The first Torchmate was created in 1979 using a magnet to guide an oxy-fuel torch around a metal template and now has turned into a fully automated two axis cutting CNC table guiding a plasma cutter. After much success, Torchmate was purchased by Lincoln Electric.  Lincoln Electric is the world leader in the design, development and manufacture of arc welding products, robotic arc welding systems, plasma and oxy-fuel cutting equipment and has a leading global position in the brazing and soldering alloys market.  Headquartered in Cleveland, Ohio, Lincoln Electric has 56 manufacturing locations, including operations and joint ventures in 20 countries and a worldwide network of distributors and sales offices covering more than 160 countries.