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From Horse Ranch to Welding Shop: Cinnamon’s Path to Becoming an Application Engineer

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A peaceful part of the world, an idyllic horse ranch, a life far from the bright lights in the middle of nature – that’s how Cinnamon Digan grew up. Today, she works as an application engineer for Fronius USA in Brighton, Michigan. Read this blog to learn how she discovered her passion for welding through her horse, why welding is such an adrenalin rush for her, and how her welding projects are giving homeless people and animals in need a…

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Quality assurance in high-tech vehicle manufacturing: documenting welding data with WeldCube Premium

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What does one of the most capable all-terrain vehicles in the world, yet at the same time one of the most practical for everyday use, have to do with documenting welding data? The huge ground clearance and built-in deep wading capabilities of the Mercedes G drop a clear hint: The vehicle is designed to cope with the most extreme off-road conditions – pulling force and a long service life have to be guaranteed when the G is subjected to violent…

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Welder and Influencer Laela Holden: “I’m Not Going to Be Held Back by Gender”

Figures from the US reveal that women represent just 5% of the entire welding sector workforce. This makes it all the more interesting to hear what they have to say. What is it about welding that inspires them? What is it like working in a male-dominated industry, and what does the future hold? Welder, social media influencer, and partner of Fronius USA, Laela Holden, answers these questions and also explains why there was a 20-year gap between her first and…

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Welding of railway vehicles – a customer story

In the distance it sounds like a storm brewing, however as it draws nearer, the initial murmuring noise grows into a menacing rumble – finally, the freight train thunders past the platform. The force of railway vehicles can be overwhelming, but so can their diversity… What is a railway vehicle? The term covers all vehicles, trains, and trams that run on one or more rails. These include railroad vehicles such as locomotives, railcars, rail tractors, and passenger or freight wagons,…

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Welding and Its Various Challenges in Shipbuilding – A Customer Story

Welding in shipbuilding – a Herculean task. The Gulet shipyard in Croatia primarily builds cruise ships in the form of large yachts, so is well placed to report extensively on the extreme welding challenges faced in the industry: limited space requires great skill and reliable selection of the suitable welding position. Welding while lying down or kneeling are par for the course here. The rugged, rocky Adriatic coast of Croatia spans 6000 kilometers. Set against the backdrop of turquoise waters…

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What does a robot integrator do? A guest article.

Roboter in der Automobilproduktion

Sébastien Devant is the co-owner of the robot integrator ACG in France as well as the head of its automation and robot division. In this guest article, he explains what robot integration is all about. Why do you need a robot integrator? If, for example, an auto manufacturer or supplier needs a new production system for car doors, there is a lot to consider; the body parts must be processed in the correct sequence using the correct method for each…

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High-Performance Welding: A 65 Percent Increase in Productivity. A Customer Story

Brazilian company Painco manufactures welded components and assemblies from sheet metal such as huge wheel rims, excavator buckets, entire wheel loaders, and wind turbines for the construction and earth-moving equipment, passenger and goods vehicles, and renewable energy segments. The joining of exceptionally large components such as these is clearly categorized as high-performance welding. If there are lots of weld seams to deal with too, this process can also generate high welding speeds due to the huge deposition rate. In order…

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Voice Control: Hands-Free Operation of Welding Machines and Computers

project voice control: IntegraMouse Plus by LIFEtool

You use them all time: while brushing your teeth, tying your shoelaces, eating, using your cell phone or your computer – your hands are almost constantly busy. But what if you only had limited use of your hands, or couldn’t use them at all? LIFEtool, a non-profit enterprise located in Linz, Upper Austria, specializes in assistive technologies for people with disabilities. Among other things, LIFEtool develops solutions – such as a mouth-controlled computer mouse – that allow people with high…

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Making Better Decisions with Industry 4.0— Expert Interview

Prof. Christian Brecher

Digitization is making advances within both industrial production and welding technology. Nevertheless, it is often difficult to discern the practical benefits among the muddle of terms such as Industry 4.0, Big Data and the Internet of Things. In this interview, Professor Christian Brecher, Chair of Machine Tools at RWTH Aachen University and spokesman for the Cluster of Excellence for production technology, provides insight into the topic:   What do you understand by Industry 4.0? Industry 4.0 refers to the digitization…

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Digitization: Key to the future of our society. Interview with Michael Mondria.

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As Senior Director of Ars Electronica Solutions, Michael Mondria always likes to stay up-to-date with what’s happening in the world of digitization. Working with digital display solutions for exhibitions and trade fairs is what he does every day of the week. In an interview with the Perfect Welding editorial team, he discussed the potential benefits and risks of digitization.    Mr. Mondria, from your point of view, what are the most important developments in digitization at the moment? Digitization is…

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