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Miller Electric Demonstrates Welding, Cutting for Auto Enthusiasts at SEMA Show in Las Vegas

APPLETON, Wis, November 4 -- Booth Visitors Can Try Out Full Line of Miller Welding Products

Auto enthusiasts who want to learn how to do their own welding and cutting should make a point of visiting Miller Electric Mfg. Co.'s booth during SEMA Show 2003, which runs Nov. 4-7 at the Las Vegas Convention Center. Miller Electric's booth is No. 11912, located in the North Hall's Racing & Performance section.

The SEMA (Specialty Equipment Market Association) Show is the largest automotive specialty products trade event in the world. SEMA draws the industry's brightest minds and hottest products and attracts more than 80,000 industry leaders from more than 100 countries in the automotive, truck and SUV, marine and RV markets.

Hobbyists who visit Miller Electric's booth will quickly find out that anyone can learn to weld and cut with Miller's state-of-the-art and user-friendly welding and plasma cutting systems. Miller experts will be on hand to demonstrate equipment such as the Millermatic(r) All-in-One Series, Spectrum(r) Series plasma cutters, and Syncrowave(r), Dynasty(r) and Maxstar(r) Series TIG welding systems. Following the demonstrations, visitors will have the opportunity for some hands-on experience. For more information about Miller products visit Miller's Web site at or call +1 800-4-A-MILLER (+1 800-426-4553).

Products of Interest

Miller expects a great deal of interest in three of its premier products during SEMA: the Dynasty 200 DX, Spectrum 375 and Millermatic 251.

The Dynasty 200 DX is designed specifically for contractors and fabricators who need to TIG weld both steel and aluminum in the field and other hard-to-reach places. It's an AC/DC TIG/Stick inverter that weighs 47 lb. and has an AC welding range of 5 to 200 amps, a DC welding range of 1 to 200 amps and an unbeatably stable arc throughout its entire range.

The Dynasty also features Miller's exclusive Auto-Line(tm) technology, which enables the 200 to plug into any primary power in the world, from 120 through 460 volts, single- or three-phase, 50 or 60 Hz. Auto-Line works without any manual adjustments or linking mechanisms, which improves reliability. Auto-Line also maintains a steady welding output even if primary power varies widely.

The Spectrum 375 CutMate(tm) air plasma cutter offers 60 percent faster cutting life than the previous model. The 375 withstands a 15 percent voltage drop (a 50 percent improvement) and expands work area because it can use an extension cord up to 133 ft. long.

The Millermatic 251 delivers superior welding performance and increased productivity in auto body, light industrial, fabrication and repair, maintenance, light construction, and farm/ranch applications. The 251 welds metal 22 gauge to 1/2-in. thick in a single pass and has a 30 to 300 amp output range (250 amps at 40 percent duty range).

In addition, the 251's Active Arc Stabilization control monitors the machine's electrical output and provides superior arc stability throughout the entire welding range. Operators will immediately notice better arc starts and improved performance when welding thin gauge material.

Helmets on Display

For diehard auto hobbyists, the Miller booth also will feature the Racer Series of auto-darkening welding helmets that has received a tremendous response from welders and racing fans. The series features helmets honoring Jeff Gordon, Dale Earnhardt Jr. and the legendary Dale Earnhardt Sr. The Earnhardt Sr. helmet showcases a facsimile signature, his #3 and a Winston Cup emblem commemorating his seven championships.

The Miller helmets have variable welding shade control (#9 - #13), lens sensitivity and delay control, auto-on/auto-off circuitry with reset function, a self-recharging Solarcell(tm) lithium battery and a 3.85 x 1.85 in. viewing field. They provide continuous eye protection against UV and IR radiation, even when the lens is in #3 ultra-clear (light state) mode. Made of polyamide nylon materials, the helmets are durable and lightweight (16 oz.) for operator comfort.

Headquartered in Appleton, Wis., Miller is a leading worldwide manufacturer of arc welding equipment and related systems for metalworking, construction, maintenance and other applications. Miller Electric Mfg. Co. is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Illinois Tool Works Inc. (ITW), Glenview, Ill. ITW is a diversified multinational manufacturer of highly engineered components, assemblies and systems.