lincoln Electric is the world leader in the design, development and manufacture of arc welding products, robotic arc welding systems, plasma and oxyfuel cutting equipment and has a leading global position in the brazing and soldering alloys market. Headquartered in Cleveland, Ohio, Lincoln has 48 manufacturing locations, including operations and joint ventures in 19 countries and a worldwide network of distributors and sales offices covering more than 160 countries. For more information about Lincoln Electric and its products and services, visit the company’s website at www.lincolnelectric.com.

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Lincoln Electric has launched a new VIKING™ 3350 Series helmet featuring a Steampunk™ graphic theme. Steampunk, a popular subgenre of science fiction and sometimes fantasy, incorporates technology and aesthetic designs inspired by 19th-century industrial steam-powered machinery. References to Lincoln Electric and welding can be seen throughout the steampunk-inspired graphics in this latest helmet design.

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This VIKING 3350 helmet provides one of the largest viewing area’s in its class and the best optical clarity available in a welding helmet today with Lincoln Electric’s 4C™ Lens Technology.

The 4C stands for the following attributes:

  • Clarity – Optical clarity at the highest EN379 1/1/1/1 levels
  • Color – Real color view
  • Carat – Lightweight Auto-Darkening Filter
  • Cut – Even shade from any angle

4C technology reduces eye strain by minimizing the traditional green coloring in the helmet view screen in both active and inactive states. It is ideal for a range of industries that use multiple welding processes, such as SMAW, MIG and TIG, including general fabrication, power generation, shipbuilding, structural, offshore and pipeline.

All Viking 3350 Series helmets offer a pivot style headgear designed for greater comfort and optimal fit.

For more information on Lincoln Electric’s VIKING auto darkening welding helmets with 4C lens technology, view the brochure and product brief on www.lincolnelectric.com.

Lincoln Electric is the world leader in the design, development and manufacture of arc welding products, robotic arc welding systems, plasma and oxyfuel cutting equipment and has a leading global position in the brazing and soldering alloys market. Headquartered in Cleveland, Ohio, Lincoln has 47 manufacturing locations, including operations and joint ventures in 19 countries and a worldwide network of distributors and sales offices covering more than 160 countries. For more information about Lincoln Electric and its products and services, visit the company’s website at www.lincolnelectric.com.

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Connect with Lincoln Electric companies in both the North and Central halls during the show

2016-10-28 100026Lincoln Electric’s exhibits at FABTECH 2016, Nov. 16-18, in Las Vegas will feature demonstrations, technologies and application experts from each of the company’s welding, cutting, automation and integration brands for the metal fabrication industry. This year, Lincoln Electric has two locations: North Hall N5200 for welding and training needs and Central Hall C29047 for cutting and forming operations. 

Product Highlights
FABTECH attendees from the automotive, appliance, heavy equipment and other industries can explore the latest products and technologies designed to help them do their jobs better, faster, at a lower cost – with higher quality results. Fabrication companies seeking new shop and field equipment for construction, shipbuilding or pipe applications will see the company’s latest welders, racks, feeders and electrodes designed specifically for these environments.

New productson display:

  • Expandable 4-Pack/8-Pack Rack for construction or shipbuilding grows as needs increase
  • Expansion of the CrossLinc™ Technology-enabled equipment line, which brings remote voltage control to the point of welding for the construction, ship and structural fabrication industries
  • Air Vantage® 600 SD Hydraulic delivers the industry’s first 4-in-1 machine for the mining, railroad and utility repair service truck industry
  • New REALWELD® Advanced Trainer helps industry or schools measure welding performance
  • New ClassMate Robotic Welding Education Cell provides a larger work envelope
  • Torchmate® 4400, 4800 and Fabricator CNC plasma cutting table systems deliver accurate linear motion
  • RP6™ Weldable Rust Preventative Fluid keeps ferrous metals corrosion-free
  • Pantheon Mechanized Pipe Stations in four configurations for almost any pipe welding application.
  • Developments in metal, robotic big-area additive manufacturing (R-BAAM)

Lincoln Electric Speakers
Additionally, Lincoln Electric experts will present on the following topics in professional program education sessions:

Arc Welding Process Modes – What Are You Using? What Are Advanced Modes? Would You Benefit from Advanced Equipment and Techniques? – Mike Flagg, Manager, Application Engineering, Lincoln Electric; Wednesday, Nov. 16, 2 p.m. Part of the “So You’re the New Welding Engineer” track.

  • Hybrid Laser Welding – Paul Denney, Application Engineer, Lincoln Electric; Thursday, Nov. 17, 8 a.m. Part of the “Laser Welding for Today’s Fabricator” workshop.
     
  • Want It? Get It! Grant Funding Strategies – Sarah Evans, Virtual Solutions Product Manager, Lincoln Electric; Friday, Nov. 18, 8 a.m. Part of the “Funding and New Contract Labor Rules” session.

To register for any of these sessions as part of FABTECH conference attendance, visit the FABTECH registration portal.

Special Booth Appearances
Booth N5200 will feature a special visit from Freddy Dodge and Dave Turin, stars of the popular Discovery Channel television show Gold Rush. Also, Shane Love, the veteran lead fabricator at NASCAR® team Joe Gibbs Racing, will demonstrate how to weld thin metals using the Square Wave® TIG 200.
 
For more information about Lincoln Electric and FABTECH 2016, visit www.lincolnelectric.com.
           
Lincoln Electric is the world leader in the design, development and manufacture of arc welding products, robotic arc welding systems, plasma and oxyfuel cutting equipment and has a leading global position in the brazing and soldering alloys market. Headquartered in Cleveland, Ohio, Lincoln has 48 manufacturing locations, including operations and joint ventures in 19 countries and a worldwide network of distributors and sales offices covering more than 160 countries. For more information about Lincoln Electric and its products and services, visit the company’s website at www.lincolnelectric.com.

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The Lincoln Electric Company (“Company”), a subsidiary of Lincoln Electric Holdings, Inc., announced today the promotion of Michele R. Kuhrt to Executive Vice President and Chief Information Officer (CIO), effective Today (July 1, 2016.)

2016-08-01 071655As CIO, Ms. Kuhrt will have oversight of the Company’s enterprise information technology (IT) systems and will be responsible for managing a global team and a broad range of global IT initiatives focused on supporting the Company’s growth strategy, operations and IT infrastructure.

“Michele has demonstrated strong leadership within our organization and has been invaluable in the execution of our 2020 strategic initiatives,” stated Christopher L. Mapes, Lincoln Electric’s Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer. “I am confident that Michele’s deep experience at Lincoln Electric leading key finance initiatives and growing shared service functions will help guide the implementation of our enterprise IT systems and support the growth of global operations while achieving efficiencies and improved service quality.”

Ms. Kuhrt joined Lincoln Electric in 1997 as Director of Taxes and in 2006 was elected as a Company Officer and Senior Vice President, Tax with responsibility for Lincoln Electric’s global tax matters and the U.S. payroll shared services center. Prior to joining Lincoln Electric, she was with Elsag Bailey Process Automation (a unit of ABB) and Pricewaterhouse Coopers. Ms. Kuhrt holds a bachelor’s and master’s degree in accountancy from Case Western Reserve University’s Weatherhead School of Management and is a CPA.

About Lincoln Electric
 
Lincoln Electric is the world leader in the design, development and manufacture of arc welding products, robotic arc welding systems, plasma and oxy-fuel cutting equipment and has a leading global position in the brazing and soldering alloys market. Headquartered in Cleveland, Ohio, Lincoln has 48 manufacturing locations, including operations and joint ventures in 19 countries and a worldwide network of distributors and sales offices covering more than 160 countries. For more information about Lincoln Electric and its products and services, visit the Company's website at www.lincolnelectric.com

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Offers limited-time end user cash rebate for wired remote One-Paks and factory-installed wireless systems

New remote controls for Lincoln Electric’s Cross Country® 300 and SAE-300® MP engine-driven welders aim to streamline operations for pipeline welders and those working in construction applications. Lincoln Electric is introducing two new wired remote control units and new welders with factory-installed wireless remote systems.

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The new wired remote controls, available with or without an 115V AC power duplex receptacle, include a generous, 125-foot (38.1-meter) detachable cable. A customizable Min/Max range sets easily in seconds. And, the small, weather-resistant units stow easily in trucks or job boxes.

Both units are offered as accessories for the Cross Country 300 and SAE-300 MP welders. The K4268-1 Wired Remote with an 115V AC auxiliary power duplex receptacle also comes bundled in new One-Pak® packages for the Cross Country 300 and SAE-300 MP.

A first for Lincoln Electric – new wireless remote controls – now are factory-installed in the new, textured, stainless-steel case and gray-painted-steel case versions of the Cross Country 300. A new textured stainless steel case and wireless remote are also offered on the SAE-300 MP welder. These small, weather-resistant remotes fit right in operators’ hands and have a 400-foot (122-meter) range, depending on site obstructions.

Using the wireless remote, operators can activate the glow plug for one to 30 seconds, stop and start the engine, activate high or low idle and adjust the current control.

$1000 End User Cash Rebate
From now until May 16, Lincoln Electric is offering a special $1,000 end user cash rebate on each of the Cross Country 300 and SAE-300 MP One-Pak packages containing the new wired remote controls. The rebate offer also applies to welder models equipped with the new wireless remote controls. All rebate claims must be received no later than May 31.

For more information on Lincoln Electric, visit www.lincolnelectric.com.

Lincoln Electric is the world leader in the design, development and manufacture of arc welding products, robotic arc welding systems, plasma and oxyfuel cutting equipment and has a leading global position in the brazing and soldering alloys market. Headquartered in Cleveland, Ohio, Lincoln has 48 manufacturing locations, including operations and joint ventures in 19 countries and a worldwide network of distributors and sales offices covering more than 160 countries. For more information about Lincoln Electric and its products and services, visit the company’s website at www.lincolnelectric.com.

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Welding Experts Continue Long History of Educational Offerings
with Basic, Advanced and “Train the Trainer” Sessions at Cleveland HQ throughout Year

Through its renowned Welding School and Technical Training department, Lincoln Electric will offer a diverse selection of educational programming at its Cleveland headquarters throughout 2016. Welders and welding educators can take advantage of multi-day seminars to learn everything from welding basics or specific alloy considerations to advanced technologies and new teaching tools for welding educators. 

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The following is a list of the seminars available at Lincoln Electric in 2016:

  • April 26-29: Blodgett’s Design of Welded Connections: Steel Structures
  • May 25-27: Aluminum Solutions: Advanced Training for Welding Aluminum Alloys
  • June 7-10: Blodgett’s Design of Welded Connections: Steel Weldments
  • July 11-15: Original Welding Educator Workshop
  • July 25-29: Beyond The Booth
  • Aug. 1-5: Advanced Welding Educator Workshop
  • Sept. 6-16: International Basic Distributor Training
  • Sept. 19-30: International Advanced Distributor Training
  • Oct. 3-7: International Customer Training
  • Oct. 11-14: Blodgett’s Design of Welded Connections: Steel Structures
  • Nov. 1-4: Blodgett’s Design of Welded Connections: Steel Weldments
  • Nov. 15-18: Aluminum Solutions: Practical Training for Welding Aluminum Alloys

 
For more information, including pricing and registration details, as well as a comprehensive list of welding classes and seminars offered through Lincoln Electric’s Welding Training School or Technical Training department, please see its 2016 Technical Training Guide, brochure ED122, on the company’s website.

Lincoln Electric is the world leader in the design, development and manufacture of arc welding products, robotic arc welding systems, plasma and oxyfuel cutting equipment and has a leading global position in the brazing and soldering alloys market. Headquartered in Cleveland, Ohio, Lincoln has 47 manufacturing locations, including operations and joint ventures in 19 countries and a worldwide network of distributors and sales offices covering more than 160 countries. For more information about Lincoln Electric and its products and services, visit the company’s website at www.lincolnelectric.com

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Lincoln Electric launches new CrossLinc™ Technology-enabled welding equipment, providing advantages for the construction, shipbuilding, barge, heavy fabrication and other markets. The Flextec® 350X welder and LN-25X wire feeder use a proprietary communications protocol to transfer operator voltage adjustments at the feeder to the power source hundreds of feet away using a common, copper weld cable. No additional control cable is required. The result is greater safety, quality and productivity for job-site and fab-shop environments.
 
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Built on industry-proven design elements, Lincoln Electric’s new Flextec 350X multi-process welding power source delivers premium arc performance for all DC wire, stick and TIG processes and gouging up to 3/16 inch (4.8 mm). Engineered for outdoor use and harsh environments, this IP23-rated welder features fully protected components.
 
With an output range of 5 to 425 amps, the Flextec 350X is rated at 300 amps, 32 volts at 100 percent duty cycle or 350 amps, 34 volts at 60 percent duty cycle. Lightweight and portable, the compact new model weighs only 77 pounds (34.9 kilograms).
 
The Flextec 350X is offered as a Construction model for connection with across-the-arc or CrossLinc-enabled feeders or a Standard model compatible with a greater selection of feeders, including across-the-arc, analog, digital or CrossLinc Technology-enabled wire feeders. Multi-operator 4-pack and 6-pack rack systems are available for each model.
 
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Built using the same proven design qualities of the LN-PRO product line, the LN-25X feeder is designed to be simple, reliable and easy to service when necessary. LN-25 PRO feeders feature a rugged Maxtrac™ drive system, dual range wire feed speed, encapsulated and protected electronics and a tough, flame-resistant case.
 
This feeder is rated 450 amps at 60 percent duty cycle, with a wire feed speed range of 50-700 inches per minute. Wire diameters range from .023-1/16 inch (0.6-1.6 millimeters) for GMAW wires and .030-5/64 inch (0.8-2.0 millimeters) for cored wires. The LN-25X can handle 12 inch (305 millimeters) or 8 inch (203 millimeters) spools and weighs less than 37 pounds (16 kilograms).
 
The X in the LN-25X name indicates the feeder is designed for Lincoln Electric’s CrossLinc Technology-enabled operation as well as across-the-arc operation.
 
For more information, view brochures E5.97, E8.101 and E8.01 on www.lincolnelectric.com.

Lincoln Electric is the world leader in the design, development and manufacture of arc welding products, robotic arc welding systems, plasma and oxyfuel cutting equipment and has a leading global position in the brazing and soldering alloys market. Headquartered in Cleveland, Ohio, Lincoln has 47 manufacturing locations, including operations and joint ventures in 19 countries and a worldwide network of distributors and sales offices covering more than 160 countries. For more information about Lincoln Electric and its products and services, visit the company’s website at www.lincolnelectric.com.

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Purpose-Built for Pipe Welding; Plenty of AC Generator Power

The new Cross Country™ 300 engine-driven welder from Lincoln Electric is specifically designed for the cross country or process piping welding operator who demands an excellent arc, small dimensions and low weight, easy-to-use controls and substantial AC generator power.

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•    It’s All About the Arc – Tuned by pipeline welders for pipeline welders, the Cross Country 300 is excellent for root, fill and cap passes and designed for cellulosic or low hydrogen stick electrodes.
•    The Size is Right – The small footprint saves space on the rig truck bed, while its low height allows for clear visibility through the truck’s back window.
•    Easy to Use – Dual current controls are designed for pipeline welding and the few, simple controls improve simplicity and reliability. Dual sliding doors make it easy to access the engine for routine maintenance, even when on the truck.
•    Flexible – The Cross Country 300 supports DC stick, wire and TIG processes, easily connects to Lincoln Electric wire feeders and includes a powerful AC generator to power grinders, pumps and travel trailers.

The Cross Country 300 features a 22 HP Kubota® water-cooled Tier 4 Final diesel engine. This machine produces 300 amps DC/32 volts at 100% duty cycle and a range of 40-300 amps. In addition, the Cross Country 300 produces 11,000 watts of three-phase continuous and 10,000 watts of single-phase continuous AC generator power.   

Introductory Rebate

For a limited time, a $500.00 introductory rebate will be offered on Cross Country 300 models purchased through August 31, 2015. Learn more and download the necessary rebate form here.

For more information on the Cross Country 300, view brochure E6.170 at www.lincolnelectric.com.

Lincoln Electric is the world leader in the design, development and manufacture of arc welding products, robotic arc welding systems, plasma and oxyfuel cutting equipment and has a leading global position in the brazing and soldering alloys market. Headquartered in Cleveland, Ohio, Lincoln has 47 manufacturing locations, including operations and joint ventures in 19 countries and a worldwide network of distributors and sales offices covering more than 160 countries. For more information about Lincoln Electric and its products and services, visit the company’s website at www.lincolnelectric.com.

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How Welding Has Changed Over the Years

2015-07-28 160009A technique and trade that has existed in society for many years, welding has been around since the Middle Ages. Back when it first originated, the technique was considerably more difficult than it is now, largely due to lack of engineering knowledge and the modern tools that welders today have access to. Since the origination of the trade, it has undergone many different changes and advances. Let’s look at how welding has changed over time.

Early Techniques

The earliest techniques used by welders were quite basic, and involved using a hammer and heat. Welders were known as blacksmiths, and a blacksmith’s job involved creating numerous items made from iron, metal and other materials. Since horses were an important form of transport, perhaps one of the most important items made by a blacksmith was the horseshoe.

The 19th Century

The 19th Century brought about a number of exciting advances for welding, mainly due to the discovery of the electric generator. This tool became a must for blacksmiths everywhere, as it made the task of arc lighting possible. This was the century in which welders began to discover the use of carbon and metal arcs, and many blacksmiths began to weld by using gas.

World War I

During the First World War there was a dramatic increase in the need for armory, which provided welders with an abundance of work like never before. Because of this sudden and much increased demand for welders a number of advances were made as tradesmen sought to discover ways in which to complete the job quickly to meet the demands. The electrode was a particularly useful invention during this period, and developments in welding such as flash butt welding, resistance, projection, spot and seam all took place at this time.

Technological Advances

With technology rapidly advancing, it is no surprise that this has had an effect on welding. For example, the invention of laser beam welding had a significant impact on how the trade was performed. Advances such as these in technology have not only enabled welders to complete work at a faster rate, it has also helped to simplify tasks such as the creation of welds.

Welding Today

In the present day and age, welding will typically fall into one of two categories; torch welding or arc welding. Arc welding uses electrodes that are attached to a wire, whilst torch welding involves the use of oxyacetylene – a mixture of oxygen and acetylene. Welders today have access to a number of advanced welding tools such as tools for MIG welding, available at Lincoln’s MIG welders store. Although today welding is considerably easier than when the trade first began, it is still a trade that requires years of training, practice, and dedication in order to perfect.

Are you interesting in joining the welding trade? Or, are you an experienced welder looking to learn more about the history of your trade? Whatever you reasons for reading, we’d love to hear your opinions and views in the comments section below.

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Heavy Duty Welder Delivers 520 Amps with a Tier 4 Final Engine


Lincoln Electric introduces the Vantage 520 SD engine-driven welder / generator, which joins the larger Vantage 600 SD and Air Vantage 600 SD to form a Severe Duty group of welders suitable for such extreme environments as mining, construction and pipe welding. Each is equipped with a Tier 4 Final (T4F) compliant engine that meets all new EPA diesel fuel emission standards.

The Vantage 520 SD is engineered to handle a variety of processes, including:

  • Stick welding
  • TIG welding
  • MIG welding
  • Pipe welding
  • Flux-cored wire welding
  • Arc gouging

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To deliver improved arc characteristics and other advantages, the Vantage SD series welders share a new digital platform. The results are smoother arc action, faster arc response and improved pipe welding capabilities, including reduced spatter. New pulsing capabilities provide improved arc control for out-of-position work and can be used to reduce heat input, resulting in less distortion of the base material.

ArcLink® digital communication enables fast, reliable digital communication with advanced wire feeders like the Power Feed® 25M portable semiautomatic wire feeder or other components. With access to the Power Feed® 25M, welding teams can take advantage of user memory presets for common repeated welding application procedures, as well as operator limits and lockouts. Both features help eliminate operator error on critical welds.

The Vantage 520 SD features a Deutz® 34.8 horsepower D2.9L4 engine that enables the welder to produce 520 amps/30 volts at 60 percent duty cycle and 450 amps/32 volts at 100 percent duty cycle. In addition, the 520 SD is capable of delivering to 11,000 watts single-phase or 17,000 watts three-phase, 120/240 volt AC generator power.

For more information about Lincoln Electric’s Vantage 520 SD, visit www.lincolnelectric.com to obtain Bulletin E6.219B.

Lincoln Electric is the world leader in the design, development and manufacture of arc welding products, robotic arc welding systems, plasma and oxy-fuel cutting equipment and has a leading global position in the brazing and soldering alloys market. Headquartered in Cleveland, Ohio, Lincoln has 48 manufacturing locations, including operations and joint ventures in 19 countries and a worldwide network of distributors and sales offices covering more than 160 countries. For more information about Lincoln Electric and its products and services, visit the company's website at www.lincolnelectric.com.

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Lincoln Electric and The NanoSteel® Company announced today that Lincoln Electric has been granted an exclusive worldwide license to NanoSteel’s proprietary steel coatings technology for weld overlay and thermal spray applications.  This agreement expands Lincoln Electric’s range of wear-resistant products, which complement the company’s core arc welding, cutting and automation solutions.

“We are pleased to add NanoSteel’s breakthrough technology to our product portfolio,” said Tom Matthews, senior vice president of technology and R&D for Lincoln Electric. “These unique products provide a level of hardness and abrasion resistance that is superior to chrome carbides and more economical than tungsten carbides. NanoSteel’s proprietary technology enables customers to significantly extend the service life of equipment used in mining, oil and gas, power generation and other industries.”

For more than 12 years, NanoSteel has developed innovative iron-based alloys in various forms to advance steel’s capabilities in multiple markets. The company will continue to develop and market its engineered powders and automotive sheet steel portfolio outside this agreement.

“We are proud to be aligned with a company of Lincoln Electric’s worldwide reach, technology innovation, and influence,” said David Paratore, NanoSteel president and chief executive officer. “This agreement reinforces our business focus of licensing our technology to the world’s leading brands to offer global availability of our alloy designs.”

During the transition period, NanoSteel and Lincoln Electric will work together to ensure consistent product availability and customer support. Terms of the licensing agreement were not disclosed.

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The VIKING™-2 Helmets offer the best optical clarity in the welding industry today

Lincoln Electric has developed a new generation of VIKING™ auto-darkening welding helmets designed to deliver improved optics and superior comfort. Backed by a three-year warranty, these helmets offer better optical quality as well as durability in tough welding environments.

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The auto-darkening cartridges in the VIKING™-2 series offer a top EN 379-1/1/1/1 optical clarity rating. The ratings correspond to four important categories. Each category is graded on a scale of 1-3, with a score of 1 representing the highest optical quality rating and 3 representing the lowest. The new VIKING-2 Helmets score a perfect 1/1/1/1 clarity rating.

New Features:

  • Improved optical clarity with a perfect 1/1/1/1 rating
  • Pivot-style headgear for greater comfort
  • Three-year warranty

The best-in-class optics, improved headgear  and three-year warranty are standard on the company’s VIKING 3350, 2450, 2450D and 1840 -2 Series helmets.

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Two-year extended warranty offer provides quick repairs and peace of mind to welders

As the only extended warranty program in the welding industry, Lincoln Electric’s welding equipment warranty extension program offers repair for an additional two years, building on the standard three-year warranty included with the purchase of the company’s welders and wire feeders. For just a small percentage of the machine purchase price, the extended warranty cost includes the price of parts, labor and any required shipping. When a customer elects to purchase the two-year warranty extension, they are protected by the most comprehensive warranty in the welding industry – the only equipment warranty program to cover parts and labor through five years of ownership.

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Making use of the two-year extended warranty is simple. Visit www.lincolnelectric.com  to locate one of more than 500 certified Lincoln Electric field service shops nearby and arrange for shipment or delivery. Provide a receipt showing date of purchase, or allow the shop to check the serial number date code to confirm the machine is still under warranty. Then, the shop will file a claim and repair the machine – with no additional cost to the consumer. If parts need to be shipped to the field service shop from Lincoln Electric, more than 95 percent of made to stock parts are shipped next day.

“In the rare case that your machine develops a service issue, you want to know you’ll receive a quick repair – and that getting the machine fixed will be an easy process,” says John Weigman, service manager at Lincoln Electric.

“We’ve put the full effort of our company behind this program, training our certified repair shops to recognize problems quickly and provide fast service to our customers,” Weigman adds. “Taking advantage of the extended warranty provides an effective, inexpensive way for welders to have peace of mind for an additional two years, with minimal added expense.”

To purchase an extended warranty, consumers can talk with their distributor, or visit the Lincoln Electric website. The two-year extended warranty can be purchased up to two years after initial machine purchase with no increase in price. The total warranty period begins on the purchase date – consumers are encouraged to keep the extended warranty certificate and their purchase invoice as evidence of the warranty. The extended warranty program is available in the United States and Canada.

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Lincoln Electric has joined forces with Waukesha County Technical College (WCTC) to open a new world-class welding demonstration and training facility, the first of its kind in Wisconsin.  

Officially known as the Lincoln Electric Southeastern Wisconsin Training Center at Waukesha County Technical College, the Pewaukee, Wisc.-based school is owned and operated by WCTC and sponsored by Lincoln Electric. The center was completely revamped and outfitted with the latest Lincoln Electric welding, cutting and fume control equipment and technology.

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The 4,000-square-foot welding lab features 55 new Lincoln Electric welding stations, bringing the college’s total welding lab space to approximately 8,000 square feet with 93 welding stations. The Lincoln Electric agreement serves a dual role:

  • For WCTC, this public/private partnership supports and enhances the college’s existing welding program and provides graduates with the welding skills for today’s job market requirements.
  • For Lincoln Electric, the center provides a venue for the manufacturer to conduct customer seminars and training for new products, cost reduction, productivity/process improvements, automation and engineering design, as well as for continuing education for existing customers and distributors.

WCTC School of Applied Technologies Dean Mike Shiels said the agreement allows welding students to train on the newest, state-of-the-art equipment available. There are currently 250 students enrolled in WCTC’s welding programs.

“Partnering with Lincoln Electric allows WCTC to continue to grow and expand our welding programs and meet the needs of local industry,” he said.

“The new Training Center is a win-win for Waukesha County Technical College, its students and Lincoln Electric,” stated Bob Dempsey, District Sales Manager, Lincoln Electric. “The College benefits from a full complement of updated equipment addressing every commonly used arc welding process, as well as a comprehensive fume control system. Working with the latest high technology equipment, the students are better prepared for employment in a number of industries. We are also excited to introduce our industrial customers to the facility for product demonstrations, and more importantly, to do our part to build awareness among prospective employers for the WCTC program and its fabrication graduates.

 

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