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Boothroyd Dewhurst, Inc., Will Host 2007 International Forum on DFMA, June 19-20, in Providence, R.I.

Wakefield, R.I., USA, April 4, 2007 – Boothroyd Dewhurst, Inc., today announced it will host the twenty-second annual International Forum on Design for Manufacture and Assembly (DFMA®), on June 19-20, 2007. The DFMA Forum will take place at the Crowne Plaza Hotel, Providence-Warwick, R.I., USA. The focus for this year’s event is “Dialogue and Design: Working Together to Develop Cost-Effective Products.”

The International Forum on Design for Manufacture and Assembly is the foremost conference worldwide on DFMA methodologies for product developers. It offers a relaxed environment of collegial interaction in which engineers and other industry experts can share insights on product design best practices. Presenters discuss their recent DFMA applications and show how product simplification and cost-analysis tools support the development of innovative designs that are economical to produce.

Highlighting the 2007 DFMA Forum is a keynote address by Rainer Gawlick, vice president of worldwide marketing for SolidWorks Corp. In a talk called “Designing the Absurdly Ideal,” he urges product engineers to keep reaching for the best solutions and to preserve the creative approach that differentiates themselves and their companies. Gawlick holds a bachelor's degree in physics from The University of California at Berkeley, and a Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science from MIT.

Conference papers for 2007 describe specific product development programs and examine cost reductions and efficiency gains at some of the world’s leading manufacturing companies, including Deere & Company, TRW Automotive, Tellabs, Solectron, Trane, and Bose. Among the topics offered this year are papers on lean techniques, concurrent design challenges in electronics, benchmarking, sustainable design, product cost estimating, and DFMA in a global engineering environment.

The 2007 DFMA Forum is a valuable resource for all those who participate in the design-to-manufacturing process, including product designers, manufacturing engineers, automation specialists, and management, marketing, and purchasing personnel. More information is available at www.dfma.com/forum.

2007 International Forum on DFMA – Scheduled Papers

Keynote Address:
Designing the Absurdly Ideal
Rainer Gawlick

Design for Manufacturing – What Is It and How Does It Fit with Design for Function, Design for Assembly and Design for Cost?

Implementing DFMA Within a Mid-Sized Company

The DFMA Process in Product Development at Tellabs

John Deere Harvests Savings with DFMA
Deere and Company

Design for Mechanical Manufacturing in an EMS Environment – Continuing the Evolution of Best Practice Services by Solectron

Application of DFMA in a Test and Measurement Product Environment

The Use of Design for Manufacture and Assembly on a Global Basis
TRW Automotive

From Benchmarking to Costing

The Anatomy of Product Cost Estimating to Support Product Development

Design for Value
Global Productivity, Inc.

Exploring Composite Materials for Product Design

Creative Designs – How in the World Do They Ever Happen?
Creative Design Solutions

DFMA – A Multi-Function Analysis Tool

Lean Office (Factory Lean Effort Moves Upstream to Administrative Processes)
Kato Engineering

Lean Design: Eliminating Waste Where It Matters Most
Worcester Polytechnic Institute

Connecting the Dots – Aligning Lean Operational Metrics with the Financial Metrics
Maine Manufacturing Extension Partnership

Sustainable Design: Not Just for Architecture Anymore

Using Simulation to Optimize Plastics Part Design and Develop Environmentally-Friendly Products

Stages in the Environmental Assessment of Products
Boothroyd Dewhurst, Inc.

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 Maytag, 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, R.I. 02879, USA. Tel. (401) 783-5840. Fax (401) 783-6872. Web site: www.dfma.com. E-mail: info@dfma.com.

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