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Design Assistance Corporation was founded in 1980 as a full-service modelmaking company serving engineers, industrial designers, and marketing professionals through the design and fabrication of technical models and mock-ups. Projects undertaken most often related to the design of chemical plants, refineries, power plants, nuclear plants and large industrial equipment. Our staff included, and still includes, process piping, mechanical and electrical designers. Rather than being a simply a pretty picture, our models were a integral part of the engineering and design process.

In 1982 we began to apply our knowledge and skill to the fabrication of training-related models and mock-ups, addressing the growing training needs of the nuclear industry. This activity blossomed, resulting in projects for virtually every nuclear utility in the country. Along the way, in our interactions with our customers, we were often asked "Do you have anything of coupling alignment?" or "Do you have anything on process control?". Ultimately we realized the point... our customers needed realistic, industrial-grade, generic training devices addressing maintenance fundamentals. Further, we found that few products existed that matched their needs.

Our product line's development started in 1988 with our original Kingsbury Bearing Model. Still offered today, it has, to some degree, become a historical footnote within a product line addressing a broad range of more fundamental and comprehensive topics. In spite of all of these changes many things about our company have remained the same; our commitment to high levels of craftsmanship, our interest and knowledge in industrial equipment and systems and our interest in solving our customer's needs on a one-on-one basis.

The "design assistance" we provide today in training program design and implementation has a logical, practical foundation in industrial experience... experience that can help you get results from your training dollar in the most efficient way possible... through actually experiencing common maintenance tasks.

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We offer a system of hands-on training that produces measurable results. Results that will begin yielding financial benefits immediately. While our training materials often include a "related" or informational element, the real focus is on teaching the student to do his job... real industrial-grade learning experiences.

Our offering consists of realistic, task-specific training aids, inexpensive yet informative related training books, simplistic course guides, and comprehensive fully-detailed exercises. These materials can be used together to create a complete self-directed or instructor-lead training system or they can be purchased individually to supplement an existing training program.

Perhaps most importantly, we support and encourage customization to match our unique training requirements. We are happy to quote on and assemble unique devices. We are willing to adapt existing hardware to match your requirements. We are willing to write or rewrite training exercises to match your plant-specific equipment and procedures. Please call and challenge us with your unique needs.

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We operate as a service company. We believe that your training needs cannot be addresses by simply ordering from a catalog. Based on a healthy dialog, we can make suggestions regarding conducting a needs analysis, establishing priorities, assembling a complete curriculum, incorporating custom elements and unique training materials and delivering training. We attempt to sell solutions first and products second. Our experience and influence reaches far beyond the necessarily limited range of products and services represented in this catalog. We will, without hesitation, suggest alternate vendors, the products of others and alternate approaches, if they will meet your training needs. Test us with your unique problems and priorities.

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Our customer list reads like a who's who of industry. We have supplied our products to industries of all kinds in every state of the union.

When you purchase a DAC product you join the ranks of companies and educational oganizations like these and hundreds more:

  • Augusta Technical Institute
  • Baltimore Gas & Electric
  • Boston Edison
  • Carolina Power & Light
  • Central State University
  • Champion Paper Co.
  • Clorox Corporation
  • Commonwealth Edison
  • Consolidated Edison
  • Des Moines Area C.C.
  • Duke Power Company
  • DuPont Company
  • Excel Corporation
  • Exxon Company
  • Florence-Darlington Tech College
  • Florida Power & Light
  • Ford Motor Company
  • General Motors
  • General Physics Corporation
  • Georgia Quick Start.
  • Great Basin College
  • Hane Industrial Training
  • Hoechst - Celanese
  • International Paper
  • Ivy Tech State College
  • Johnson Controls
  • Lever Brothers
  • Middle Georgia Tech.
  • Mobil Oil Company
  • NASA
  • National Technology Transfer
  • Nissan Corporation
  • NC A&T University
  • Ohio Edison
  • Pacific Gas & Electric
  • Panama Canal Commission
  • Paris Junior College
  • Roquette America
  • Shell Oil
  • Southern California Edison
  • Square D Company
  • Stark State College
  • Technical Training Corp
  • TVA
  • Texas Tech University
  • Tidewater Community College
  • US Steel
  • Virginia Power

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Our product offering can be intimidating... many products, many options, many approaches. Start by giving us a call. We are not high pressure salesman. We listen to your training needs (whether they relate to a single product or a complete maintenance training system), we will suggest solutions and we provide fully-detailed, firm price proposals for your review.

Whether you need a device, textbook or video to supplement your existing program or a complete turn-key training lab, we use the same interactive approach. When inspiration strikes call the toll-free number offered throughout this site and allow the dialog to begin.

When considering a complete training system, our product offering can be particularly intimidating. Please call us with your needs so that we can suggest equipment types, quantities, and options to match your training goals, student population and budget. Keep in mind that, due to our modular approach, a complete lab can be developed over time.

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Purchasing any product from a distance, through a catalog, always creates anxiety. We offer the following advice if your interest is strong but our distance and our presentation makes decision making difficult.

Call Us
Sometimes learning more about what our individual products represent and include can increase your comfort level. Call us. Call us multiple times if you like.

Ask Us For A Color Picture
Product PhotoDue to the breath of our product line, the cost of color printing and the limited market for training devices of this type we cannot justify a color catalog. We do, however, have color photographs of all products available. Do not hesitate to call and ask us for one or a dozen.

Ask Us For References
We have sold devices to a broad variety of industries in many geographical areas. Call us and ask for references. One may be located near you. We may be able to arrange a visit.

Visit With Us
Seminar PhotoLocated 20 minutes from the Philadelphia International Airport, we are convenient, and with planning, economical to visit. We usually have a variety of sample products available for review and if appropriate, for use.

Visit Us At a Trade Show
DAC Trade Show BoothWe regularly attend trade shows and conferences relating to industrial training and technical education. Call us to find out where we will be exhibiting next. Upcoming Trade Shows.


Ask For a Demonstration
The DAC Traveling ShowWe regularly "take our show on the road". We may be coming to a town near you. Give us a call and see if a visit is possible..we will do our best to accomodate your.


Subscribe To The Knucklebuster
The Knucklebuster LogoWe regularly publish a newsletter devoted to our training-related offering and maintenance training in general. Ask to be put on our mailing list.

Ask For a Test Drive
We have several products available for short-term review. Ask us to send you one so that you can see the utility and craftsmanship we offer first hand.

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