Press Brake Operation & Safety Seminar

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Thursday, July 18, 2024
Cleveland, OH & Virtual

Attendees will learn the fundamental principles of how press brakes function and how to operate them safely.

Topics covered:

  • Press Brake Construction and Function
  • Press Brake Tooling
  • Tool (Die) Changeover
  • Materials
  • Routing
  • Controls and Simulation
  • Maintenance and Troubleshooting
  • Press Brake Safety
  • Accessories

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8:00 a.m. Breakfast
8:30 a.m. Presentation
12:00 p.m. Lunch  
12:45 p.m. Presentations
4:30 p.m. Adjourn


Dean Phillips, Director of Technical Training, Precision Metalforming Association

Dean Phillips joined the PMA staff as director of technical training in May 2024. Prior to this, he was heavily involved with PMA Tennessee District, served on the PMA safety committee, and was a contributor to MetalForming magazine.


Dean has been an active member of the forming and fabricating community for the past 35 years. He started his career at Niagara (later Clearing Niagara Bliss, CNB), serving as service tech, regional sales manager and fabrication product director. Later, he was the fabrication product director for Piranha / Allsteel and designed the Titan press brake with Tennsmith as its director of fabrication products. Dean also was national sales manager for SEYI Presses.


Dean is an expert in IIoT and strategy for AI-based systems, as well as an expert on safety and controls, working to make manufacturers as productive and safe as possible. Dean spent 20 years with Link Systems and is designing VR/AR as president of Longevity Industries’ “Reality Safe.” You can hear Dean, the host/producer of PMA's “Destiny of Manufacturing” podcast, with industry leaders and technical experts.


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 to receive the rate of $109 per night plus applicable taxes. Hotel accommodation includes free self-parking. The hotel does not provide shuttle transportation.


PMA Members: $399
Nonmembers: $599

Note: In-person registration includes breakfast and lunch at PMA.
Note: Virtual registrants will receive their unique log-in link via email from Webinar Admin.  If an additional connection is detected using your unique link during the seminar it will be disconnected.

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

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