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5 Software Features that Help Educators Improve the Student Experience

Cameron Serles
Written by Cameron Serles on May 6, 2021

Weld Cameras have incorporated their way into many classrooms to help improve the learning experience for welding students. An important component of weld cameras is the software that is provided with the system that allows for playback and analysis of the recorded weld video using certain toolsXiris weld cameras come with software that can improve the user experience for students by making it easier to learn by seeing certain features of the weld and increasing productivity within the classroom. Five of the most significant software features include.... 

1. Pseudo coloring

Pseudo coloring is when each grey level (or intensity value) in a monochrome image is assigned a color. The resulting image can make the identification of certain features easier for the student, as the perceived difference in color for the student is bigger than between successive grey levels alone. Features such as the edges or texture of the melt pool and the boundary between the torch tip and the weld arc can all be made more visible to the student using pseudo coloring.  

 

2. Video recording and playback

Video recording and playback allows students to record their own welding process and play it back at slower speeds or even frame by frame to see key details of how they were welding.  Students can use this to learn how to improve their welding for the next pass. 

3. Graphical overlays

Graphical overlays include adjustable crosshairs and reticles overlaid on a video image which can help students maintain the ideal position of their weld torch relative to the work piece, both horizontally and vertically. Different colors can be used to signify different targets. 

 

4. Rotate images

Rotating images allows the video as presented on the screen to be shown in the most logical orientation to the student despite how the camera is mounted. In some situations, the camera may have to be mounted upside down or rotated sideways to be mounted correctly.  In such cases, the image can be rotated or flipped to display an image that is most intuitive to the student. 

5. Weld Mode & No-Weld Mode. 

The Xiris weld camera software can operate in two different modes: “weld mode”, in which an open arc is present in the image and “no weld mode”, when there is no weld arc present.  Each mode can have a set of parameters established for that condition, allowing the student to easily switch back and forth between the modes. In addition, the Xiris cameras are equipped with a photodetector that can detect the presence of the weld arc and automatically switch modes when the weld arc is present or not. 

The software provided with every Xiris weld camera includes the above features and many others that make the experience of using the weld cameras much easier for the students in the classroom, and as a result, enhancing their overall learning experience. If you have any questions about integrating a weld camera and software into your welding program, or would like to learn more, request to speak with one of our experts.  


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