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Experience this powerful opportunity to explore the planning and estimating of metal stamping dies. Download event flyer.




Introduction to Die and Part Estimating

  • Challenges and opportunities

  • Four sources of price quote variation

  • Steps for writing a good request for quote (RFQ)

  • Keys for setting up an estimating system


Die Types and Construction Specifications

  • Selecting the right die type and process

  • Understanding how dies are made

  • Considering design and construction options

Planning & Processing

  • Manual and automatic processing methods

  • 2D and 3D files

  • Order of operations

  • Number and type of stations


Estimating the Die Cost

  • Using popular estimating methods

  • Estimating die materials

  • Estimating labor cost and overhead

  • Applying activity-based costing


Other topics include:

  • Understanding material specifications

  • Press line specifications and selection criteria

  • Estimating the part cost



Jeff Bennett, Founder and President, Tool Planners, Inc.
Jeff was raised working in his father's tool and die shop. After achieving a degree in engineering, he worked as a process engineer, tool designer, manager and shop owner. His areas of expertise include cost estimating, tool and automation design and contract manufacturing management. Jeff is founder and president of Tool Planners Inc., serving the metal stamping industry with training, planning services and software products for planning and cost estimating metal stampings and dies.

Peter Ulintz, Technical Director, Precision Metalforming Association
Peter has worked in the metal stamping and tool and die industries since 1978. He worked for Anchor Manufacturing Group in Cleveland, OH, for 28 years prior to joining PMA in 2015 as technical director. His background includes tool and die making, tool engineering, process engineering, engineering management and product development. Peter speaks regularly at PMA technical seminars and conferences. He also is president of the North American Deep Drawing Research Group, and writes the column for Tooling by Design in MetalForming magazine.



Day 1
7:30 a.m.                   Breakfast
8:00 a.m.                   Presentations
12:00 p.m.                 Lunch
12:45 p.m.                 Presentations
3:30 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. Demonstration and reception


Day 2
7:30 a.m.                    Breakfast
8:00 a.m.                    Presentations
12:00 p.m.                  Adjourn

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