ESAB® Cloud Services to Use Microsoft Azure, Showcase Online Data Management System for Welding In Microsoft’s Stand at Hannover Messe

April 23, 2018

ESAB ® Welding & Cutting Products has announced that the next generation of its ESAB ® Cloud Services platform will be powered by Microsoft Azure IoT and utilize the ThingWorx ® Industrial Innovation Platform from PTC. ESAB will preview its new architecture and user interface with Microsoft at HANNOVER MESSE 2018, Hall 7, Stand C40. HANNOVER MESSE is the world's leading trade show for industrial technology and the leading global platform for Industry 4.0. The show runs April 23 to 27, 2018 in Hannover, Germany, and will attract more than 200,000 visitors.

"At ESAB, we relentlessly pursue innovation to improve the welding and cutting operations of our customers. Now we are using Microsoft and PTC technology to further improve our existing digital products and deliver on Industry 4.0 principles," says Mike Pantaleano, VP Data Driven Advantage, ESAB.

"We're pleased to see ESAB's investment in Microsoft's cloud technology to enhance its Cloud Services platform," said Caglayan Arkan, General Manager, Worldwide Manufacturing at Microsoft. "The trusted Azure cloud platform, combined with ESAB's expertise in the welding industry, help our mutual customers tackle challenges and achieve their business outcomes even faster."

ESAB Cloud Services provides several capabilities - ESAB WeldCloud and ESAB CutCloud and more to come - that connect digital ecosystems for welding and mechanized cutting, respectively. At HANNOVER MESSE with Microsoft, ESAB will showcase the new architecture for ESAB Cloud Service systems that allow for on-premise, hybrid and cloud based architectures.

For welding and cutting customers, ESAB provides digital methods of documentation (required by regulation in some critical applications), better views into productivity and a much richer ability to manage their physical assets. For instance, customers can subscribe to diagnostic analytic messages about the health of their welding power source.

"Moving our services platform to Microsoft Azure and entering into this collaboration with Microsoft allows us to accelerate our technology development and provides us access to a wealth of resources," says Pantaleano. "Microsoft's ability to bring architects, security analysts and deep data science knowledge into a conversation makes this relationship very important to us. When you combine those capabilities with ESAB's proven welding & cutting process knowledge, it really provides our customers the ability to springboard into tangible benefits of IoT and analytics."

The Microsoft and PTC relationships are with ESAB's parent company, the Colfax Corporation, and Colfax has selected these partners to provide capabilities across their entire family of companies and to be part of its own digital transformation.

"Microsoft and PTC have a proven and flexible architecture in a wide range of production environments and deployment patterns (on-premises, cloud, hybrid), allowing us to adapt to the realities of our customers' and our own business needs," says Ryan Cahalane, Vice President, Digital Growth, Colfax. "We have selected world-class partners for our solutions and will be deploying them in upcoming versions of other Colfax companies' solutions like Howden Group's UpTime digital platform."

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.

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