Posted July 4, 2018

Hypertherm celebrates 50 years of industrial cutting innovation

Founded in 1968, company now has more than 1,400 employees. 

Hypertherm, manufacturer of industrial cutting systems and software, is celebrating its 50th year of industrial cutting innovation by introducing new programs designed to deliver greater value to our long-time customers. In addition, the company’s anniversary year events will include the unearthing of a long-buried time capsule, and celebrations at all its global locations with founder Dick Couch.

From its founding in 1968, Hypertherm has worked to meet customer needs, through continuous innovation designed to improve productivity and profitability. At the same time, the 100 percent associate-owned company follows a triple bottom line management approach in working to enrich the community and environment while growing its business.

“Hypertherm’s focus has always been on helping our customers reduce their operating cost and improve cutting performance so they can enhance their profitability. That’s what we continue to do today. In partnering with our customers, we are helping them identify the right solution to meet their business goals,” said Hypertherm President and CEO Evan Smith. “When we say we’re ‘Shaping Possibility’, we are supporting our customers as they bring their visions to life. At this milestone moment, we’re inspired to extend and expand that promise into the next half century.”

“I’m so proud of all that we’ve accomplished over the last five decades. We’ve grown from a manufacturer of plasma systems to a global provider of cutting solutions,” said Mr. Couch. “More importantly though, we did this as an independent company following our core values while pursuing the long-term interests of our customers and communities. It is gratifying to know that we did this while achieving our goal of becoming a company completely owned by associates who remain committed to providing the world’s leading industrial cutting solutions and to building long-term customer relationships founded on technology and service leadership.”

Working out of a small two car garage, Mr. Couch and Professor Bob Dean discovered that radially injecting water into a plasma cutting nozzle would form a narrower arc, making it possible to cut metal more accurately and quickly while virtually eliminating heavy dross and double-arcing. Today, Hypertherm products are found the world over, its cutting systems used in the construction of ships, trains, earth-moving equipment, large buildings, stadiums, bridges, and so much more.

The company continues to put customer focused innovation at the forefront. Through significant investment in research and development, the company’s engineering teams are responsible for bringing numerous breakthrough technologies to market. This includes the introduction of HyDefinition, HyPerformance, and most recently, X-Definition Plasma processes, to highly efficient air plasma, and long life consumable technologies.

Waterjet differentiators include technology that eliminates common wear items for a lower overall cost of ownership when compared to other brands, and software advances designed to shorten programming time, simplify use and deliver optimal outcomes.

Hypertherm designs and manufactures industrial cutting products for use in a variety of industries such as shipbuilding, manufacturing, and automotive repair. Its product line includes cutting systems, in addition to CNC motion and height controls, CAM nesting software, robotic software and consumables. Hypertherm systems are trusted for performance and reliability that result in increased productivity and profitability for hundreds of thousands of businesses.

The company’s reputation for cutting innovation dates to 1968, with Hypertherm’s invention of water injection plasma cutting. The 100 percent associate owned company has more than 1,400 associates along with operations and partner representation worldwide. 

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