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Boothroyd Dewhurst, Inc., Will Host 2006 International Forum on DFMA, June 20-21, in Providence, R.I.

Robin Cooper, highly regarded expert on activity-based costing and strategic cost management, is keynote speaker and featured panelist

Wakefield, R.I., USA, March 22, 2006 – Boothroyd Dewhurst, Inc., today announced it will host the twenty-first annual International Forum on Design for Manufacture and Assembly (DFMA®), on June 20-21, 2006. The DFMA Forum will take place at the Crowne Plaza Hotel, Providence-Warwick, R.I., USA.

The International Forum on Design for Manufacture and Assembly is the foremost conference worldwide on DFMA methodologies for product developers. During the conference, engineering experts 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. Conference papers for 2006 will describe specific product development programs and examine cost reductions and efficiency gains at some of the world’s leading manufacturing companies, such as Deere & Company, Harley-Davidson, General Dynamics, Praxair, ITT Conoflow, Bayer Healthcare, and Symbol Technologies, among others.

Highlighting this year’s DFMA Forum is a keynote presentation by Robin Cooper on Tuesday, June 20. The title of his talk is “Cost Management for Product Design: Seeing the Big Picture.”

Robin Cooper is Professor in the Practice of Management Accounting at Goizueta Business School, Emory University. His research interests include strategic alignment and strategic cost management, and he has worked extensively with industry implementing activity-based cost systems. Among his most recent book publications is Supply Chain Development for the Lean

Enterprise: Interorganizational Cost Management (Productivity Press: Portland, 1999), coauthored with Regine Slagmulder. Prior to joining the Goizueta faculty in 1998, Cooper was Professor of Management at the Peter F. Drucker School of Management, Claremont University, and he served for ten years on the faculty of Harvard Business School, Harvard University.

The 2006 DFMA Forum will also feature a panel discussion on Wednesday, June 21, titled “Achieving Cost Goals Across the Supply Chain: Problems and Solutions.” How widely are product-costing practices being applied across the engineering supply chain today? What types of practices do companies use, and are they effective? Would a strategy for interorganizational cost management have consequences for profitability? Panelists Robin Cooper and other representative experts will address these questions and offer insights into how manufacturing organizations can successfully coordinate their product-costing efforts with multiple partners and suppliers.

The 2006 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.

2006 International Forum on DFMA – Scheduled Papers

Tuesday, June 20

Keynote Presentation – Cost Management for Product Design: Seeing the Big Picture
Robin Cooper, Goizueta Business School, Emory University

Six Lessons Learned from a Successful Design For Assembly Program
Hypertherm, Inc.

Using DFMA to Achieve Cost Targets During Product Development
Plug Power

Integration of DFMA into the Product Development Process
Deere & Company

Implementing DFMA into the New Product Development Process and How It Links to Other Analysis Tools

Implementing Lean Manufacturing Tools (TPS) Within DFMA Methodology
Israel Aircraft Industries

Design for Production / DFMA – An Integration of a Working Group Across the Boeing Company

Vought's Application of DFMA to Aircraft Structure
Vought Aircraft

Implementation of an Enhanced MCAD Environment Focused on Standards and Collaboration
General Dynamics C4 Systems

Concurrent Engineering Process Implementation Across Multiple General Dynamics C4S Sites and the DFMA Impacts in a Government Contracting Environment
General Dynamics C4 Systems

DFMA Approach to Reducing the Cost of Hydrogen Produced from Natural Gas
Praxair, Inc.

Wednesday, June 21

Using DFMA Software for Competitor Analysis

Benchmarking Competitive Products at Symbol Technologies
Symbol Technologies

DFMA Analysis to Set Design Direction

Celestica Early Product Reviews Empower Customer Design Teams – Highlight Opportunities for Improvement and Reduced System Assembly Time
Celestica Corporation

DFSS for a Lancing Device
Bayer Healthcare

Process Mapping of DFM and DFA Methods into SCOR/DCOR Models – Supply Chain Perspectives on Product Design
Tampere University of Technology

Design for Manufacturability and Assembly as a VM Tool
TRW Automotive

Utilizing CE-methods in Conceptual Design Phase
Tampere University of Technology

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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