EDGE Connect CNC, a new generation of computer numeric controls, now available from Hypertherm
Hypertherm, a U.S. based manufacturer of plasma, laser, and waterjet cutting systems, is shipping a new CNC platform called EDGE® Connect. This next generation CNC contains a number of enhancements for operator ease of use, reliability, and customizable performance.
New features include:
- The newest version of Hypertherm’s Phoenix™ software coupled with SureCut™ technology for unsurpassed ease of use and consistent performance for cutting applications.
- A software based operator’s console and embedded PLC feature called PLC Connect™ that allows for greater customization of a cutting machine with reduced costs.
- Enhanced CNC based nesting for convenient operator programming with SureCut outcomes via ProNest® CNC.
- Three new modern hardware options that improve performance, reduce weight, and increase reliability.
“Our customers wanted greater functionality integrated into their cutting machines coupled with our embedded expertise. EDGE Connect delivers that through our new software applications running on this new hardware platform,” said Nathan Pascarella, CNC Product Marketing Manager for Hypertherm. “In addition, EDGE Connect offers greater flexibility for machine operators with ProNest CNC, a feature that allows SureCut outcomes to be programmed quickly and efficiently from the touchscreen interface. It is a great complement to our offline CAM software, providing a solution when offline CAM programming might not be available.”
Cutting machine customization is further enhanced by quick and easy set up through an EtherCAT communication platform and custom software configuration that allows for up to 12 axes through an online configurator. The hardware platform is the foundation and software selections enable any EDGE Connect to be set for various cutting applications. Furthermore, cutting machine manufacturers can develop their own operator consoles and auxiliary programs using the Soft Op Con API and PLC Connect. More information is available at www.hypertherm.com/EDGEConnect.
Hypertherm designs and manufactures advanced cutting products for use in a variety of industries such as shipbuilding, manufacturing, and automotive repair. Its product line includes plasma, laser and waterjet cutting systems, in addition to CNC motion and height controls, CAM nesting software, robotic software, and consumables. Hypertherm systems are trusted for performance and reliability that result in increased productivity and profitability for hundreds of thousands of businesses. The New Hampshire based company’s reputation for cutting innovation dates back nearly 50 years to 1968, with Hypertherm’s invention of water injection plasma cutting. The 100 percent associate owned company, consistently named one of the best places to work in America, has more than 1,400 associates along with operations and partner representation worldwide.