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Hypertherm’s roots date to 1968, when Hypertherm president Dick Couch and Bob Dean made the greatest breakthrough since the initial discovery of plasma cutting fourteen years earlier.

They discovered that by radially injecting water into a plasma cutting nozzle, they could create a narrower arc, capable of cutting metal with a speed and accuracy never before seen. In addition, two issues that had plagued the industry from the start–the accumulation of dross and a phenomenon called double-arcing–were virtually eliminated.

Improved Plasma Cutting
Hypertherm’s new water injection technique introduced another first to the industry. Instead of relying on several different types of gas for cutting, the Hypertherm system relied on only one: nitrogen. This single gas requirement made plasma cutting more economical and easier to use since customers no longer had to purchase and stock several different types of gas. Customers also saw a marked improvement in nozzle life because steam from the water helped to cool and protect the nozzle, significantly slowing down its wear rate.

Hypertherm Patents Technology
Mr. Couch quickly patented his new radially injected water technique and unveiled Hypertherm’s very first plasma cutter, the PAC400. For the first time, plasma was a real option for people needing to quickly and cost-effectively cut through metal. The popularity of the PAC400 grew, as did Hypertherm’s reputation as the world leader in plasma cutting.

Focus, inspiration, and determination led Mr. Couch and Hypertherm associates to innovate further. They had one goal in mind: to make plasma cutting more accurate, more cost effective, safer and easier for people to use.

Whether it was reducing the noise and smoke caused by plasma cutting, developing underwater and oxygen based systems, or finding ways to build even faster and more accurate systems, Hypertherm was at the forefront.

We generally have the following items in stock, together with the relative consumables (Powermax 85, Powermax 65, Powermax 45, Powermax 30):

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