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With the economy still providing mixed signals, Victor Technologies is approaching business with optimism. Our branding
effort is in full swing, and we are enthusiastic about our newest product offerings both in the U.S. and around the globe.
Beginning with the company name change in May of 2012, and following in October with the alignment of our cutting
brands under the Victor name, we have focused on optimizing the performance of our brand portfolio. This is reflected in the
introduction of new packaging and displays for Victor, along with new “Victor green” trade dress and packaging for Victor Thermal
Dynamics manual and automated product lines.
To our valued distributors, business partners and end users, we share the message that coupled with our brand changes, our
resolve in the pursuit of strong product solutions, innovation and technology remains unchanged.
For example, Victor has introduced its new line of 400 Series oxy-fuel torches that offer better ergonomics and end-user driven
features such as a new contoured handle, three-tube cutting attachment design and color-coded valves for clarity and enhanced
safety. The 400 Series boasts a contoured, high-strength alloy torch handle that, while lighter than a brass handle, balances better
in operators’ hands and better resists wear and abuse.
In Victor Thermal Dynamics Automation, the rollout of the AutoCut XT and UltraCut XT lines represent the next generation in
precision plasma cutting. Ultra-Cut XT systems provide the flexibility to increase cutting power and the assurance of superior
quality, higher productivity and lower cutting costs. And because of its expansion capabilities, there is never a concern about
choosing the right system.
In specialty welding, Tweco also boasts a new logo and refreshed packaging. In addition to the new Tweco Velocity MIG
consumables and light-duty Tweco Fusion MIG guns, Tweco has also announced its scheduled launch of the Tweco Classic Series
MIG guns, an enhancement to the original “numbered series” that is arguably one of the most popular gun designs in the world.
Tweco Classic enhancements will include interlocking joints for superior toughness, an angled trigger for a more comfortable pull
and refined, modernized lines.
In addition to these exciting announcements, we invite you to help us celebrate this year’s 100th anniversary of the Victor brand.
Please read about our 100th Anniversary contests in this issue of NewsUpdate, and we invite you to share in a special celebration
with us later this year at the 2013 Fabtech. Stay tuned for additional details, and again, thank you for your valued role in delivering
Victor Technologies cutting, gas control and specialty welding products that set the standard for versatility and performance.

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Joseph F. Mueller
Sr. Vice President, GM Sales, Americas

Catch up with the latest in cutting, gas control and specialty welding with the latest edition of the Victor Technologies’ News Update.

In this issue, find out about the newest products including the Victor 400 Series of cutting torches and handles, the Victor G Series regulators, Tweco Fusion MIG guns and more.

We’ve also got some great articles on welding education, safety and best practices.  Check it out!

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Co-branding strategy reinforces Victor® as leading the advancement of cutting and gas control solutions.

Victor Technologies today announced that it has realigned its brand portfolio to position Victor® as the lead brand for cutting and gas control products. “With all cutting processes unified under the Victor brand — and a combined 200+ years of technology advancements — we offer the most advanced array of cutting solutions in the market,” says Martin Quinn, CEO, Victor Technologies.

The company’s line-up now consists of:

  •  Victor Thermal Dynamics®, which encompasses manual and automated plasma cutting systems.
  •  Victor TurboTorch®, which includes air-fuel products for brazing and soldering.
  •  Victor Arcair®, which represents manual and automated gouging systems.
  •  Oxy-fuel cutting and gas control equipment remains branded as Victor.

The Victor announcement is part of the company’s strategy to leverage the strength of its diverse brand portfolio and enhance its position as an innovative provider of cutting, welding and gas control solutions. Visitors at the industry’s premier event, FABTECH (Las Vegas, November 12 – 14), saw examples of the new branding that included updated brand marks and new product packaging.

Victor Technologies demonstrated their commitment to design and manufacture innovative new products with the showcasing of the Victor Thermal Dynamics iCNC® XT Controller, added through the acquisition of Robotronic Oy and ProMotion Controls earlier this year. The iCNC XT brings intelligence to the cutting table and enhances Victor Thermal Dynamics position as a comprehensive solutions provider in automated plasma cutting. The “intelligence” inside the iCNC XT enables the end user to optimize cut quality and speed at a lower cost per cut, regardless of their plasma cutting and programming experience.

The Victor oxy-fuel cutting portfolio was also strengthened with the addition of the Victor 400 Series oxy-fuel torch. It incorporates end-user driven features that include a new contoured handle for superior ergonomics, an in-head universal gas mixer that improves the operator’s view of the cutting path and color-coded knobs for ease-of-use and enhanced safety.

Tweco Brand Refreshed
In addition to its cutting brands, Victor Technologies also unveiled an updated Tweco brand logo and prototypes of new packaging for its line of MIG welding guns, accessories and consumables. “The Tweco brand has a long and trusted relationship with end users, and we updated the look and feel not only to pay tribute to that heritage, but also to welcome a new generation of welders to the brand,” said David Wilton, Vice President Brand Management – Welding Products, Victor Technologies.

A Company Transformation
In May, Thermadyne Industries Inc. changed its name to Victor Technologies International Inc. “This announcement was more than just a name change,” says Quinn. “It marked the start of the transformation of the company and a return to our roots. Victor is our strongest and most recognized brand, and we are looking forward to building on that heritage as we celebrate its 100th year anniversary in 2013.”
Quinn notes that all of the company’s brands share a history and a set of values based on authenticity, innovation and a deep connection with the end user. Through a commitment to these values, Victor Technologies will continue to focus on meeting the needs of the end user customer by providing advanced cutting, welding and gas control solutions through each of its brands.

About Victor Technologies
Headquartered in St. Louis, Missouri, Victor Technologies provides superior solutions for cutting, welding and gas control equipment under brand names that include Victor®, Victor®Thermal Dynamics®, Victor®Arcair®, Victor®TurboTorch®, Tweco®, Thermal Arc®, Stoody®, Firepower® and Cigweld®. For more information about Victor Technologies, its products and services, visit the company’s web site at www.victortechnologies.com.

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Visitors at this industry premier event will see examples of our most recent innovations.  If you aren’t able to make it to the show, we don’t want you to miss a thing.  Visit our blog “Victor Technologies On The Road” to see what’s happening and to stay up to date with the latest in the cutting & welding world.

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Victor Technologies Training Team is proud to announce an exciting change to our Learning Management System (LMS). We have simplified the look and feel of the LMS, while leveraging our strong brands, via a new user interface as we prepare to support all viewing platforms (mobile or desktop). Your log in information has not changed, but you will find streamlined navigation to ease access to your online content.

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CLICK HERE to check out this exciting new interface.

Also, be sure to visit the Stoody page and take our latest eLearning Knowledge Topic covering Hardbanding.

This knowledge topic contains 7 modules that will take you through multiple levels of Hardbanding training.  Beginning at level 1 with Hardbanding Basics, you will learn the benefits of hardbanding and proper technique for applying the deposit. Level 2 will help you categorize hardbanding products into commonly used industry areas.  Diving deeper through level 3 is where the range of products will be covered through our interactive data sheets.

After completing the Knowledge Topic:  Hardbanding, check out the Stoody Resources page where you can quickly access all 3 levels of content including the individual interactive data sheets.

We look forward to you exploring the new LMS and please feel free to ask any questions or share any feedback with us at Trainingteam@victortechnologies.com.

Thank you for using the Learning Management System.

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Victor Technologies launched its “Built With Class” class contest in 2011 to encourage and support students entering the welding industry. The company will announce details for its 2012 Built With Class contest later this summer.

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By Bill Wehrman, Marketing Manager, Victor Technologies

If the results of our recent Built With Class student contest are any indication, many of the new faces in welding are coming from America’s smaller and rural communities. Of the eight winning schools selected, only two of them came from schools located in a town with a population of more than 16,000, and none larger than 93,000.

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Joel Keevert of Swiss Hills Career Center practices welding. Keevert plans to find an apprenticeship with one of the skilled trade unions after graduation.

The contest asked beginning students to write an essay on why they were interested in learning about welding. Intermediate to advanced students, working in teams of two to five, could submit a team welding project plan. While only the plan was required, all team winners completed their project. Student winners each received a cash prize, while their high schools received a Thermal® Arc Fabricator® 181i multi-process welding system and accessories for SMAW, GMAW and GTAW.

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The National FFA Organization’s “Agricultural Mechanics” career development program emphasizes welding, and many of the Built With Class winners participate in this program. Overall, the necessity of welding on a farm or ranch means rural students are exposed to welding at a much earlier age than their urban counterparts.

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With plans for obtaining welding certifications after technical degrees in A/C and electrical, Kyle Supak can write his own career path. He is shown here with the log splitter that won a team award for Bellville High School.

“When I was about 10 years old, I walked into my dad’s shop at home, grabbed a piece of metal out of the scrap bin, threw a hood over my head and started running some beads,” says Colby Siptak, a senior at Bellville High School, Bellville, Texas.

Siptak and classmates Kyle Supak and Blake Mounts, along with instructor Jacob Diezi IV, won a team category award for building a log splitter with a 20-ton hydraulic press that they lend to the community. Supak says, “Myuncle owned a welding shop here in Bellville. He welded odds and ends for people. I got into welding my freshman year, fell in love with it and didn’t want to get out.”

Early Introduction to Welding

For students not exposed to welding on the farm or through family members, creating the next generation of welders requires reaching out to them as early as 8th grade. “We need to send our students the message that welding offers many different career paths,” says Nicki Howard, director of secondary education at Canton South High School, Canton, Ohio. She says that the typical pattern in secondary education has been to wait until students are juniors or seniors and say, “OK, now pick a job. That’s too late. Students need to think about that in advance. If they choose a technical education path, they need the opportunity to apply what they learn [while still in school], be it welding or auto tech or whatever.”

Instructor Art Baughman believes, “Kids often want to do what their parents did, and a lot of them are not aware of welding. Kids are going to listen to her more than me. We also need more industry people willing to let kids job shadow, coordinate plant field trips or come in and talk to students.”

Being Prepared

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“I would much rather say I built or repaired a piece of equipment on my own versus saying that someone else did the job for me,” says Kristi Hallmark, shown here with instructor John Griffith of Alto High School.

In addition to reading, math, blueprint reading, operating mills, lathes, fork trucks and other equipment related to metal fabricating, welding instructors seem especially committed to preparing students for the real world.

“I like to think that they learn a little bit about respecting each other and teamwork,” says Coy Hall, an instructor at Clark County Area Technical College, Winchester, Ky. “A lot of times it’s not how good of a welder you are, but the employability skills that you bring to an interview, such as punctuality and preparedness.”

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Aimee Bowman signed up for instructor Coy Hall’s welding class at Clark County Area Technical College specifically to set an example for other young women. “Doing something that is male dominated is perfectly okay,” she says.

New faces in welding also need to think beyond themselves and recognize that every individual has the opportunity to contribute to — or detract from — the reputation of their school’s welding or Ag Mechanics program. Post-secondary institutions and local employers know which schools consistently produce the most desirable prospects…and which don’t.

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Of the 13 total winning entrants in the Built with Class contest, five were very determined young women. Hall’s student, 15-year-old Aimee Bowman, pulled no punches in her essay. “I could sit here and think of a million reasons why I chose to take a welding class. I’m sure most of those reasons would sound better than the real reason. I am currently taking welding classes to show girls who are younger than I am that doing something that is male dominated is perfectly okay.”

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Instructor Art Baughman of Canton South High School says student Dentale White makes a great ambassador by helping the school promote the benefits of its welding program.

Dentale White also received encouragement from her mother. “A lot of people were surprised to see that this is what I wanted to go into. My mother always told me to do what I wanted and don’t let anyone stop me. People may think because I’m a girl I get a lot handed to me…but I don’t. I work just as hard if not harder than most boys. Being the only girl in my class made me a lot stronger mentally and physically. I had to earn respect in this class just like anyone else.”

 

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Victor Technologies provides superior solutions for cutting, welding and gas control,continuing its heritage of designing innovative products that evolve as a result of carefully listening to end users and anticipating their needs. This singular focus, built upon creating new and better solutions, is reflected in Victor’s vision statement, “Innovation To Shape The World.”

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Some present day examples of continuing technological advancement developed through real world end-user experiences and needs:

  • As oxy-fuel torches became the preferred workhorse of metal cutting, design enhancements such as reverse flow check valves and flashback arrestors set the standard for superior torch design.
  • When workers sought a precise, efficient and fast way to cut both ferrous and non-ferrous metal types, we developed plasma cutting which set the new standard for precision cutting. Using this plasma technology, Thermal Dynamics® designed and built systems for the NASA space program to simulate the high heat of reentry conditions.  Today’s plasma systems incorporate this complex science into versatile and portable cutting machines.
  • When rescue workers needed a rapid entry tool to cut through virtually anything, of any thickness, we developed exothermic cutting. Versatile and safer than other cutting methods that use electrical power or special fuel gases, Slice became the trusted tool for fire and rescue.
  • For decades, gas regulation saw little change or improvement. Not willing to settle for “good enough,” we anticipated the next generation and invented the EDGE™ Series regulators, offering superior durability, performance and safety.
  • In 1968, after studying the market, Tweco® developed the first series of MIG guns with the game-changing patented coaxial Cablehoz®. The Tweco No. 4 MIG gun sets the standard for ergonomic design, and remains one of the industry’s top selling MIG guns.
  • We developed a process for seamless, clean welds utilizing our plasma power supplies, and we continue to refine our research in plasma welding products as one of only a few providers in the industry.
  • When a single product could offer the end user the flexibility and portability needed to perform his craft virtually anywhere, we developed “multi-process” machines that changed
  • From its early patent for tungsten carbide castings, to its latest non-chromium bearing hardfacing wire that reduces or eliminates dangerous hexavalent chromium welding fumes, Stoody® boasts a 90 year heritage of developing hardfacing technologies in response to end-user needs.

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Participation

  • Purchasers want to have a say in what works for them and what should be improved. They want to be heard. Victor Technologies is an innovator in creating ways for our users to voice their ideas and suggestions, and we turn that input into advanced technology solutions.
  • We react to unique and timely needs. When September 11 brought unique challenges to rescue teams, we responded with custom, extended-length torches that could reach places the rescuers could not, and in record time… because the needs were immediate. Or when an industry event created an increased demand for alternative fuels, we responded with enhanced product offerings, to supplement the one torch in the industry that was already designed to handle any fuel, the Victor torch.
  • We are committed to helping build the future of this industry, not only crafting better and safer equipment. Through our education programs, we support educators and their students… the next generation of welders. Sharing our experience and knowledge with the next generation is just as essential to the growth of our industry as the tools they will use.
  • We continue to listen

 

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Victor Technologies has introduced the Fabricator® 211i, a fully integrated MIG-Stick-TIG inverter welding system that weighs 57.3 lbs. and offers the flexibility of using either 115 or 208/230 VAC single-phase primary power, 50 or 60 Hz. It delivers a welding range of 5 to 150 amps on 115 VAC and 5 to 210 amps on 230 VAC. To switch voltages, simply connect the 115V/20A power adaptor “pigtail” supplied with the system.

The Fabricator 211i package has a MSRP $1,399 (about $900 less than competitive units) and includes a Tweco® MIG gun, Stick electrode holder and work clamp and a Victor® regulator. Options include a TIG torch and foot control, a spool gun for MIG aluminum, carts for organization and convenience or a roll cage for protection.

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“The Fabricator 211i 3-in-1 welder is the most versatile and affordable small welding system available,” says David Wilton, Vice President, Global Welding Products, Victor Technologies. “It combines the convenience and productivity of a 210-amp MIG welder with the portability and input power flexibility of a Stick/TIG inverter.”

Wilton notes that the Fabricator 211i also delivers excellent performance when connected to generator power and is especially tolerant of the voltage fluctuations associated with generator power. The Fabricator 211i provides full rated welding output when connected to a 6,000-watt generator and can weld at up to 150 amps when connected to the 115 V outlet of a 3,000-watt generator.

The Fabricator 211i features power factor correction (PFC). It draws 22% less primary current than competitive MIG welders, is less likely to trip circuit breakers, can provide full rated output on a 30-amp/230V circuit and reduces utility bills because it uses energy more efficiently.

3-in-1 Inverter Performance
The 211i responds to changing weld conditions within 13 microseconds (a micro-second is one millionth of a second). It responds 16 times faster than competitive Stick/TIG inverters and 640 times faster than conventional MIG welders.

The Fabricator 211i can detect, clear and re-establish stable weld conditions before competitive units are even aware an unstable arc exists. As a result, the Fabricator 211i helps beginners learn to weld faster and experienced welders take their results to a higher level.

Key features include:
• Stick Arc Force Control to adjust arc characteristics for all electrodes (including E7018 for structural steel) and a Stick Hot Start function that helps prevent the electrode from sticking.
• Superior MIG arc starts and better weld puddle stability, both of which promote better weld quality.
• MIG inductance control, which improves arc stability and reduces spatter.
• Wire burn back control, which improves MIG arc starts by eliminating excess wire stick out. It also helps address issues related to the wire burning back into the contact tip or sticking in the weld after releasing the MIG gun trigger.
• Lift TIG for arc starts without high frequency and TIG downslope control, which ramps down the current at the end of a TIG weld to eliminate crater formation.
• 2T and 4T (latch) trigger control, which reduces hand fatigue when MIG or TIG welding.

The Fabricator 211i enables users to choose the best process for the application at hand. For example, its MIG and gas-shielded flux cored outputs provide maximum productivity in the shop (including with MIG aluminum). The Stick and self-shielded flux cored processes work better in windy and outdoor conditions, as well as on rusty or dirty metal, while the DC TIG process enables users to weld stainless, copper, nickel, bronze or brass alloys or on applications requiring precise control over heat input and weld bead placement.

Welding Outputs
The Fabricator 211i has a maximum output range of 5 to 210 amps/14 to 30 volts with rated outputs as follows:
• MIG/Flux Cored
– 115VAC: 140 amps @ 20% duty cycle
– 230VAC: 210 amps @ 20% duty cycle
• Stick (DC only)
– 115VAC: 120 amps @ 25% duty cycle
– 230VAC: 200 amps @ 25% duty cycle
• TIG (DC only)
– 115VAC: 150 amps @ 35% duty cycle
– 230VAC: 200 amps @ 25% duty cycle

The Fabricator 211i output tests the output of its units at 104° F, so users can be assured of getting full output even in hot conditions. With an IP23S NEMA rating, the unit is suitable for outdoor use.

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