Die Setting Practices and Press Safety Seminar

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Wednesday, February 21, 2018 - Thursday, February 22, 2018
Nashville, TN


Die setting is a critically important activity that occurs multiple times throughout the day in the modern press shop. Proper die-setting practices and safety procedures are of prime concern because they can greatly impact machine uptime, machine maintenance and repair cost, overall equipment life, die-maintenance cost, product quality, process repeatability and, most importantly, operator safety.

This seminar addresses fundamental die-setting concepts and best practices, including:

  • Press technology, including servo technology
  • Understanding machine capacity/limitations
  • Feed-line technology, including straightener types, capabilities and limitations
  • Feeding progressive dies, including verification steps to assure proper alignment
  • Establishing and setting feed-release angles
  • Troubleshooting progressive-die problems
  • Quick-die-change technology
  • Safety practices
  • Fastener selection and torque practices
  • Counterbalance settings
  • Recognizing and managing off-center loads and reverse tonnage



Day 1
Mechanical and Servo-Mechanical Press Technology

Todd Wenzel, TCR Integrated Stamping Systems

  • Tonnage and Energy
  • Concentrated Loads
  • Effects of Reverse Loading (Snap-through)
  • Effects of Unbalanced Loading
  • Counterbalance Systems – Importance and Adjustments
  • New capabilities of servo, a comparison of servo to mechanical drives and the impact on the stamping operations

Die Change and Setup of Presses: Hazards, Risk Reduction and Lockout Tagout – Or Not
Jim Barrett, LINK Systems

  • Risk Reduction Measures for Die Change and Setup
  • OSHA Compliance and Lockout Tagout
  • Hazards and Risk Reduction for Manual and Automatic Die Changes
  • Hazards and Risk Reduction for Coil Feed Lines
  • Hazards and Risk Reduction for Transfer Presses and Tandem Transfer Lines

Day 2
Point of Operation Safeguarding

Todd Wenzel, TCR Integrated Stamping Systems

  • Principles of Light Curtains when Applied to Stamping Presses
  • Basic Introduction to Control Reliability
  • Barrier Guards and Barrier Devices
  • Common Application Challenges and Solutions

Efficient Die Exchange
John Remington, Serapid, Inc

  • Single-Minute Exchange of Dies (SMED)
  • Overview of Standard QDC Solutions for Metal Stampers
  • Application Examples / Case Studies

Uncoiling and Straightening
Peter Ulintz, Precision Metalforming Association

  • Safe Coil Handling
  • Uncoiling-Reels and Cradles
  • Coil Shape Defects-Coil Set, Cross Bow, Edge Wave, Center Buckle
  • Traditional Straighteners, Precision Straighteners and Roller Levelers

Feed Progressive Dies
Peter Ulintz, Precision Metalforming Association

  • Die Features to Ease Feeding
  • Verifying Feed-Line Alignment
  • Setting and Verifying Progression
  • Setting the Pilot Release Properly
  • Feed Angles and Feed Rate

Key Steps for Proper Lubricant Setups
Jeff Jeffery, IRMCO Lubricants

  • Lubricant Types
  • Mixing Options
  • Cost of Improper Setup
  • Chlorinated Paraffins and Other Regulatory Updates

Lubricant Application Methods
Kyle Billin, UNIST

  • Why Proper Application is Critical
  • Options and Technologies Available
  • Best Practices and Procedures
  • Determining the Best Solution

Troubleshooting Part Quality Problems
Peter Ulintz, Precision Metalforming Association

  • Cutting- and Punching-Related Issues and Solutions
  • Forming-Related Issues and Solutions
  • Deep Drawing-Related Issues and Solutions

Jim Barrett, CEO, Link Systems
Kyle Billin, Territory Manager, UNIST, Inc.
Jeff Jeffery, CEO, IRMCO
John Remington, QDX Sales, Serapid, Inc.
Peter J. Ulintz, Director of Training and Workforce Development, Precision Metalforming Association
Todd Wenzel, President, TCR – Integrated Stamping Systems 


Wednesday, February 21, 2018

7:30 a.m. Breakfast
8:00 a.m. Presentations
12:00 p.m. Lunch
1:00 p.m. Presentations
4:30 p.m. Adjourn
5:00 – 6:00 p.m. Reception with presenters

Thursday, February 22, 2018

7:30 a.m. Breakfast
8:00 a.m. Presentations
12:00 p.m. Lunch
1:00 p.m. Presentations
4:30 p.m. Adjourn



Radisson Nashville Airport
1112 Airport Center Dr.
Nashville, TN  37214

Please call the hotel direct at 615-889-9090 to make a room reservation. Reference Precision Metalforming Association to receive the room block rate of $129 (plus tax).  The PMA rate is available through January 21, 2018. Reservations made after this date are subject to availability at the hotel’s prevailing rates. Hotel offers complimentary Internet in guest rooms, self-parking and shuttle to and from Nashville International Airport.



Through January 19, 2018

$499 PMA members
$699 Nonmembers

After January 19, 2018

$599 PMA members
$799 Nonmembers

For more information, please contact Marianne Sichi.