Using the VRTEX For Out of Position Welds

by Chris Gandee


The Set up:

The VRTEX® 360 can be used to teach the user proper set up and position of a work piece for different types of joints and welds. The system also teaches beginning welders how to manipulate the user’s body or stance to create the best, basic weld; and advanced welders on body placement for more difficult and awkward positions typically found in the field.

   VRTEX Setup


Available Positions and Coupons: 


Flat plate:
The tee joint:
 only in the flat position
2F - horizontal fillet weld
3F - vertical fillet weld
4F - overhead fillet weld

 Fillet Welds


 Welder Positioning


The groove joint: 1G - flat groove weld
2G - horizontal groove weld
3G - vertical groove weld
4G - overhead groove weld

 Groove Joints


 Welder Positioning


2" and 6" pipe: 2G - horizontal pipe weld
5G - vertical pipe weld
6G - 45 ° pipe weld

 Pipe Welds


 Out of Position Welding


NOTE: The only time the “Pipe Pin” should be removed is during the set up for the 5G and 6G pipe welds.

Pipe Pin

The work table, designed to mimic an actual welding table, can be adjusted to different work positions to simulate a number of scenarios such as a basic flat plate weld too hard to reach welds such as low pipe lines. 

 VRTEX Arm Position  

 VRTEX Table Positions

When using the VRTEX®, it is critical to establish the same set-up criteria for both the table and the computer system. If the screen and table set-up are not identical, the user will not experience the correct work environment - physically or virtually.

 VRTEX Positioning Screen Vertical Pipe Weld 

For example: if the machine is set-up for a 5G 6” Diameter Schedule 40 Weld and the pipe pin to bend the arm to 90º is not used, the actual model in the virtual environment will appear sideways, as shown below. 

 Virtual Environment

The VRTEX® 360 has a number of program methods and manipulations. For more information, see the Operators Manual pages B-9 to B-11, or view the Demo Video. Remember, the system is only limited by your imagination.