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By Melissa Franklin, Brand Manager – Welding Products, Victor Technologies

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Karen White could get mad at the stereotypes, but she’s too busy engaging high school students so that they graduate with the most current skills needed to become successful employees or continue on to post secondary education.

As principal of The Manchester School of Technology (MST), Manchester, N.H., White knows that some people perceive career and technical educational (CTE) learning “as a dumping ground where students who are not going to be successful come. That is the furthest
thing from the truth. We have more technology and better technology than some of the colleges. Students leave well prepared and ready to
be successful because there is such a desperate demand for technology based positions.”

Some of the “better technology” White references includes cutting and welding products provided by Victor Technologies to support the school’s Manufacturing Technology program. The products are some of the most innovative equipment available, such as the Thermal Arc® Fabricator® 252i and Fabricator 211i “3-in-1” MIG Stick- TIG welders, the Thermal Arc 201TS TIG/Stick welder and Victor® Thermal Dynamics® CUTMASTER 42 plasma system.

These are the type of products students would use in a career as a mechanical contractor (HVAC, process pipe fabrication), in an automotive repair facility and in thousands of fabrication operations nationwide. While Thermal Arc welders provide a superior multi process output and can teach students about welding controls that they would use on industrial equipment, they are priced at a fraction of the cost.

Most importantly, these products use some of the most advanced inverter-based technology available. In addition to portability and user friendly controls, they offer superior arc performance, which makes it easier for MST students to learn to weld and cut.

New Trends in Education
Traditional education organizes learning in silos that isolate the subject matter. Further, it moves students from subject-to-subject and year-to-year with little regard for competency. As a result, students become disengaged, bored and under perform. Not so at MST.

For example, a student in the Residential Carpentry program will learn Algebra and the Pythagorean Theorem (a2 + b2 = c2, where c represents the length of the hypotenuse, and a and b represent the lengths of the other two sides).

“When a student has to use the Pythagorean theorem and they have to make a staircase or put a roof on a house — we build a home every year — it becomes relevant,” notes White. “They’re a lot more interested in learning because they know they’re going to have to use it in their life.”

On the academic side, students cannot move forward until they have an 80% mastery level. MST sets the bar even higher for its 18 technical programs.

“In our Career and Tech Ed programs, students must have a 90% mastery in order to be successful,” says White. “After all, would you want a student who didn’t do well in our Automotive Technology program fixing your brakes?”

At MST, students control their own individualized learning plan, and the school will be incorporating a learning management system (LMS) that also enables students to work on a tablet and track their progress. Students understand why they are in a class, see exactly what they need to learn and understand that they are becoming proficient in core competencies according to a plan of their own design. Students also work at their own pace. This type of learning is especially exemplified by the Kahn Academy, an approach considered at the forefront of education, parts of which are being adapted by MST.

Since opening in 1982, MST has offered career programs to junior and seniors at seven area high schools. Students would attend these schools for academics, and then spend 100 minutes each day at MST for CTE. Beginning with the fall 2012 semester, “MST 2.0” now also offers a four year program and is the only school approved by the State Board of Education to combine academics and CTE.

In any event, students appreciate learning in MST’s relevant, competency-based manner.

“It’s a very different environment,” says Carlos Raymundo, a senior in the Manufacturing Technology program, who is currently learning to TIG weld with a Thermal Arc inverter. “I like it because it’s very motivating for me, and I keep very focused.”

Manufacturing Technology Program
WeldingBench6201Instructor Dan Cassidy leads the Manufacturing Technology program. He explains that first-year students learn basic skills related to electrical circuits, pneumatics, precision measurement, CAD design (SolidWorks®), 3D printing and the school’s two robots. Second-year
students spend more time in the lab, which includes three welding booths, a permanent TIG welding and plasma cutting station and two portable welding tables. It also includes a band saw, drill press, press brake, shear, a lathe and a CNC milling machine.

“We try to get them focused on core skills in the classroom so that when they come into the shop, they’re more knowledgeable on different technologies and can better apply them in school and community projects,” Cassidy says.

He emphasizes that projects provide real applications for students. “The students not only did the duct work [for ventilating the TIG welding/ plasma cutting station], they also designed the welding booth, the welding table and all the implements around it to support all the welding processes,” he says.

“We try to repair as much as we can to help the school out and save money so it can go toward other things that we really need,” comments senior Victor Monvoig. For example, “The Culinary Department has a very nice table set-up and banquet. Their tables were starting to break…so we made these little brackets that helped stabilize the table legs.” The Culinary Department returned the favor with a free tray of cookies.

Currently, Cassidy’s class is building a large hopper to solve an ongoing conflict in the Residential Carpentry program: who empties the 55-gallon drum of wood chips at the end of the day?

“My students came up with some ideas, sketched them out, drew it up in SolidWorks, ordered the metals themselves, cut the metal and fabricated a woodchip storage bin that can be emptied out on a weekly basis,” says Cassidy. MST offers the woodchips to local farms, adding a green aspect to way the school connects with the community.

Equipment Expansion
White6192Until 2012, the school’s cutting and welding equipment mostly consisted of one unit for each type of process. However, a chance meeting dramatically changed that. Cassidy and White attended the Manufacturing Leadership Council’s eighth annual leadership summit to receive the Council’s prestigious ML100 Award on behalf of the school for, “its innovative ways to bring new workers with critically needed new skills into the workplace.”

While at the event, Cassidy struck up a conversation with Terry Moody, a Council member and Victor Technologies’ Executive Vice President of Global Operations.

“When I was talking with Terry, he said he worked for a company that made a great 3-in-1 machine,” said Cassidy, who earned his first welding certification more than 30 years ago. “I said, ‘Nobody makes a great 3-in-1 machine.’ I never had a machine that could do all three processes simply, effectively and efficiently…but that was before I tried the Fabricator 252i”

With MST’s innovative approach to education, Moody saw a natural connection with Victor Technologies’“Innovation to Shape the World” brand statement, as well as equipment that could help the school accomplish its mission. Senior Brand Manager Tom Wermert worked with Cassidy to analyze MST’s needs and recommended the following package:

  •  Fabricator 211i and Fabricator 252i 3-in-1 welders
  •  Tweco spool gun for MIG welding aluminum
  •  Five Tweco auto-darkening welding helmets
  •  Thermal Arc 201TS TIG/Stick welder
  •  Victor Thermal Dynamics CUTMASTER 42 plasma cutter
  •  Victor Journeyman oxy-fuel cutting outfit
  •  Aircair® Extreme K4000 gouging torch and carbons

 

Fabricator 3-in-1 welders are ideally suited for the MST curriculum. “Students in the Manufacturing Technologies program get to choose which welding processes they want to learn,” says Wermert. “Having the Fabricator 211i or 252i offers them the ability to learn on a single machine, yet practice with solid wire MIG, flux cored welding, MIG aluminum with a spool gun, DC TIG with a thumb control or foot control and Stick welding with all of the electrodes used in the industry.”

“Even for an old-school person like myself, the technology inside the 3-in-1 makes welding simple,” adds Cassidy. “You can go from Stick to TIG to MIG all with the push of a finger and a few cable swaps. It also has advanced features where you can adjust inductance, burn back, pre-and post-flows, which makes it really nice with stainless steel.”

Adding inductance increases the fluidity of the weld puddle, which especially benefits stainless steel applications because the heat tends to remain very localized. Welds can have a high crown (a potential source of weld failure) and don’t fuse well at the edges of the plates being joined. A more fluid weld puddle flattens the crown of a weld and promotes good edge fusion.

In general, inductance reduces spatter, improves arc stability and makes it easier to learn to MIG weld, a big plus when students encounter
MIG welding for the first time. “The arc characteristics are amazing. I was very, very impressed with the inductance control,” states Cassidy.

Students will especially appreciate two other features of 3-in-1 welders, both of which make it easier to learn to Stick weld. The Adjustable Stick Hot Start provides an extra boost of current for a few milliseconds during arc start, which in turn helps prevent the electrode from sticking. With arc starts being one of the most common sources for weld failure, the Hot Start function has literally saved welding careers. Because it makes learning easier, educational facilities can provide students with a better experience by training them on welders with an Adjustable Hot Start function.

Stick Arc Force Control adjusts arc characteristics for all electrodes, including E7018 for structural steel and E6010 for pipe welding. Arc Force Control also enables the operator to push the electrode into tight spaces (such as deep grooves and corners) and prevent the electrode from sticking as voltage drops, solving another common point of frustration for students.

Ease-of-Use, Location Flexibility
IMG_6382Following his “If someone does it for you, you’re not going to retain that information” philosophy, Cassidy had the students assemble the Victor Technologies’ equipment when it arrived. This included the cart/ cylinder rack for the 3-in-1 welders, as well as the cable and hose connections.

“If we train young people to understand how processes work, we’ll have a better-prepared U.S. workforce,” he says. “I’ll help students work through a problem, but I won’t do it for them.”

That said, the 3-in-1 welder’s set-up chart makes set up easy. It provides diagrams showing cable and control connections for each of the welding processes, as well as recommended welding parameter guidelines.

“It’s a good starting point, especially for students. As an instructor,” says Cassidy, “I don’t have to worry about running over to help the student out. I can say, ‘Hey, look at your chart. You should be able to figure it out.’”

In addition to being easy to set up and use, the Fabricator 211i, Thermal Arc 201TS and CUTMASTER 42 all offer the flexibility to use 115V or 208- 230V primary power.

“So that we could move the small inverter and plasma cutter around the lab or around the school, the students built a mobile table for the Thermal Arc 201TS and CUTMASTER 42,” says Cassidy. “Right now the units are secured to the table so they don’t get pulled over the edge, but the students are also developing a quick-release connection for more convenience. We’ve already brought the table over to the Automotive Technology lab when they needed some welding and cutting done because they don’t have this type of equipment.”

Connections Are Essential
Whether it’s helping out another program at the school, providing wood chips to local farms or demonstrating the need to learn the
Pythagorean Theorem, MST and its students live in a world of interconnectedness. That also extends to business and industry.

“Our partnership with Victor Technologies, as well as other partnerships that we have, are essential for our school,” says White. “We rely on our community and business partnerships to form the curriculum that we are teaching with our students. Everybody knows that technology is very expensive, but it’s what every student needs to have. If we did not have these partnerships with companies [on] our advisory boards, then there’s no way that we could put out the best skilled students and the best skilled employees that we need today.”

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DanCassidy6316Call Dan Cassidy a skeptic. An instructor at the Manchester School of Technology, he has more than three decades of welding experience. He’s run across multiprocess welders before, but outside of industrial systems costing more than $5,000, he hasn’t found a MIG-Stick-TIG welder “that could do all three processes simply, effectively and efficiently.”

Victor Technologies also saw the same gap in the marketplace, which led to the development of its 3-in-1 Series of welders: the Fabricator 141i, 181i, 211i and 252i. Each of these welders is easy to set up, easy to use and incorporates advanced inverter technology that improves welding performance.

Victor Technologies benchmarked the performance of 3-in-1 welders against the top welders in their respective categories. In all cases, the arcFabricator 3-in-1 Family of Multi-Process Welding Systems performance of 3-in-1 welders meets or exceeds industry benchmarks. In the case of the Fabricator 252i, its performance is exceptional.

Victor Technologies designed Fabricator 252i from the ground up at its facility in West Lebanon, N.H. The Fabricator 252i is so advanced that it can sample the welding voltage and current four times every 50 microseconds (a microsecond is 1 millionth of a second) and adjust the welding output current once every 50 microseconds (or 20 kHz). Conversely, the benchmarked Stick/TIG inverter had a response time of 800 microseconds, or 16 times slower than the Fabricator 252i. This means that the Fabricator 252i can detect an unstable arc condition, correct it and optimize the welding output before a competitive industrial machine is even aware that an unstable arc exists.

“Superior speed, coupled with our patented control algorithms, produces superior welding performance in all processes,” says Tom Wermert, Senior Brand Manager – Welding Products. “With a 3-in-1 welder, instructors like Dan Cassidy don’t have to compromise when selecting a welder for their classroom. Further, the fact that schools can acquire a premium multiprocess system for less than $2,500 will please administrators such as principal White.” “These 3-in-1 machines have all the earmarks of being one of the industry’s best machines for schools, auto body shops and light fabrication shops. It’s a versatile unit,” Cassidy confirms.

 

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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
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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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BY MELISSA FRANKLIN, BRAND MANAGER—WELDING PRODUCTS, VICTOR TECHNOLOGIES

Traditional education organizes learning in silos, which isolate the subject matter. It moves students from subject to subject and year to year with little regard for competency. As a result, students become bored and under perform. But at the Manchester School of Technology, Manchester, N.H., students are learning under a new paradigm that integrates the presentation of concepts with hands-on practice.

TrainingEd0413_FFJ_1For example, a student in the residential carpentry program will learn algebra and the Pythagorean theorem and immediately put that knowledge to use.

“When a student has to use the Pythagorean theorem and they have to make a staircase or put a roof on a house—we build a home every year—it becomes relevant,” says Karen White, the school’s principal. “They’re a lot more interested in learning because they know they’re going to have to use it in their life.”

Since opening in 1982,MST has offered career programs to juniors and seniors at seven area high schools. Students attend these schools for academics, and then spend 100 minutes each day at MST for Career and Tech Education (CTE). A four-year program launched last fall, dubbed MST 2.0, it is the only school approved by the state’s board of education to combine academics and CTE.

On the academic side, students cannot move forward until they have an 80 percent mastery level. MST sets the bar even higher for its 18 technical programs.

“In our CTE programs students must have a 90 percent mastery in order to be successful,” saysWhite.

MST students control their own individualized learning plans and track their own progress. They understand why they are in a class, see exactly what they need to learn and understand that they are becoming proficient in core competencies according to a plan of their own design. Students also work at their own pace.

Manufacturing Technology
In the manufacturing technology program, first-year students learn basic skills in electrical circuits, pneumatics, precision measurement, CAD, SolidWorks, 3-D printing and robotics. Second-year students spend more time in the lab, which includes three welding booths, a permanent TIG welding and plasma cutting station and two portable welding tables. It also includes a band saw, drill
press, press brake, shear, lathe and CNC milling machine.

“We try to get them focused on core skills in the classroom so when they come into the shop they’re more knowledgeable on different technologies and can better apply them in school and community projects,” says instructor Dan Cassidy, who leads the manufacturing technology program.

Until 2012, the school’s cutting and welding equipment mostly consisted of one unit for each process. However, a chance encounter changed that.While attending the Manufacturing Leadership Council’s eighth annual leadership summit, Cassidy struck up a conversation with Terry Moody, Victor Technologies’ Executive Vice President of Global Operations.

Ultimately,Victor Technologies worked with Cassidy to create an economical but comprehensive equipment package for the MST program centered on its Fabricator 211i and 252i three-in-one welders. Ideally suited for the MST curriculum, the welders easily switch from stick to TIG to MIG and permit students to choose which welding processes they want to learn.

“Even for an old-school person like myself, the technology inside the three-in-one makes welding simple,” says Cassidy. Cassidy emphasizes that projects provide real applications for students. “The students not only did the duct work [for ventilating the TIG welding/plasma cutting station], they also designed the welding booth, the welding table and all the implements around it to support all the welding processes,” he says.

The students also assembled the Victor Technologies equipment when it arrived. This included the cart/cylinder rack for the welders, as well as the cable and hose connections. “If we train young people to understand how processes work, we’ll have a better prepared U.S. workforce,” Cassidy says.

Students appreciate learning in MST’s relevant, competency-based manner. “It’s a very different environment,” says Carlos Raymundo, a senior in the manufacturing technology program currently learning to TIG weld with a Thermal Arc inverter. “It’s very motivating for me, and I keep very focused.”

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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 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. 

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