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Boothroyd Dewhurst, Inc., to Host 2011 International Forum on DFMA, June 13-15, in Providence, R.I.

With manufacturing leading the economic recovery, DFMA can help companies succeed in boosting productivity and profits while meeting the challenge of growth

WAKEFIELD, R.I., USA, April 5, 2011 - Boothroyd Dewhurst, Inc., today announced it will host the twenty-sixth annual International Forum on Design for Manufacture and Assembly (DFMA®), on June 13-15, 2011. The Forum, “Manufacture Success: Meeting the Challenge of Growth in Product Development and Manufacturing,” will take place at the Crowne Plaza Hotel, Providence-Warwick, R.I., USA.

Speakers for the 2011 International Forum on DFMA represent a diverse group of advanced companies, including Boeing, ITT Aerospace, UTC, Westinghouse, Whirlpool, Microsoft and Alcoa. The conference will discuss specific product development strategies and tactics, challenges faced and met in the 2010-2011 economy and how cost reduction, improved product performance and quality are being achieved through better front-end collaboration. Among the topics covered are papers on concurrent engineering and lean manufacturing, additive manufacturing, the true costs of overseas manufacture, DFMA and supply chain procurement, and achieving environmental and business sustainability with DFMA.

“Last year, Forum speakers reported outstanding business metrics using DFMA and showed how focused their organizations had become overall at creating a turnaround in their workplace,” says John Gilligan, president of Boothroyd Dewhurst, Inc. “For this year’s conference, we want to continue to help and encourage the manufacturing sector by providing the best examples of how others under pressure reduce costs while advancing product innovation.”

About the DFMA Forum

The Forum is the foremost conference worldwide on DFMA methodologies and software. DFMA structures team knowledge and guides collaboration efforts from the concept stage onward to create feature-rich products at less cost. It does this by providing comparative “should cost” estimates for manufacturing processes and materials, and by targeting opportunities for product simplification.

Each year the Forum offers valuable insights and practical strategies to managers, financial decision-makers, design engineers, manufacturing engineers, purchasing personnel, and supply-chain experts. In addition to the presentations listed below, there will be a pre-conference workshop on “Systematic DFMA Deployment: Real-World Implementation and Hard Savings Make the Difference” led by Dr. Mike Shipulski of Hypertherm, Inc.

For information on the 2011 International DFMA Forum on Design for Manufacture and Assembly, and the pre-conference workshop, go to http://www.dfma.com/forum.

2011 International Forum on DFMA–Papers:

Implementation Case Studies

Design for Gross Margin … Case Study in the Implementation of DFMA
Chris Tsai
Boothroyd Dewhurst, Inc.

Solving the Design Engineer's Dilemma through DFMA Cost Reduction
Bill Devenish
The Devenish Group, Inc.

DFMA and International Supply Chains

The True Cost of Overseas Manufacture Revisited Seven Years Later
Dave Meeker
Neoteric Product Development

Using DFMA to Reduce Procurement Costs in an International Supply Base
Tim McGibbney
Westinghouse Electric Company

Total Cost of Ownership Calculation: A Great Complement to DFMA
Harry Moser
Reshoring Initiative

DFMA Case Studies

How DFMA Methodology Can Support a Make Vs. Buy Decision for an Icebox Assembly During Early Product Concept Development
Sanjay Gaikwad

DFA Implementation at a Medical Device Company
Tom Kriska

Design for Assembly – Stationary Fuel Cell Case Study
Al Dickinson and Eric O’Brien
UTC Power

DFMA and Aerospace Lean Manufacturing

DFMA Engagement Model at Microsoft
Matt Mickleson and Mark Gloster

Applying Lean Engineering Best-Practices on AH64D New Build Fuselages
Alfredo Herrera and Steven Flores

From Paradigms to Progress: Developing a better design and build methodology leveraging DFMA, Lean and the Boeing workforce
Jon Shaw

DFMA Implementation

DFMA – WHY, WHAT, HOW, and New Thinking for the Engineering Community.
Mike Shipulski

Breaking the Rule with DFMA!!
Sam Mikhail
International Game Technology

Manufacturing Success: Here's Your Plan...
Dave Vranson

Concurrent Engineering and Sustainability

Concurrent Engineering:  The First Thirty Years 1988-2018
Bradford L. Goldense
Goldense Group, Inc.

Design for Sustainability: Using DFMA in the Front-end Innovation Process to Develop Sustainable Solutions
Stephen Leonard

e-Manufacturing with Laser-Sintering is Revolutionizing Manufacturing Processes
Andy Lucibello

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 General Electric, John Deere, Motorola, Pratt & Whitney, and Whirlpool, 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, RI 02879, USA. Tel. (401) 783-5840. Fax (401) 783-6872. Web site: www.dfma.com. E-mail: info@dfma.com.

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