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from Victor Technologies!
For 2013 we are excited to share some great new products and solutions, which include refreshed brand marks and new packaging. Victor Technologies is committed to delivering innovative new products for cutting, welding and gas control. Here are some key updates: 

Victor-PMUB-HeaderNew Victor® 400 Series Torch, Handle and
G Series Regulator

Victor400TorchThe 400 Series is a two-piece torch that incorporates innovative handle and cutting attachment designs, offering better ergonomics, a clearer view of the cutting path, visual cues for easier use and enhanced safety. The G-Series Regulators feature compact industrial designs, unique contrasting gauges for better clarity, and color-coded knobs for improved safety.Download PDF >


Arcair-Matic® N7500 Travel System PackagesArcair-PMUB-Headerbug-o-travel-systemArcair®, the industry leader in air carbon-arc products, joined together with leading travel system manufactures to bring to the market the best automated metal removal system providing superior performance, flexibility, versatility, and safety for your metal removal applications.

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Stoody® Hardfacing & Hardbanding WiresStoody-PMUB-Header
For Oil & Gas Exploration, Refining and Transportation Applications
StoodyWireRod1-MODStoody has developed a series of wires to support end-users engaged in oil and natural gas exploration, transportation and processing applications. These wires extend your equipment’s part life and deliver greater productivity when hardfacing and hardbanding.Download PDF >


Thermal-Arc-PMUB-HeaderThermal Arc®Introduces the 186 AC/DC Portable AC/DC HF TIG System
TA186-Left-Facing-2-REFLECTThe 186 AC/DC is a fully featured, professional performance machine that has been made easy to use with integrated controls and a simple to use set up chart.

Featuring three process capabilities: HF TIG, LIFT TIG, and STICK solutions with AC and DC output, this
machine has the power you need.

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Victor-Thermal-Dynamics-PMUB-HeaderVictor® Thermal Dynamics® Introduces HeavyCut TechnologyHeavyCut-2A Victor® Thermal Dynamics® integrated plasma system delivers the dynamic real-time process control required to make quality cuts consistently. And with HeavyCut technology, precision performance is extended on mild steel up to 2″ (50 mm).Download PDF >

Victor® Thermal Dynamics® Introduces One Torch for VirtuallyAny Plasma Cutting System

1Torch---Plasma-Cutting-1_greenThe Victor Thermal Dynamics 1Torch utilizes revolutionary technology that allows these torches to work with almost any plasma cutting system. 1Torch allows end-users to standardize torches and consumables on a variety of manufacturers’ systems, thus reducing inventory requirements and corresponding expenses associated with operating multiple systems. One torch for virtually any plasma cutting system!

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Tweco-PMUB-BannerNew Tweco® Velocity MIG Consumables Offer Quick Change Tip, Less Complexity, Improved Arc Stability, and Reduced SpatterVelocity-consumable-breakout
Tweco introduces its new Velocity MIG consumables platform, which is integrated into the new Tweco Fusion series of light-duty MIG guns.The non-threaded, “drop-in” style Velocity contact tip eliminates the need to use vice-grips, welpers or other tools to remove the tip, even if the wire burns back and fuses inside the tip. The Velocity consumables design integrates the gas diffuser into theconductor tube. This creates an improved all-copper conductor path thatprovides better electrical conductivity and transfers heat more efficiently away from the tip. As a result, the arc becomes more stable and predictable. 


To learn more about the full range of innovative, industry leading educational opportunities that the Victor Training Team offers, visit the Victor Technologies Training Center.



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


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.

Victor Technologies FABTECH Booth—N4522 in the Welding Pavilion
~ Showcases Branded Cutting, Welding, Gas Control Solutions
Fabtech 2012 is fast approaching and we are excited to feature our industry leading products in gas control, cutting, welding and hardfacing.



  • The Victor 400 Series torch features a contoured handle, three-tube cutting attachment and color-coded knobs for ease-of-use, enhanced safety.
  • Victor Thermal Dynamics iCNC XT controller: optimize cut quality and speed at the lowest cost per cut, regardless of operator experience.
  • Tweco Fusion guns feature non-threaded contact tip that improves arc stability.
  • Thermal Arc 186 AC/DC TIG inverter and 3-in-1 Welder Series.
  • Stoody wires for oil/gas applications with NS-1 certification.


 Please be sure to stop by the Victor Technologies booth in the Welding Pavillion to see the these great products and much more!


In addition to the great product demonstrations we will have on hand, we invite you to participate in our Fabtech Education Session titled, “Mastery Based Blended Learning”.

Gain valuable insights from Victor Technologies’ Senior Training Manager on efficient and effective mastery based learning in the classroom, the shop, and online.  We look forward to seeing you there!

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.


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

Thank you for using the Learning Management System.


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High Pressure Nitrogen Regulator 

Model Number DP250-800-580
Part Number 0386-0857

High Pressure Nitrogen Regulator 

Model Number DP250-800-580
Part Number 0386-0857


  • 800 PSI delivery
  • 1/4’’ Flare fitting
  • Gauge guard for added protection
  • Easy to adjust color-coded knob
  • Zinc aluminum housing cap
  • Forged brass body
  • Single Stage
  • 3 year warranty

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.


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.


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.

Growing Up Around Welding

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.


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


“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.”


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.

New Faces Wear Make-up

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.”


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.”