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June 6-7, 2017
Providence-Warwick, Rhode Island

What makes each company’s design path and products different from the next organization? And what makes people different or more effective among competitors? There are so many common computational practices that we share, along with testing methods and even supply chains!

In designing difference—which makes us and our products noticed and pushes our companies ahead—we sometimes come up with new ideas or improvements to existing concepts on our own.  Yet there are also powerful methods available to help us with design and manufacturing execution, the influence of which can sweep across an entire organization to provide structure and benefit to all that occurs later.

Today, manufacturers are working universally to capture early input and then lock it in place throughout development to foster uninterrupted, positive outcomes. Increasing focus on digitalization, system-level operations, and the IoT are examples of this. One proven approach that ensures that an effective action taken early in design will make a difference in everything that follows is DFMA. Product simplification and upfront DFM “should costing” guarantee that the optimization realized in design accumulates from development to launch.

How does DFMA make a difference in designing? No other tool allows you to benchmark your concept or legacy improvements against your own past efforts or those of competitors. DFMA provides quantitative insights into material tradeoffs and alternative processes. In opening the doors to simplification, DFMA promotes an informed narrative with suppliers on how to achieve part consolidation and differentiate your efforts. It helps you find labor reductions that insulate existing manufacturing assets from relocation or offshoring. And if automation is a goal, DFMA ensures that fast, ease-of-assembly can be achieved.

As managers and engineers, you battle to reach deadlines on-time, at cost, and with the right product functionality. You and your teams know that designing difference is what sets you apart. As your companies weigh Total Cost of Ownership (TCO) and downstream impacts of good design, DFMA is a core principle and strategy for innovation. Looking towards the next manufacturing “revolution” of Additive Manufacturing (AM), DFMA can guide your thoughts about traditional part consolidation wins for the higher production volumes that are too costly for current AM technology.

These subjects and more will be discussed at the 2017 International Forum on Design for Manufacture and Assembly on June 6-7 in Providence, RI. We at Boothroyd Dewhurst, Inc. welcome you to attend and make a difference.

The DFMA Forum is a valuable resource for everyone involved in the design-to-manufacturing process and technology management.

  • Managers, strategists, and financial decision-makers in product development, design, and manufacturing companies of all sizes
  • Design engineers
  • Manufacturing engineers
  • Purchasing personnel
  • Supply-chain managers

The objective of the International Forum on DFMA is to provide expert opinions on DFMA and inform attendees about new, value-focused trends in product development. Manufacturing and research leaders will be on hand to answer your questions on such topics as:

  • Cost management and reduction
  • Value Engineering
  • Improving quality/Six Sigma
  • Lean manufacturing and cost accounting
  • Product lifecycle management
  • Outsourcing/offshoring economics: Total cost of ownership (TCO)
  • Shrinking time-to-market
  • Product design and manufacturing integration
  • Team building and productivity management
  • Concurrent engineering and supply-chain collaboration
  • Design for disposal and recycling

The conference will present you with many examples of how industry leaders use DFMA fundamentals to reach their product development, customer and business goals. Consider the experiences and evidence they have to share, and judge for yourself how DFMA methodology might serve as a pathway to innovation and increased profitability in your own organization.

DFMA Overview and Networking Reception
Monday evening, June 5, 2017

This is a great opportunity to meet people with similar goals and challenges in a casual, social setting and to learn more about DFMA and cost management, organization-wide productivity approaches, and what others are doing right now to optimize their resources and emerge as leaders in this dynamic, globalized economy. Please join us!

New England Clambake
Tuesday evening, June 6, 2017

Join us in the hotel Rotunda for a New England clambake featuring clam chowder, steamed clams, corn on the cob, grilled chicken and sausage, and of course, lobster!

Post Conference - DFMA Short Course
Thursday and Friday, June 8 - 9, 2017

Click here to see the program

The 2017 International Forum on DFMA will be held June 6-7 at the Crowne Plaza Hotel, Providence-Warwick, Rhode Island, USA.

Overnight accommodations are the responsibility of the individual. A limited block of rooms is being held until May 5th by the Crowne Plaza Hotel at a reduced rate of $148 per night. Rooms booked after the deadline will not receive the discounted rate. Please let hotel personnel know that you are attending the Boothroyd Dewhurst DFMA Forum. Call 401-732-6000. You can book your rooms online using the following link to the hotel website use "BOO" as the booking code, www.crownehotelwarwick.com.

Alternative nearby hotel Holiday Inn Express & Suites Warwick-Providence (Airport)

Monday, June 5
6:00-9:00 p.m. DFMA Overview and Networking Reception
Tuesday, June 6
7:45 a.m. Registration and Continental Breakfast
8:30-4:30 p.m. Forum Papers
6:00-8:00 p.m. New England Clambake
Wednesday, June 7  
7:45 a.m. Continental Breakfast
8:30-12:00 p.m. Forum Papers
1:00-2:00 p.m. DFMA Software Demonstration
Thursday, June 8  
8:30 - 4:30 p.m. Short Course Day 1 (separate fee required)
Friday, June 9  
8:30 - 12:00 p.m. Short Course Day 2




































































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