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The client lost his right (dominant) arm in a motorcycle accident in April 1996. In addition to the above-the-elbow amputation, Chris received a nonunion Fracture of the right femur. He states that he has no difficulties in wearing a prosthesis.


The client demonstrated the ability to set-up and tack stainless pipes within specifications at his worksite. The last step would have been to finish the weld with the wire feeder. He also completed the several MIG welds at Valley Packaging Industries, Inc.

Upon the client's hiring, DVR purchased of the Cold Wire Feeder Unit with liners for both stainless and aluminum.

Chris has the ability to fabricate jigs and fixtures to accommodate for the loss of his right arm. This took some additional time from his regular production. DVR offered Chris' employer on-the-job training (OJT) funds to help with this training period.

Cost Analysis

Cold Wire Feed Unit Feeder Setup for .030-.045 Diameter Wire $2,495.00

Liner for Soft (Aluminum) Wire Fits .023-.045 Wire $40.00

Wire Guide Tube for .035 Diameter Wire $17.50

Torch Assembly (Includes Leads, Liner for Hard Wire and Wire Guide for .035 Diameter) $35.00

LIST PRICE: $2,887.50 SALE PRICE: $2,583.75

Total Time: Many hours

Repeatability of Solution

With enough hours; Good!


Joel Turmo

Valley Packaging Industries, Inc.

2730 N. Roemer Rd.

Appleton, WI 54911

Phone: 920-749-5859