Hypertherm, a US-based manufacturer of plasma, laser, and waterjet cutting systems, has produced its 100,000th Powermax45 plasma cutting and gouging system, making it the bestselling plasma system of all time, according to the company.

Portable—weighing in at 37 pounds—yet powerful enough to easily cut 1/2” thick metal, and sever 1” thick metal if needed, its versatility drives its popularity.

“As a company, we are humbled by a milestone such as this as we realize the enormous amount of work that went into making this system the world’s bestselling plasma,” said Bruce Altobelli, who leads Hypertherm’s Powermax team. “We are grateful to our network of authorized distributors for their support and belief in Hypertherm products and to their customers for choosing Hypertherm.”

The 100,000th system was outfitted with a special commemorative cover signed by dozens of Hypertherm Associate-owners, including company founder Dick Couch, and shipped to Savannah, Georgia for the Gases and Welding Distributors Association (GAWDA) Spring Management Conference. 

Conference attendees, which include representatives from gas and welding distributors throughout North America, were given an opportunity to bid on the system during a silent auction that concluded late this afternoon. The winning bid was made by Dave Walker, treasurer at GAWDA who offered $2,525 for the system.

Proceeds from the auction will go to GAWDA Gives Back, which provides funding to in-need nonprofit organizations in the city of the GAWDA Annual Convention.