1849 Company Foundation
Edward Pryor took ownership of a mark making and die sinking company in Sheffield, in Britain's industrial heartland and home of world leading cutlery and tool manufacturers.
1892 Detailed Engraving
Edward Pryor publicised his master engraving skills by engraving the Lord's Prayer on a minute marking die. The discs that the die embosses are still available for purchase today.
1920 First Marking Machine
Pryor sought to differentiate itself in the world of marking and introduced innovative precision marking devices to its product range.
1940 Interchangeable Type
Pryor invented interchangeable steel type for aircraft manufacturers to identify critical components. For the first time users could customise the mark they were making by fitting characters of their choice into standard holders.
1970s Computer Controlled Marking Machines
Leading the field again, Pryor introduced the first computer controlled marking machines, using a solenoid driven oscillating pin to mark dots into metal plates.
1991 Portable Marking Machines
Pryor introduced its first portable marking machines, allowing much greater flexibility and broader range of marking applications.
1994 Laser Marking
Pryor broke into a completely new method of permanent marking by introducing its own range of laser marking products, still designed and manufactured on site today.
2003 Robotic Marking Cell
The first application of a robotic solution for marking, allowing complete flexibility for multiple components with varied marking surfaces and no opportunity for operator error.
2010 Traceability Software
Pryor's groundbreaking traceability software was launched. It redefined Pryor as more than just a marking company, enabling manufacturers to uniquely track millions of parts and their manufacturing data within an assembly as complex as a jet engine.
2013 Robotic Laser VIN Marking
Pryor installed the first robotic laser VIN (Vehicle Identification Number) marking system in the world for an automotive production line. The system gives high speed, high quality VIN marks and won Pryor a national innovation award.
2017 Touchscreen HMI
Pryor launched a new range of embedded controllers for its marking machines featuring a fully touchscreen, password protected and customisable operator interface.