Technical Programming


Die Maintenance and Troubleshooting Seminar

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Wednesday, October 19, 2022 - Thursday, October 20, 2022
Cleveland, OH & Virtual

PMA’s two-day Die Maintenance seminar offers solutions to problems encountered during die maintenance and provides die design tips and problem-solving methodologies for improving die-maintenance programs and reducing unplanned downtime. It also will cover fundamentals of vacuum heat treating, including material properties of tool steels, surface treatment, vacuum oil quenching and more.

Topics include:

  • Types of maintenance programs and their effectiveness
  • Impact that press selection and press maintenance have on die-maintenance cost
  • Importance of proper cutting clearance
  • Tool-steel selection and heat-treating practices to optimize die life and machine uptime
  • Improper die-setting practices that can damage dies and presses, and produce inconsistent part quality
  • Data-driven approach for solving problems in the press shop


  • 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 way 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?
  • What are the proper procedures for die welding?

Attendees will learn answers to these questions as well as solutions and troubleshooting techniques for real-world die-maintenance issues.

View seminar flyer.


Wednesday, October 19, 2022
7:30 a.m. Breakfast
8:00 a.m. Welcome/Introductions/Presentations
- The Cost of Repair and Maintenance
- Controlling Process Variables
- Factors Impacting Tool Life
12:00 p.m. Lunch
12:45 p.m. Presentations
- Grinding and Shimming Procedures
- Punching and Cutting Processes
- Slug-Control Methods

4:30 p.m.  Adjourn

Thursday, October 20, 2022
7:30 a.m. Breakfast
8:00 a.m. Presentations
- Forming and Flanging Processes
- Deep-Drawing Processes

12:45 p.m. Presentations
- Troubleshooting Methodologies 
- Tool-Steel Selection and Heat Treat
- Tool & Die Forensics
2:30 p.m. Adjourn



Peter Ulintz, Technical Director, Precision Metalforming AssociationPete
Peter Ulintz worked in the metal stamping and tool and die industries for 37 years prior to joining PMA in 2015 as technical director. His background includes tool and die making, die processing and design, engineering management, and product development. Peter speaks regularly at PMA technical seminars and conferences. He is past president of the North American Deep Drawing Research Group, and authors the Tooling by Design column in MetalForming magazine.

Tim Steber, Regional Sales Manager, Solar AtmospheresTim
Tim Steber is a regional sales manager for Solar Atmospheres, a quality-driven vacuum heat treater. Tim has more than 40 years of experience in machining, fabricating, mechanical design engineering and technical sales. He began his career as a machinist and pursued his degree in Mechanical Technology while working. He then served as a design engineer for aseptic packaging equipment, and later with Vacuum Furnace Systems, designing vacuum-furnace hot zones, furnace chambers, water systems and inert-gas quench systems.

Tim served as chair of the Philadelphia Chapter of ASM International and is a current member of the PMA Mid-Atlantic District board. He has offered presentations to PMA regionally and nationally. Tim also was an adjunct lecturer at Lehigh Carbon Community College, from where he earned an associate degree in Mechanical Technology, and is a technical presenter at Lehigh University.


Precision Metalforming Association
6363 Oak Tree Blvd.
Independence, OH 44131


Holiday Inn Cleveland South
6001 Rockside Rd.
Independence, OH 44131

To make hotel reservations, reserve online or call 216-524-8050 ext. 298 and reference Precision Metalforming Association corporate to receive the special rate of $104 per night plus applicable taxes. Hotel accommodations include free self-parking.


$449 Members
$649 Nonmembers

Note: In-person registration includes breakfast and lunch at PMA.

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To register by phone, please call Marianne Sichi at 216-901-8800 ext. 150.

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