Hypertherm has announced a major version update to ProNest 2023, the company’s advanced CADCAM nesting software for automated profiling. The release contains a collection of new features and ongoing enhancements designed to help customers improve their operational efficiency while reducing non-value-added tasks.
ProNest 2023 includes full functionality for PlateSaver, a SureCut technology that combines the arc stability of X-Definition plasma with specialised software parameters to increase material utilisation when cutting mild steel. In addition, the latest ProNest contains enhancements to Production Manager, a web-based module that seamlessly integrates with Hypertherm’s Edge Connect CNC to capture real-time machine data automatically.
Further improvements include the ability to edit production times for completed nests, set job status changes and search for nests by customer. There is also a feature that merges XPR set-ups. The software will now automatically detect and merge changes made to the process parameters or bevel spreadsheets into a new set-up during installation. Customers can choose to use their existing customisations or the latest factory cut charts.
Finally, the software is even easier to use. Changes to the user interface include a new welcome screen and customisable ribbon. The welcome screen contains an informative dashboard that highlights training videos, application tips and other valuable resources, while the ribbon allows users to add, remove and rearrange tabs. Customers can save different ribbon configurations and easily switch between them as needed, to best fit their workflow.
Tom Stillwell, product marketing manager – CADCAM software products, says: “Our software developers have focused on reducing the waste inherent in most cutting operations. Features like PlateSaver do this by maximising the number of parts on a plate so customers have to buy fewer plates and waste less metal.”
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