New OxyFuel Cutting Feature for Lincoln Electric Vrtex Virtual-Reality TrainersJanuary 29, 2021
In collaboration with The Harris Products Group, a Lincoln Electric company, Lincoln Electric has introduced the Vrtex OxyFuel Cutting feature, bringing welding and cutting together for education by enabling users to practice torch cutting safely and virtually. From setting up the torch to executing the cut, each task is designed to simulate real-world cutting applications. The Vrtex OxyFuel Cutting feature is available on Lincoln Electric’s Vrtex 360 and Transport models.
Vrtex 360 provides advanced-level virtual-reality welding-simulation training for educational or industrial environments. It can be used for fundamental welding training, skill enhancement, diagnostic testing and instructor preparation. Virtual reality arc welding trainers provide a solution for cultivating welding talent quickly and resourcefully, according to company officials, who note that the trainers simulate the look, feel and action of actual guns and torches.
Instructors can use the Vrtex OxyFuel Cutting feature for an introduction and reinforcement of cutting practices. Vrtex offers the ability to connect to the user’s fuel of choice, propane or acetylene, and properly sets fuel and fuel pressures in proper safety sequence. Users follow a step-by-step torch lighting sequence, following safety protocols and reinforcing the importance of reading the flame, and displaying proper torch shutdown sequence.
The OxyFuel Cutting feature also is applicable for students to learn the application and receive evaluation, and improve their cutting abilities. Visual cues help the learner with proper technique by indicating proper aim, angle, distance and speed. Vrtex products reportedly reinforce the importance of heating the plate and cutting accuracy with realistic separation of the cut, and provide users with feedback.
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