Spread the cost of your new scribe system with our Hire Purchase facility, from only £220 per month. Click here for more information.

Scribing (also known as needle scribing) is closely related to needle embossing (dot peening). The difference is that, when scribing, the information is not punched into the material with an oscillating needle, but that pressure is instead applied to a special scribing needle, which moves over the area to be marked. The result is a precise, clean mark, consisting of a fine line – with low-noise operation.
Prerequisite for the use of a scriber is a material surface, which is as level as possible for marking.
Scriber heads also have two linear axes (like needle embossers), but have a more stable design than pure embosser heads. Because greater lateral forces occur with needle scribing than with needle embossing, scribing heads have a spindle drive instead of a belt drive.

Scribe systems can also be used as a needle embosser
In addition to quieter operation and the finer typeface, needle scribers can be easily transformed into needle embossers as required. Only the needle system (accessory) needs to be replaced. Significantly larger inscription fields than with needle embossers are therefore possible.

Scribing Brochure

Typical application areas

  • Entire automotive sector (e.g. deep VIN marking)
  • Metals and plastics for the aerospace industry
  • Mechanical engineering
  • Special mechanical engineering
  • Type plates
  • 2D codes

Strengths of the OSTLING scribers

  • Permanent marking on various materials
  • Excellent 2D codes
  • Benchtop and integration models available
  • Very clean typeface reproduction
  • Low-noise operation
  • Easy to adapt to your needs due to modular product programme


As with the needle embossers, OSTLING scribers are used when customers require marks to be extremely long lasting.

All OSTLING scribers can also be used as high-quality needle embossers if required by simply replacing the needle system (accessory).

Our own scriber brand, PinMark™, has represented reliability and the highest precision levels for many years. Scribers are often used in rough industrial environments in the automotive and steel industry, by tool manufacturers and in mechanical engineering. This is why the robust construction and the innovative detail solutions prevailed in the development of the PinMark™ series.

What materials can be marked with scribers?

Solid materials such as:

  • Metal (aluminium, stainless steel)
  • Cast iron
  • Graphite
  • PVC etc

Whether as an installation device that can be integrated into your production line, as a benchtop device or as a flexible benchtop device on a trolley, we offer the ideal solution for your applications.