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Cold Jet Combi 120H

2018 Technology Review and Sourcing Guide: Mold Maintenance, Repair & Surface Treatment
MoldMaking Technology’s annual Technology Review and Sourcing Guide is an accurate, comprehensive, easy-to-read and easy-to-use use guide for researching today’s technology, equipment, products and services. The year’s latest moldmaking product developments within mold engineering/design, build and maintenance/repair are broken down into 10 sections, including mold maintenance, repair & surface treatment.

part coated with Diamond EN coating from Bales Metal Surface Solutions

Coating Lowers Coefficient of Friction for Better Lubricity
Samples of coatings from Bales Metal Surface Solutions are on display at Amerimold 2018.

AMBA Chicago Supplier Night 2018

Successful Supplier Nights Help "Mold" Careers
The Chicago Chapter of the American Mold Builders Association (AMBA) recently hosted its fourth successful supplier night fundraiser that continues to provide much-needed support for promoting careers in moldmaking.

Part coated with diamond EN electroless nickel coating from Bales Metal Surface Solutions.

Coating Has Diamond Particles for Added Toughness
Samples of coatings from Bales Metal Surface Solutions will be available in in booth W118 at NPE2018.

Participants in the SPE's Plastics Race at ANTEC

Engage the Next Generation – Sponsor the Plastics Race
Sponsor The Plastics Race. Engage the next generation workforce by promoting our industry and your company. Participate in The Race and build relationships!

Harry Raimondi in MoldMaking Technology Magazine, June 1999

MMT Memories: A Moldmaker Centerfold
MoldMaking Technology’s 20th anniversary brings back an abundance of memories, including this 1999 feature about Harry Raimondi of (then) Bales Mold Service, a moldmaker “centerfold.”

automotive instrument panel light guide

Technology Tuesday: All about Aluminum
Cruise through this week’s Technology Tuesday slideshow to brush up on your knowledge of aluminum, its benefits, the challenges it poses for moldmaking and strategies for overcoming those challenges.

Taking the mystery out of surface treating injection mold tooling inherited with no documentation.

Throwback Thursday: It Is What It Is, But What Is It?
With the right tools and experience, a mold can be plated and maintained with confidence no matter where it originated or what materials were used to build it.

Alliance Laser Sales team with donation check for iWarriors 2017

Fun Friday: The Moldmaking Community Shows Patriotism, Heart and More
On September 15, 2017 our team at Alliance Specialties and Laser Sales partnered with our friends Tim and Kim Bartz from iWarriors and Mold Craft to host the inaugural Alliance iWarriors Charity Golf Outing.

Donna Pursell

Women Impacting Moldmaking
Honoring female makers, innovators and leaders who are influencing our industry's future.

mold components

Technology Showcase: Mold Components and Surface Treatment
Today’s Technology Showcase features products you may have missed in recent issues.

Throwback Thursday: Optimizing Aluminum Tools
Do you build aluminum molds? Here's a throwback that will provide some great tips on how to keep them running optimally.

Bales Metal Surface Solutions Diamond EN

EN Coating Protects Tooling from Wear
Bales Metal Surface Solutions’ Diamond EN electroless nickel coating incorporates diamond particles into the electroless nickel for increased durability, protecting tooling from wear.

Blue Wave Ultrasonics

Tech Showcase, Mold Maintenance, Repair and Surface Treatment
A gentleman who managed a major medical molding corporation once told me that mold maintenance is a crucial, but often overlooked, aspect of optimizing mold performance.

Staubli

From Machining and Cutting Tools to Surface Treatment and Repair, Amerimold Exhibitors Aim Impress
With a record number of exhibitors at Amerimold 2016, supplier companies from all aspects of the moldmaking industry brought their A-games. We'd like to show you a few highlights!

taber abrasion

Watching for Wear
Considering how coatings wear over time extends the options for mold surface finishes beyond hard chrome and electroless nickel.

Bales Metal Surface Solutions Diamond E.N. coating

Nickel Coating Protects Steel and Aluminum
Diamond E.N. from Bales Metal Surface Solutions is an electroless nickel coating with nano-sized diamond particles that offers a balance of corrosion and wear resistance, plus lubricity.

Young Leaders: Blazing New Trails
Today I’m happy to be able to blog about the third honoree of three who were honored at the recent Annual Meeting of the Technology and Manufacturing Association (TMA).

beryllium insert

Plating Improves Beryllium Copper Molds
Moldmakers often overlook surface treatment as a way to further maximize the life and performance of beryllium copper molds.

EN Coating Boosts Wear Resistance, Cuts Friction
Bales Metal Surface Solutions has developed an electroless nickel coating with nano-sized diamond particles for increased wear resistance.

Product Categories of Bales Metal Surface Solutions

Coatings, Plating Services
Coatings, Platings
Finishing Services
Mold Sprays, Grease, Lubricants & Releases
Polishing Services
Rust Preventatives
Welding Services