FABTECH Canada Concludes with Record Attendance

Increased Show Floor, Conference, Number of Attendees and Exhibitors Result in High Volume of Sales at Show

Toronto, CanadaFABTECH Canada, the largest metal forming, fabricating, welding and finishing event in Canada, is pleased to announce that its recently concluded show in Toronto saw increases in both number of attendees and exhibitors as well as floor space.   The final verified statistics from the event resulted in a total attendance of 6,489—an 11% increase over the launch event in 2012.  The buyer attendance of 4,355 visited almost 300 exhibitors to see live equipment demonstrations, compare products side-by-side, and find cost-saving solutions at product displays spread across 73,630 net square feet of exhibits at The Toronto Congress Centre.  Attendees also benefited from the FABTECH Canada comprehensive educational program held simultaneously at the three-day expo and featured targeted technical, operational, economic and managerial sessions designed to exchange best practices and explore the latest advancements.

The opening day keynote and panel discussion, ‘Diversity in the Workplace: Embracing Women in Manufacturing’ was well attended, commencing the program with Keynote Speaker Jessi Combs – a popular TV personality, metal fabricator and race car driver. The panel discussion examining the current state of women in manufacturing followed.

“Whilst seeing an overall increase on all counts for FABTECH Canada, most important were the positive reports we received from both attendees and exhibitors,” said Janine Saperson, FABTECH Canada show manager.   “Attendees were impressed with the size and scope of the show, and by the number of new products and innovative technologies on display.   Exhibitors were enthusiastic, providing positive commentary on sales and good qualified leads.”

FABTECH Canada is proud to be part of the international programming by the FABTECH Co-Sponsors.  On May 6-8, 2014, FABTECH Mexico will take place at the Centro Banamex in Mexico City and on November 11-13, FABTECH 2014 will take place at the Georgia World Congress Center, Atlanta, GA USA.

The FABTECH Co-Sponsors represent a wide variety of expertise and include: SME, the American Welding Society (AWS), the Fabricators & Manufacturers Association, International (FMA), the Precision Metalforming Association (PMA), and the Chemical Coaters Association International (CCAI).  Together, these associations bring unmatched technical proficiency and industry insight to FABTECH. Read more about FABTECH’s co-sponsors here.

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Headlines Herald U.S. Manufacturing’s Comeback as We Turn Toward Atlanta

The latest Markit manufacturing report came out this week and it held good news for the U.S. manufacturing sector, with March 2014 growth numbers coming in just slightly below the four-year high numbers in February.  Further, Markit data showed that most manufacturers were experiencing strong demand and had plans to continue hiring additional workers.

In other promising news this week, Forbes hosted its Reinventing America conference in Chicago where the key message was that the US manufacturing resurgence is for real.  CNBC reported, “3 reasons the U.S. manufacturing comeback is no myth.”  Watch the video to hear about reshoring and evolving American competitiveness from Steve Forbes, Ford Executive Chairman Bill Ford and Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel.

This is just what we want to hear in the long lead up to our next FABTECH show, slated for this November in Atlanta, GA.  And there is evidence that manufacturing is growing in Atlanta as well.  Early this month, the Atlanta Business Chronicle reported that growth numbers as well as employer optimism were up in February 2014.

This year’s show in Atlanta is expected to bring together some 27,000 attendees and 1,400 exhibiting companies on November 11-13, 2014.  The show provides a backdrop for visitors to experience live equipment demonstration, find cost savings solutions, and network with industry peers throughout the 500,000+ square feet of show floor throughout the B and C buildings at the Georgia World Congress Center. The event also provides learning opportunities beyond the exhibits with over 100 educational sessions and expert-led presentations on the latest industry trends and technology in the metal forming, fabricating, welding and finishing industries.

Connect with FABTECH on our website, on FacebookTwitter and LinkedIn to keep up with the latest on the U.S. manufacturing sector and the FABTECH show.

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FABTECH Exhibitor Featured in Wall Street Journal

Big Ass Fans.  That’s the funny, but very apt name for a company that makes…well, some pretty large fans.

Launched in 1999, Kentucky-based Big Ass Fans now sells fans for homes, factories and other buildings in 80 countries.  The factory portion of their business has lead them to FABTECH where they have been exhibitors for at least the past several years.

So we were pleased to see that Big Ass Fans was the subject of a Wall Street Journal story this week.  Turns out, the company’s employees pull in salaries about 30% higher than the U.S. median pay and about 50% more than Kentucky’s median pay.  And in 2013, Big Ass Fans rewarded all of their factory employees with a $1-per-hour raise.

Asked why the generous compensation, company owner Carey Smith has a simple answer, it’s “just good business.”

Read the full Wall Street Journal article to see how Smith’s employees reward him in return with dedication and loyalty.

And for a fun flashback check out our quick interview with Big Ass Fans on the 2012 FABTECH show floor.

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Look to Women to Help Tackle Manufacturing Workforce Shortage, FABTECH Canada Panel to Propose

Diversity-focused panel discussion to kick off three-day conference on key issues facing manufacturers today

Recruiting qualified employees in the face of a declining workforce is a top problem facing today’s manufacturers. And solving it will require taking concrete steps to narrow the gender gap, say industry experts as they prepare for FABTECH Canada, the only event of its kind in this country, which takes place March 18-20, 2014, at the newly-renovated Toronto Congress Centre.

“Manufacturing today is more about brains than brawn,” said Allison Grealis, vice president, of membership and association services at the Precision Metalforming Association (PMA), and director of Women in Manufacturing (WiM), a 400-member-strong organization established in 2011 to support women in the manufacturing sector.  Grealis will be moderating the FABTECH Canada opening day panel discussion, Diversity in the Workplace: Embracing Women in Manufacturing.

“If we’re going to fix the workforce shortage, we can’t just focus on half of the population, “said Grealis. “We have to look at women as a viable solution to fill the gap and commit our industry to doing a better job of attracting, retaining and advancing women in manufacturing.”

The opening day discussion on diversity, sponsored by WiM, PMA and Metalforming magazine, will kick off this year’s FABTECH Canada show on Tuesday, March 18 at 8:30 a.m. with a keynote address by popular TV personality, metal fabricator and race car driver Jessi Combs. Combs will share her own inspirational story about her career in the manufacturing sector. The full opening session will examine the current state of women in manufacturing.  In addition to proposing ways to attract women to manufacturing careers, the panel – which includes Natalie Panek, a mission systems and operations engineer with MDA Space Missions, and Karin Lindner, the founder of Karico Performance Solutions – will also highlight the benefits of a diverse workplace.

“What we’re seeing is that women make up 50 percent of the general workforce, but only 30 percent of the manufacturing population,” said Grealis. “Our biggest challenge is selling the story of today’s high-tech manufacturing environment. Too many women – of all ages and backgrounds – don’t see manufacturing as a professional path because they aren’t aware of the many opportunities in today’s modern manufacturing facilities.”

In Canada, women accounted for approximately 475,000 of 1,734,000 manufacturing jobs in 2013.

Immediately following the panel discussion, FABTECH Canada will offer a comprehensive educational program featuring targeted technical, operational, economic and managerial sessions designed to exchange best practices and explore latest advancements. Sessions are grouped into the following categories: Laser/Cutting, Management, Forming and Fabricating, Finishing, Welding, Stamping and Robotics. Highlights include a look at the skills gap and what manufactures are doing about it, the latest applications for lasers in industry, more on manufacturing workforce solutions, and an in-depth look at welding and finishing fundamentals.

FABTECH Canada is hosted by SME, The Fabricators & Manufacturers Association, Int’l (FMA), The American Welding Society (AWS), PMA, and Chemical Coaters Association International (CCAI).  Significantly expanded in size and scope, FABTECH Canada 2014 features a larger conference and welding area, and brand new finishing and stamping pavilions, in addition to a wide range of exhibiting companies.

For more information or to register for FABTECH Canada 2014, please visit www.fabtechcanada.com or call 1-888-322-7333 ext. 4447.

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FABTECH 2013 Largest Show in History

Record Numbers of Attendees and Exhibitors and Brisk Sales at Show

Set Tone for Upcoming Year of International Events 

Chicago, IL — November 22, 2013– FABTECH, the largest metal forming, fabricating, welding and finishing event in North America, announced today that its recently completed show in Chicago set records for numbers of attendees and exhibitors as well as for floor space.   A total of 40,667 attendees visited 1,573 exhibitors to see live equipment demonstrations, compare products side-by-side to find cost-saving solutions at product displays spread across 650,000 square feet of exhibits at McCormick Place.  Attendees also benefited from the FABTECH educational conference held simultaneously with the four-day expo that included an unprecedented number of expert-led sessions on some of the hottest topics in manufacturing.

“While breaking our own records is impressive, most important were the reports we received from attendees and exhibitors,” said John Catalano, FABTECH show co-manager.   “Attendees were impressed with the record size and scope of the show and the number of new products and innovative technologies on display.   Exhibitors were enthusiastic and report that sales activity was brisk and leads were plentiful.”

FABTECH attendees and exhibitors in Chicago also raised more than $15,000 for the victims of the severe storms and tornados that devastated Washington, Illinois and other areas of the state on November 17th.  The five FABTECH co-sponsors made a financial commitment to start the campaign with all funds collected going to the American Red Cross to help victims of the storms.

“We send our condolences to the residents of Illinois, our host state for FABTECH 2013, and we know that many are struggling to recover from the physical and economic damage caused by these storms that hit on a set-up day for the show,” said Catalano.  “Some of our exhibitors and attendees were directly impacted by this tragedy, and we wanted to show our support.  We are continuing to collect donations www.crowdrise.com/fabtechexpocares and encourage the manufacturing community to contribute.”

FABTECH 2013 in Chicago sets the tone for the upcoming year of international programming by the FABTECH Partners.  FABTECH Canada, will take place March 18-20, 2014 at the Toronto Congress Centre.  On April 10-12, the inaugural FABTECH India, co-located with the India Institute of Welding’s Weld India Exhibition, will take place in New Delhi.  On May 6-8, 2014, FABTECH Mexico will take place at the Centro Banamex in Mexico City.

The five FABTECH co-sponsors represent a wide variety of expertise and include: SME, the American Welding Society (AWS), the Fabricators & Manufacturers Association, International (FMA), the Precision Metalforming Association (PMA), and the Chemical Coaters Association International (CCAI).  Together, these associations bring unmatched technical proficiency and industry insight to FABTECH. Read more about FABTECH’s co-sponsors here.

FABTECH 2014 will be held on November 11-13, 2014 in Atlanta, GA.  Additional information can be found at www.fabtechexpo.com.

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40,667 Attendees! Thank you for a record-breaking FABTECH 2013!

What a show!  FABTECH 2013 set records in terms of numbers of attendees and exhibitors as well as floor space.  40,667 attendees visited 1,573 exhibitors at product displays spread across 650,000 square feet of exhibits at McCormick Place. Attendees also benefited from the FABTECH educational conference held simultaneously with the four-day expo that included an unprecedented number of expert-led sessions on some of the hottest topics in manufacturing.

While it’s great that we broke so many records, we are even happier to hear such positive feedback from attendees and exhibitors.  Attendees were impressed with the record size and scope of the show and the number of new products and innovative technologies on display.   Exhibitors were enthusiastic and report that sales activity was brisk and that leads were plentiful.

We’ll have more to report soon. More good news: FABTECH 2013 sets the tone for the upcoming year of international programming by the FABTECH Partners.  FABTECH Canada, will take place March 18-20, 2014 at the Toronto Congress Centre.  On April 10-12, the inaugural FABTECH India, co-located with the India Institute of Welding’s Weld India Exhibition, will take place in New Delhi.  On May 6-8, 2014, FABTECH Mexico will take place at the Centro Banamex in Mexico City.

Thank you to all our great attendees and exhibitors!

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FABTECH Launches Fundraising Campaign to Help Illinois Storm Victims

Chicago, Ill, November 20, 2013

: FABTECH announced today a campaign to raise funds from the manufacturing community for victims of the storms that devastated Washington, IL and other areas of the state. The five FABTECH show partners are donating $10,000 to launch the campaign and California-based Sutherland Presses, an exhibitor at the show, has pledged to match other contributions up to a total of $5,000. The show partners are urging all show exhibitors and attendees to contribute to the campaign, with funds collected going to the American Red Cross to help victims of the storms.

FABTECH, the largest metal forming, fabricating, welding and finishing event in North America, is taking place this week at McCormick Place in Chicago. The show is expected to attract 35,000 manufacturers this week to view 1,500 exhibits, including live equipment demonstrations, on more than 600,000 net square feet of floor space.

“There are many people in our host state who are struggling to recover from the physical and economic damage caused by these storms that hit on a set-up day for FABTECH 2013,” said Bill Gaskin, President of the Precision Metalforming Association (PMA), on behalf of the show partners. “Some of our exhibitors and attendees were directly impacted by the storm, and we wanted to show the victims of this tragedy that the manufacturing community stands with them in their time of need.”

FABTECH has set up to two ways to donate to the relief campaign:

  • An online donation page at www.crowdrise.com/fabtechexpocares that accepts credit cards.
  •  FABTECH exhibitors and attendees can also make a donation by cash or check at the show at Booth # N1400 in the Grand Concourse.

 The five FABTECH co-sponsors represent a wide variety of expertise and include: SME, the American Welding Society (AWS), the Fabricators & Manufacturers Association, International (FMA), the Precision Metalforming Association (PMA), and the Chemical Coaters Association International (CCAI). Together, these associations bring unmatched technical proficiency and industry insight to the 2013 FABTECH expo. Read more about FABTECH’s co-sponsors here.

Contact: Caitlin Andrews, 202-828-7637, Caitlin.Andrews@policyres.com

 

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FABTECH LAUNCHES FUNDRAISING CAMPAIGN TO HELP ILLINOIS STORM VICTIMS

FABTECH 2013 show partners offer their condolences to the victims of the severe storms and tornados that devastated Washington, Illinois and other areas of the state on November 17th.  Citizens of our host state for FABTECH 2013 are struggling to recover from the physical and economic damage caused by these storms that hit on a set-up day for the show.  Some of our exhibitors and attendees were directly impacted by this tragedy.

Several show exhibitors have started to raise funds for the victims of the storms, with California-based Sutherland Presses pledging to match contributions up to a total of $5,000.  FABTECH is joining this fundraising effort.  The five FABTECH show partners* are donating $10,000 to this relief campaign, and encourage all show exhibitors and attendees to contribute.  Funds collected will go to the American Red Cross to help victims of the storms.

There are two ways to donate:

  • FABTECH has set up an online donation page at www.crowdrise.com/fabtechexpocares that accepts credit cards.
  • FABTECH exhibitors and attendees can also make a donation by cash or check at Booth # N1400 in the Grand Concourse.

If you have any questions, please contact Caitlin Andrews at Caitlin.Andrews@policyres.com.  Thank you for your donation!

* The five FABTECH show partners include: SME, the American Welding Society (AWS), the Fabricators & Manufacturers Association, International (FMA), the Precision Metalforming Association (PMA) and the Chemical Coaters Association International (CCAI).  

 

 

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CEO Industry Roundtable a Highlight of Day One at FABTECH 2013

Yes, America, there is a manufacturing renaissance – that’s the opinion of Jeff Oravitz and Bill Adler, both CEOs at Ohio manufacturing companies, who were featured panelists at FABTECH’s State of the Industry — Executive Outlook Roundtable.   A highlight of the first day of FABTECH 2013, Oravitz and Adler spoke to a packed house in a discussion moderated by Alan Beaulieu, President of ITR Economics.

 

Oravitz, President & CEO at MetoKote Corporation in Lima, OH, said that the U.S. manufacturing sector renaissance is being driven by a surge in low cost energy production. He said that many American companies that survived the 2009 downturn ratcheted up productivity and made themselves more competitive.  He believes that growth is sustainable as long as the U.S. addresses the skilled labor shortage and this country’s infrastructure needs.

Adler, President of Stripmatic Products in Cleveland, OH and Chairman of the Precision Metalforming Association (PMA), believes that there is certainly a manufacturing renaissance in many areas, thanks in part to the creation of new technologies. However, he is more cautious.  Using a baseball analogy,  Adler believes that , since the 2009 recession, manufacturing has “hit a single and is at first base. ” However, we need to be careful “not to get picked off trying to go to second.”  Manufacturing must still figure out how to be globally competitive. 

Beaulieu said that the manufacturing renaissance is helped by companies moving production back to the U.S., not because of patriotism, but because costs are competitive.   Oravitz agreed, saying that it bodes well for U.S. manufacturing that supply chains are getting shorter and there is a growing emphasis on quality. 

The panel agreed that one factor that can slow the U.S. manufacturing renaissance is the skills shortage.  Adler said that Stripmatic is focused on training the next generation of workers. His company has become a good alternative to those students who may have not finished college but possess an aptitude and desire to learn a technical skill.  He said that his company provides a great deal of technical training, including on automation and laser parameters, and provides great career opportunities.  

Oravtiz agreed that talent acquisition is one of the greatest challenges for the manufacturing sector .  He said that MetoKote Corporation has been successful in developing talent within its organization.  A key component is that the company has a globally consistent metrics on the shop floor so that they can provide the same technical and skills training to its employees around the world.  

Adler added that one obstacle to attracting the younger generation to manufacturing is that parents, teachers and school counselors have an old vision of the sector as “dirty and grimy.” He said that PMA members have been  addressing this by inviting students and teachers into their facilities to show them the technologies in use.  Once these students and teachers see firsthand 21st century manufacturing, their perceptions change.   Oravitz added that the sector must do a better job at promoting manufacturing as a career: “Manufacturing is an exciting field that offers good jobs with good wages and benefits making cutting edge products using new technologies.” 

The panelists also had a message for elected officials and policymakers in Washington, DC: Don’t stall the manufacturing renaissance by enacting policies that counteract the U.S. advantage in energy and productivity, or that result in restricting access to capital.  The ongoing uncertainty inside the Beltway makes it difficult to make long term investment decisions  such as making new capital expenditures.  

Adler concluded that he is hopeful that Congress could implement meaningful tax reform that helps small business owners by simplifying the tax code.  If done correctly, he believes that companies would be willing to give us some tax deductions in return for a simplified code.

The panel ended with some Q&A that touched on raw material prices (has not been a major problem for the panelists in recent years); health care reform (it’s a worry for them and adds to uncertainty); coal-fired electricity (their companies are using more natural gas and better managing the energy they use); and, the impact of 3D printing impact (a game changer for them on prototyping and tooling but not, at this point, for high volume production).  

The session ended with Beaulieu asking the audience for a show of hands of those who are optimistic about the future of manufacturing.  To the surprise of no one – more than half raised their hands. 

 

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FABTECH Exhibitor Press Releases: Fronius USA

INTELLIGENT FRONIUS TRANS PROCESS SOLUTION PLATFORM FROM FRONIUS USA LETS USERS FOCUS ON HIGH-QUALITY WELDS

TPS/i boasts best arc in its class, for higher accuracy and stability, lowest spatter

Portage, Ind. (November 18, 2013) – The new Fronius Trans Process Solution (TPS/i) welding platform from Fronius USA boosts welding technology to a new level with intelligent technology and advanced system communication that produces the best arc in its class. Featuring the industry’s first-ever touch screen, TPS/i empowers welding technicians to focus on the weld rather than the machine by providing a more accurate and stable arc, better penetration, higher efficiency, and noticeably less spatter. TPS/i 300A, 400A and 500A models are now available, with a 600A model to launch in 2014.

“This leap in welding technology is the fruit of the biggest innovation project in the history of Fronius,” said Gerald Obritzberger, Director Sales/Marketing at the Fronius USA Welding Technology Division. “Welders benefit from working with customizable and upgradeable appliances that stand out for improved user
experience and extensive communications functions. The TPS/i does just that, allowing welders and maintenance technicians to work more efficiently and create the best quality weld for a job.”

Placing user focus on the weld, not the machine
The TPS/i boasts a sturdy, 7-inch plain-text touch-sensitive display and user interface which allows welders and maintenance technicians to easily and clearly organize the system settings and spend more time focusing on the weld itself. Internal communications within the machine include advanced job memory and wire regulation with penetration stabilization to automatically change wire feed speed. The process control system routes arc feedback and control at 100 megabits per second, faster than any welding platform currently available. The SpeedNet high-speed bus that links system components to the power source transmits data much faster than its predecessors, ensuring short reaction times and superior control. The controllability of the wire feeder helps to achieve even better results at the end of the welding operation as the wire electrode is retracted at the same time the welding current is limited, effectively preventing both droplet formation (otherwise unavoidable) and spattering.

These optimizations benefit the standard welding process as well as two new weld processes made possible by the TPS/i’s integrated intelligence and high-speed control circuitry. The dip-transfer arc process LSC (Low Spatter Control) stands out for its previously unobtainable low tendency to spatter and for its exceptionally high process stability. The Pulse Multi Control (PMC) permits significantly higher welding speeds in pulsed-power welding, yet with optimum droplet detachment.

Innovations that work
Welders and maintenance technicians depend on the welding platform to easily, smoothly, and safely operate. Working with the innovative touch-screen interface on the TPS/i is as simple as operating a smart phone. Fronius’s major design advancements on the cooling dock enable a single operator to simply manage, attach and remove the dock on the work site. An exclusive FSC connector on the torch protects all lines from the working environment to reduce accidents and maintenance time. The design advancements featured on the Fronius TPS/i work in cooperation with the technical communication and data enhancements.

“TPS/i opens an unprecedented degree of individuality and interactive possibilities to users,” Obritzberger said. “Its features complement the welder or maintenance technician’s skills as they complete complex and varying tasks efficiently and with consistently high quality. The TPS/i’s built-in intelligence and end-to-end modularity provide a firm foundation for future innovations, ensuring high security of investment for years to come.”

About Fronius USA
Fronius USA, LLC, a subsidiary of Fronius International GmbH, is headquartered in Portage, IN with sales offices in Michigan and Tennessee. Fronius manufactures an extensive line of welding power sources, solar inverters and battery chargers. The company’s Welding Technology Division is one of the world’s technology leaders in the arc welding market segment and continues to drive welding innovation. For more information, visit www.fronius-usa.com.

About Fronius International GmbH
Fronius International is an Austrian company with headquarters in Pettenbach and other sites in Wels, Thalheim, Steinhaus and Sattledt. With over 3,239 employees worldwide, the company is active in the fields of battery charging systems, welding technology and solar electronics. Around 93 % of its products are exported through 19 international Fronius subsidiaries and sales partners/representatives in over 60 countries. With its innovative products and services and 864 active patents, Fronius is world technology leader.

Contacts:
Gregg Voss                                                                         Daniel Cornfield
CBD Marketing                                                                    CBD Marketing
312-222-6777                                                                       312-222-6776
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NEW FRONIUS ACCUPOCKET WELDING SYSTEM FROM FRONIUS USA
LETS USERS MAKE HIGH-QUALITY WELDS ANYWHERE

Lightweight, powerful, completely portable unit takes welding where it’s never been

Portage, Ind. (November 18, 2013) – The new Fronius AccuPocket 150/400 Shielded Metal Arc Welding (SMAW) system from Fronius USA utilizes high-performing lithium-ion rechargeable batteries to provide a highpowered quality weld almost anywhere. The first of its kind, weighing less than 25 pounds, the AccuPocket gives users unprecedented freedom of movement in manual electrode and TIG welding, resulting in a more productive and efficient operation without sacrificing quality.

The AccuPocket battery takes only 30 minutes to recharge to more than 90 percent of its total capacity, and just 50 minutes to fully charge. The ActiveCharger, a unique Fronius battery charging system designed for recharging the AccuPocket, is specially tailored to the requirements of the welding unit and based on Fronius’s Active Inverter Technology. An intelligent control system using AccuBoost Technology ensures the battery and the welding electronics work in sync, resulting in superior welds, better job efficiency and reduced maintenance work compared to mains-only powered SMAW welding units.

“Due to the unit’s compact dimensions and sturdy design and construction, AccuPocket is the ideal solution for repair welding or site-erection work in remote terrain where there is no direct access to a main electrical source,” said Gerald Obritzberger, Director Sales/Marketing at the Fronius USA Welding Technology Division. “Although it weighs less than 25 pounds, the rechargeable battery delivers rated energy of nearly 400 watt hours.”

Instantaneous current, three operating modes
Major advancements in welding technology and the latest high-performance rechargeable batteries in the AccuPocket 150/400 welding system provide improvements in ignition properties, arc stability and arc dynamics. The integral rechargeable battery can momentarily deliver above-average high short-circuit currents during a weld job when necessary, which prevents electrode-sticking. AccuBoost electronics ensure high welding voltage at high power, which prevents the arc from breaking.

Compared to conventional lithium-ion batteries, AccuPocket’s rechargeable batteries used in the AccuPocket (lithium-iron-phosphate, LiFePO4) have the highest safety and environmental compatibility currently available, lower self-discharge and no memory effect. Built-in battery-management functions and the specially adapted external ActiveCharger – with Active Inverter Technology that detects the state of the battery and optimally adapts the charging characteristic – together ensure safe operation and long battery-cell life.

In addition to the normal battery operation, AccuPocket can operate in hybrid mode while attached to the ActiveCharger or run from a generator. During run-times, the energy from the battery is used to ensure a constant arc under all operating conditions while battery welding off-times are used for recharging. The battery exercises a buffering function which lessens the load on the supply network, in turn preventing the annoyance of circuit-breakers being tripped at the jobsite.

Lightweight, powerful, portable
The world’s lightest and most portable welding machine, the AccuPocket won the 2013 Red Dot Award for Product Design and the Plus X award for innovation, design, quality and function. The new Fronius AccuPocket combines the mobility welding technicians have been seeking with the reliable power, quality control and battery technology the job demands.

About Fronius USA
Fronius USA, LLC, a subsidiary of Fronius International GmbH, is headquartered in Portage, IN with sales offices in Michigan and Tennessee. Fronius manufactures an extensive line of welding power sources, solar inverters and battery chargers. The company’s Welding Technology Division is one of the world’s technology leaders in the arc welding market segment and continues to drive welding innovation. For more information, visit
www.fronius-usa.com.

About Fronius International GmbH
Fronius International is an Austrian company with headquarters in Pettenbach and other sites in Wels, Thalheim, Steinhaus and Sattledt. With over 3,239 employees worldwide, the company is active in the fields of battery charging systems, welding technology and solar electronics. Around 93 % of its products are exported through 19 international Fronius subsidiaries and sales partners/representatives in over 60 countries. With its innovative products and services and 864 active patents, Fronius is world technology leader.

Contacts:
Gregg Voss                                                                          Daniel Cornfield
CBD Marketing                                                                     CBD Marketing
312-222-6777                                                                        312-222-6776
gvoss@cbdmarketing.com                                                      dcornfield@cbdmarketing.com

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