Raised on a diet of computer games and X-Box, GenY welding apprentices have no trouble in adapting to learning manual skills on the newly released Fronius virtual welding training simulator. Fronius welding equipment is distributed in Australia by Smenco .
Fronius’ virtual welding training simulators are designed to expose apprentices to welding techniques in a simulated environment.
According to manufacturer Fronius, virtual welding units reduce the material-intensive sessions needed when training welders on real welding equipment, resulting in an estimated 25% savings in time, space, materials, gas, filler material and energy.
According to Fronius, a world leader in the development of welding equipment and technology, the virtual welder is a more cost-effective method of teaching welding and a safer alternative to traditional methods in addition to being environment-friendly with less waste and reduced emissions.
The system caters to all levels of welding experience starting at beginner level where trainees receive visual and audible prompts of the correct torch position and speed to help them learn quickly.
The trainee’s weld is recorded and can be replayed showing a ‘ghost’ of the correct torch position, which also assists learning. A score is given for the accuracy of the weld performed with the top score displayed just like in a computer game.
Sensors in the torch, work-piece and helmet keep track of the torch and trainee’s head position, detecting even the slightest hand movements and transmit the signals to the virtual weld.
The virtual weld is displayed on the 3D glasses in the trainee’s helmet as well as the unit’s touchscreen display and can even be projected onto a large screen or LCD monitor for review.
As the trainees guide the torch along the sample work-pieces, they mentally process the visual and audible signals to determine whether the welding speed, torch distance and angle are correct.
The virtual welding training simulator comes either as a stand-up terminal or a mobile case that is easily transportable to the training location.
Dave Smith, Manager of Smenco Pty Ltd says that the virtual welders have created a lot of interest from the TAFE and training sector.