The Lincoln Electric Company announced today that it has acquired all intellectual property related to laser welding and marking systems produced by Process Equipment Company (PECo), located in Tipp City, Ohio. 

Going forward, the company’s Wayne Trail subsidiary, which produces a full line of laser welding, cutting, ablation, cladding, and marking solutions, will assume responsibility for servicing and supporting the installed base of PECo laser welding and marking systems. Wayne Trail has also expanded its existing team of laser processing experts by hiring key PECo personnel, which will help provide a seamless transition for existing customers.

John A. Campbell, general manager of Wayne Trail, commented, “Wayne Trail is fully prepared to meet the needs of the automotive powertrain laser welding and processing industry, both domestically and internationally. We have already been awarded laser welding system contracts from transmission gear manufacturers and are currently developing solutions for other powertrain components, including transfer cases and drive axles.”

Steve Hedlund, president of Global Automation Solutions for Lincoln Electric, added, “We are excited to expand our portfolio of automation solutions for automotive manufacturers. Wayne Trail is uniquely positioned to help customers adopt new laser process technologies to meet changing industry demands and requirements.”