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What is Blaze?

Blaze is a next-generation Boron-diffusion process that converts the surface of metal components to become extremely resistant to corrosion and abrasion while being completely environmentally friendly.

Blaze has the highest wear and abrasion resistance of any technology available on the market. (Per ASTM G65)

Blaze surfaces are extremely abrasion and corrosion resistant, non-brittle, non-spalling, fully weldable, and have a very low coefficient of friction.

Blaze is “Boronization 2.0” since its proprietary formulation has overcome the drawbacks of conventional Boronization. It is also very easy to selectively process specific areas—unlike the antiquated pack process.

Blaze is an environmentally friendly process and product that your company can benefit from.

The result is a dramatic increase in operational life of critical, high-wear components.

Blaze causes ZERO dimensional change in typical applications, since it’s not a coating. This is a huge advantage, because you pre-machine to exact tolerances, and there is no need for redesign or re-engineering of your component.

Blaze is a cost-effective, higher-performing replacement for many lesser finishing processes, including Boronizing, Carbonitriding, Carborization, CVD, Hexavalent Hard Chrome, HVOF, Nitriding, PVD, and many exotic alloys. 

Extreme Surface Hardness

Using The Hardness Rockwell C (HRC) Scale

Blaze delivers extraordinary surface hardness — even for unalloyed steel!  On the Knoop scale, it achieves a hardness of 1800 to 2200. And in the familiar Rockwell C chart, which typically tops out at about 80, Blaze delivers a surface hardness equivalent to a 100 Rockwell C! 

It’s tougher than tungsten carbide, harder than titanium nitride, harder than hard chrome. And you don’t have to worry about the brittleness of other technologies.

The table below provides comparative hardness ranges:

Untreated HardnessSurface Hardness
Treated with Blaze
Typical Depth
Mild Steel20-30 HRC100+ HRC0.006”
Medium Carbon Steel40-50 HRC100+ HRC0.006”
Stainless Steel20-44 HRC100+ HRC0.004”
High Carbon Steel50-60 HRC 100+ HRC (2)0.004”
Tool Steel60-65 HRC100+ HRC0.004”
Hardened Steel50-70 HRC 100+ HRC (3)0.004”
Ductile Iron Data ForthcomingData ForthcomingData Forthcoming
Cast IronData ForthcomingData ForthcomingData Forthcoming
Compared with Tungsten Carbide70-90 HRC (1)___ (4)___ (4)
  1. Higher Tungsten Carbide HRC’s become brittle, unlike Blaze Surfaces.
  2. High Carbon content steel is not always ideal for Blaze
  3. Your component remains fully heat-treatable after the Blaze process.
  4. Not applicable to Tungsten Carbide. Placed here as a hardness reference.

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