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February 2016

New CrossLinc Technology Enhances Jobsite Safety, Quality and Productivity

Flextec 350X

With the recent launch of the Lincoln Electric Flextec® 350X multi-process welder and LN-25X portable wire feeder for construction, shipbuilding and other site-based projects, the company introduced new CrossLinc™ Technology to the marketplace. CrossLinc communicates voltage settings information between the welder and wire feeder using a standard weld cable. The result is fewer cables cluttering the site, easy procedure adjustment for every weld and the elimination of trips back to the welder rack to make those adjustments - that's an easy enhancement to jobsite safety, quality and productivity. MORE

FREE Wire Feeder and Stick Package Valued at Over $3,700

Ranger 250 GXT

For a limited time (through 2-29-16), Lincoln Electric is offering a FREE Wire Feeder and Stick Package valued at $3,765 or an End User Rebate of $1,331 (Final Price $3,199) to customers that purchase a Ranger 250 GXT welder/generator (Order K2382-4) through an authorized Money Matters™ distributor. The Ranger 250 GXT features a 23 HP engine, generates up to 11,000 watts and 250 amps at 100% duty cycle for AC or DC welding. That's extra power, extra performance and, for a few more days, extra savings. MORE 

Telematics Take Hold in the Construction Industry

The phrase 'Internet of Things (IoT)' refers to products, including welding equipment, that use onboard sensors to monitor operating conditions and deliver data over the internet to users or managers. In the construction industry, this capability is usually referred to as telematics. Telematics sensors are making their way into construction equipment, including engine driven welders, where data can be collected on engine hours, time since last service and other rudimentary measures. This article from details the spread of telematics in construction and opportunities for advances in the future. MORE

Hotel Construction in the U.S. Up 17 Percent

According to Hotel News Resource, hotel construction in the U.S. is up more than 17 percent, with more than 4,000 hotel projects currently underway. Approximately half of those projects are in the top 25 hotel markets. MORE 

Dodge Momentum Index Rises in January

There are signs that residential construction recovery continues to lag commercial and institutional progress, including this Dodge Momentum report referenced by Pro Contractor Rentals. Though up and down, the trend has been moving upward for several months. Ten new projects valued at over $100M entered the planning phase in January. MORE

January Construction Starts Defy Seasonal Trends

January's level of U.S. construction starts, excluding residential work, was $24.7 billion, an increase of 9.8% versus December, according to the CMD Group, as reported by The nearly double-digit percentage increase was noteworthy since there is usually a December-to- January decline, due to seasonality, of 8.5 percent. MORE

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