Advanced welder training
- Published: January 2, 2017
Lincoln Electric's RealWeld Advanced Trainer gives students and prospective employees a live-arc, multi-sensory learning experience that merges actual welding with advanced motion tracking technology.
The system helps students master MIG, stick and flux-cored processes with immediate in-booth feedback and analysis. REALWELD improves training results by enhancing student comprehension, reducing training time and increasing certification rates in both school and industry settings. It is ideal for use as a bridge to traditional welding training or as a screening tool to determine welding proficiency.
Users can practice multi-pass capability in a number of positions, including 1F, 2F, 3F, 4F, 1G, 2G, and 3G and lap, tee, groove and flat-plate joints. Standard 6-inch and optional 18-inch fixtures allow users to perform a number of multi-pass industry-standard welds. A motorized carriage makes it easy to move the table and arm for welding in flat, vertical or overhead positions.
The system features an “Arc OFF” mode that allows students to first practice, troubleshoot and master welding techniques without burning an arc. This approach not only boosts learning and muscle memory but also helps reduce program material costs, including welding plate, flux, electrode or wire and shielding gas.
As a user welds, with or without an arc, the system analyzes and scores every attempted weld trial on five technique parameters, providing embedded, immediate and objective information on a 17-inch touchscreen display that students can access in the booth. The system also enables students to review how-to-videos, technical documents and even instructor handouts, such as safety data sheets, all on-screen in the booth. The display responds to gloved hands, so users do not have to stop and remove gloves to get instant information.
RealWeld mirrors the welding and teaching experience closer than any other training system. Its audio coaching feature provides users with guidance on weld speed, angles, aim, contact tip-to-work distance, arc length and weld position. These cues, which act like a welding instructor in every booth, can be turned off at any time to allow students or prospective employees to demonstrate learned behaviors without a guide.
Once a user welds, instructors then can review scoring and analysis to track student progress and immediately determine if students are developing bad habits. They also are able to adjust tolerances to lenient, moderate or stringent settings.
Additionally, instructors can set the system’s “sweet spot” parameters associated with proper welding techniques using welding procedure specifications (WPS) for each weld. Instructors can access the system anywhere, on the unit itself or via their own computers using the system’s Desktop Instructor feature.