Lincoln Electric releases the first VRTEX 360 software upgrade since the launch of the training system in late 2009. The upgrade package for this virtual reality weld training system, available immediately, is ideal for schools, unions, and other training facilities to instruct and educate welding operators in a number of virtual environments, using stick, MIG, or flux-cored arc welding processes. The upgrade package includes new enhancements and features, such as an expanded offering of welding consumables with the addition of AWS E6013 stick electrode. Functionality is also enhanced with the integration of a THEORY function which explains and defines elements within the virtual environment for the welding student. This upgrade has added a process piping manufacturing virtual welding environment to its existing construction, welding school and desert military base environments offered on VRTEX 360 systems. The AWS E6013 stick electrode has been added to correspond with the current AWS E6010 and AWS E7018 classifications. This allows for training on a new family of electrodes commonly used for sheet metal applications up to 3/8 inch. When using each electrode type, students can experience arc behavior, welding sounds, hand vibrations, and weld results characteristic of that electrode type. For more information email firstname.lastname@example.org.