Product description Virtual Welding
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Learning while you learn.
The Ghost (that’s the “virtual instructor”) tells the trainee the optimum welding speed, the tip-to-work distance and the torch or electrode holder tilt angle that he should keep up. Traffic-light colour signals and real-life welding noises give the trainee real-time feedback, showing him where and how he is on-target or deviating from target. In this way, the process provides scope for direct, instant correction.
The “novice welder” learns the craft step-by-step, without being taken out of his depth, all the time getting more of a technical feel for the parameter settings. This well thought-out teaching structure ensures a consistently high quality of training.
The glossary and the Help function give trainees a reference work they can look up whenever they need.
It’s also possible to create your own individual tutorials. These are configured and controlled by a central Master. The terminals communicate with one another via a server structure.
Virtual Weling is available in 22 langugage variants and is constantly being expanded.
As its learning model, Virtual Welding stays with the tried-and-tested sequence of conventional welder training, beginning with manual-electrode welding (known for short as MMA = manual metal arc). The difficulty with this process lies in obtaining perfect ignition, and accurate manipulation of the electrode for the welding position and task concerned. These are the aspects Fronius has focused on here, to help trainees rise to this challenge. Later, Virtual Welding trains/simulates the gas metal arc-process (GMA), the most widely used weld process.
Virtual Welding Robotics by Fronius is now available to instructors to assist the training of robot programmers. Thanks to this simulation platform, trainees from the field of robotic welding can now get even closer to the action without the limitations imposed by safety devices or missing welding equipment. The system shows the user whether they have programmed the robot correctly or if the welding torch was handled in the right way.
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Continuous information interchange
The entire welding sequence - including correction notes - is recorded and made available for playback, allowing the trainees to analyse the welding process together with the instructor and come up with ways to optimise. All results are automatically backed-up and archived, protecting against data loss. Simultaneously, the archived data can be called up at any time for the purposes of documentation and verification.
A pedagogically sophisticated points system means that comparable training results can be achieved again and again; this in turn allows the trainees to be assessed fairly and transparently. Assessment is made easier by the automatically generated ranking lists. Comparing the results on these click-to-view ranking lists boosts trainees’ commitment and motivation.
Using Virtual Welding brings very considerable savings of resources: materials- and resource savings of up to 25 %, meaning the trainers can now concentrate on the essentials.
Fronius Virtual Welding is available in 2 versions: as a terminal and in a compact carry-case for mobile use.
Em. o. Univ. Prof. Dr. Horst Cerjak,
Institute of Materials Science and Welding Technology
Technical University of Graz
All over the world, there is a serious shortage of skilled welding personnel. A recent article in The Wall Street Journal was headed: Where Have All the Welders Gone?
As well as all its other benefits, Virtual Welding has the potential to “hitch a ride” on childrens’ existing interest in computers while they are still at school, so as to familiarise them with welding technology and steer them towards it in a play-centred way – in terms of a sort of “welding Game Boy”, for example. The idea is to get them interested in technical things in general, and in welding in particular.
This will help to dispel some of the hostility towards technology which can still sometimes be observed – and equally importantly, it will create an attractive way-in to technical professions for girls as well, directing a steady supply of potential talent towards welding in the long term.
DVS - German Association for Welding and Allied Processes
Virtual Welding provides a modern approach towards further professionalisation of welder training. This is a quick and safe way-in for anybody who’s interested in the technical side of welding. It makes it possible to assess trainees’ manual skill very quickly, while its play-driven elements make welding technique much more accessible. In short, Virtual Welding lays the foundation for goal-directed vocational training. The future will lie in a combination of Virtual Welding and conventional welder training.
Volkswagen Coaching GmbH, Continuing Technical Education Dept.
Virtual Welding could be used in initial training, to help trainees learn the manual procedures involved in welding before they first try their hand at it in real life. This should lead to savings in welding consumables. For this youthful target group, moreover, the PC based simulator is an ideal training system. Another application could be in recruiting new staff, as the selection process usually also involves a test of the applicant’s mechanical skills. With its built-in assessment facility, the simulator provides an ideal platform for this.