One of the biggest problems instructors face when teaching welding students is demonstrating proper welding techniques in a way that all students can see them. The traditional solution has been to repeat the demonstration over and over to small groups of students so that everyone can see and understand what is going on. This causes instructors to battle time pressure to perform all the required welding demonstrations within the limited number of class hours available. Another problem with this solution is that students may not all see the same issues, or get the same level of explanation. But that was with the traditional solution, and the 21st century brings better solutions for such issues.
An example of the Xiris XVC-O View Camera, installed at the Northern Alberta Institute of Technology (NAIT)
Today, progressive welding educators do not need to face these century old issues. By implementing a weld camera that can view the huge range of brightness present in an open arc welding environment (including the weld arc and its darker surrounding background), welding schools and colleges can provide their students with a clear view of the weld process. This allows instructors to explain and demonstrate what is really happening with the weld arc, as well as its immediate environment (such as the weld seam, weld pool, shielding gas, wire feed and other inputs). Furthermore, this allows students to receive the same demonstrations and explanations of one weld, and provides a more consistent teaching method for welding educators.
By using a camera that can generate a clear view of the weld parameters, educators can get better use of their facilities as they can train more students in less time. They can also eliminate space restrictions of larger classes, enhance students’ basic understanding of the welding process, and enhance their school’s reputation amongst prospective students with the addition of small but evolutionary camera.
For the students, the implementation of a welding camera can create a more enjoyable learning experience, requiring less time to gain the skills needed, and raise the perception of welding as an advanced trade and skill.
By using a weld camera, educators can create new ways to deliver education, such as recording videos of good quality welds for off-line review by students. These videos can also be used for marking or testing purposes, and the implementation of 21st century learning technique: online learning of welding processes!
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