Cutting, welding online data management

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ESAB Welding and Cutting has introduced CutCloud online data management system and has unveiled advancements in its WeldCloud online data management system, including the ability for these software programs to bi-directionally share data, as well as incorporate gas management information.

“The factory of the future links together all of its machine ecosystems. By connecting CutCloud and WeldCloud, ESAB provides manufacturers and fabricators with seamless integration. As a company that excels in cutting, welding and automation, ESAB is uniquely positioned to offer the industry’s broadest solutions for online data management,” says Roul Kierkels, global product manager DDA & WeldCloud, ESAB.

Holger Hahn, Global Product Marketing Manager Application Software, ESAB, adds that, “Because we use an open-architecture, we can interlink all of the production data in a business, across all departments. Operating, machine and quality management data are collected. This brings complete transparency to production flows, including order processing, process times and more, so users can see immediately where optimization is possible.”

CutCloud and WeldCloud provide a wealth of analytical tools and customizable dashboards for companies that want to use them as stand-alone software. In addition, they integrate with other business intelligence systems, such as Power BI, SAPâ, QlikView® and Tableauâ.

“Whether a company is just venturing into automated tracking and reporting tools or has already embraced the factory of the future concept, ESAB is ready to help you take the next step or work with your existing systems,” says Kierkels.

CutCloud is an extension of ESAB’s well-known DataLeap software modules, which give users an overview of all production flows, an insight into all manufacturing processes and specific indications of untapped potential for optimization in production. CutCloud enables users of ESAB cutting systems equipped with Vision Series controls to access all DataLeap tools on any network-enabled device, as well as it will automatically receive software as well as other cutting technology update notifications and download updates and deploy them to all machines in the future. With DataLeap and CutCloud, users can:

  • Monitor manufacturing performance of machines automatically and link data to scheduled order and part data for full traceability on material and parts.
  • Automatically program or set up a part based on a scanned code.
  • Transfer data automatically (instead of manually inputting information into production processes and record results) and automatically generate higher quality reports.
  • Make real-time responses to production floor activities statistics.
  • Record and visualize events and errors on cutting machines.
  • Fully integrate nesting, cutting and ERP systems with automatic data transfer of order data and production status.

Expanded Functionality

New WeldCloud functions unveiled at FABTECH 2016 in Las Vegas include the ability to remotely adjust welding parameters for systems equipped with ESAB’s U82 controller with built-in web server option, the ability to create a “welding passport” file tree that organizes every weld session on large components, the ability to add documents (such as an NDT report or WPS sheet) and the ability to capture data from multi-head submerged arc applications.

Where competitive reporting systems poll at 60 or 92 second intervals, WeldCloud polls at a frequency of 1Hz to provide essentially real-time reporting. Coupled with the new ability to calculate and display deposition rate and heat input from automated and mechanized welding applications (as well as volts, amps, watts, wire feed speed and travel speed), WeldCloud offers immediate and greater insight into welding data.

WeldCloud enables data-driven decision making so that fabricators and manufacturers can move the true levers of productivity and quality, as well as make better use of working capital. ESAB offers WeldCloud on its Aristo Mig 4004i Pulse semi-automatic, Aristo Mig 5000iR robotic and LAF/TAF sub arc welding systems. Users can purchase these systems WeldCloud-ready, and ESAB can retrofit some existing systems with a communication module. More than a data recording system, WeldCloud enables a wealth of analytics so users can:

  • Facilitate traceability from single welds to the complete product because the core of the system is a comprehensive database containing key information of every weld seam.
  • Develop weld schedules on a single machine, move them into the cloud and then push them out to other welding systems.
  • Remotely manage welding parameters, set limits and set alarms for deviations.
  • Monitor and act upon various productivity reports across operations in disparate locations.
  • Increase responsiveness of repair and maintenance operations by instantly receiving alerts from WeldCloud-enabled machines in your fleet, effectively lowering your overall machine down time.
  • Share and analyze data by teams across multiple data collection sites, using any computer, tablet or smart phone connected to the same internal network as the welding systems and database.


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