From product design to manufacturing to business profits
June 4-5, 2014
Providence-Warwick, Rhode Island
One thing leads to another. That’s the short definition of
complexity. It holds true in many aspects of life. In
product development, complexity means added management—a human
and systems need to see all the organizational layers and
branches as a whole, to understand and measure their impact, and
know what is tolerable. Often, however, complexity just creates
cost, without any corresponding increase in value.
Simplification is very causal, too. But as opposed to
complexity, simplification in product development activates a
chain of interrelated, compounding benefits. These benefits
cascade beyond product design and manufacturing to accumulate as
For instance, functionality is known to increase when there
are fewer, more elegant and simplified parts and assemblies in a
product structure. Failures, in turn, decrease when the number
of mechanical interfaces is reduced through consolidation
Likewise, manufacturing systems run more smoothly when
problematic orientation, alignment and fit issues are designed
out at the beginning. Even procurement, the “business”
department between design and end manufacturing, is aided when
the Bill-of-Materials becomes, instead, a List-of-Essentials,
free of redundant components and their extra operations.
Simplification drives how managers conceive and construct
their supply chains…how they imagine processing, assembly,
inventory, demand fulfillment and shipping!
Advanced strategies such as modularization, inventory
postponement and optimized supply-chain logistics are outcomes
of simplification. Each of these facets, available to
manufacturers as a result of good, up-front design work, allows
them to be leaner and more value focused.
Companies can then choose to “Build Where You Sell” as a
global manufacturing approach—or “Reshore” to whatever market
they call home.
At the heart of the efficiencies and profit strategy just
outlined is DFA Product Simplification and DFM Product Costing.
Boothroyd Dewhurst, Inc. DFMA® software and methodologies help
development teams create world-class designs and world-class
approaches to manufacturing, inventory fulfillment
and—simply—the end-to-end business of making and supporting
Presenters at the 2014 Forum will discuss how DFMA promotes
Lean and Value Engineering through simplification, leading to
improvements in design, manufacturing and business profits.
Join us for the 29th International Forum on Design for
Manufacture and Assembly this June 4-5 in Providence, RI, USA.
The twenty-ninth annual International Forum on DFMA is the
foremost conference worldwide on early design analysis
methodologies and implementation. It is the one conference to
attend if you wish to gain an understanding of the impact Design
for Manufacture and Assembly (DFMA®) has on product development
and beyond. Listening first-hand to papers presented by expert
practitioners from around the world, you will learn about
successful DFMA strategies employed by many different companies
across many different industries. You'll gain insight into the
product development approaches followed by some of today's most
Conference papers discuss specific product development
strategies and tactics, cost reduction, and how improved product
performance and quality are being achieved through greater
front-end collaboration. Discover what mix of productivity
approaches is available and how these combine to serve you—from
DFMA and Lean Manufacturing to Value Engineering. Among the
topics covered are why part reduction and the DFA minimum
part-count criteria are so important to successful product
development; Total Cost of Ownership (TCO); DFMA product
simplification and meeting Lean goals; performance metrics and
next-generation management science; cost and quality;
modularization and inventory postponement strategies; and a case
study on fuel-cell cost reduction and TCO.
Whether your job is mechanical design, manufacturing
engineering, purchasing and supply-chain management, CAD
modeling, prototyping and tooling, engineering management, or
motivating teams, you will come away with valuable ideas for
overcoming barriers to technology implementation and for solving
multidisciplinary design challenges.
The DFMA Forum is a valuable resource for everyone involved
in the design-to-manufacturing process and technology
- Managers, strategists, and financial decision-makers in
product development, design, and manufacturing companies of
- Design engineers
- Manufacturing engineers
- Purchasing personnel
- Supply-chain managers
objective of the 2014 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
- 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.
Value Engineering and DFMA Workshop
Tuesday afternoon, June 3, 2014
How Functions, Function Analysis, and FAST Diagrams link well
by James D. Bolton, President of SAVE International®
Jim will conduct a 4-hour lecture and hands-on workshop to
introduce you to understanding functions, function analysis, and
FAST diagrams and how they relate the DFMA. If you want
the maximum benefit from your products that produce true value
for your customers, then you won't want to miss this session.
During this session, you will learn how and build your own FAST
Diagram for a product of your own choosing. Bring your
product or pictures of your product to this session to enhance
your hands-on experience.
DFMA Overview and Networking Reception
Tuesday evening, June 3, 2014
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!
Wednesday evening, June 4, 2014
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!
Richard Schonberger will deliver this year’s keynote address on
“DFMA and Lean: Partnership in Competitiveness”. Dr.
Schonberger is the author of “Best Practices in Lean Six Sigma
Process Improvement: A Deeper Look” and “Let's Fix It!
Overcoming the Crisis in Manufacturing: How the World's Leading
Manufacturers Were Seduced by Prosperity and Lost Their Way”.
Click here to see the complete
The 2014 International Forum on DFMA will be held June 4-5
at the Crowne Plaza Hotel, Providence-Warwick, Rhode Island,
Overnight accommodations are the responsibility of the
individual. A limited block of rooms is being held until May
16th by the Crowne Plaza Hotel at a reduced rate of $145 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,
Tuesday, June 3
||Value Engineering and DFMA Workshop
||DFMA Overview and Networking Reception
Wednesday, June 4
||Registration and Continental Breakfast
||New England Clambake
|Thursday, June 5
||DFMA Software Demonstration
2011 Forum Opening Remarks by U.S. Senator Sheldon Whitehouse
Testimonials from previous DFMA conferences:
"This is a first class event with excellent examples and
information on DFMA. I recommend to any type of engineer to
attend this forum at least once."
"Great conference. I really enjoyed the opportunities to
network and learn what others are doing."
Great topics. No consultants!" "It’s always excellent. I look
forward to it every year. Great networking opportunity."
was my first time attending the DFMA conference. I really
enjoyed the format in which other companies share their path in
DFMA – how they incorporated it into their process and how they
introduced the actions. It’s great to hear other ideas on the
subject. Overall, fantastic conference."
presentation topics incorporated Lean, DFSS, market analysis,
cost and how DFMA applies or complements all. Very compelling
stories." "Got several good ideas from talking with others at
this." "Excellent opportunity to meet people, ask and answer
questions (about DFMA)."
"Well laid out with good use of time
and ability to network with other users."
"I enjoyed hearing
from a variety of companies on a range of topics and learned a
"A wide variety of presentations provided a very good
overall view of DFMA."
"It was a great setting to meet and
discuss shared issues with new individuals."
Forum covering a wide range of topics."
"Great opportunity to
meet and chat with the presenters of the day."