InterTest® Inc. introduces the Visible Welding® WeldWatch®.EDU Weld Camera Demonstration and Tutoring Station: a 1-on-1 and group welding instructional tool using a state-of-the-art camera system and software. It can be difficult to teach welding techniques because of the nature of the welding process: the intense and bright arc, the base metal’s position and the students’ blocked line of sight may hinder efficient and effective learning. The WeldWatch.EDU demo and tutoring station helps overcome these obstacles by showing the weld clearly, safely and conveniently on a monitor for 1-on-1 and group welding instruction.
Learning welding technique requires students to witness live demonstrations, but more importantly, to weld metal themselves and receive critique on their practice welds. The WeldWatch.EDU Weld Camera demo and tutoring station lets the students to see the instructor’s techniques up on a large classroom display. Mark Prosser of Full-Bore Publishing says “being able to make a tiny little weld puddle become the size of a basketball on the big screen is an amazing teaching tool.” After a clear demonstration, students are free to practice these techniques on their own, in their booths or at the WeldWatch.EDU Weld Camera tutoring station.
During the student’s weld, the instructor can watch the image on-screen and offer real-time coaching, for example, “slow down” or “your arc is getting long”.
The demo and tutoring station provides a unique student-teacher interaction in the classroom. During the student’s weld, the instructor can watch the image on-screen and offer real-time coaching (e.g. “slow down” or “your arc is getting long”). After the weld, the instructor and student review the video and data together. The instructor can point out both good technique and those that need practice. After a short session, the student goes back to practice welds with a direction and a purpose. “There is no replacement for hood time when developing welding skills,” Mark Prosser goes on to say, “but technology has made the learning process faster, easier [and more efficient.] This Visible Welding weld camera is evidence of that. We have seen the difference in our Full-Bore Live welding seminars. Students from all ages and walks of life love the camera.”
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How is the WeldWatch.EDU Weld Camera demo and tutoring station able to capture such useful and clear images of the bright arc weld? It uses the Visible Welding WeldWatch® Ultra Dynamic Range Zoom Camera System for live viewing of various arc welding processes. A welding arc can be a million times brighter than the base and filler metals. The camera’s 140 dB ultra-dynamic range (UDR) of over 10,000,000 : 1 combined with software digital signal processing creates an evenly lit image that clearly shows the torch tip and surrounding metal.
The WeldWatch.EDU Tutoring includes the VAmpWatch™ volt and current sensor. The VAmpWatch is fully integrated within the Visible Welding WeldWatch software. This measures the volts and amps 1000 times per second and sends the data to a graph on the Visible Welding WeldWatch software. Volt and amp data plays back synchronized with the recorded video on the screen of the included Microsoft Surface™ Pro 4 tablet or on an optional big-screen monitor.
The above photo is an example of a typical WeldWatchEDU Demo and Tutoring Station set up with a 48″ monitor upgrade for group demonstration sessions.
The Visible Welding WeldWatch.EDU demo and tutoring station provides distinct and unique educational value in the classroom by aiding the instructor in teaching the process and technique of arc welding. The recorded video of students welding provides an opportunity for the instructor to coach and critique their techniques. Clear examples of “bad” vs. “good” welds may be demonstrated. On-screen volt and amp graphs give clear feedback on the effects of arc gap on power and the final weld. “As they say, ‘a picture is worth a thousand words’,” Mark Prosser sums up, “When it comes to welding training, this camera is worth a whole novel.”
The Visible Welding® WeldWatch.EDU® Demo and Tutoring Station includes the Visible Welding® WeldWatch® Zoom Camera with mounting hardware, Visible Welding® WeldWatch® software preloaded on an industrialized Microsoft Surface™ Pro 4 tablet with mounting hardware, auxiliary lighting, and Visible Welding® WeldWatch® VAmpWatch™ Volt and Current Sensor.