Miller Enhances LiveArc

Miller Enhances LiveArc™ Welding Performance System with New Features to Further Improve Training Results

APPLETON, Wis. (February 12, 2015) — Miller has enhanced its LiveArc™ reality-based training system with features designed to further advance students’ welding skills — quickly and efficiently. The LiveArc system includes advanced motion-tracking technology that provides students with immediate feedback to help them advance their welding skills.

The LiveArc system is now available with a welding positioning arm for training in out-of-position applications. With this new option, instructors can expand assignments beyond flat/horizontal welding parameters, empowering students to master more advanced welding skills, first in simulation mode and then with a live arc.

The SmartGun featured with the system now includes additional LEDs for better sensing ability, as well as a more robust design for extreme industrial applications.

Miller has also made free software upgrades available to augment the instruction interface and provides separate PC software that allows instructors to review student performance, add assignments and make changes to existing assignments.

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and 70% practical application (hands-on exercises).  This teaching approach significantly reduces the amount of “seat time” and provides relevant knowledge to participants which increases their efficiency when solving equipment related problems.

Maintenance and Troubleshooting of Pneumatic Systems

Date: October 5-6, 2016

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Introduction to Fluid SIM®

Date: October 10, 2016

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Crash Course: How to successfully implement a dual education apprenticeship program

Date: October 17, 2016

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Industrial Hydraulics

Date: October 19-20, 2016

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Train-the-Trainer – Development Program

Date: October 25-27, 2016

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Lean Production – Interactive Workshop Experience

Date: October 26-27, 2016

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Basics of Effective Maintenance

Date: November 2-3, 2016

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Industrial Pneumatics

Date: November 9-10, 2016

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Supply Chain and Materials Management

Interactive Workshop Experience

Date: November 16-17, 2016

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Effective Problem Solving Techniques

Date: December 7-8, 2016

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Intelitek – VEX SKYRISE

VEX Round Up Champion Team 1103 – Compound Chain Lifting Mechanism

With the release of the 2014 VEX SkyRise challenge , mechanisms and strategies for lifting are a hot topic among potential competitors! We have fielded many inquiries about the lifting mechanism from Team 1103′s robot which won the 2010 championship. 1103 is one of the most successful VEX robot designs and lifting mechanisms ever created! No doubt there are some excellent lessons and principles in the design of the 1103 robot that could apply to Skyrise.

Vex Team 1103 robot

Team 1103 is a rarity – a one man team. Joshua Wade – whom we interviewed in 2011 – is the sole team member. Team 1103 has won several regional contests and awards including the 2010 VEX robotics Programming Skills Challenge World Champion and the 2011 Vex Robotics National Champion for the 2010-2011 Round Up season.


The 1103 robot uses a compound chained linear slide lifting mechanism reaching 40″ high. The base of the claw lifts to 23″ off the ground. Principles of this lifting design as well as other lifting concepts are available in Intelitek’s Robotics Engineering Curriculum (REC 2 Unit 11 – Lift Systems).

The purely vertical multiple-stage lift uses 17.5″ slides cut to 15″ and operates using a total of six 269 motors coupled in three sets of two motors. Each motor is linked to a single output shaft with a 1:1 ratio.
REC 1 Unit 3 – Gears and Gear Trains explains the physics principles involved in designing gears and gear trains. The output gearing is reduced with 2 sets of 1-1.5 reductions using 12, 18 and 24-toothed cogs. These motors and gears provide enough power to lift the entire robot off the ground.

VEX Team 1103 robot lift mechanism


The exceptional programming was performed using Intelitek’s EasyC V4 for Cortex programming software. The intuitive environment of EasyC allows users to quickly learn skills needed to become an advanced programmer.

The 1103 robot program utilizes PID control giving the ability to hold the lifting mechanism using feedback from a quadrature encoder and limit switch which control the position of the lift. Wade wrote the program using the easyC sample file “PID Interrupt Service Routine” modified for the quadrature encoder. PID control loops hold the arm position at six different increments giving the operator quick and easy points to maintain elevation of the arm and hold the ring pick up position. This delivers the ability to score (and de-score) on both the floor weeble goals and wall goal posts, offering excellent application for the Skyrise challenge!

Team 1103 is a great example of the unlimited potential students have when engaged and motivated by their educational environment. The success shows that competitive robotics is the means of providing that environment for many more students.

You can check out the 1103 robot in person at our upcoming events, including the SkillsUSA National Championship June 25th and 26th in Kansas City, Mo!

Dassault Systèmes officially launched SOLIDWORKS 2016

Focusing on Design, Not CAD with SOLIDWORKS 2016

Dassault Systèmes officially launched SOLIDWORKS 2016 at an event held for customers, media, and executives, at the Edward Kennedy Institute in Boston, MA. The updated software claims more than 600 new features, 90 percent of which were driven by customer feedback – specifically the want for improved reliability, speed, responsiveness, and flexibility. “Our passion is to make very difficult problems easier to solve … to help you make things happen,” said SOLIDWORKS CEO, Gian Paolo Bassi. Read the article to see how SOLIDWORKS 2016 solutions can make a difference for you.

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