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June 7-8, 2016
Providence-Warwick, Rhode Island

Join us for the 31st International Forum on Design for Manufacture and Assembly this June 7-8 in Providence, RI, USA.

The 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 important manufacturers.

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 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 2016 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 6, 2016

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 7, 2016

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!

The 2016 International Forum on DFMA will be held June 7-8 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 6th by the Crowne Plaza Hotel at a reduced rate of $147 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.

Monday, June 6
6:00-9:00 p.m. DFMA Overview and Networking Reception
Tuesday, June 7
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 8  
7:45 a.m. Continental Breakfast
8:30-12:00 p.m. Forum Papers
1:00-2:00 p.m. DFMA Software Demonstration

































































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