Lincoln Electric acquires EWI spinoff RealWeld training system for welders

Story excerpt provided by Columbus Business First.

Written by Carrie Ghose.

Lincoln Electric Holdings Inc., one of the largest global makers of welding equipment, has acquired EWI spinoff RealWeld Systems Inc., which makes a system to train new welders.

RealWeld announced the deal in a letter to customers that said personnel at the Columbus company will remain the same.

Nonprofit EWI, a Columbus research organization for welding and other means of joining materials, invented the training system that provides instant feedback on proper use of actual welding equipment rather than a computer simulation. It spun out the for-profit company two years ago, seeking to help manufacturers quickly amend a shortage of skilled welders.

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Originally published November 18, 2014.

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