Plasma CNC Controller

Hypertherm Edge Connect™

Hypertherm software and controllers combined with 100 years of AKS machine building experience

Tight integration between machine and software gives AKS cutters reliable, repeatable performance and results.

AKS Cutting Systems is a preferred Hypertherm OEM integrator, maximizing Hypertherm SureCut™ Technology.

As part of the SureCut™ package, all AKS Cutting System plasma cutting system models exclusively use the:

AKS Cutting Systems is proud to be a Hypertherm SureCut™ integrator and we exclusively use all Hypertherm components, hardware and software.

EDGE Connect® CNC Controller

Designed to be flexible and easy to use, the EDGE Connect® delivers reliable performance for improved profitability and application performance such as True Hole® technology. Using Phoenix™ software, the EDGE Connect® improves cut quality and productivity by delivering expertise directly to your factory, making it as if you have your best operator on every shift.

The EDGE Connect® offers multiple back-door interfaces to the table via an interface to configure the CNC and table communication.

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All AKS Cutting Systems plasma cutting systems are proud to use the Hypertherm EDGE® Connect CNC Controller on all AKS plasma cutting systems.

The Hypertherm EDGE Connect offers superior reliability, powerful embedded capabilities, and a high level of flexibility. Using the industry leading Phoenix® CNC platform, the EDGE Connect 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 are specifically configured for AKS Cutting Systems with software specific to the cutting machine application.

The easy-to-use system combines advanced cutting performance with an intuitive graphical interface, and supports both plasma and oxyfuel applications:

  • 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
  • Custom cut charts can be created and controlled in the part program or made available to the programmer in the CutPro® Wizard
  • EDGE Connect runs on the Windows® 10 Enterprise operating system
  • One -touch access to supporting documentation including optimization tips, consumable change instructions, and diagnostic tools

Working together with the Hypertherm EDGE Connect CNC Controller, and an integral part of the SureCut™Technology, Hypertherm’s Programming Software, ProNest™, allows machine operators to create nested part programs and achieve optimal cut quality without extensive training.

This advanced EDGE Connect CNC Controller system provides unmatched cutting performance, along with many other benefits:

  • Hypertherm’s Phoenix® version 10 CNC Software
  • Microsoft Windows 10 embedded operating system
  • Hypertherm ProNest CNC Automatic Nesting with Process Optimization
  • Internal Programmable Logic Controller (PLC) and software-based operator’s console that enable unique features
  • Ether CAT single cable machine interface for easy connectivity and superior motion
  • Integrated 495mm (19.5”) projected capacitive touchscreen
  • WiFi and USB are standard
  • Configurable Watch Windows™ for on-screen, real-time monitoring
  • Remote Help™ quickly enables CNC, plasma system and cutting table diagnosis and repair over the internet reducing the need for on-site visits

AKS Cutting Systems is proud to be a Hypertherm SureCut™ integrator and we exclusively use all Hypertherm components, hardware and software. Developed specifically for plasma and oxy-fuel cutting, the EDGE Connect is user-friendly and allows adjustments to be made from the main screen while cutting. Converting CAD drawings to cut files is easy and requires no additional programs.

AKS will deliver your complete plasma system with an EDGE Connect controller installed and fully tested before shipment. We also provide onsite operational training. The system is easy to operate, with full capabilities.  Contact us to discuss your plasma cutting needs!

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

EDGE Connect® CNC Controller FAQ

This FAQ is provided to help answer common questions about the EDGE Connect® CNC Controller.

WHAT IS EDGE CONNECT?

EDGE Connect is the next generation of Hypertherm’s industry leading automated control systems. It includes Hypertherm’s 45+ year cutting expertise combined with OEM customizability. Like its predecessor, EDGE Pro, it delivers reliable performance for improved profitability.

WHAT IS EDGE CONNECT?

Phoenix remains the control software on EDGE Connect, but it is enhanced by customization and configuration software tools exclusive to EDGE Connect. EDGE Connect offers new and improved hardware, EtherCAT communications, new software features (ProNest CNC, Soft Operators Console and Soft PLC), and enhanced order and configuration options.

WHAT ARE THE BENEFITS?

  • Superior cutting performance delivered through Hypertherm
    Phoenix® software and SureCut™ technology
  • Optimized machine setup using EtherCAT communications
  • Reduced costs and customization via a Soft Operators
    Console and Soft PLC
  • Flexible, expert-level programming via ProNest® CNC
  • Improved industrial system hardware
  • Simple and modular CNC ordering for point-of-use
    configuration design and upgrades

WHAT IS SURECUT TECHNOLOGY?

SureCut technology allows customers to maximize performance through embedded expertise. It is brought to you via various delivery mechanisms that include Hypertherm cutting systems, CNCs, and CAM software.

HOW CAN THE SOFT OPCON AND SOFTPLC FEATURES HELP TO REDUCE COST AND PROVIDE CUSTOMIZATION FOR MY CUTTING TABLE BUSINESS?

These are software based utilities that provide functionality without the need for additional hardware and labor for wiring and configuration. They integrate seamlessly with Phoenix and
enhance what OEMs can offer within their table configurations. Each system ships with basic functionality and developer/upgrade options will be available for purchase.

WHY ETHERCAT COMMUNICATIONS?

EtherCAT greatly simplifies the wiring to the CNC and cutting system by offering single cable connectivity between the CNC, the drive cabinet, and the HPR system.

WHT IS PRONEST CNC?

ProNest CNC enables end users to get optimal cut quality for part programs created using the EDGE Connect CNC. Through the touch screen interface machine operators can create expert level part programs quickly and easily without training. ProNest embedded cutting expertise is included in every part program, resulting in the same cut quality as you get when programming with offline ProNest software. Each system ships with basic functionality and an advanced upgrade for purchase option will be available.

WHAT ARE SOME DETAILS OF THE NEW HARDWARE

  • Quad core processor and internal Solid State drive
  • No active heat dissipation required
  • Power consumption reduced by over 70%
  • Turnkey units offer a 19″ touchscreen
  • Weight reduction greater than 65% over previous products
  • Sleek industrial design offers improved reliability

HOW DO I ORDER AND CONFIGURE?

Customers select one of three hardware components (Turnkey – OpCon, Turnkey, mini-CNC) and desired EtherCAT cabling. Upon arrival of the CNC the desired cutting process and software options are configured through Hypertherm’s Xnet. A password to unlock the features arrives via email.

WHAT ARE THE BENEFITS OF THIS NEW ORDER AND CONFIGURE APPROACH?

Improved lead time and customization capability. Most products will be stocked in regional distribution centers for immediate shipment. All CNCs can be configured to support any Hypertherm cutting process and can be upgraded in the field without being returned to Hypertherm.