Sko-Die E-Newsletter - October 2015

Patrick Steininger

In this edition of the Sko-Die e-newsletter, we will feature a great story regarding our summer internship program, and the resulting benefits and successes that both our intern and Sko-Die enjoyed during that time. At Sko-Die, we are truly committed to promoting career paths in manufacturing, and based upon our experience with our internship program, the future is looking bright.

We'll also share a great article about Sko-Die and our new 440-ton press that was featured in the September issue of Metalforming Magazine.

Thank you,

Patrick Steininger


Sko-Die Featured in Metalforming Magazine

Sko-Die Featured in Metalforming Magazine

The September issue of Metalforming Magazine (page 40) featured an article on Sko-Die and its new Aida-America 440-ton MCX-S2-4000 two-point mechanical straight-side press with coil feed capability, which will enable the company to effectively tackle jobs that require larger progressive dies and coil to 36 inches wide in thicknesses from 0.014 to 0.025 inches. The entire new press line includes a Servomaster three-roll feed, along with a threading table, power straightener and 10,000 lb. capacity coil reel with coil car.

The new press was part of a 4,000 sq. ft. addition to the facility.


Sko-Die Internship Program

Patrick Steininger, Sko-Die President, believes that internship programs are a great opportunity for a young person to gain experience in a real world manufacturing environment which will enhance their education and help them with their career decisions. Our latest intern, Vikram Shah, benefitted from the program in many ways and Sko-Die also gained valuable input that resulted in a QA In-Process Inspection data collection program that is being used today.

In May 2015 Vikram sent Sko-Die his resume and an e-mail questioning if a summer internship program was available. He was a junior at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, majoring in Mechanical Engineering and was looking to “augment my classroom knowledge of sheet metal stamping.” His classes included Engineering Materials, Mechanical Design and Design for Manufacturability and his skills listed strong interpersonal skills and proficiency in 3D CAD systems and Microsoft Excel/VBA.

Patrick Steininger interviewed Vikram and discovered a very intelligent young man eager to gain hands-on manufacturing experience while applying his course knowledge to actual Sko-Die applications. Vikram began by learning Sko-Die manufacturing equipment and processes from the production supervisors who provided the basics for actual “on the ground” manufacturing. His first project was to review existing MPIs (Manufacturing Process Instructions) for presses and equipment in the welding area. This included examining all the detailed setup information, production instructions and data collection requirements, along with pictures to help visually explain the written documentation. 

Vikram worked closely with Bogdan Niculescu (Manufacturing Engineer) who is responsible for continual improvement in the manufacturing processes. They identified a project that could streamline data collection by applying Vikram’s knowledge of programming through Microsoft Excel/VBA (Visual Basic for Applications). This project resulted in a real-time QA program that allows for the manufacturing data collection at the production areas. It takes QA established manufacturing guidelines and prompts users to enter actual production information. This data is then attached to the job in Sko-Die’s ERP system and is accessible by all users. Vikram also set up and administered a training program for all supervisors so they could train the operators.

Mike Cellucci, Sko-Die’s Operations Manager, stresses that the internship program is important for the future development of Sko-Die as well as helping interns gain practical knowledge. It is critical, therefore, that the company makes sure that the intern is assigned significant projects, not just daily tasks.  He was very impressed with Vikram’s work ethic and contributions over the summer and stated Vikram will also be back to learn more and help us during the Thanksgiving and year-end holiday breaks. 

Lunch Celebrating The Internship Program Success

Lunch Celebrating The Internship Program Success

Left Front – Vikram Shah (Intern),
Left Back - Matt Rychtanek (Manager of Engineering and Tooling)
Right Front – Mike Cellucci (Operations Manager)
Right Back – Patrick Steininger (President)

For any questions or inquiries, please contact:

Bob Blecha, Marketing Manager, 800-486-4756 X 106,


Michael McGuire, Director of Sales, 800-486-4756 X120,

For more information visit


Sko-Die Inc.| 8050 Austin Ave. - Morton Grove, IL 60053
Phone: 800-486-4756 | Fax: 847-966-0322

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