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Penn College, Soitaab partner for welding-expansion equipment 

Soitaab, a leader in the metal cutting industry, is partnering with Pennsylvania College of Technology to place a Plasma NOVA multiprocess fabrication machine in the college’s expanded welding lab facility. 

The unit can complete complex operations for plasma and oxyfuel cutting, drilling, tapping, bevel cutting, pipe cutting, marking, and automatic material handling and is designed to cut ferrous, stainless steel and aluminum materials in medium to high thicknesses.

Libellula is donating 25 permanent software licenses to accompany the Plasma NOVA. Both companies will be recognized on the Metal Wall of Honor in the expanded lab, located in the Lycoming Engines Metal Trades Center at Penn College. 

Courtesy of a partnership between Pennsylvania College of Technology and Soitaab, a Plasma NOVA multiprocess fabrication machine is taking its place in the college’s expanded welding lab facility.
Courtesy of a partnership between Pennsylvania College of Technology and Soitaab, a Plasma NOVA multiprocess fabrication machine is taking its place in the college’s expanded welding lab facility.

“We are grateful to Soitaab and Libellula for their partnership and generosity,” said Loni N. Kline, vice president for institutional advancement. “The addition of this new equipment and software will go a long way to enhancing the curriculum as we prepare our students for industry.” 

The Plasma NOVA and related software represent a great benefit to oustudents, who can acquire skills on equipment comparable to what they will encounter in the workforce,” said David R. Cotner, dean of industrial, computing and engineering technologies. “We are grateful to Soitaab and Libellula for this partnership, which allows us offer leading-edge technology in our high-demand welding programs.” 

Dave Maxham, vice president of sales and marketing at Soitaab said: “It’s so important for Soitaab to continue looking forward to work with and help prepare the next generation of fabrication engineers and welders. We are delighted to partner with the Pennsylvania College of Technology to provide the learning tools to accomplish that mission.” 

“Soitaab’s Plasma NOVA represents the future direction of fabrication technology,” Maxham added, “with all-in-one fabrication processing, seamlessly combined by advanced CNC controls and software. Students at Penn College will immediately be able transfer the skills they build mastering these systems into today’s demanding manufacturing industries.” 

For more information about Soitaab’s state-of-the-art fabrication technology, visit the company’s website. 

The welding expansion at Penn College, made possible in part by a $2 million grant provided by the U.S. Department of Commerce’s Economic Development Administrationincreases the size of welding-related instructional space by approximately 35,000 square feet. 

Penn College offers a bachelor’s degree in welding and fabrication engineering technology, an associate degree in welding technology, an associate degree in metal fabrication technology, and a certificate in welding. 

Information about those and other majors offered by Penn College’s School of Industrial, Computing & Engineering Technologies is available by calling 570-327-4520. 

For more about Penn College, a special mission affiliate of Penn State and a national leader in applied technology education, email the Admission Office or call 800-367-9222. 



Ed Thompson,

Wowzers! Every time I read what all is available at the college, I get the urge to go back and start learning about everything you have there for my own personal use! Which is exactly what someone looking for a lifetime career in manufacturing and fabrication should be thinking. How wonderful these different companies are to be donating their technology equipment to the school. Everyone benefits from their generosity. Keep on truckin’, Penn College.

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