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    Briefingnote:LincolnVRTEXEngage

    Purposeofthisdocument

    ThepurposeofthisdocumentistobriefArc+NGrepsonLincolnsnewproduct,theVRTEXEngage.Wewillupdateitaswegetmoreinformation.Yourcommentsandsuggestionsarewelcome.Itisforinternaluseonly.Donotdistribute.

    Manufacturerinformation

    LincolnElectricVRTEXEngageproductpage:http://www.lincolnelectric.com/enus/equipment/trainingequipment/vrtex/Pages/vrtexengage.aspxVRTEXEngageProductInfo:http://www.lincolnelectric.com/assets/US/EN/literature/mc15105.pdfVRTEXEngageBrochure:http://www.lincolnelectric.com/assets/US/EN/literature/mc15110.pdf

    Videos

    LincolnVRTEXEngagemenu:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8iLYJlVRPs&feature=youtu.beLincolnVRTEXEngagehardware:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P9Wa9vszcI

    Description

    ProductlaunchedinOctober2015andispricedunder$10,000US. Engageincludesa17touchscreenmonitor,weldinggun,trackingdeviceandaworksurface.Itsall

    containedinaportablecarryingcase(50lbs). Designedtohelpeducatorstrainweldersandengagestudentstoexploreacareerinwelding.It

    addressesintroductoryweldinglessons,includingsafety,machineandprocessselection,weldingproceduresetup,andweldingtheory.

    Analysis

    Wearestillgatheringinformation,buthereiswhatwehavesofar: TheonlythingthattheVRTEXEngagecouldbeusedforisoutreachandcareerorientation.Its

    portabilitywouldcertainlymakeoutreachactivitieseasier. Itispricedunder$10,000US,whichismuchlessthantheVRTEXMobile,whichretailsfor$24,000

    US.KeepinmindthattheArc+NGSMAWmodelretailsfor$8,000USandtheArc+NGGMAWmodelretailsfor$9,750US.

    Engagehasmanydrawbacksifitisbeingconsideringforweldertraining:o Extremelysimplisticandlimited.o Theequipmentistoylike.Thetoolslookandfeellikeachildrensversionofwhattheir

    fatherwoulduse.Wedontthinkitwouldappealtoweldingteachers.o Thearcsoundisunrealistic.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P9Wa9vsz-cIhttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8iLYJlVR-Ps&feature=youtu.behttp://www.lincolnelectric.com/en-us/equipment/training-equipment/vrtex/Pages/vrtex-engage.aspxhttp://www.lincolnelectric.com/assets/US/EN/literature/mc15105.pdfhttp://www.lincolnelectric.com/assets/US/EN/literature/mc15110.pdf

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    o Theinterfaceisverypoor.Verydifficulttonavigate,nonintuitivewithveryuglygraphics.Thesoundsemittedwhenclickingbuttonsisveryirritating.

    o Theintegratedcurriculumisnotprovidedinaveryengagingformat.Itsnotlikelythatstudentswilluseit.

    o Theplastictorchwouldnotbeveryeffectivefordevelopingdexterityandmusclememory.o ItrunsonWindows7,whichmeansithasthesamesecurityvulnerabilitiesasLincolnsother

    simulators.o Electromagneticdetection,sosamepotentialforinterferencefromelectromagneticfields

    anditrepresentsahealthhazardforpeoplewithpacemakers.o Sofar,Englishlanguagesupportonly.o Thedisplayisonscreenonly.Thereisnooptionfora3Dhelmetorglasses.o SupportsonlyGMAWandisnotupgradableliketheArc+NGSMAWandGMAWmodels.o Nooptionforaheightadjustabletable,soitwouldneedtobesetuponwhatevertable

    surfaceisavailable.Thisisntgreatforteachingproperweldingposture.o Noserveroption,sostudentdatawouldbestoredonaUSBkeyliketheotherLincoln

    simulators.o Nosupportforverticaloroverheadpositions.o Nocoupons.

    Ourconclusion

    Weneedtogettheretailpriceonthisproduct,butwedoubtthatitisanycheaperthantheArc+NGSMAWorGMAWmodels.

    TheArc+NGSMAWandGMAWmodelsarebetterthanEngageforoutreachbecauseofthemuchgreaterrealismandtheyhavetheaddedbenefitofbeingupgradable.

    TheArc+NGisabetterentryleveltrainerbecauseoftherealtorchesandrealism.Italsodoesabetterjobofdevelopingdexterityandmusclememory,whichistransferabletorealwelding.

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    Softwarewalkthrough

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    Anycomments?

    Ifyouseeanyinaccuraciesorinformationthatcouldbeaddedtothisdocument,[email protected]