Technical Programming


Punch and Die Technology Seminar

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Wednesday, March 21, 2018
St. Louis, MO


This program will establish sound fundamentals with an in-depth clarification useful for entry-level as well as advanced toolroom personnel and designers. It will provide formulas and proven troubleshooting methods for addressing current tooling problems and applying them to future failure prevention in a variety of stamping applications.

  • Establish commonly used tooling terminology.
  • Identify and understand the benefits of using the optimum punch-to-die clearance.
  • Address slug control (jamming and pulling) concerns.
  • Compare various types of punch and die retention methods and stripper options.
  • Provide formulas on how to optimize pierce and shave operations.
  • Offer selection of tool steels, their heat treatment, and application of surface treatments.
  • Cover recommendations for punch and die sharpening and maintenance.
  • Provide troubleshooting tips and tooling-failure analysis.

This course will help reduce downtime, improve productivity and cut tooling cost.  Attendees are welcome to bring samples or drawings for discussion.

Who Should Attend:  Stamping production and toolroom supervisors, die build and maintenance personnel, tooling designers, and production press operators with all levels of experience.

Nick Tarkany, Application Specialist, Metalforming Solutions, LLC
Nick has more than 30 years of hands-on experience as a die maker, production supervisor, QC manager, and director of research in stamping technologies. He is an expert in troubleshooting tooling failures, addressing heat treat issues and improving the effectiveness of surface treatments. Nick works as a consultant for die and tool building, pressroom training, tool troubleshooting, and improving metalforming and fabricating applications with metallurgical-analysis capabilities.

Additionally, PMA holds its Sensor and Control Systems Seminar on March 22, 2018 at the same location. Extend your stay and register for both seminars.



7:30 a.m.    Breakfast
8:00 a.m.    Presentation
12:00 p.m.  Lunch (included)
1:00 p.m.    Presentation
4:00 p.m.    Adjourn



Marriott St. Louis Airport
10700 Pear Tree Lane
St. Louis, MO  63134

Please call the hotel’s reservation line at 866-661-8953 to reserve your room and reference Precision Metalforming Association to receive the special rate of $125 (plus tax). PMA rate is available through March 6, 2018. Reservations made after this date are subject to availability. Hotel offers complimentary self-parking for attendees, guest room internet and 24-hour airport shuttle to and from St. Louis Airport.  



Punch and Die Seminar
$299 PMA member
$599 Nonmembers

Extend your stay and register for PMA’s Sensor & Control Systems Seminar.
$299 PMA member
$599 Nonmember

Breakfast and lunch are included with your registration.

For more information, please contact Marianne Sichi at 216-901-8800 ext. 150.