REDwire An integrated weld training approach offers significant advantages

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The VRTEX 360 virtual welding training system is available from Lincoln Electric.

When it comes to weld training, a blend of traditional training with virtual reality training yields the best results, according to a study conducted by Lincoln Electric and Iowa State University. The two groups worked together to compare traditional welding training with Virtual Reality Integrated Weld Training, and found that a blend of both types offers game-changing results. Training costs and time were significantly reduced, while certification rates and the number of welds performed increased.

The benefits of an integrated approach

There were 22 participants in the study. Eleven trained using 100 per cent traditional welding, while the remaining 11 trained using a blended approach — 50 per cent traditional welding and 50 per cent virtual welding. Both groups trained for 80 hours over a two-week period. 

The group that integrated virtual welding into their training saw significant advantages. Their overall training time was 23 per cent less than the group using only traditional methods. This resulted in reduced training costs amounting to $2,680.46 — a savings of $243.68 per student. In addition, the virtual reality group experienced much higher levels of team learning and interaction, completed a greater amount of welds, and saw an increase of 41.6 per cent in overall certification.

There are many advantages to using a virtual welding training approach. For example, welders can practice welding without spending time setting up and gathering material. And they can start over without wasting material or losing time in assembly and retacking.

A ‘revolutionary’ solution

As a global leader in the design, development and manufacture of arc welding products, Lincoln Electric is proud to offer its VRTEX 360 virtual welding training system and its more compact VRTEX Mobile system. These systems are revolutionizing welding training by offering realistic welding visual and audio feedback, which allows students to practice their welding technique in a simulated environment. It’s ideal for basic to advanced welding training, as a testing, recruitment and engagement tool for educational institutions and industry, and for preparation for advanced level evaluation for instructors. 

To learn more, contact Lincoln Electric

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