Hypertherm, which makes industrial cutting systems and software, is celebrating its 50 year anniversary.

The company was founded in 1968 by Dick Couch and Professor Bob Dean who 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’s cutting systems are used in the construction of ships, trains, earth-moving equipment, large buildings, stadiums and bridges. Its product line includes cutting systems, CNC motion and height controls, CAM nesting software, robotic software and consumables.

‘I’m so proud of all that we’ve accomplished over the last five decades,’ said Couch. ‘We’ve grown from a manufacturer of plasma systems to a global provider of cutting solutions. 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.’

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