Process Capabilities

Industrial Marking


Thermal Transfer Printing

The main application for TT printers is to produce barcode labels for product and shipping identification, printing plastic labels for chemical containers, and for marking clothing labels.


Non-Contact Ink Marking (Ink Jet Printers)

Ideal for printing information directly onto moving products, non-contact ink systems can perform large format printing on cartons or shippers, as well as small character printing directly onto non-porous surfaces. Use-by or best-before dates, batch (lot) codes and serial numbers can be marked, including real-time and auto-date marks.

Direct Contact Ink Marking

Reciprocating ink coders are designed to imprint lot, date, expiration and number coding on parts or packaging, ideal for film bags, cartons, tabs or parts. A ribbed style print head makes it easy to change numbers or logos, and our fast-drying inks can mark on most porous and non-porous surfaces.

Forbes also offers a complete line of rubber and pre-inked stamps, from custom date and inspection stamps to stock office stamps. Oilboard and Mylar stencils are available for marking everything from parts to parking lots, while brass stencil letter and number sets are also available.

Impact Marking

Impact marking is the most common method of machine marking of metal products. Advantages include simplicity of the technology, multipurpose use, variety, and high quality. Impact marking can be used for single piece or high capacity production.

Dot Pin Marking

Dot pin marking can engrave characters, VIN codes, serial numbers, dates, or other marks on a part or work piece permanently. Ideal for marking a diverse range of materials including aluminum, iron, copper, stainless steel, coated or plated material, nylon, ABS, polycarbonate, PVC and more.

Steel Stamps Roll Dies

Stamps and dies are used in automated operations to engrave marks or characters onto work pieces as they move through a production line. They are ideal for marking steel, aluminum, copper, brass, vinyl, plastic, leather and many alloys.


Electroetching is a metal marking process that involves the use of a solution of an electrolyte, an anode and a cathode. It can reproduce highly detailed or custom markings quickly and permanently on a range of metals and alloys.


Automated part placement systems provide a proven and highly reliable method for feeding, peeling, and placing adhesive-backed components in an extremely compact and highly modular system. These systems provide maximum flexibility to the customer in terms of application, implementation and operation, and can reduce or eliminate manual processes while improving placement accuracy and speed.