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Membership Services Seminar

Die Maintenance & Troubleshooting Seminar and Workshop

Holiday Inn Orange County Airport
2726 South Grand Ave.
Santa Ana, CA 92705
Phone: 714-481-6305
Tuesday, February 25, 2014, 7:30 AM PST
Wednesday, February 26, 2014, 3:00 PM PST
For more information, contact (PMA Technical Program Manager)
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Event Details

Enhanced two-day seminar and workshop

Bring your die-maintenance problems to this seminar!

  • Is there really a difference between die maintenance and die repair?
  • Can my die designs be improved to ease maintenance on the shop floor?
  • Is there a systematic to select tool steels and heat treatments to improve die life?
  • How can I reduce cutting, punching and forming problems in my dies?
  • What role does the stamping press play in die-maintenance problems?

    Attendees will learn answers to these questions as they also discover potential solutions and troubleshooting techniques for actual die-maintenance issues in their shop during this two-day event.

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Who Should Attend — Bring Your Team

  • Die Makers
  • Foremen and Supervisors
  • Owners
  • Part Designers and Engineers
  • Plant Managers
  • Process Engineers
  • Quality-Control Personnel
  • Setup and Maintenance Personnel
  • Manufacturing Engineers
  • Tool & Die Designers and Engineers
  • Tooling Engineers


Peter Ulintz, Anchor Manufacturing Group
Peter has worked in the metal stamping and tool and die industries since 1978. His background includes tool and die making, tool engineering, engineering management, advanced process planning and product development. He has been speaking at PMA national seminars, roundtables and conferences since 1996, focusing on topics such as tool and die design, die maintenance, deep draw technology, metalforming simulation, building dies for high-strength steel stampings and solving problems in the press shop.

Gary Maddock, Zapp Tooling Alloys, Inc.
Gary currently serves as technical manager for Zapp Tooling Alloys.  With more than 30 years of experience as a specialty-steel metallurgist, his expertise includes product metallurgy positions with Crucible Steel and Carpenter as well as end-user, plant metallurgy positions with Dayton Progress and Pfauter-Maag Cutting Tools. Gary also has specialized in tool steel application engineering with firsthand experience relative to the heat treatment and thin film coating of high-performance tooling materials.  He holds a BS in Metallurgy and Materials Engineering from Carnegie Mellon University.

Nick Tarkany, Nissin Precision North America, Inc.   
Nick is the national sales manager for Nissin Precision North America, Inc., a second-tier precision contract stamping house producing small, medium and large critical and complex conventionally stamped metal safety products and assemblies. Nick also works as a consultant for die and tool building, pressroom training, tool troubleshooting and improving metalforming and fabricating applications with metallurgical analysis capabilities. Nick has been providing technical support to customers for more than 20 years.


Tuesday, February 25, 2014

7:30 a.m. Continental breakfast

8:00 a.m.  Designing Dies for Ease of Maintenance

10:00 a.m. Punching and Cutting

12:00 p.m.  Lunch

1:00 p.m.   Metallurgy Considerations Relative to Tooling Maintenance

3:15 p.m.   Surface Coatings

4:30 p.m.   Troubleshooting Formability Problems

5:45 p.m.- 7:00 p.m. Reception with the speakers
Wednesday, February 26, 2014

7:30 a.m.  Continental breakfast

8:00 a.m.  Press Selection for Maximizing Performance

9:45 a.m.  The Impact of Higher-Strength Materials on Maintenance

10:30 a.m. *Open discussion with presenters

12:00 p.m.   Lunch

1:00 p.m.   *Panel discussion 

 *Open and panel discussion topics include:

  • Troubleshooting
  • Day-to-day operations
  • Die maintenance
  • Higher-strength materials
  • How to extend die life
  • How to lower maintenance costs
  • Press up-time
  • Up-keep issues

3:00 p.m. Adjourn

Registration Information

Member $420 first person, additional person $320
Nonmember $520 first person, additional person $420

Seminar Location and Hotel Accommodations

Holiday Inn Orange County Airport
2726 South Grand Ave.
Santa Ana,  CA   92705
714-481-6305 – contact Patricia Gonzalez, reference PMA seminar

Please call Patricia Gonzalez directly or e-mail her at to make a room reservation. Reserve your room by January 25, 2014, and reference "PMA seminar" to receive a special rate of $112 (plus tax). Hotel accommodations include complimentary shuttle to and from the John ne Airport, free parking and wireless internet access.