As the need for skilled welding operators grows, Miller Electric Mfg.
Co. is helping build their skills with its new LiveArc™
reality-based training system, designed to recruit, screen, train
and manage welding trainee performance - all via a live welding arc. The
LiveArc system features advanced motion-tracking technology that
provides critical feedback to improve welding skills, providing better,
faster and more cost-effective results than traditional training methods.
The new LiveArc(TM) reality-based training system is designed to recruit, screen, train and manage welding trainee performance - all via a live welding arc. (Photo: Business Wire)
By offering objective, quantitative feedback on key performance
parameters, the system promotes trainee independence and learning, and
allows users to gain the proficiency needed for skilled welding
opportunities. The pre-weld simulation mode saves money for supplies
(e.g., weld coupons, gas, wire) and provides a sound welding technique
baseline for accelerating training when live arc welding occurs.
"For those looking to build a better workforce, whether it is in a
vocational school or manufacturing company, the LiveArc Welding
Performance Management System provides a unique solution in the
marketplace today," said Rich Thompson, VP marketing, Miller. "We know
how critical it is to refine the abilities of both beginning and
experienced welders to meet the demad for skilled welders in the
industry. With LiveArc, we build careers."
Intuitive navigation, performance feedbackFeaturing an
easy-to-use touchscreen monitor, the LiveArc system guides the welding
trainee from assignment selection to simulated welding practice - and
when he or she is ready, the trainee can engage in live arc welding. The
system includes Miller-designed assignments, and allows welding
instructors to easily develop additional assignments with customized
parameters for specific weld joints and positions.
An industry-exclusive, 400-amp SmartGun features built-in LEDs that the
system's camera tracks in order to provide feedback on technique
parameters, including work and travel angles, contact
tip-to-work-distance (CTWD), travel speed and aim. The gun's OLED
display screen provides initial feedback to guide the trainee in proper
gun position, and integrated pushbuttons act as a convenient alternative
to touchscreen navigation. A joint calibration tool informs the system
of the joint location, which allows the user to place the weld coupon in
nearly any position.
To empower trainees and provide a quick learning curve, the LiveArc
system's intuitive user interface features easy-to-understand graphical
icons and instructional pop-up messages. The assignment selection screen
displays the list of available assignments and offers assignment
completion status, a history summary of each assignment and access to
detailed data about performance history. A Welding Procedure
Specification (WPS) review screen informs the trainee of
proper material selection and preparation, correct power source and wire
feeder settings, and target welding technique parameter values. This
screen also displays the instructor-determined target score and
assignment completion criteria.
After both simulation and weld mode tests, a feedback screen provides
trainees with graphical and numerical data as a means to improve
individual performance. This screen also provides instructors with
monitoring and evaluation capabilities to help build basic welding
technique skill sets.
Safety, compatibilityThe system is designed to be robust
and safe. The touchscreen monitor works with a gloved hand, and a
protective monitor cover disables the power source when opened. The
SmartGun trigger also deactivates in simulation mode, preventing
accidental live arc welding; the user must intentionally activate the
weld mode in order to weld.
The LiveArc system is compatible with any welding system that is capable
of producing Gas Metal Arc Welding (GMAW), Pulsed Gas Metal Arc Welding
(GMAW-P), Short Circuiting Gas Metal Arc Welding (GMAW-S), and Gas
Shielded Flux-Cored Arc Welding (FCAW-G). It is positioned on a rugged
ArcStation™ base that ships complete with drawers, gun holder,
quick-release clamps and heavy-duty casters to simplify movement. Miller
offers an optional welding positioning arm for training in
out-of-position and overhead welding applications.
About MillerMiller Electric Mfg. Co., headquartered in
Appleton, Wis., is a leading worldwide manufacturer of Miller brand arc
welding products and is a wholly owned subsidiary of Illinois Tool Works
Inc. (NYSE: ITW). For more information, visit Miller's website at www.MillerWelds.com,
call 1-800-4-A-Miller (800-426-4553), e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org,
fax 877-327-8132, or write to Miller Electric Mfg. Co., P.O. Box 100,
Lithonia, GA 30058.
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