Columbus Programming & Nesting Software from ESAB Simplifies Cutting Machine Programming

Florence, SC - ESAB Cutting Systems will demonstrate its Columbus Programming and Nesting Software at IMTS, Booth #B6157. Columbus is an advanced software package designed specifically for plasma, oxyfuel, laser, and waterjet cutting. The first cutting software package developed and maintained by a cutting machine manufacturer, Columbus supports straight and bevel cutting as well as all current marking devices.

At the core of the Columbus system is the Vision PLUS® Desktop. This base module contains numerous functions that conveniently enable the creation of machine programs from geometrical information. A set of integrated modules can be combined as a seamless package to provide exactly the features and capabilities needed for a given application. Included with the standard Vision PLUS Desktop is a comprehensive set of modules that provide basic programming capabilities and serve as the foundation for additional optional modules.

The Automatic Nesting module adds fully automated true shape nesting to the Vision PLUS Desktop system, providing Part-In-Part Nesting, Multiple Torch Nesting, Common Line and Bridge Cutting, and many other powerful features. The user can control all aspects of the nesting process, such as the number of cutting heads to be used, priority of
each part in the nest, cutting sequence or material grain limitations. Parts can also be selected by weight or size to ensure the best optimization possible.

The Data Management Module (DMM) provides part management and tracking capabilities, converting the nesting system into a powerful tool for production control. Delivery date, material required, and nesting priority of a part can all be specified. This module allows a user to automatically track the part/order through the entire process and track what plate was used to cut the part.

The Plate Management Module adds plate inventory and remnant tracking capabilities to accurately track plate inventory and utilize every scrap of plate, maximizing profits through maximum plate utilization.
The 3D Transition Programming Software allows quick and easy development of three-dimensional transitions. Graphical selection of the shape and graphical 3D displays make it easy to create the desired transition. The software automatically unfolds the 3D shape into a 2D program for cutting.

When used in conjunction with ESAB's Vision PLUS CNC package, Columbus software allows machine operators to post DXF files and draw parts right at the Vision PC or Vision NT controller. Vision PLUS CNC includes many features that simplify creation of a CNC program from geometrical information.

ESAB Welding & Cutting Products is one of the world's largest and most experienced manufacturers of welding and cutting equipment and welding filler metals. Recognized as the technological leader in the industry, ESAB is committed to providing customized solutions for its customers. For more information on Columbus software, visit or call 1-800-ESAB-123.

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