EDGE®Connect

EDGE® Connect, Hypertherm’s newest Computer Numeric Control (CNC) platform, delivers unmatched reliability, powerful embedded capabilities, and a high level of customizability. Based on our proprietary, industry-leading Phoenix® CNC platform, the system offers new, advanced software features – including ProNest® CNC automatic nesting delivering SureCut™ technology – along with enhanced hardware.


For easy set up, changes, and upgrades, Edge Connect CNCs can be configured in the field with software specific to the cutting machine application. The easy-to-use system combines advanced cutting performance with an intuitive graphical interface, and supports plasma, oxyfuel, and waterjet applications.


Benefits

  • With Patented CutPro® Wizard, even new operators can be cutting production parts in less than five minutes
  • On-screen Software Operator’s Console (Soft OpCon) allows easy setup and operation of cutting station and manual motion
  • Integrated communications with plasma and torch height control systems deliver automated and expert control using installed factory or custom cut charts
  • Custom cut charts can be created and controlled in the part program or made available to the CutPro Wizard
  • EDGE Connect runs on the Windows® 10 Enterprise operating system

  • ProNest® CNC nesting
    • Easy-to-use touch screen interface, machine operators can create nested part programs and obtain optimal cut quality without extensive training
    • Directly imports DXF, DWG, CAM, DGN, and CNC simple shapes.
    • Embedded SureCut™ technology maximizes performance through embedded expertise. Patented True Hole® technology with process verification ensures all operator variables are properly set
    • Pattern Array Nesting for a single part with process optimization included
    • Optional True Shape Nesting module for multiple parts (available option)

    Customizable performance
    • Designed to accommodate a broad range of applications, such as plasma (including cutting, marking, bevel, pipe/tube), oxyfuel (including bevel), and waterjet
    • Available in three hardware configurations to best align with cutting machine manufacturer needs
    • Optional Sensor™ plasma torch height control mechanics (Sensor THC)

    Point-of-use configuration
    • Basic and advanced process control for plasma, oxyfuel, and waterjet
    • Integrated Sensor THC and bevel
    • ProNest CNC True Shape Nesting
    • PLC Connect™

    OEM customization
    • PLC Connect is embedded in the CNC for additional capabilities tied to I/O signals, position, cutting state, and error conditions; IEC61131 compliant
    • OEM customization of the on-screen software operator’s console for control of unique system tools and features though use of a C# Application Program Interface (API)


    Quick, easy installation
    • Requires only a single EtherCAT cable for all motion and I/O signals from the CNC, dramatically simplifying system wiring and reducing installation time
    • Communication to Hypertherm’s HyPerformance® plasma systems is accomplished through EtherCAT connectivity directly to the cutting system.