March 7, 2011
The VRTEX® 360 virtual reality welding system from Lincoln Electric, Cleveland, has been recognized by the International Institute of Welding (IIW) with its 2011 Heinz Sossenheimer Award. This accolade is conferred every two years in recognition of software systems that contribute to improving the long-term quality and/or safety of applications in the fields of joining, cutting, or coating.
The virtual reality arc welding training system is designed to allow students to practice their welding technique in a simulated environment. It promotes the efficient transfer of welding skills to the actual welding training booth while reducing material waste associated with traditional welding training. Welding puddle simulation and arc welding sound are tied to the welder’s movement.
Sponsored by the German delegation to the IIW, the award honors the late Dr.-Ing. e.h. Heinz Sossenheimer, former director of the DVS (German Welding Society) and longtime stalwart of the IIW.