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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.

Whether you are in purchasing, engineering or managing the disciplines that make up all of manufacturing, cost matters to you. It nearly always surveys first or second in importance for improving competitiveness, along with increased productivity or skills training.

Cost drives the features you are able to give your products, how readily your customers embrace new models, and the resources you have to invest back into your organization if you get it right. In the field of purchasing, the discussion continues to grow about how buying professionals can better connect with engineering to understand cost without compromising supplier relationships or product quality. Supply chain managers and OEM engineers, in turn, are deploying efficiency strategies as perhaps never before, hoping to further reduce the travel of parts from machine--to--machine and of products moving from factory floor to customer center.

Increasingly, the key to finding value (which is the ideal mix of cost and performance) is in the design decision companies make early on in development. Purchasing departments sense this but are often wary of unfamiliar tools needed to bridge the gap. Suppliers have long understood the power of true collaboration and the rooting of cost in the product architecture and instructions for manufacture.

There are methods and tools for understanding and influencing total product cost. Not just those costs associated with materials, processes and labor. But the downstream tally and savings that stretch from workstation to shipping, to warranty and service. The big picture.

Knowledgeable teams of designers, manufacturing engineers, purchasing staff and managers can achieve total product cost savings by focusing first on the design elements that continue to impact everything that follows.

The DFMA design decision, which entails using DFA Product Simplification and DFM Concurrent Costing together, can bring teams onto the same page where discussions are fruitful and outcomes highly profitable.

Presenters at the 2016 DFMA Forum on Design for Manufacture and Assembly will explore their strategies and share results with you in achieving total product cost savings. Join us in Providence, RI, USA this June 7-8 to learn more.

The thirty- first 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.

Speakers for the 2016 International Forum on DFMA again represent a diverse group of advanced companies and institutions, including Boeing, Dynisco Instruments (Roper Industries), IM&ST (Mexico), Kettering University and Medtronic.

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 how to combine TRIZ, Design Thinking, A3 and DFMA into a larger innovation process; creating baselines and benchmarking for new and existing products; PCB assembly and should costing; total product costing from engineering to purchasing and the supply chain; Disruptive Innovation; Total Cost of Ownership (TCO); and achieving optimal cost, quality and time-to-market with DFMA.

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!

Post Conference - DFMA Short Course
Thursday and Friday, June 9 - 10, 2016

Click here to see the program

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.

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

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
Thursday, June 9  
8:30 - 4:30 p.m. Short Course Day 1 (separate fee required)
Friday, June 10  
8:30 - 12:00 p.m. Short Course Day 2









The 2017 DFMA Forum will be held June 6-7, 2017

























































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