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November 6, 2018

ESAB CutCloud utilizes Microsoft Azure, Columbus now includes
cost calculators based on actual production data.

Annapolis Junction, Md. – ESAB Welding & Cutting Products will demonstrate its new Columbus® III version 1.6 CAD/CAM software for cutting automation in booth C12574 at FABTECH 2018, held Nov. 6 – 8 at the Georgia World Congress Center in Atlanta.  The new ESAB CutCloud 3.0 version utilizes Microsoft Azure IoT and the ThingWorx® Industrial Innovation Platform from PTC, which respectively allow for on-premise, hybrid and cloud-based architectures and functionality to import and visualize machine data.

Columbus III version 1.6 now includes the ability to calculate offers and orders for customers based on actual production data. An easy-to-use cost calculator enables fabricators to enter cost variables, such as costs for machine time per hour, cutting process (including associated consumables), preparation, programming and materials. After nesting parts using built-in design tools or importing a parts nest, Columbus III can calculate costs based on length, duration or weight of material cut. Data can be exported to Excel and used for future cost calculations.

Additional new functions include keyboard shortcuts to move and rotate a parts nest in user-defined increments, rotating the parts nest and/or plate orientation to consider grain direction, a new color to clearly delineate Cut Rapid mode (fastest cut without regard for edge quality) and a Direct Mode function that allows dragging lines over parts to quickly and easily sequence them.

"Our continuous improvements reflect the input we obtain from our two-day Columbus III user group meeting, held annually at our Karben, Germany location," says Holger Hahn, Global Product Marketing Manager Application Software, ESAB. "With our software developers connecting directly with users, we are able to make many improvements each year, which helps keep Columbus III one of the most successful software suites for mechanized cutting."

ESAB Welding & Cutting Products is a recognized leader in the welding and cutting industry. From time-honored processes in welding and cutting to revolutionary technologies in mechanized cutting and automation, ESAB's filler metals, equipment, and accessories bring solutions to customers around the globe. For more information, call 1-800-ESAB-123.


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