Hypertherm's commitment to engineering and building the best industrial cutting solutions on the market dates back nearly 50 years. From humble beginnings in a two-car garage to becoming a world-class manufacturer of advanced cutting solutions, our story has been one of innovation, hard work, and customer focus.
|1968||Hypertherm begins in a two-car garage in Hanover, NH. Dick Couch and Bob Dean invent Water Injection Cutting, a process to radially inject water into the plasma nozzle for a faster, better cut, and less dross.|
|1969||Hypertherm introduces the PAC400, the first plasma cutter.|
|1972||Hypertherm makes plasma cutting safer by developing a water muffler and water table to lessen the noise, smoke, and light that traditionally accompany the cutting process.|
|1973||Hypertherm introduces the PAC500, a 1,000-amp plasma system capable of cutting stainless steel up to 6 inches. This product remains in the Hypertherm line for 30 years.|
|1975||The company opens its first manufacturing facility across the street from the garage where it all began.|
|1977||Hypertherm develops underwater cutting technology, which allows plasma cutting to take place under 2 to 3 inches of water.|
|1983||Hypertherm introduces Oxygen Injected Plasma Cutting, a technique that uses oxygen as the cutting gas and introduces water at the tip of the nozzle to solve the problem of oxidizing metal and rapidly deteriorating electrodes.|
|1985||Hypertherm celebrates the sale of its 1,000th system and the launch of its first air plasma cutting system, the MAX40, which comes with a hand-held torch.|
|1986||Hypertherm designs and patents an underwater water muffler that increases cut quality and speed during underwater cutting.|
The MAX20/SA20 plasma cutting system adds contact start technology to eliminate high frequency starting.
Global expansion begins with Hypertherm's first subsidiary, Hypertherm Plasmatechnik GmbH in Maintal, Germany.
|1990||Another first for the plasma cutting industry, Hypertherm develops a plasma system that can cut up to 4-1/2 inches of metal under 15 feet of water. This breakthrough helps the atomic power industry dismantle old power plants.|
|1992||Hypertherm receives coveted ISO 9001 certification, and introduces LongLife® technology, for double the consumable life at half the cost.|
|1993||Breakthrough HyDefinition® technology helps produce better quality cuts at faster speeds. At the same time, the company also comes out with a vented two-piece nozzle that stabilizes the plasma arc precisely in the center of the electrode. This consistency increases electrode and nozzle process life.|
|1997||Hypertherm introduces the first Windows®-based CNC for oxyfuel and plasma cutting. This enables operators to use a common interface and add a new level of automation to the cutting process.|
Co-axial assist jet technology directs the shield gas parallel to the plasma arc using a common axis leading to cut speed improvements of up to 50 percent, improved thick plate piercing capabilities, and dross-free cutting.
Hypertherm acquires the Centricut® brand of consumables and controllers and establishes Hypertherm Automation.
Hypertherm becomes 30% Associate owned.
The Powermax1000® and Powermax1250® third generation air plasma systems incorporate innovative power-supply and torch technologies for dramatically improved performance.
Patented SilverLine® and SilverPlus® electrodes join the consumables product mix. The electrodes use a silver tip to diffuse more heat during cutting, resulting in electrodes that last up to three times longer than standard electrodes.
|2003||HyPerformance® plasma is unveiled. This new technology delivers the same virtually dross-free cut quality as the HyDefinition line of cutters, but with greater speed and longer consumable life.|
Hypertherm introduces the Powermax30®, a highly portable plasma cutting system weighing just 20 pounds, but capable of severing metal up to a half inch thick.
Hypertherm receives the Corporate Spirit of Service award for its commitment to volunteer service.
|2007||Hypertherm opens the Hypertherm Technical Training Institute (HTTI) in partnership with the states of Vermont and New Hampshire, to address the need for skilled CNC machinists.|
Hypertherm celebrates 40 years of plasma innovation with the introduction of the Powermax45®, a small, versatile air plasma system capable of severing an inch of metal, and the industry's first 400-amp HyPerformance® system, the HPR400XD®.
ESSE A., an Italian manufacturer of laser cutting consumables, joins the Hypertherm family.
Hypertherm acquires MTC Software, developer of ProNest® CAM nesting software.
Hypertherm’s patented True Hole® technology, part of Hypertherm’s Built for Business Integrated Cutting Solutions, is introduced making it possible to cut bolt-ready holes without operator intervention.
Hypertherm introduces HyIntensity® Fiber Laser, the first fiber laser system specifically optimized for cutting.
The industry's first 15-degree hand-held plasma torch makes it easier to cut in corners and improves gouging.
Rapid Part technology, Hypertherm's second Built for Business application, helps businesses increase throughput by reducing cut-to-cut cycle time.
The company reinforces its commitment to American manufacturing by breaking ground on a new $35 million dollar facility in Lebanon, New Hampshire.
Hypertherm unveils True Bevel™, new edge profiling technology designed to help fabricators and CNC table manufacturers achieve accurate bevel cuts more easily.HDi® (HyDefinition inox) technology delivers industry leading cut performance on thin stainless steel.
|2013||Hypertherm acquires AccuStream®, a Minnesota manufacturer of waterjet pumps and components.|
|2014||Hypertherm expands its Employee Stock Ownership Plan to become a 100% Associate-owned company.|
|2015||Hypertherm expands robotic capabilities with purchase of Jabez Technologies, creators of Robotmaster® software.|