Simplifying Product Design and Manufacturing with DFMA—Boothroyd Dewhurst to Host 2014 International Forum on DFMA

June 4-5 in Providence, R.I., USA

WAKEFIELD, R.I., USA, April 16, 2014—Boothroyd Dewhurst, Inc. will host the twenty-ninth annual International Forum on Design for Manufacture and Assembly (DFMA®) on June 4-5, 2014 at the Crowne Plaza Hotel, Providence-Warwick, R.I., USA. Presenters at this year’s forum will discuss how DFMA promotes Lean and Value Engineering through simplification, leading to improvements in design, manufacturing and business profits.

“Starting in early design, simplification helps engineers establish a product structure that is immediately more multifunctional and cost efficient. Those elegant designs carry far-reaching benefits, allowing managers to conceive and construct streamlined supply chains—from process development and assembly, to inventory monitoring and demand fulfillment,” said John Gilligan, president of Boothroyd Dewhurst, Inc.

“This year we wanted to demonstrate not only how DFMA, Lean and Value Engineering are legs of the same optimization effort, but how our software and methodologies help development teams initiate world-class approaches to the end-to-end business of making and supplying great products,” says Gilligan.

“The user data is clear,” says Nick Dewhurst, executive vice president of Boothroyd Dewhurst, Inc.  “When manufacturers undertake DFMA product simplification and cost estimating up-front, they are better able to realize cost avoidance downstream in post-manufacturing functions. These big picture savings are what allow manufacturers to pursue effective “Build Where You Sell” strategies and reshore production back to large, domestic markets.”

Forum speakers will include the Reshoring Initiative, Dynisco, and other industry leaders and universities. This year’s keynote address will be delivered by author Richard Schonberger and will examine the critical relationship between DFMA and Lean practices. James Bolton of Whirlpool Corp. and president of SAVE International® will conduct an independent, pre-conference lecture and hands-on workshop on June 3 that will introduce participants to how functions, function analysis, and FAST diagrams relate to DFMA.

About the DFMA Forum

The Forum is the foremost conference worldwide on DFMA methodologies and software. DFMA helps structure a team’s knowledge and guide collaboration efforts from the concept stage onward to create feature-rich products at less cost. It does this by providing comparative “should cost” estimates for manufacturing processes and materials, and by targeting opportunities for product simplification.

The Forum offers insights and solutions to managers, financial decision-makers, design engineers, manufacturing engineers, purchasing personnel, and supply-chain experts interested in benefitting from up-front product development.

For more information on the 2014 International Forum on Design for Manufacture and Assembly, and the pre-conference workshop, go to http://www.dfma.com/forum/index.html.

About Boothroyd Dewhurst, Inc.

Boothroyd Dewhurst, Inc. was the first company to commercialize Design for Manufacture and Assembly (DFMA®) methodologies and software tools, which make it possible to evaluate, estimate, and reduce the manufacturing cost of a product in the design phase through product simplification and cost estimation. Hundreds of Fortune 1000 companies, including General Electric, John Deere, Motorola, Pratt & Whitney, and Whirlpool, use DFMA to cut the costs of their manufactured products and achieve design innovation in their markets. The company was founded in 1983 and received the National Medal of Technology Award in 1991. For more information about DFMA software, workshops, consulting services, and international conferences, contact Boothroyd Dewhurst, Inc., 138 Main Street, Wakefield, RI 02879, USA. Tel. (401) 783-5840. Fax (401) 783-6872. Web site: www.dfma.com. E-mail: Email Contact.

DFMA is a registered trademark of Boothroyd Dewhurst, Inc.

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