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Boothroyd Dewhurst, Inc., Will Host 2004 International Forum on DFMA, June 22-23, in Providence, R.I.

Wakefield, R.I., USA, March 11, 2004 – Boothroyd Dewhurst, Inc., today announced it will host the nineteenth-annual International Forum on Design for Manufacture and Assembly (DFMA®), on June 22-23, 2004. The DFMA Forum will take place at the Crowne Plaza Hotel, Providence-Warwick, R.I., USA.

The International Forum on DFMA is the foremost conference worldwide on early design analysis methodologies and implementation. Conference papers will discuss specific product development programs and examine cost reductions and efficiency gains at some of the world’s leading manufacturing companies, such as Dell Inc., John Deere & Company, ITT Industries, Teradyne, and Maytag Corporation, among others.

Experts in product design will discuss recent DFMA applications in detail and examine major issues for manufacturers, including early cost estimating in product design, next-generation robotics, the hidden costs of offshore manufacture and assembly, lean manufacturing, design for disposal and recycling, and best practices for product lifecycle management.

In addition to the papers, the 2004 Forum will feature a panel discussion on DFMA and the supply chain on Wednesday, June 23. The title for the panel is “Issues for Product Designers: Supply Chain Management.” Design for Manufacture and Assembly is a quantitative methodology for bringing manufacturing and assembly cost information into the product design process. The panel discussion will focus on the integration of this methodology into supply chain management.

The DFMA Forum is a valuable resource for everyone involved 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/index.html.

2004 International Forum on DFMA – Scheduled Papers

Concurrent Costing As an Aid to Design
Boothroyd Dewhurst, Inc.

Use of Trend Analysis to Validate New Product Cost Targets
Teradyne, Inc.

The True Cost of Overseas Manufacture: Could Product Design Make U.S. Manufacturing a More Cost Effective Solution
Dorel Industries & Boothroyd Dewhurst, Inc.

Design for Supply Chain

PLM: State-of-Practice vs. Best Practice
Goldense Group, Inc.

DFMA and Concurrent Engineering Application
Brooks Automation

DFMA in Use at John Deere
Deere & Company

Competitive Analysis Using DFMA
Maytag Corporation

No New Factories
Dell Inc.

Born to Be Lean
DaTuM 3D, Inc.

Envisioning a Holistic Approach to Using DFMA
StorageTek Corporation

Product Development at ITT
ITT Industries

Creativity Infusion: The Essential Process That Moves Designs from DFMA Theory to DFMA Reality
Boothroyd Dewhurst, Inc.

Design for Changeover and Sustainability
University of Bath

A New Evaluation Tool for DFA/DFD Based on Rating Factors
University of Hartford

Integrated Product Life Cycle Design
University of Rhode Island

Process Selection As a Prerequisite for DFMA
The American University in Cairo

About Boothroyd Dewhurst, Inc.

As the developer of DFMA, Boothroyd Dewhurst, Inc., is the world leader in software tools that provide manufacturing assembly knowledge to the product design process. In 1991, Drs. Geoffrey Boothroyd and Peter Dewhurst were awarded the National Medal of Technology by President George H. W. Bush for their work in DFMA. Other recipients of the National Medal of Technology have included William Gates of Microsoft Corp. and Ray Dolby of Dolby Laboratories Inc. Boothroyd Dewhurst, Inc., is dedicated to continually developing the DFMA knowledge base through its integrated software programs, workshops and international conferences. (www.dfma.com)

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