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Praxair Adds RealWeld Trainer to its Productivity Product Line

October 15, 2012
Praxair Signs Exclusive Distribution Agreement with RealWeld Systems

DANBURY, Conn. and COLUMBUS, Ohio, October 12, 2012 — Praxair, Inc. (NYSE: PX), one of the largest industrial gases companies worldwide, and RealWeld Systems, Inc. today announced that Praxair Distribution Inc. will be the exclusive distribution partner in the United States and Canada for RealWeld Trainer™, the first and only training solution available that teaches proper welding technique as the trainee practices and makes live arc welds.
The RealWeld Trainer™ system is a step-change in training programs. It enhances overall welding performance and is an ideal complement to Praxair’s StarSolver® program which focuses on improving productivity by analyzing current welding practices and recommending high quality, low cost solutions. Using patent-pending technology developed by EWI, RealWeld Trainer measures and scores critical motions as the trainee makes actual welds. This streamlines the competency screening of welders throughout the hiring process, improves the consistency of instruction and helps to safely and reliably fast-track employees through welding training programs.
RealWeld Trainer™ is a very innovative approach to training technology,” said Erik Haberkern, director of hardgoods product management at Praxair. “The introduction of this state-of-the-art training solution fits perfectly with our focus on productivity by helping our customers reduce rework and improve overall quality.”
“The StarSolver® cost analysis program is a great example of Praxair’s customer commitment to productivity enhancement and process improvement,” said Bill Forquer, Launch CEO of RealWeld Systems, Inc. “RealWeld Trainer™ fits the Star-Solver program’s mission quite well as it accelerates welding training throughput and eliminates the problem of trainees practicing incorrectly.”

The RealWeld Trainer™ system will be in use in Praxair’s booth N5202 at Fabtech 2012 in November. Information on RealWeld Trainer™ is available from Praxair’s Productivity Specialists or by visiting www.realweldsystems.com. .

About Praxair Distribution, Inc.
Praxair Distribution, Inc. is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Praxair, Inc, the largest industrial gases company in North and South America and one of the largest worldwide, with 2011 sales of $11 billion. The company produces, sells and distributes atmospheric, process and specialty gases, and high-performance surface coatings. Praxair products, services and technologies are making our planet more productive by bringing productivity and environmental benefits to a wide variety of industries, including aerospace, chemicals, food and beverage, electronics, energy, healthcare, manufacturing, metals and others. More information on Praxair is available on the Internet at www.praxair.com and www.praxairdirect.com.

About The RealWeld Trainer™ system
The RealWeld Trainer™ system uses patent-pending technology that optically measures and scores hand motions applied against a targeted zone or “sweet spot” for a particular weld. Each time the trainee performs that weld, the system provides immediate, objective, graphical feedback of all deviations from the sweet spot, allowing instructors to focus on specific technique improvements for each trainee.

About EWI and RealWeld Systems, Inc.
RealWeld Systems, Inc. is the commercialization entity for RealWeld Trainer™, the first and only welding training solution on the market that digitally records motions and objectively scores welding technique while performing real welds under production conditions. RealWeld Systems, Inc. was founded in 2012 by EWI, the innovation leader in manufacturing technologies. Visit www.realweldsystems.com for more information or follow @realweld on Twitter.

EWI is an international thought-leader on materials joining and allied technologies. It uses manufacturing technology innovation to increase the competitiveness of over 1,200 member locations of global leaders in the advanced energy, aerospace, automotive, government/defense, heavy manufacturing, oil and gas, and consumer products industries. EWI also operates a variety of technology-based centers and consortia to further increase U.S. manufacturing innovation. To learn more, visit www.ewi.org, email [email protected], or call (614) 688-5000.

Praxair Contacts:
Investor Relations Contact: Kelcey Hoyt, (203) 837-2118
Media Contact Kristen McCarthy, (203) 837-2371

RealWeld Systems Contact:
Bill Forquer at (614) 688-5083 or [email protected]