Better Design is Key to Reviving U.S. Manufacturing

WAKEFIELD, R.I. — (BUSINESS WIRE) — April 23, 2009 Boothroyd Dewhurst, Inc., today announced it will host the twenty-fourth annual International Forum on Design for Manufacture and Assembly (DFMA®), on June 9-10, 2009. The Forum, titled “Reviving Manufacturing through Better Design” will take place at the Crowne Plaza Hotel, Providence-Warwick, R.I., USA.

DFMA Forum speakers and panel discussion members will address bottom-line recession strategies and introduce newly available product efficiency technologies in Product Lifecycle Management (PLM).

“The current crisis in the U.S. economy puts most manufacturers at a unique crossroads,” says John Gilligan, president of Boothroyd Dewhurst, Inc. “They must keep launching innovative products to maintain revenue cycles, but they’re selling those products into declining, cost-conscious markets. Lower returns,” notes Gilligan, “stall future R&D funding, factory equipment upgrades and the efficiency improvements necessary to build a turnaround from the inside out.

“However,” says Gilligan, “one solid revival strategy is to concentrate existing resources on design practices that can dramatically influence the profits of the whole manufacturing organization from direct part costs, to factory throughput, shipping, service and end-of-life disposal. This year’s DFMA Forum will demonstrate the benefits of employing some of these practices.”

About the DFMA Forum

The Forum is the foremost conference worldwide on DFMA methodologies and software. DFMA structures team knowledge and guides early collaboration efforts to combine increased performance functionality and innovation with significant product cost reduction.

The Forum provides valuable insights to managers, strategists, and financial decision-makers, including product designers, manufacturing engineers, supply-chain managers and purchasing personnel. Papers offered this year cover topics such as Eco-design; web-based, interactive 3D assembly documentation; DFMA and OEM and supply-chain partnerships; cost engineering; and new 3D CAD technologies for streamlining design to manufacturing. In addition, a panel discussion will be held on “Reviving Manufacturing through Better Design.”

For information on the 2009 International DFMA Forum on Design for Manufacture and Assembly, and the upcoming May 7 DFMA webinar titled “Resurrecting U.S. Manufacturing using Systematic DFMA Deployment,” go to http://www.dfma.com/news/events.htm.

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 Dell, John Deere, Harley-Davidson, 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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