The Surface Engineers

Ionbond™ and Bernex™ coatings for forming and molding tools

Physical vapor deposition (PVD), plasma assisted chemical vapor deposition (PACVD), chemical vapor deposition (CVD), and duplex treatments (nitriding plus PVD) have been extensively and successfully used in metal forming and plastic injection molding applications for over 40 years.

Ionbond™ PVD and PACVD and Bernex™ CVD coatings improve the performance and productivity of punches, dies, molds, rolls and other tooling types used for forming metal, plastic and composite materials. With the broadest portfolio in the industry, Ionbond has an engineered solution for every application.

  • High hardness
  • Wear resistance
  • Toughness
  • Low coefficient of friction
  • Galling resistance
  • Corrosion resistance

Lower cost and improved productivity

Ionbond’s coating portfolio and application experience allows for the matching of the application’s mechanical demands to the coating’s features and capabilities in order to achieve the desired tool performance.

  • Longer tool lifetime
  • Improved part quality
  • Reduced lubricant usage
  • Reduced downtime
  • Reduced tool maintenance
  • Elimination of secondary operations


Ionbond™ PVD and PACVD and Bernex™ CVD coatings have a proven track record of performance improvements of tools in a wide variety of applications.

  • High strength material forming
  • Non ferrous material forming
  • Cold forging
  • Powder compaction
  • Blanking and trimming
  • Piercing
  • Hot stamping
  • Die casting, metal injection molding
  • Hot extrusion and forging
  • Plastic injection molding and film extrusion

Engineering support

Ionbond engineers assess each situation individually. The outcome is a system solution aimed at delivering the identified objectives.

Coating selection is determined by a number of key factors and tool performance objectives.

  • Tool function
  • Tool material
  • Tool lifetime expectation
  • Heat treatment
  • Workpiece material or resin
  • Working temperatures
  • Tool failure mode

Bernie Janoss

Segment Head Forming Molding
Phone: +1 248 398 9100 x 2203

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