Sheffield technology firm’s breakthrough will reduce waste on factory floor

New technology in action from Pryor Marking Technology.
New technology in action from Pryor Marking Technology.

A leading component marking, identification and traceability specialist has unveiled a new technological breakthrough that should reduce waste on the factory floor.

Pryor Marking Technology spotted a gap in the market when several customers asked if it was possible to mark components using the same CNC machine that made them, instead of having to transfer them to special marking stations.

The Sheffield-based firm, with help from the University of Sheffield Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre and Boeing, developed a battery powered, wirelessly controlled dot peen marker that could be stored alongside other tools in the CNC machine and selected when needed.

Alastair Morris, sales director at Pryor, said: “Moving parts around the shop floor is the biggest cause of scrappage and waste in many manufacturing environments. A tool that eliminated the need to move machined parts to a separate workstation would significantly reduce the risk of damage and free up workshop space.

“Once we’d built a prototype, we took it back to the AMRC for testing in their new Mazak machining centre. The test was a success, demonstrating the manoeuvrability and marking ability of the prototype and how it could be controlled wirelessly, using a Bluetooth connection. We’ve now filed a patent application and are about to launch our new CNC Marking Tool.”

The tool produces readable, two dimensional inscriptions that meet international aerospace marking standards. It can been controlled from a Windows computer.