Product Stewardship


Product stewardship is a priority at Lincoln Electric.

Core principles of innovation at Lincoln Electric are to design greater efficiency into our products and reduce the environmental impact of the raw material inputs we use in our manufacturing processes to ensure the health and safety of customers through the products’ lifecycle.

Advancing Product Efficiency

In 2020, Lincoln Electric established a “Product and Process Sustainability Committee.” The purpose of this multidisciplinary group is to assess and incorporate product lifecycle analysis into our product development process to achieve greater efficiency in our product performance and lower its carbon footprint to help customers effectively meet their ESG goals. Our committee and product development teams focus on:

  • improving the safety and ergonomics of our products;
  • reducing the energy intensity and greenhouse gas emissions of our welding equipment;
  • using USEPA TIER 4 compliant diesel engines in our diesel engine driven welding equipment sold in the United States to reduce particulate and NOx emissions;
  • reducing the scale and weight of our products;
  • reducing fume generation during use of consumable products;
  • streamlining packaging with an emphasis on recyclable or reusable materials;
  • improving the overall speed, efficiency and quality of the products in use; and
  • achieving greater transportation efficiency in our product delivery to customers.

The following product cases demonstrate how we advance our solutions to achieve greater product efficiency and stewardship:

Inverter Technology: Energy Efficient Welding Equipment

Lincoln Electric is committed to optimizing its product offerings to provide effective solutions for our customers and lower the carbon footprint of our products.

In the last decade, we have been transitioning our conventional welding machines to digital, inverter-based technology. Today, 85% of our equipment product families are inverter-based, compared with 30% ten-years ago.

Inverter-based technology delivers numerous benefits:

  • 20% to 26% less energy consumption versus conventional equipment
    • 20% less energy consumption when comparing a DC-400 conventional welding machine to a Flextec 500/500 inverter-based machine performing under similar conditions
    • 26% less energy consumption when comparing a conventional Powertec 305c to an inverter-based Powertec i320 performing under similar conditions
  • Lower energy intensity reduces greenhouse gas emissions
    • A typical inverter welding machine will use 1,526 KWh less energy per year to operate as compared with a conventional machine
    • Each inverter machine has the same CO2-reducing capacity as a 1.3-acre forest
    • Transitioning 5 conventional welding machines to 5 inverters will reduce GHG emissions at the same rate as taking 1 automobile off the road
    • Customers can identify the energy savings they can achieve by adopting inverter technology by using our inverter energy calculator, which can be found HERE.

To date, the cumulative impact of our shift towards inverter-based technology has generated energy savings of more than 305 megawatt-hours, which is comparable to taking 46,000 average passenger vehicles off the road each year. The GHG reduction is equivalent to planting 78 million trees in a forest spanning 260,000 acres – an area roughly the size of San Antonio, Texas.


Lincoln Electric is committed to developing equipment and technologies that maximize worker safety, workplace efficiency and weld quality.

When welders operate in an expansive construction site that can be multiple levels above ground, maintaining a safe, efficient and productive welding schedule can be challenging. Throughout the day, welders need to stop and adjust the voltage and wire feed speed settings on their equipment and these interruptions result in lost time, and put welders at risk of falling due to a bulky welding control cable running along the floor near the welding machine.

Falls are the #1 cause of injury on a construction site

Welding rework can add up to 5% to total construction costs

Lincoln Electric’s CrossLinc™ Technology addresses safety and rework to help create a safer and more efficient workplace.

For example, welders using a single four-rack Flextec® 350X inverter system with CrossLinc technology can save a typical company as much as $26,570 per year when operating five days a week over a span of 50 weeks. This savings is based on four employees working all four arcs with four setting changes per day, and workers spending an average of 15 minutes walking back to the rack to change the settings.

CrossLinc effectively eliminates the walk, which not only increases efficiency and productivity but also reduces the risk of falls associated with that 15-minute walk.

VRTEX® Virtual Reality Welding Training Simulators

Our VRTEX virtual reality welding training simulators offer instructors and welders an innovative solution for faster and more efficient training while reducing material use, waste, and energy intensity.

Immersing students in virtual welding applications that offer high-quality graphics, accurate sounds, and real-time prompts and scoring allows students to get hands-on welding training prior to transferring to live-arc, real world welding.

By incorporating virtual welding training with traditional welding training, educators and customers administrating welding courses achieve:

  • Lower training costs;
  • Accelerated training times;
  • Higher student certification rates;
  • Improved student safety as virtual welding eliminates the use of metal (electrodes and coupons), sparks, heat,shielding gas, or weld fume removal;
  • Reduced overall energy consumption by requiring less energy than a traditional welding machine, feeder and wel d fume control system; and
  • Real-time performance assessments and greater engagement

We make it easy for customers to adopt VRTEX:

  • VRTEX is offered in nine languages
  • Customers can calculate their own ROI of investing in the solution HERE
  • VRTEX curriculum helps integrate the solution into welding training programs

Who uses VRTEX?
VRTEX is used in high school, technical and community college welding programs, within skilled trade organizations and associations, in military, and across companies representing a broad array of end markets.


Product Compliance

To ensure product compliance and reduce the environmental impact of our products, we select raw materials (chemicals and articles) that deliver greater efficiency across the lifecycle of our products – from design, manufacture and logistics, to in-field use and end-of-life disposal or recycling. We also focus on product design and manufacturing process enhancements that reduce raw material consumption and waste.

We comply with global standards and maintain a regulatory database to ensure that we meet or exceed regulatory requirements. We design safety and compliance strategies for our consumable (filler metal) products that encompass raw materials, product formulations, dangerous goods, and fume management.

These are incorporated into product compliance specifications and outlined in Globally Harmonized System Safety Data Sheets (GHS SDS), label templates, and safe use guidelines. We also focus on efficient distribution of our GHS SDS and other useful information for current and prospective customers.

We recognize that product compliance is a key priority for our customers and can be challenging for them to manage. As partners, we actively consult with customers on global product compliance, conduct customer compliance training, and perform product compliance audits.


Registration, Evaluation, Authorization and Restriction of Chemicals (REACH)

REACH is a European Union (EU) regulation (EC 1907/2006) relating to the registration, evaluation, authorization and restriction of chemicals used in products to further improve the protection of human health and the environment through earlier identification of certain chemical substances.

Lincoln Electric supports REACH’s objectives and complies with REACH regulations. Where required and relevant, consumable substances and mixtures manufactured in and imported into the EU by Lincoln Electric have been registered in the EU and comply with REACH.

For more information about REACH, please reference this section HERE or contact your Lincoln Electric sales representative.

You may also find information about REACH at the European Chemicals Agency’s (ECHA) web site and at the European Commission’s web site.

Restriction of the Use of Certain Hazardous Substances (RoHS)

The RoHS environmental directive (2002/95/EC and 2011/65/EU) is a European regulation that restricts the use of certain hazardous substances in electrical and electronic equipment. The restrictions were imposed to preserve the environment, improve recycling and minimize hazardous exposure. RoHS covers substances such as lead, cadmium, mercury, and hexavalent chromium. All Lincoln Electric relevant and required products manufactured in and imported into the EU comply with the RoHS directive.

For more information about RoHS, please reference this section HERE or contact your Lincoln Electric sales representative.

You may also find information about RoHS at the European Commission’s web site.

Safety Data Sheets

Product information for all consumable products manufactured or sold by Lincoln Electric have safety data sheets (SDS) that comply with the UN Global Harmonization Standards (GHS) and local country requirements.

Lincoln Electric’s SDS catalog can be found HERE.

Safe Use Guides

Lincoln Electric provides Safe Use Guides to supplement GHS regulatory information. Safe Use Guides provide essential warning information for all products.

Lincoln Electric’s Safe Use Guide Catalog can be found HERE.

Product Conformance

Consumable Product Certificates (i.e., American Welding Society, Conformance, Agency Certifications, etc.) are available HERE.