The Ti(Y)N coatings were successfully deposited onto 18-8 stainless steel substrates by the hollow cathode discharge (HCD) ion-plating method through the application of a Ti-Y(0.2 wt%) alloy evaporation source instead of pure titanium. The influence of Y on the adhesion of the TiN coating/substrate was studied. The results show that the adhesion of the coating to the substrate was evidently enhanced by adding a small amount of the rare-earth element yttrium. The Ti(Y)N coatings deposited on some punch side pins were presented and compared with the TiN coating. The service lifetime of Ti(Y)N coated the punch side pin is approximately 50% higher compared to that of TiN coated.