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Training Format and Materials

David Smith usually delivers training on site or at a local conference facility. This training is personally delivered by David Smith. Each attendee is provided with a custom developed plastic bound course manual. These fully paginated manuals are professionally produced in cooperation with plant leadership. The manuals are assembled from copyrighted tutorial papers.

The size of the course manuals vary depending on the type and amount of training provided. A single day course may require fewer than 100 pages. Two or more days of training may require over 300 pages. The goal is to provide each attendee with excellent reference material that will be of lasting value for reference when solving problems.

Some clients wish to provide on the job training or conduct it formally over a period of weeks or months. In these cases, we will work with you to provide the required manuals-all at a cost far lower than developing your own materials. This is a popular option for many clients. You will find the cost surprisingly low for these high quality copyright protected materials.

Pressworking Tutorial Papers

Each of the following modules is prepared from electronically published text including both line art and clear photographs. Footnotes are provided for further reference. Each paper varies in length from eight to over thirty pages in length. Double sided printing and the GBC ® binding system is used to make the product compact yet complete and avoid the problem associated with looks leaf binder pages falling out.

Metal Forming Modules

An Overview Of the Basic Die Operations
Bending of Metals Including Wipe and Rotary Die Operations
Forming Flanges and Process Limitations
Drawing and Stretching of Metals
Stamping Analysis Techniques
Pressworking Lubricants

Metals Shearing And Cutting-the Process

Basic Shearing and Cutting Operations
How Die Clearance Affects Cutting Operations
Calculation of Cutting Force Requirements
Die Shaving Operations

Understanding Basic Die Maintenance

Basic Punch and Die Maintenance
Solutions to Punch Head Breakage Problems
Cutting Force and Snap-through Reduction Techniques
Pressure Pads and Strippers
Compound Dies and Push-Back Operations
Anti Slug Pulling Methods

Accomplishing Effective Die Maintenance

Using Metallic Springs as Die Pressure Devices
Gas and Hydraulic Die Pressure Systems
Setup Blocks
Die Materials and Treatments
Procedures And Cost for Establishing A Die Maintenance Program
Examples of Some Generic Die Standards

Large Die Setup and Maintenance

Troubleshooting Hints for Large Dies
Bottoming Progressive and Tandem Line Dies
Repairing Damaged Die Castings
How to Setup and Adjust Draw and Stretch Form Dies
Setting Single, Double and Triple Action Draw Dies

Press Operation and Maintenance

Mechanical Press Types and Nomenclature
Basic Press Electrical Control Overview
Gap Frame Presses
Straightside Presses
Hydraulic Presses
High Speed Press and Die Operations
Transfer Press and Die Operations
Press Foundations and Bed Leveling
Achieving and Maintaining Good Press Lubrication
Press Tie Rod Prestressing Theory and Procedures
Press Load Cell Testing and Machine Failure Analysis
Informal and Formal Press Inspection Procedures
Press Counterbalance Adjustment & Maintenance
An Overview of Press Safeguarding


An Introduction to Reducing Diesetting Changeover Time
Basic Good Diesetting Practices
Die Parallel Applications
Die Handling Transporting and Storage
Accurate Location of Dies in the Press
Locating Dies With the Press Ram
An Overview of Die Fastening
Avoiding Insecure and Improper Clamping Methods
Light Duty Mechanical Fasteners
Heavy Duty Mechanical Fasteners
Power Actuated Die Clamps
Bolster and Ram Modifications to Improve Diesetting
Additional Diesetting Procedures
Strategy for Operating Dies at A Common Shut Height
Notes of Applying Setup Reduction to Forging
An Introduction to Quick Die Change
Reducing Setup Time Through Process Improvement

Coil Feeding Equipment Theory and Practice

Basic Equipment for Decoiling and Straightening Coil Stock
Press Stock Loop Control Methods and Devices
Press Coil Stock Feeding Devices
Setting Progressive Dies Quickly and Accurately

Die Sensing and Force Monitoring

An Overview of in Die Sensing Systems
Basic Principles of Press Force Monitors
Load Cells and Strain Sensors for Pressworking Applications
Waveform Signature Analysis
Special Tonnage Monitor Requirements for Underdrive Presses
An Overview of Pressworking Vibration and Shock Monitoring

The History and Future of the Industry

Historical Overview of Press Development
The Future of Metal Stamping

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